NBC gives Pam Geller platform to discuss mosque controversy -- why?

As readers of the Atlas Shrugs website can attest, Pam Geller is far from a moderate voice on anything regarding Islam. So it was a bit surprising to see her on NBC, of all places, talking about the proposed mosque to be built just a few hundred feet from Ground Zero in Manhattan.

Geller, who never misses the chance to malign Islam, Muslims, or President Obama, said during the report: “Why should there be a mosque in there? On the top floor, looking down at Ground Zero?” Under her name, NBC featured the text: “Stop Islamization of America.” Geller then added: “It's offensive to people.”

What is truly offensive is Geller -- who has accused Obama of speaking “like an ... anti-Semitic Muslim terrorist” and claimed that he “wants Jihad to win” -- being given a platform to voice an opinion on this issue. Geller has traded in the sort of "offensive" -- read hateful -- commentary about Muslims and the religion of Islam that should get her banned from appearing on any network.

The NBC report rightly pointed out that this proposed mosque, the Cordoba House, is supposed to be a monument to religious tolerance and anti-extremism. Then why did NBC feature hatemonger Geller as a credible source to voice opposition to it?

I mean, this is the same person who, in a post titled “Forecast: Blood On The Streets,” has said Obama “is itching for a civil war. And at the rate he is going, he is going to get one,” and doctored an image of Supreme Court nomine Elena Kagan to look like she was wearing a Nazi uniform. Kagan is Jewish.

In May, Geller appeared on Fox News' Fox & Friends to discuss the mosque, saying she was leading an effort against the project. She went on to say that “there's no tolerance there” and wondered: “I don't know why they'd want to stab Americans in the eye with that.”