If President Obama and Hillary Clinton would only say those magical three words, “radical Islamic terrorism,” the awful shooting in an Orlando nightclub could have been avoided. At least, that’s what Fox News has suggested
On Fox & Friends this morning, Crooks and Liars caught this bit of commentary from cohost Tucker Carlson and guest Sebastian Gorka:
CARLSON: Doesn’t the politicization of all of this, the relentless lying by the administration about the Islamic terror threat we face, make it harder for people to want to step forward and say what they see?”
GORKA: Absolutely, Tucker, it’s horrific. It’s horrific.
Later, Media Matters captured this even more hideous finger-pointing from Gorka on Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo:
GORKA: Maria, we need to stop using words like “shocking.” Nobody should be shocked. This is what they have been planning to do after Paris, after Brussels. Nobody should be surprised. Likewise, this isn’t to be called “a tragedy.” This isn’t an Amtrak train being derailed. This is part of the global jihadi strategy. It’s not an accident. It is war against America. And lastly, please, please, I beg my colleagues in the U.S. government, we have to stop talking about this maybe being a hate crime. It’s not a hate crime. It is part of an ideological military assault on the United States of America. We have arrested 101 people linked to ISIS on U.S. soil since the caliphate was declared. This attack in part was facilitated by the policies of this administration, President Obama and Secretary Clinton, that have allowed political correctness into the threat assessment. Today I beg the White House, stop with the political correctness. We need to destroy this enemy before more innocent people: gay, straight, black, white, brown, yellow are murdered on U.S. soil.
Rather than challenge that incendiary and unfounded rhetoric, host Maria Bartiromo called Gorka’s comments “very compelling.”
Watch the two videos below, from Fox's June 12 coverage of the Orlando nightclub shooting.
“Fox wrongly reports that Obama wants to ban armored helmet that saved cop’s life in Orlando”
What scares the dickens out of me when I think about the NRA’s success in protecting unregulated gun ownership is the thought of what might happen in a room where many people are armed and there’s a loud noise (shots, a firecracker, an accident, whatever). Everybody whips out their weapon and …. who do they shoot at? Why, anybody else with a weapon, of course. In fact, the bad guy could be anybody with a weapon, so shoot away at anybody and everybody.
CNN latched onto the terrorist meme right from the start but they’re now starting to speculate on other possibilities. I guess reality is getting more complicated every hour and it’s no longer so clear-cut.
“On Fox & Friends, Donald Trump suggests President Obama is working with the terrorists”
Fair and balanced. 👍
Didja ever notice . . . whenever something like this happens (with disturbing frequency), the one person(s) Fox NEVER seems to blame is — the shooter?
Guess that’s the one time that whole “personal responsibility” thing goes out the window . . .
Endless speculation but all of it focused on terrorism right from the start. A security analyst from Georgia who was interviewed on CNN was bothered by that and so am I.
I’ve heard nobody speculate on the possibility that some people inside the club may also have been armed. Might this have become a “circular firing squad”? That would explain the long time needed to map out the trajectories.
I first heard the term “circular firing squad”during a CNN interview of a professor from Maine who’d cancelled a speaking event at a University (in Texas?) that allows staff and students to carry arms on campus. It’s a perfect description of what can happen when several uintrained have guns in a confined space.
Because making it a hate crime lessens Faux sNooze’s ability to gin up fear and outrage in their sheeple followers, and doesn’t fit in neatly enough with their meme of blaming President Obama for being “soft on terrorism” and “being afraid to call terrorism what it is” . . .
Why can’t this be a hate crime? A hate crime IS terrorism. That’s why the penalties for hate crimes are harsh. A hate crime is not just a crime against an individual or a piece of property. It’s a crime against a whole class of people, meant to terrorize that class. On some posts over at DU, I’ve seen that terror already reverberating to gay people. Just like a swastika on a synagogue is more than simple graffiti.