The Hannity show brought back the discredited “terrorism expert” Steve Emerson to both frighten the bejesus out of viewers about home-grown terrorists and smear President Obama as their BFF in America. While he was at it, Emerson blamed Obama and Hillary Clinton for the war in Gaza, too.
As I previously wrote about Emerson, “FAIR has reported, his “priority is not so much news as it is an unrelenting attack against Arabs and Muslims,” and, as Media Matters reported, he has a history of peddling misinformation.”
But on Hannity, Emerson’s credentials were unquestioned and nothing he said was challenged.
Although Emerson stressed that there’s no immediate threat to us viewers, he also suggested something terrible could happen at any time, thanks to Obama:
There are many, many jihadists… who can be mobilized on a moment’s noticed.
…The problem is exacerbated by the fact that we have an administration that’s in bed with these radical Islamic groups that pretend to be moderate or civil rights groups that have basically curtailed the ability of the FBI, DHS, ICE agents to monitor, do investigations or even prosecutors. Prosecutors now have to petition the Department of Justice to use the word “jihad” in indictments.
This shows you the extent to which this administration has neutered the whole campaign to stop jihadism and basically interfered, Monica, with the ability of FBI agents to do their job. We saw what happened in Boston, right? Why didn’t they stop that one?
Guest host Monica Crowley ate up every word. Instead of probing the validity of Emerson’s shocking accusations, Crowley prodded for more of the same. “Talk to us a little bit about how Obama’s feckless foreign policy and his lack of moral clarity here, and his very tepid support for our close friend and ally, Israel, how that’s emboldened both the Muslim Brotherhood and the Muslim Brotherhood’s military wing, Hamas,” she "asked."
“Monica, you couldn’t have said it better,” Emerson said. Before long, he was off to blaming Obama and Hillary Clinton for the problems in the Middle East:
This administration has, essentially, embraced and legitimized the Muslim Brotherhood which is the godfather and parent of all Sunni terrorist groups, including Hamas, including Islamic Jihad and Al Qaeda. And for the administration to make a distinction between Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood is simply murderous. And that’s what they’ve done.
…I put squarely and fully the blame of the Hamas buildup of rockets and their tunnels that started in December, 2012, when Hillary Clinton first negotiated the cease fire between Israel and Hamas that forced Israel to lift the blockade and allow Hamas to get concrete and steel, which they used to build tunnels and they used to create rocket launching facilities underground. That resulted in the most recent war which has caused, basically, the strategic survival of Israel to be, for the first time, to be at risk.
Again, Crowley functioned as an echo chamber, rather than any kind of news host. Considering that the woman has a Ph.D. in International Affairs from Columbia, you’d think she’d want a few more facts to back up such extremist allegations. But no.
“Yeah, it’s unbelievable to me that this White House, through its actions, has essentially legitimized the war criminality of Hamas, Crowley replied.
As well it should be unbelievable, Monica.
Watch Fox reach a new low with its anti-Obama smearing in the video below from the August 1 Hannity.
“Inquiring minds want to know.”
Yes indeed Joseph — and for starters, I definitely believe EVERY American with an inquiring mind and critical thinking skills should take a GOOD HARD LOOK at the VERY STRONG CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE contained in this link:
Sad to say, here are the basic questions ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY NO ONE in the Republican sympathizing corporate run mainstream media have asked to this day due to their TOTAL LACK OF GUTS: the instant the first World Trade Center Tower was hit, WHY DIDN’T THE SECRET SERVICE STORM THE CLASSROOM INSTANTLY AND PULL DUMBYA BUSH OUT OF THERE PRONTO? How did they know he was not in any danger? How on earth did they know there wasn’t a hijacked plane headed for Booker Elementary School that very instant?
Now, I ask again: Where was Emerson then? What was HE doing while his President* actually ignored the prospect of a genuine “Islamic terrorist on his way” (nearly a score of them, in fact)?
As the old ads for that other source of “reliable” news, the National Enquirer, used to say, “Inquiring minds want to know.”
*And a FoxNoise fave—at least until late 2006/early 2007
BTW, this guy Emerson puts out a daily “terror alert” to keep his followers all riled up all the time.
If I hear one more Israeli “poor me” about how they don’t feel like they can take their children to the park without worrying, which is apparently plenty of justification for 1800 or so dead Palestinians and counting, I may start screaming myself. What was that Netanyahu phrase, “telegenically dead Palestinians”?
I used to be, like most Americans, a huge fan and supporter of Israel, but I can’t for the life of me figure out what they think they’re achieving by what they’re doing and the way they’re defending it.