Media Matters has brought to light the astounding double standard Fox News applies to gruesome beheadings by Islamic extremists.
When terrorists group behead journalists when a white Republican sits in the White House, Americans need to unite and rally to the president’s support.
When terrorists behead reporters when a black guy with a Muslim-sounding name is the president, they blame everything on him, call him weak, and howl for blood.
Fox News hosts and their guests’ reactions to Nick Berg’s and Paul Johnson’s brutal executions in 1994 — during the George W. Bush administration — were dramatically different than their response to the more recent graphic beheadings of James Foley and Steven Sotlof during Barack Obama’s administration.
To lay things out for our dear readers, we’ve done a side-by-side comparison.
Fox’s Islamic beheadings coverage: A side-by-side comparison.
Take Bill O’Reilly, for example. In 1994, he was a uniter, not a divider. Now, he’s out for Obama’s, erm, head. (Please note, if you’re reading this on your cell phone, the following comparisons will display in a single column for space reasons).
Bill O’Reilly, O’Reilly Factor, June 18, 2004.
“It is becoming readily apparent that the United States, we, the people, have to unite. And if we don’t unite, we’re going to see this happen more and more, and then on a mass scale. We’ve got to stop with the partisan garbage, because that’s what it is, and we’ve got to stop with the selfishness and understand that this is a war. This is something we have never faced before. And stop the grand standing. And the politicians who exploit this for partisan benefit on both sides have got to be voted out of office. We have got to unite.”
(Source: Media Matters)
Bill O’Reilly, O’Reilly Factor, Sept. 10, 2014.
“All over the world the decline of American power is causing chaos. That is the backdrop for tonight’s foreign policy speech by the President, himself under siege by the American people. […] No matter what he says tonight, it is doubtful that Barack Obama realizes the danger this country is facing. In this age of high-tech distraction, it takes a lot to wise up many of us. But most Americans now understand that President Obama’s world vision is failing. It is up to him to turn that around.”
(Source: The O’Reilly Factor) [/one_half_last]
Watch O’Reilly blame Obama for the Foley and Sotloff beheadings.
[divider] Back in 2004, Sean Hannity sounds like the soothing voice or reason, as he urges Democrats to stop attacking then-President Bush — even thought Bush’s policies and “pre-emptive warfare” had put Berg and Johnson in harm’s way. But now, in the wake of Foley’s and Sotloff’s executions, Hannity comes off as a hothead.
Sean Hannity, Hannity and Colmes, June 2004,
“Richard, [Miniter], the shrillness of the rhetoric, a vice president of the United States screaming that — Al Gore screaming Bush betrayed America. Are we taking limited resources and the president and his cabinet have to spend all that time fighting politically when they ought to be focused in on World War III? It’s time that we now unite a country, using this as the latest example that we have been warned. They want to kill us all?” (Source: Media Matters) [/one_half]
Sean Hannity, The Sean Hannity Show, August 20, 2014.
“Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Peters is with us. Colonel, there is a level of depravity and evil and barbaric behavior by this group ISIS. If you can say there’s a more evil group than al Qaeda, this is it. I’m watching the president, he’s on vacation, paid very little attention, gave very little support to our allies in Israel. It seems like he just doesn’t want to come to grips with how brutal this push is for this Islamic Caliphate. Am I wrong?” (Source: Sean Hannity)
Hannity even gives the impression that Bush’s Al Qaeda was somehow morally superior to and less brutal than Obama’s ISIS.
Watch Hannity dish out his half-baked”analysis” on Obama’s alleged lack of response to the beheadings.
And, last but not least, we come to Bush’s former Vice President Dick Cheney, who basically created this whole mess and has left President Obama holding the bag.
Dick Cheney, Judy Woodruff’s Inside Politics (CNN), June 18, 2004.
“This horrendous act shows, once again, the nature of the enemy that we’re facing in the war on terror. They have no shame, not a shred of decency and no mercy even for the innocent.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Mr. Paul Johnson this afternoon, a good man, a fellow citizen, who may well have been murdered today. All Americans can be certain of President Bush’s resolve in this war, America will hunt down these killers, find them one-by-one and destroy them.”
Vice President Dick Cheney, The Sean Hannity Show, August 20, 2013.
“And when you see them behead an American reporter […] magnify that a million times over because that’s what’s in store for the rest of the world if we don’t deal effectively with this crisis.
He’s not up to speed and does not want to believe all that’s going on out there. But every day, we find new evidence that he’d rather be on the golf course than he would be dealing with the crisis that’s developing rapidly in the Middle East.”
(Source, Sean Hannity)
Watch Dick Cheney blame the results of his warmongering, profiteering foreign policy on President Obama.
h/t Media Matters.