Fox’s Outnumbered is seriously concerned about the tensions between the intelligence community and the Obama administration over the war on ISIS. We know that because cohost Harris Faulkner told us that if you Google the issue, “You might see our legs come up because we talk about it that often on the show.”
Snark aside, the issue is important. A Daily Beast article a few days ago, reported, “The growing scandal over cooked ISIS intelligence just got much worse. Now, analysts are saying they’re being forced out for not toeing the Obama administration’s line on the war.”
But in typical Fox News fashion, the “legs” on the couch discussed the matter with shallow, partisan, ideological attacks only.
Republican Congressman. Sean Duffy relieved his wife, an Outnumbered regular. His “insight”: “Why wouldn’t the president want the best intelligence possible so he can make the best decisions possible?” In case you didn’t hear the “secret Muslim” dog whistle yet, Duffy brought up a fave Fox chestnut: the Bowe Bergdahl swap for five Taliban prisoners. This, Duffy declared, is “why Donald Trump is doing so well. They want someone to tell us the truth and fight for us.”
Of course, Trump-lover Harris Faulkner didn’t challenge that falsehood. She was busy touting Fox News’ gravitas. “This is a huge story” that the media isn’t covering, she said somberly. Even though nobody was covering it here, other than using it as a cudgel against Obama.
Faulkner thought Outnumbered such a good counter-weight to the rest of the media that, she said, if you Google this subject, “First, you might see our legs come up because we talk about it that often on the show.” Yeah, that tells you right there what gets emphasized on Outnumbered.
But leave it to Andrea Tantaros to up the smear ante to a “secret ISIS collaborator” dog whistle. While she was at it, Tantaros also included all progressives.
TANTAROS: I am borderline singularly obsessed with this story. It was over 150 members of the intelligence community, Harris, that stood up and said, “For the last eight years we have been pressured to fudge the intel, to scrub the report so that the threat of ISIS is gone. Why would the administration give cover to ISIS? Is it about his legacy? Some people are asking the question, is he covering for ISIS? Why would the administration be pressuring these intelligence agents to not give us the facts on the ground? And we see this is an administration that’s not above censoring out "radical Islamic jihadism" from a speech with the French president.
The "Obama censored French President Hollande" conspiracy theory is dubious, at best, but "serious-minded" Faulkner let it stand.
TANTAROS: And this is a bigger push, and it’s a bigger story that the media isn’t covering. Who are they going to replace these intelligence agents with? There has been a move by the intel community to replace the analysts and the agents with progressives. So, I want to know, who is going to replace these two people that say they’re being retaliated against? If I had to guess, it’s two political appointees that will write a progressive story line.
Tantaros is not just vicious and fact-challenged, she has deliberately incited violence and endangered Americans. Yet, Fox News has turned a blind eye and continues to allow her to host.
And guess what, Harris Faulkner? Not a single Fox News article, much less an Outnumbered “leg,” appears on the first page of a Google search of “intelligence analysts ISIS war.” I think that says almost as much as your quote about the kind of news “analysis” you get on Fox “News.”
Watch it below, from the April 5 Outnumbered, via Media Matters.
’Cause, nothing says, “the Obama White House is covering for ISIS” better than ordering the drone attack that killed an ISIS commander a WEEK ago:
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