There are many unanswered questions about the released American POW Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for five long years. How was he captured? Did he desert his post? Did he forget how to speak English? Was he tortured by his captors? These are just a few of the unanswered questions that will be answered in the coming days, weeks, and months. Sensible people realize that a rush to judgement rarely turn out to be accurate.
This common wisdom has seemed to escape the hyper-partisan hate-mongers over at the Fox Anger and Fear Machine. Correspondent James Rosen has gone as far as to report that Bergdahl had converted to Islam and declared himself to be a jihadist against America. This “report” has been widely condemned because of a lack of any evidence or corroboration by reliable sources. In fact, Rosen’s only “source” was a shady private intelligence operative who had previously been indicted by congress for lying about the Iran-Contra scandal.
Funny how time, circumstance, and convenience changes things. News Corpse reminds us that in August 2006, Fox correspondent Steve Centanni and his photographer were abducted from their Middle East assignment by Palestinian terrorists. During the two weeks they were held captive, a video was released in which the two denounced the United States and declared their newfound Islamic faith. If consistency was a valued commodity at Fox, one would imagine that back then, as now, the purveyors of anger would have speculated about how the journalists were traitors and enemies of the state like they have with Bergdahl. Of course, that never happened because consistency is as about as common at Fox as journalistic ethics. Instead, they took the reasonable, cautious route of waiting until the two were released and hearing their side of the story. When he was released, Centanni said that his conversion was:
[box type=”shadow”]“something we felt we had to do because they had the guns, and we didn’t know what the hell was going on.”[/box]
One would think that a responsible news organization would extend the same benefit of the doubt to one of America’s Heroes, and we have no reason to expect otherwise. However, it has become obvious to anyone that isn’t brainwashed that Fox is anything but a responsible news organization.
h/t News Corpse: