The liberal-hating Campus Reform organization put out a sting video in which Harvard students were asked whether ISIS or the United States is a greater threat to world peace. Without concern for what was edited out or even what the students actually said, Fox’s Outnumbered show seized on the video as some kind of proof that the students prefer ISIS to the U.S.
The first thing the Outnumbered show failed to report to the “we report, you decide” network’s viewers was the conservative-activist agenda of Campus Reform. Or that the organization has a history of producing sting videos. (Not surprisingly, they often get favorable airtime on Fox).
The video was obviously selectively edited. But if any of the Outnumbered hosts wondered what might have been edited out, or whether the three students shown to the Fox viewers represented all of Harvard, they didn’t mention it. Certainly not Kennedy, who introduced the segment with great scorn, “Check out what some students from Harvard said.”
Her scorn was not surprising, given that Kennedy has already demonstrated that she doesn’t need no stinkin’ education or degree to play a psychologist on Fox.
In the video, we saw the students being asked, “What is a greater threat to world peace, America or ISIS?” Given that the U.S. is a superpower that has engaged in far more conflicts than the new, generally localized ISIS, the question was clearly designed to make the students look bad.
That was another fact that not a single Outnumbered host seemed to care about.
In the clip played on the air, we saw responses such as “American imperialism and our protection of oil interests in the Middle East are destabilizing the region and allowing groups like ISIS to gain power” and “We’re to blame for a lot of the problems that we’re facing now” and “The amount of spending that America has on causes of potential destruction in the world is really outlandish.”
Clearly, the students were not saying ISIS is better than the U.S. but that the U.S. has caused and has the power to cause more destruction.
But Kennedy was more interested in mocking the student who said “outlandish” and her “very big vocabulary words.” There was a chorus of cackles off screen.
Once she stopped sneering, Kennedy admitted there was “a basis for this strain of logic.”
Co-host Harris Faulkner was not interested in that line of thinking. She said about the students, “I’d like to see which one of them is willing to defend this country. Who’s willing to sign up to do that?” She wished the students had been asked, “Who do you look to, to protect the freedoms of this country, I mean if you’re going to bash it so much?”
Now, that’s rich. Putting aside the fact that the students were talking about U.S. foreign policy, not the military, Faulkner never put her own fanny on the line for her country. Nor had any of the other regular hosts that day: Not Kennedy, not Sandra Smith and not Andrea Tantaros. And when it comes to bashing this country? Nothing those students said can hold a candle to the kind of seething hatred for America seen every day on Fox.
Yesterday's “#OneLuckyGuy” was country singer John Rich. It turns out he never served his country either. Though he does seem to have a knack for getting into drunken altercations. Rich declared the Harvard students are “a threat to the gene pool. …Those are a bunch of snot-nosed brats.”
Rich later added, “When you’re given the option of ISIS or the United States of America, which one is worse, and you’re going, ‘America’s worse than ISIS’ - really? I mean, that’s a scary thing to know that’s in their heads. These kids are at Harvard, they’re going to be running stuff.”
Except that’s not at all what the kids said. But nobody corrected him.
Watch it below.
“Keep in mind that most right wingers can only think in binary terms.”
ESPECIALLY DER FUEHRER II (i.e. George Dumbya Bush) Steve. Remember when he DECLARED TOTAL ALL OUT WAR on the antiwar dissenters worldwide by bellowing these INFAMOUS words in his 2003 State of the Union Address, shortly before he launched his TOTALLY DISASTROUS invasion of Iraq on March 19? :
“EITHER YOU’RE WITH US, OR YOU’RE WITH THE TERRORISTS!”
Fox does that a lot. Remember when Obama said “…Insurance companies aren’t evil, they’re just trying to make a living….” And seconds later, Sean Hannity is squawking that Obama called the insurance companies EVIL!!
Just like this.
No student said “Isis is better than the USA.”
But that’s what these “TV pundits” argued against.