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Fox and Friends Bash Brennan Over National Security

Reported by Alex - February 10, 2010 -

This morning (2/10) the hosts of Fox and Friends decided to turn their partisan sights on Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, John Brennan, for his op-ed in yesterday's USA TODAY criticizing those who indulge in "politically motivated criticism and unfounded fear-mongering" about national security. In a completely biased and unbalanced segment, the Three Stooges framed the issue as one of free speech and the right to criticize the Administration. Oh, how times have changed.

Brennan's piece, titled "We Need No Lectures", was written in response to the previous day's USA TODAY editorial, "Our View on War on Terror: National Security Team Fails to Inspire Confidence", setting the tone for what followed with a subheading which read "Officials’ handling of Christmas Day attack looks like amateur hour". Leaving the issue of who is right and who is wrong aside for the moment, the two articles, between them, constitute a spirited debate on the handling of the interrogation of "underwear bomber" Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in particular, and national security issues in general, by the Obama administration's national security team.

Did I say "debate"? What debate? According to Fox and Friends the right and only side is the "right" side. Continuing a pattern of one-sidedness on this issue established over the past week, the chums lambasted Brennan for trying to stifle criticism of the Obama administration, as a chyron informed us that this is essentially a "free speech" issue. They further insinuated that Brennan's stance is hypocritical given that Democrats decried the concerted efforts of the Bush administration to brand critics as "unpatriotic". Ironically, to back up their argument they played a clip of Hillary Clinton insisting that critics of Bush et al have a right to speak out.

Of course, bias and hypocrisy is what we have come to expect from the clowns on the curvy couch. Where were their complaints when the Bush administration were playing the "unpatriotic" card against their critics? Did they approvingly play the same clip of Clinton then? Where was another voice this morning, an opposing viewpoint, even a hint that Brennan might have a reason to castigate fearmongering and the politicizing of national security issues? Nowhere to be seen on F&F, on the on the "news" channel that promotes itself as "fair and balanced" (note to Fox defenders: Fox promos don't say "fair and balanced - oh, except for our opinion shows.) All we got from the Clowns were GOP talking points, suggestions (with no back-up) that Brennan was lying when he asserted a few days ago that four Republican leaders were briefed about the FBI handling of Abdulmutallab on Christmas night, recycled barbs from last night''s Hannity, and a har-de-her "when you're in a hole, stop digging" comment lifted straight from a Heritage Foundation article (sorry, I won't link to them) which appeared yesterday. Or maybe it wasn't. After all, the rightwing media appear to be scrambling to salvage their crumbling narrative about the Christmas day bomber, and fresh ideas from the party of "Just Say No" and their media mouthpieces seem to be in short supply.