Fox Business host Loud Dobbs played a selectively edited video of an ICE employee driving a car into a group of peaceful protesters, making it appear as though the protesters were the aggressors – and then praised the ICE employee for doing “what is within his rights, which is to proceed to park his vehicle and go to work.”
You can see the ICE truck drive into the protesters in the unedited videos below, from the Jewish protest group, Never Again Action, which staged the #NeverAgainIsNow (NAN) protest. You can also see that the frightened protesters bang on the truck in response, not as instigators:
BREAKING: Here is HD video of an ICE guard driving his truck into us as we sat peacefully blocking the Wyatt Detention Center.— ✡️ Never Again Action ✡️ (@NeverAgainActn) August 15, 2019
We’re putting our bodies on the line because we see the camps and the roundups. We’ve learned from our ancestors: NEVER AGAIN FOR ANYONE. pic.twitter.com/KnOu5xoOEb
Mediaite’s Reed Richardson did a great job of explaining Dobbs’ deceptive editing:
Dobbs’ segment, on the other hand, began by airing the NAN video at its original :41 mark, conveniently omitting the truck’s dangerous approach and surge into the sitting protestors. As the truncated video silently rolled, Dobbs portrayed the protestors as the real aggressors.”ICE protestors harassing a federal detention worker last night,” he claimed.
Dobbs compounded the deception and fanned the flames of inflammatory viciousness with guest Thomas Homan, the former acting director of ICE and current Fox News contributor. Homan, you may recall, recently said on Fox & Friends that he had considered beating up a Democratic Congressman during a hearing. But violent rhetoric toward Democrats or those who disagree is A-OK for Dobbs and his likeminded America haters on Fox Business and Fox News.
So it was no surprise that Dobbs would air selectively edited video in order to justify violence against protesters. Dobbs began the discussion with Homan with smarmy sarcasm that painted a dishonest picture of what happened:
DOBBS: I know that it must just gladden your heart to see a bunch of demonstrators at a Immigration Customs Enforcement facility blocking the path of a guard and then complaining about the fact that he sought to do what is within his rights, which is to proceed to park his vehicle and go to work.
Homan took the bait, even though he acknowledged, “I don’t know what happened in this incident.”
HOMAN: Well exactly. First of all, a lot of protesters nationwide have shown up to ICE facilities, and it makes you wonder if they even got a job. But besides this, they got to understand, ICE employees, especially our contractors that run our facilities for us, they're on edge, Lou. And I don't know what happened in this incident but our employees are on edge.
Homan went on to explain why ICE employees are on edge. You might be surprised to know I sympathize with them as they are bearing the brunt of carrying out horrible policies they did not create. And while I do not excuse them for taking part, violent attacks would put anyone on edge.
Yet instead of calling for ways to defuse or reduce tensions, Dobbs deliberately suggested the answer was to ratchet them up. He obviously had the approval of a Fox Business producer who was fine with airing the deceptive video.
This is not the first time Dobbs has promoted his irresponsible divisiveness with deception. You may recall he aired a dishonestly edited video of Nancy Pelosi to suggest she’s mentally incompetent. He also falsely promoted Donald Trump’s 55% disapproval rating in a poll as a “soaring approval” of 55%.
Watch Dobbs display his disregard for the truth as much as his disregard for Americans below, from the August 15, 2019 Lou Dobbs Tonight. The deceptively edited video appears at :49The introduction with Dobbs' dishonest video accusing demonstrators of assault can be seen at Mediaite.
(H/T reader Eric Jefferson)
1. The ICE employee tried a little trick we’ve seen previously in multiple places, including the Standing Rock protests where the Right Wingers in that state attempted to pass local laws to make it the protestors’ fault if they were run over by Right Wingers committing vehicular homicide. We’ve seen this previously in Charlottesville. So under Dobbs’ thinking, it is the fault of the homicide victim not the killer in these cases. Good to know that this is his perspective, next time he opines about how the death penalty should be enforced.
2. Dobbs and Homan engaged in mutually reinforcing nonsensical and childish rage baiting. They clearly enjoy the presidency of Mike Pence and think wonderful things about Pence’s childish spokesman. And in the case of Dobbs, there’s clearly a rage basis for all of this – which has been the historic problem with Right Wingers in the first place. Dobbs isn’t happy for all the “great stuff” he’s trying to credit Pence for – he’s FURIOUS that everyone else doesn’t see the world through the Right Wing tinted glasses he uses.
3. We have not seen the last of these kinds of vicious attacks – and the situation isn’t helped by the lies being spread by childish buffoons like Dobbs. Particularly when Pence and his spokesman are trying to blame the protestors and ANTIFA for having the temerity to stand up to Right Wing hate groups. Eyes asks if the 2020 election can fix this issue. The answer is no, but at least the haters have made their faces known to everyone. So hopefully after Pence and his gang are shown the door, when these guys try to walk back their bigotry, we can stand back from them and tell them to live with their shame. I have no intention of forgiving or forgetting the infants who attempted to bully the rest of this country and the world. I’m glad they made the situation simpler for us. The moment they went full bigot, they lost any consideration. I don’t ever want to hear another Right Winger opine about anything beyond whether they think they can get to work on time. They’ve lost their privileges.
4. As for the ICE employees being in a tough spot, I point to the members of even Nixon’s corrupt Justice Dept, who resigned rather than enforce Nixon’s evil will. The ICE employees all have had a choice before them. Nobody is forcing them to attack families and children or to run over protestors. They are actively choosing to do this. I have no sympathy for them. If they want to act in a morally and ethically upright manner, they should work somewhere else. (I also note that the one guy who did what Nixon demanded in trying to shut down Watergate was the infamous Robert Bork…)
Actually, THEY have only themselves to blame for being in that ‘terrible’ position, aren’t they?
I can’t sympathize with anyone chooses to separate a nursing mother and baby. Watch these overgrown ass-clowns carefully…many seem to be enjoying their work. Those who don’t believe in the horrible tasks that they’ve been assigned need to get another job.
Last week I reported 2 people in Twitter. One who threatened to assassinate liberal politicians and another threatening to fire bomb a newspaper. Previous to that, I’ve never reported anyone before.
I never considered myself naive but I never realized the level of mainstream, man on the street right-wing hate and it’s potential for widespread violence. Trump has whipped up his MAGA base not only into a lather to motivate them to vote, he’s whipped them up into a violent frenzy. Every day on Twitter there’s a couple of man on the street videos of MAGA right-wingers ranting at people of color and even attacking them.
We hear every day Trump is ‘whipping up his base’ like he’s a normal politician trying to get more people to vote for him. But in Trump’s case they’ve always been motivated so churning the same people up over and over and over again only agitates them until they boil over. Can a mere election – assuming Trump is tossed out of office – even fix this?
Yeah, I’m surprised.
Personally, I would find it impossible to support ANYONE who does not call out Trump for the totally incompetent and dangerous moron that he is.