As I previously posted, Jesse Ventura has demanded a retraction from Fox News of its reports cheerleading a Navy SEAL claiming to have punched Ventura for supposedly dissing the military. So how is Fox News handling the matter? If The Five yesterday (1/9/12) was any indication, by doubling down on their smears and depicting Ventura as wrong, crazy, unpatriotic and brain damaged – and not showing a shred of interest in any actual investigation or corroboration. So much for “we report, you decide.”
Not one of The Five’s co-hosts seemed the slightest bit concerned that they may have promoted misinformation that smeared Ventura. Co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle opened the discussion by reading a Facebook post by him denying the account and made it clear she didn’t need any more information.
Co-host Dana Perino sneered, “Did he write that, post that from his newly adopted country, Mexico because isn’t that where Jesse Ventura moved to?” Then, as if living in Mexico were all the proof she needed that Ventura was some kind of un-American liar, she announced, “I believe the Navy SEAL.”
Co-host Eric Bollng said he had previously interviewed Ventura and posted a photo of him looking unhinged with fury. Bolling said, “I brought up, you know, his 9/11 conspiracy theory which, by the way, he was peddling on some reality TV show… Just take a look at that picture.” According to Bolling, all he did to engender Ventura's fury was to say, “Look, I don’t think you’re being patriotic saying that President Bush or Dick Cheney had anything to do with 9/11.” Bolling continued, “So I agree I believe the Navy SEAL.”
I’m no 9/11 Truther but I couldn’t help but compare the dismissive attitude toward Ventura with the continued fawning over Donald Trump on Fox – including on The Five – despite the fact that Trump’s own birther conspiracy theory has been completely and utterly debunked. Also, Bolling's concern for patriotism is a bit selective since it's not exactly patriotic to accuse the president of lying about his birth certificate in order to cover up his ineligibility to take office.
Guilfoyle claimed Ventura is “in trouble” with the SEAL community because of his comments. She didn’t present any facts to back up her claim. Nor did anyone else ask for any.
Co-hest Greg Gutfeld said, “He’s a giant boob.”
“Don’t give boobs a bad name,” Guilfoyle said.
Liberal co-host Bob Beckel once again joined in the pile on. Rather than make a stand for truth and accuracy – not to mention fairness and balance – Beckel went along with the groupthink by saying that steroids “do some things to your brains” and “I don’t think that I would take Jesse’s word over this other guy’s word for a second. Not that Jesse’s necessarily lying. He just can’t remember.”
As I wrote in my last post on the subject, shame on every one of them.
While I donât always agree with Jesse I do find him to be a fascinating interview where you know at the beginning heâs not going to play patty cake and give us the same old predictable standard of dull and stale talking point answers that weâre all familiar with.
I remember about three years ago when he was a guest on Hannity & Colmes and Governor Ventura was making his point to Sean that his bosses controlled what stories and how they would be reported to their audience. Of course Sean reacted negatively to this saying that wasnât true. Jesse replied back to Sean, oh so you made the decision and wanted to cover the death of Anna Nicole Smith everyday for a month? Sean didnât say anything but just gave his usual smirk that you could easily read his facial expression was saying, okay, you got me.
I donno if I’m reading too much into this or not, but seriously, Ellen- next few clips you watch where you notice recurring words, count out how evenly they’re spaced apart. On this particular clip, it’s a little weirder because I would see a Chyron pop up and just pull off.
I feel like I this is something I should look into, but at this point, I’m not sure if it’s completely deliberate. Gotta admit it’s strange, though…