The O’Reilly Factor “covered” the controversy over Apple’s decision to defy a court order allowing law enforcement access to the San Bernardino terrorist’s phone by having Jesse Watters do one of his biased, heavily edited and completely uninformative man-on-the-street interviews. And then impugning the patriotism of those who support Apple.
For some reason, Watters was in Arizona to answer this question, not California, the location of both Apple and the terrorists. Nor did he interview anyone who’s an expert in privacy or terrorism. He didn’t even seem to try to get an Apple representative.
That just happened to work to better smear the Apple supporters without any authoritative pushback.
“Do you think they’re putting profits above patriotism?” Watters “asked” one interviewee.
Back in the studio, Watters all but answered his own question when he smirked to host Bill O’Reilly, “I think young people care more about privacy than patriotism.”
Similarly, in its description of the video, FoxNews.com “asks,” “Is the company putting us all in danger?”
But it’s more than a little rich for Watters – or anyone else at Fox News, for that matter – to be complaining about putting people in danger. Fox is the company that allowed a reader to plot multiple murders on its website. It wasn’t until the FBI investigated him (after we tipped off one of his potential victims and the local police) that he was finally arrested. And where did this wannabe assassin post these threats? Why, it was on Fox Nation, the site where Watters is or was the managing editor. And, by the way, that did not stop Fox from continuing to allow its readers to keep talking murder, this time the assassination of President Obama. Yeah, that's real patriotic.
So if the network really cares about keeping people safe, they should start at home.
Watch Watters' hypocrisy below, from the February 22 The O'Reilly Factor.
What could go wrong if Apple becomes the government’s lap dog Bill and Jesse want? 👍
But I really bet Watters would be singing a different tune if HIS phone were remotely unlocked, allowing the FBI and CIA and Homeland Security to gain access to all his “private” information.
Along that line, I don’t believe Fox has had anything to say yet about Jason Dalton, the Kalamazoo, MI Uber driver who shot 8 people randomly in a rampage this past Saturday, killing 6 (http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/23/us/kalamazoo-michigan-shootings/)
Then again, Dalton is a legal gun owner, and white. If he were black and/or had any ISIS connections, Faux sNooze would be on that 24/7 — of course, they could simply still be looking for a way to blame President Obama for his actions.
Damn, rightwingnuts — you’ve got to make up your mind on how you feel about gov’t surveillance . . . when Dumbya Bush wiretapped US citizens without warrants and people complained, your response was to shout, “if ya got nothin’ to hide, ya shouldn’t be worried!”
Then, when President Obama continued to wiretap US citizens (but actually complying with FISA this time), you did a complete 180: “what’s with this gov’t overreach?! Obama’s a wannabe dictator!!”
Now you’ve done a complete 360 — and WANT the gov’t to get into this phone . . . all the while making sure to smear those who disagree with you as “being more concerned with privacy than patriotism.” The irony . . .
Apple has complied with the gov in the past regarding cell phone access , but what the government wants now is just a little too much and could damage the company and its security. I encourage you all to read about this issue, because Fox is not going to give you any real information about this when they can use this story for propaganda instead.
The pair of clearly unbiased ace Fox News journalists need to realize them or the FBI calling Syed Farook a “terrorist” doesn’t strip him of his American citizenship. So who’s really un-American here? Maybe Bill and Jesse who have no respect for our rights of citizenship.
Typical of Fox News, Bill and Jesse are leaving key facts out to demagogue the issue. Not mentioned is the judge’s order was in a closed private hearing where Apple had no legal representation to state their case.
If Watters had grabbed me on the street, him and Bill would have been raging on air how some terrorist hugging lefty wants Americans to be slaughtered by ISIS. But our founding fathers knew damn well all sorts of violent criminals might not be caught because America isn’t a place where the government can search our property without due process and a valid warrant. It’s the real ‘cost of freedom’ (yes, I’m mocking Fox’s Saturday biz block).
Let Apple have their day in court. If the judge favors the government, as I expect (and hope) they will, justice will really be served. We’ll get whatever information is on the phone and I won’t have to worry about the government kicking down my front door without a warrant because Bill and Jesse said they should.
1)Why is this an issue now, so long after the shooting?
2) If the changed password isn’t a screw-up, why’d they do it?
3) I could understand if this was something hardware related where they need special technology only Apple has, but if they just need to get into his phone, even Fox News has pointed out that there’s kits for that. It’s one of the few ways you can hack a phone.
4) The FBI has access to records, and data extraction technology- Does the phone really need unlocked to use that?
5) What, exactly, are they expecting to find?
6) Apple is usually very compliant- Can I see a video of how they were asked? Maybe there’s a reason they said no this time…
Only a few names in the media are asking any of these questions. Fox News isn’t even trying- It’s just “Big bad, scary people who don’t do what Republicans want!”.
And for the love of CHRIST, Jesse- The 80s are over, and nostalgia only goes so far. De-Flip the collar.