Fox News will be airing an “investigation” on Friday into the Fort Hood shooting. Judging from the preview that aired on the O’Reilly Factor a few nights ago, there’s every reason to expect a Karl Rove-ian attack on President Obama’s strength (the war on terror) by painting him as suspiciously over-sensitive to Muslims to the detriment of “regular” Americans.
As guest host Laura Ingraham put it in her introduction Friday night (6/8/12), the program will reveal “what happened and why the administration labeled the attacks a simple case of workplace violence.” Got it? Fox has already suggested that the Obama administration’s (mis)deeds are part of the crime.
In case anyone missed the hint, Ingraham played a clip of a white Army Staff Sergeant saying, “You can lose your security clearance for …having bad credit and be kicked out of the Army but you can’t lose your security clearance for talking to a member of Al Qaeda through email.”
For the record, as Gawker reported in 2009 (but Fox News did not in this segment) Major Nidal Malik Hasan’s “outreach” to a member of Al Qaeda was to Anwar al-Awlaki, the America-born radical. Before he left the U.S., al-Awlaki had been an imam of Hasan’s mosque. Hasan’s communication with al-Awlaki was investigated by the FBI and determined to be insignificant. Al-Awlaki has since been killed by a CIA drone as part of the Obama administration’s anti-terrorism tactics.
Fox reporter Catherine Herridge, who worked on the investigation, made more explicit criticisms of the handling of the case. “There was a series of really dropping by the ball, not only by the FBI but also the Army… In the five months we looked at this, there were moments where you felt you wanted to weep because it was so tragic and it was so avoidable at so many points along the chain.”
Ingraham made a point of tying the ineptitude to Muslim favoritism. “Political correctness… really was driving the failure to alert authorities that this guy might be a problem.”
Herridge picked up the ball. She said, “One of the most stunning things” was that “at least twice (the shooter) justified the use of suicide bombings and he also justified some of the writings of Osama Bin Laden yet none of this appears in his performance reviews. And what you see is this theme where his supervisors seem more worried about Hassan and protecting from his bad behavior and promoting him upwards than actually dealing with the problem and showing some real leadership. No one wants to call it 'violent Islamic extremism.'”
Ingraham again implicated Obama by saying he didn’t want to use that term, either.
Herridge also deliberately implicated the Obama administration by suggesting that its lax (read sympathetic) attitude toward Islam enabled the crime. “It took this White House the better part of two months to call Fort Hood an act of terrorism and Fort Hood meets the classic definition of terrorism. It’s an act of violence to promote a political ends. …Major Hassan did not have an anger management problem.”
Anyone want to bet that tying Obama and his “pro-Muslim” “world view” to the crime will be emphasized during the “investigation?” And that if anyone concludes that Obama is a secret Muslim, well, that won't be Fox's fault because they never said such a thing?
“I cannot wait to watch,” Ingraham gushed.
Can there be any question why?
That’s the counter argument and it works with its intended target audiences, the proper motivation of morons is so important.
Somebody really oughta ask Osama bin Laden, Mummar Khaddafi, and Anwar al-Awlaki if President Obama is “too soft on Muslims”.
Though it may take some time to get an answer . . .