C-list actors Kevin Sorbo and Stacey Dash are living proof that being a conservative are the only credentials you need to become a national security expert on Fox News.
Dash and Sorbo appeapred on Outnumbered today where they offered their supposedly informed views on the Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl swap for five Taliban prisoners, one of whom has since been caught making telephone calls to the Taliban.
Fox's own Dash biography indicates that her conservative views are her only qualification for becoming a contributor. Other than her acting credits, Fox says:
Dash sparked controversy during the 2012 presidential election when she endorsed then-Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on her personal Twitter account and subsequently endured heavy criticism for supporting a conservative nominee. Since the election, Dash has continued to utilize her unique positioning as a well-known actress to voice her opinions and encourage discussion on topics ranging from pop culture to national news and politics across all media platforms.
Sorbo is not a Fox News contributor (yet) but the bio on his website suggests that other than acting, his only interests are nonprofits that benefit children. However, Fox News producers know from a previous appearance on the “fair and balanced” network that Sorbo has an animosity toward African Americans. Sorbo has aired his anti-Semitic views elsewhere.
Yet, Sorbo and Dash were deemed completely qualified to opine, as co-host Andrea Tantaros put it, “whether those freed Taliban commanders would ever return to the battlefield."
Tantaros played a clip of Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby saying on Hannity, “We are comfortable at the Defense Department that we can mitigate any threat that could be posed by any one of these individuals in terms of terrorist activities.”
But, of course, Dash and Sorbo know better. The other hosts: Tantaros, Harris Faulkner, and Melissa Francis were not exactly qualified, either. However, their job, presumably, was to get the facts from their guest(s).
Dash seems to have ditched her wooden persona from earlier in the week. Today, Dash was so full of enthusiasm for knocking the Bergdahl swap, she turned it into a little chant: “At this point, the Taliban terrorists are like, ‘Whoop, whoop. We got ‘em, we got ‘em, we got ‘em. Touchdown!” It was complete with physical gestures.
Not one of the regular co-hosts asked Dash how she had come to “know” this.
Dash continued, “And the president’s like clicking his heels together, his ruby red slippers: ‘There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home.’ I don’t understand.”
Sorbo chimed in: Are we really shocked that these guys go back to what they were doing originally? I mean, seriously. One deserter for five Taliban ‘freedom fighters.’ …It’s amazing to me!” He broke up into laughter.
Actually, there is no evidence that any of those freed prisoners went “back to what they were doing originally.” Fox News has merely reported that one of them has been caught “making telephone calls to the Taliban.” There is no information that he was even plotting anything untoward.
But none of the supposedly professional Fox journalists on the panel mentioned that.
Dash herself went on to suggest that there was no known danger.
DASH: The national security team - I’m hoping this is part of their tactical maneuvers and that they’ve got some kind of chip and they’re keeping track of these guys so that when they do contact other terrorists, they know who they are, so they get more access to more terrorists. I hope.
God forbid she should do anything like research on the subject.
Watch it below, from today’s Outnumbered.