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Accuracy in Media (AIM), the ugly Wingnuttian answer to FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting), has published a rebuttal to Fox News’ banishment of (so-called) Judge Andrew Napolitano. They are outraged! Outraged! OUTRAGED!!@1! that he was put on leave following his much ridiculed, disputed, and international-incident causing analysis that the Brits (under orders from the US President, go figure) were spying on The Russian Usurper.
Let’s read some of his spittle-flecked invective, shall we?
An admitted CIA mouthpiece writing for The Washington Post receives classified information and publishes it. He remains in good standing at the paper. Yet the Senior Judicial Analyst for Fox News offers his informed opinion that the British helped conduct surveillance on President Trump and is suspended for several days from on-air appearances.
This action by Fox News reflects disrespect for someone who has worked for the channel since 1998. It sends a message that the intelligence community, here and abroad, cannot be investigated.
Actually Mr. Kincaid, I think what it really means is that you better have facts to submit into evidence, rather than just conspiracy theories you read on the internet. Do continue.
Since the British NSA, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), had issued a denial of what Napolitano had said, the feeling of most of the media (and the management of Fox News Channel) was apparently that this was the Gospel and must not be challenged.
Let’s see… the principle actors say it was a lie, the management agrees, and the punishment is to remove the liar from the air before he destroys the Brand’s already shakey credibility.
The scalp of Judge Napolitano will forever be nailed to the wall of Fox News, setting an example of what happens when the establishment narrative about Russia and Trump is undermined. Napolitano was made into an example of what happens when the intelligence agencies are embarrassed.
Or, he was given an appropriate punishment for telling a whopper on the air that was so obvious that it shamed the owner of the network.
Meanwhile, an anchor for Fox News, gay activist Shepard Smith, makes a mockery of conservative values on a regular basis and continues to enjoy the blessings of the channel’s owners. This is what happens when a conservative channel takes its conservative base for granted and moves to the left in order to appear more acceptable to the rest of the media.
Um, what does Smith’s sexual orientation have to do with this story? Oh, that’s right. Nothing.
Smith was actually designated to declare on the air that Napolitano’s report was incorrect. No details were offered on what investigations were done, if any, to question the sources behind his claims. One source came forward to validate what the judge had said.
Or was it that Smith’s news program was on the air so he got the short straw? We can go back and forth, Cliff, but what’s the point? If you want to refute Fox’s shorting Napolitano’s paycheck for 2 weeks, you have to prove that he was right and that they were wrong.
Or is it just that it isn’t fair to call out Wingnuttia’s respectable liars when they are caught lying? We’ll go with that.