Remember Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz? He’s one of the recent victims of gun violence that Fox News tried to pin on President Obama and #BlackLivesMatter. But the police officer’s death will soon be ruled a suicide. Think Fox will apologize? Nah, me neither.
As you may recall, Gliniewicz was found dead from two gunshots on September 1, after radioing that he was pursuing on foot some suspects. From FoxNews.com:
He was struck by two rounds, one that hit his ballistic vest with the force of a "sledgehammer" and another that pierced his upper chest, Lake County Major Crimes Task Force Commander George Filenko said at the time.
After Gliniewicz's shooting, a massive manhunt ensued, with hundreds of officers searching houses, cabins and even boats on a chain of area lakes. Authorities released a vague description of three suspects, though no one was ever arrested.
Fox News didn’t need an arrest, much less a trial, to arrive at a guilty verdict.
On the day of Gliniewicz’s death, Fox News host Heather Nauert prodded guest and Republican politico Dan Bongino to discuss a “common thread” between “anti-police rhetoric,” rising crime rates and police shootings.
NAUERT: One, we have the anti-police rhetoric, and some people say, ‘Not, that has nothing to do with the police officer deaths and shootings that have been taking place in this country. But also, there is another story. That is that crime is on the rise, murders in fact, in large cities. Now this is a suburb of the Chicago area, so we’re not talking about right in the city proper of Chicago, but do you see a common thread in these stories, in a sense?
BONGINO: You know Heather I do and it gives me no joy in saying this …but the man's [Obama] been a complete disgrace when it comes to dealing with police officers and it really gives me no joy in saying that. I know people tend to engage in hyperbolic statements here but it’s just the truth.
How many people are going to have to die? How many police officers, before President Obama has that Sister Souljah moment President Clinton had and he comes out and says enough is enough? We can have a respectful conversation, a dialogue in a free society about the role of policing, liberty and values, investigations into use of force incidents.
But once people cross the line and start marching on a state fair in Minnesota screaming, "Pigs in a blanket, fry 'em like bacon." Where’s the president of the United States here? This a disgrace.
The next day, host Martha MacCallum and contributor Rod Wheeler played the blame game:
MacCallum: “We have seen it’s been a hot summer, a long one for police violence - from people being killed in these incidents and these police officers. We saw a huge outpouring of support. Here are the four individuals that have been lost in just the last nine days. Are we hearing more about these incidents because of what has happened in recent months or is it happening more, Rod?”
WHEELER: … “We have a lot of this anti-police rhetoric going on across this country right now, Martha. That is definitely playing a role in some of these shootings.
… We’re gonna continue to see are these kind of shootings until we hear something come out of the White House and the Justice Department clearly stating that this will not be tolerated and we haven’t heard that yet, Martha, out of anybody at the Justice Department at all.
Authorities are expected to announce that Gliniewicz’s death was a suicide at a news conference on Wednesday.
Don’t hold your breath for an apology to either President Obama or #BlackLivesMatter from Fox News.
You can watch Fox jump to the wrong conclusions below.
“How very sad it must be to live a life so full of prejudice that it totally consumes every aspect of ones existence.”
That may be true Anita — BUT I definitely believe one should NEVER, EVER UDERESTIMATE THE IMMENSE POWER AND $$$$ of Herr Goebbels II (i.e. Rupert Murdoch) and his faithful elephant-sized toady Jabba the Ailes (i.e. Roger Ailes).