Did Fox & Friends bother to vet “investigative journalist” Matthew Vadum, its Obama-hating guest this morning, or was Vadum’s support for Donald Trump’s baseless “Obama wiretapped me” accusation all the vetting the show needed? Regardless, Vadum's recent calls for Trump-critic Evan McMullin to be shot should have disqualified him. At the very least, Vadum’s extremism should have been disclosed.
Vadum told Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy that Trump’s accusation is “shaping up, potentially, to be Barack Obama’s very own Watergate, except it is on a scale so audacious that it makes Richard Nixon’s actual Watergate scandal look pretty tame by comparison.” The big difference, of course, is that Obama is no longer president. Whereas Trump – who has yet to put forward any evidence for his claim – is the one in the Oval Office, making accusations. More importantly, he is the one facing persistent questions about his ties to Russia.
Doocy didn’t seem to care about the possibility of an American president’s collusion with a foreign power. He was more interested in hearing his guest smear former President Barack Obama in the service of Trump Rehab.
“It certainly looks like President Obama was up to no good,” Vadum announced. “Whether it was to influence the outcome of the November election – maybe, maybe not.” He thought it more likely Obama wants to “sabotage the incoming Trump administration.”
“Absolutely,” Doocy agreed.
As Doocy closed the discussion, a lower-third banner read, “VADUM: OBAMA WAS WIRETAPPING-HAPPY.”
But perhaps there should have been a lower-third telling viewers that Vadum is assassination happy. A few days ago, Vadum said former presidential candidate and former CIA operative Evan McMullin should be shot for treason for saying that Trump feels “mounting pressure” about his Russia ties:
. You should be shot for treason @Evan_McMullin— Matthew Vadum (@vadum) March 5, 2017
Or maybe just shot for treason, period:
Or “disposed of.”
Why hasn't someone disposed of you yet? https://t.co/lKMhEsbxar— Matthew Vadum (@vadum) March 5, 2017
That’s not counting Vadum's threats to MoveOn:
Note to MoveOn anti-free speech thugs: Our side has guns, tens of millions of them. Behave yourselves. #tcot— Matthew Vadum (@vadum) March 16, 2016
Watch Fox present this potentially dangerous crackpot as a neutral, credible expert below, from the March 7, 2017 Fox & Friends.
(Thanks to NewsHounds Richard for his assistance and input with this post.)
It’s getting pretty obvious now that this so-called Presidency will not stand. And the bloody brilliant thing about the whole fucked up mess is that 95% of the usual suspects (all of FOX, 90% of® elected officials) will have a permanent record of having supported a corrupt, incompetent, sexual predator till they day they turn up their toes.
The same goes for the so-called Christian fundie frothers. Will they ever be able to live their shame down? Certainly, they’ve blown what little chance they had at passing St Peter.
Republicans, all together now, say, “Thank you George W Bush!!”.
The big difference between Obama and Nixon is Watergate was an illegal break in. Even if Trump’s tweet storm proves to be accurate, all the evidence including the recent Mark Levin diaper fill show his administration went through a FISA court and obtained a legal warrant.
Also, Levin’s accusations were Obama knew of the wiretapping at some point, not that he ordered it or in any way interfered in the investigation.
The fact “Fox & Friends” is resorting to inflammatory crackpots to make their case proves how weak it is. However, the sad fact is in the alternate fact bubble their fanboys live in that’s all that’s needed.
A query: isn’t that sort of wishful thinking against the law? Sounds an awful lot like incitement if actually not a textbook example of hate speech.