Fox’s America’s Newsroom show discussed Cuba’s arrest and release of dissidents in typical Fox News fashion: by making it all about what’s wrong with President Obama and how he’s endangering our national security. Birther host Heather Childers ate up every accusation from her Obama-hating guest and never challenged a word.
You may recall that Childers has a thing for Obama conspiracy theories, including the one where she “just asked” her Twitter followers for their thoughts on whether the 2008 Obama campaign threatened to kill Chelsea Clinton to keep her parents silent about his birth certificate.
So it was not a huge surprise that she didn’t seem to mind when her guest turned a discussion that was supposed to be Cuba into a tirade about Obama’s foreign policy.
Childers’ first question to her guest, George Bush-admirer Niles Gardiner, was “What do you make of this catch and release move by Cuba? Why do you think they did this?”
To Gardiner, it was all about Obama:
GARDINER: Well, it does demonstrate clearly the complete bankruptcy of President Obama’s olive branch to the Cuban regime. …This latest arrest of political dissidents in Cuba sends a very, very clear signal actually to Washington that the Cuban dictatorship has absolutely no intention whatsoever of releasing political prisoners. …Yet again, I think the Obama administration’s fallen flat on its face in terms of its foreign policy, launching a policy of appeasement of a barbaric regime that is deeply anti-American in nature and has no respect whatsoever for individual rights and liberty.
Gardiner called it “vitally important” for the U.S. to “maintain the political and economic pressure on this regime in order to bring about the kind of change that we need to see in Cuba.” But of course, he never explained why it’s so vitally important for us, nor why the policies in place since the Kennedy era don’t seem to have yet effected whatever changes Gardiner thinks so vital. Childers didn’t ask, either.
Nor did Childers point out that Americans strongly approve of normalizing relations with Cuba.
Instead, Childers upped the fear factor: “And this isn’t just about Cuba and the United States. When you mention sending the wrong signals, this has a direct effect on our overall foreign policy because there are other countries paying very close attention to what we’re doing here.”
“Oh, absolutely,” Gardiner agreed. Then he made the Cuba situation about Iran.
GARDINER: I think the Iranian regime is going to be looking very, very closely at the Obama administration’s approach towards Cuba. And there’s even now talk of the White House looking at normalizing relations with Iran. This is an extremely dangerous signal. And so far, I think you’ve seen a policy of tremendous weakness coming from the White House that has only emboldened America’s enemies from Teheran to North Korea to Russia and, of course, to Cuba as well. And so America’s enemies really I think frankly are laughing at America’s foreign policy at the moment. And you have a president in office who really doesn’t have a clear-cut foreign policy strategy for advancing America’s interests.
Childers interrupted to end the segment. She said, “We certainly appreciate your insight. A lot of people at home paying attention to what you were saying.”
I’m sure they are – as well as at Fox News headquarters.
Watch it below, from today’s America’s Newsroom.
Isn’t China a communist government? Do we do business with them? Hmmmmm….
I think Cuba plans to “follow through” with lots of changes. Maybe not changing their government, but I’m guessing we aren’t going to change ours either? Help me out here.
Who is this little worm? How pathetic. Can’t they get a scholar, or someone that has a lick of intelligence to give a debate or point of view? Instead, they keep pulling these “nobodies” out of their rear end, and they stink. (no real surprise.)
Right…we’re going to hand over our military to Iran next. Please, please, please. Such nonsense.