On Fox News, no insult about President Obama (or Democrats) is too low. But now that an unnamed Obama administration official reportedly called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “a chickens***,” the four ladies and #OneLuckyGuy on Outnumbered got a sudden case of the vapors.
In case you missed it, an article by Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic this week said the following:
The other day I was talking to a senior Obama administration official about the foreign leader who seems to frustrate the White House and the State Department the most. “The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit,” this official said, referring to the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, by his nickname.
Never mind why the official said it. That’s for real news discussions and reporters, not Fox's Outnumbered show. And besides, it might put a crimp in the group’s ability to make this all about what’s wrong with Obama.
Just so you know, Goldberg also wrote:
The fault for this breakdown in relations can be assigned in good part to the junior partner in the relationship, Netanyahu, and in particular, to the behavior of his cabinet. Netanyahu has told several people I’ve spoken to in recent days that he has “written off” the Obama administration, and plans to speak directly to Congress and to the American people should an Iran nuclear deal be reached. For their part, Obama administration officials express, in the words of one official, a “red-hot anger” at Netanyahu for pursuing settlement policies on the West Bank, and building policies in Jerusalem, that they believe have fatally undermined Secretary of State John Kerry’s peace process.
Instead of that information, Fox viewers got a clip of reporter Ed Henry trying a gotcha with the White House press secretary. Henry tried to make the White House look like hypocrites for by "asking" why they had not clamped down on whoever made the “chickens***” comment the way they have with other leakers.
If you ask me, it’s pretty obvious that someone high up in the Obama administration made the remark and it may well have been an intentional leak. But even if it was an intemperate comment that was off message, Fox’s Henry – and probably each of his colleagues – knew that it’s unlikely a high-level official would be publicly taken to the woodshed over it.
Meanwhile, the Outnumbered crew cued up their own outrage.
Attorney Arthur Aidala was the #OneLuckyGuy on the show. In the previous segment, Aidala dubiously blamed the glut in the legal market on President Obama’s economic policies. Aidala now accused the Obama administration of “selective prosecution.” He went on to say he had filed motions on behalf of his clients on those grounds, thereby suggesting President Obama had done something unlawful or at least wrong.
Co-host Sandra Smith said, “The concern is whether this could do more damage with our relationship” with Israel. If you’ve ever heard her utter a peep of concern about how the Netanyahu administration may have done something to damage its relationship with us, let me know. She certainly didn’t in this discussion.
But Putin-loving Kimberly Guilfoyle takes the hypocrisy cake in this crowd:
GUILFOYLE: I think that’s the biggest problem here. …How damaging is this to our relations that are already so strained with Israel. And they should be good. They should be strong. And yet there’s this discontent and sense of disrespect that is very pervasive and it’s unacceptable.
Really? Where was Guilfoyle’s “sense of disrespect” when she publicly wished Vladimir Putin were president? Or when she supported Donald Trump’s birther stunt? Or when she said about President Obama, “He’s certainly the most destructive president we’ve had in terms of tearing apart this country and all of the freedoms that we have fought for.”
Apparently, Guilfoyle only cares about respecting other foreign leaders and not our own. That is, if our own is a Democrat. I have no doubt she’d be back in the respecting business if a Republican were in office.
When Israel is the one providing monetary support, they have the right to be offended at being called “chickenshit”.