Catherine Herridge is supposed to be an objective reporter on Fox News and she’s got some impressive journalism credentials. But during a visit to the Justice with Jeanine show yesterday, when she was supposedly reporting on the latest in the Middle East, Herridge gratuitously opined that the Obama administration “emboldens” the enemy in Libya.
Herridge got an early start on GOP spin when she gratuitously said, “I think you have to ask yourself, Judge, about the timing here, this story surfacing just two days before the final presidential debate on foreign policy.” She was referring to yesterday’s report that Iran is willing to hold talks about its nuclear program. Then she added, also gratuitously, that she thought it a “double-edged sword” for the Obama administration because “many Americans see any kind of dealings with Iran as a sign of weakness and also of naivete.” While it may be technically true that “many Americans” feel that way, a large majority of Americans support talks. Not that host Jeanine Pirro corrected the misimpression.
Instead, it was on to Benghazi. Herridge uncritically cited the Republican head of the House Intelligence Committee, Mike Rogers. Herridge said, “What we have here is the head of the Intelligence (Committee) saying, ‘We think this White House is now leaking information – intelligence, if you will – to back up the statements of Ambassador Rice.’ And what he also goes on to say is that on the one hand, if they’re leaking information to try and bolster their position that her statement wasn’t way out of line, what they’re not releasing is the other intelligence that really undercut this idea in a very significant way (her eyes narrowed with disdain) that this YouTube video had anything to do with the demonstrations.”
Apparently, Herridge felt no need to fact check Rogers’ statement. Nor did Pirro. I guess on Fox, GOP is always in the right (pun intended).
But Herridge topped it all off with this unasked-for conclusion: “The bottom line from my reporting is that here we are, more than a month later, arguing over when we decided to call it ‘terrorism’ publicly by this administration, and we just haven’t, in a simple phrase, dropped the hammer on the people who were responsible. And that emboldens these people. That emboldens them to attack the United States.”
So are we supposed to just go in and nuke them – on the way to nuking Iran? Herridge didn’t say and the question didn’t seem to occur to Pirro.
That group increased spending 90% (Obama will 8.6%)—Debt 112% (double in 8)—1400B Deficit—
Lowest job creation since Hoover 31,000 per month to Carter 218,000—Clinton 237,000
Let Wall Street run wild Gambling and selling toxic mortgages. Great Recession. Paul Krugman had been writing Bush since 2002 in NYT articles. He posted them in a book.
Awesome warnings on Housing inflation and Casino Derivative Of America one on one gambling
instead of investing in businesses
Two uncalled for wars.
Imperialism and Debt is what ruined Rome-Spain-Holland-England
Bush tried hard to ruin America. Facts are undeniable.
Blame obama. Not for economy. He inherited Hell On Earth.
To be expected two weeks before the election, however: all the foxies, including Catherine and Shepherd, have received their marching orders for the next two weeks: “with us or against us”.
One wonders …. was this what they thought they’d wind up doing when they started off as junior reporters? Or did they have ideals and principles, then?
Heh-heh-heh . . . I guess that’s the right’s excuse every time news that may make the Obama Administration look positive comes out: “I wonder about the timing.”
That was the first thing they spat out when the September unemployment rate dropped to 7.8%; the report just happened to come out the day after the first presidential debate, and basically flattened all the momentum Romney had built by winning.
But hey, Cath — if it makes you feel better, take comfort in the fact the WH has stated it will not engage in on-on-one talks or meetings with Iran: Full Statement by NSC Spokesman Tommy Vietor on Iran Itâs not true that the United States and Iran have agreed to one-on-one talks or any meeting after the American elections. We continue to work with the P-5 on a diplomatic solution and have said from the outset that we would be prepared to meet bilaterally. The President has made clear that he will prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and we will do what we must to achieve that. It has always been our goal for sanctions to pressure Iran to come in line with its obligations. The onus is on the Iranians to do so, otherwise they will continue to face crippling sanctions and increased pressure.
Kinda goes hand in hand with all the “independent” voters — some of whom have been making recent regular appearances on this very blog — who, despite their “independence,” regularly mouth the same talking points heard from the rightwingnuts (“Obama emboldens our enemies” . . . “Obama is weak on terror” . . . “Obama can’t run on his record” . . . “Obama goes overseas apologizing for America” . . .)
In Foxworld, “objectivity” and “independence” are apparently synonyms for “Obama-hate.”