'We don't know the facts'
by Kevin_Foley
 Politics Progressive
June 04, 2014 10:20 AM | 2443 views | 11 11 comments | 94 94 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Fox News never worries about speculating on news events, offering slanted opinions instead of facts while deceiving average TV viewers into believing its anchors and commentators actually know what they are talking about.

On Sunday, after news of the release of Bowe Bergthal broke, Fox News rushed to criticize the "sense of pride" "some" in the Obama Administration felt in the soldier's release after nearly five years in captivity.

The Fox anchor proclaimed that an unnamed "many" say Bergdahl is a deserter who walked out of his base in Afghanistan because he was "disillusioned" with American policy there.

To prove its point, Fox interviewed Pete Hegseth of the right wing Concerned Veterans for America who smeared Bergdahl before admitting, "we don't have all the facts."

Here's how the underlying narrative of Fox News' "reporting" breaks down in case you missed it:

"Obama is proud that a deserter and probable Taliban sympathizer was released. Obama turned over five Taliban leaders in exchange for Bergdahl because the president secretly sympathizes with the terrorists and wants to see them defeat America."

To further prop this narrative up, all day Monday and Tuesday, a Washington PR firm with right wing connections offered media outlets interviews with young men claiming they were in Bergdahl's unit who declared the soldier deserted because he had doubts about the American mission in Afghanistan.

I have doubts about the American mission in Afghanistan. Anyone with half a brain should have doubts. Why are American troops trying to nation build in a land of primitive tribes with no concept, respect or need for nationhood?

But this plays into another narrative. In the simplistic world of conservative "thought," if you question why the military is being deployed, you don't support "our troops," which is utter nonsense.

Real support of the troops is about making damn sure politicians in Washington don't ask them to die in unwinnable conflicts. Did we learn nothing from Korea, Vietnam and Iraq?

If it turns out Bergdahl was indeed captured, he'll likely have a long list of slander law suits against media and individuals calling him a "deserter" and "traitor" today.

We'll have to wait for those pesky facts.

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why not
June 11, 2014
Rhett Writer lists four items that he says are "FACTS", trouble is none of them are, just his opinion based on what he sees on TV. There is a lot of spinning going on and it is all being done by "YOU".
Kevin Foley
June 09, 2014
"Writer" & Twomey - This is why right wing reactionaries like you and the media idiots you adore are so dangerous:

Hailey, Idaho (CNN) -- The FBI is investigating threats against the parents of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the latest development in a case that has put the spotlight on the circumstances surrounding his capture in Afghanistan and release by the Taliban.

"We are working jointly with our state and local partners and taking each threat seriously," FBI Special Agent William Facer told CNN in an e-mail on Saturday.

Rhett Writer
June 07, 2014
@ Mike H. for your information, Col. Nortb was convicted on 3 minor counts relating to the Iran-Contra investigation. He was not convicted of selling missiles to Iran, nor was he charged with such. Further, the three counts on which he was convicted had those convictions later vacated.

Col. North resigned his commission, rather than subject the Marine Corps to further embarrassment. He did not desert, he did not collaborate with the enemy, he did not renounce his citizenship, and he did not publicly procalim that he waa ashamed to be an American.

You'll have to come up with something better than that.
Ben T womey
June 06, 2014
Mr. Writer, pay no attention to Kevin Foley's alter ego, Lib in Cobb. He doesn't ever contribute anything to a discussion. His total offering is one of insults and name calling.

He reaches the height of his intelligence when he finally finds his way out of bed in the morning.
Rhett Writer
June 06, 2014
Well, of course, since Susan Rice says he was the best soldier since Audie Murphy, he must be. I mean her reputation for truthfulness was assured with her brilliant observation that a film clip caused the Benghazi attack.

And there is no reason in the world to think that the people who were serving with him, including his squad leader, know a damned thing about what happened.

You people are really lame in your thinking.
Lib in Cobb
June 06, 2014
@Rhetr: No matter what President Obama does, he is wrong according to people like you. Continue to watch Fox, they live off the thin headed, shallow thinking, narrow minded viewers. We don't know the facts, is what Kevin Foley has stated.
Mike H
June 05, 2014
After Ollie North sold missiles to Iran, I don't remember if the Marines tried him or let him resign.

FOX news jumped at the opportunity to hire Ollie.

Sgt. Bergdahl isn't bad enough to be an unpaid intern for FOX.

Kevin Foley
June 05, 2014
So Writer, you know he's guilty until proven innocent because Sean Hannity told you so?

Sounds like YOU should be living in Afghanistan.

on balance
June 05, 2014
"We don't know the facts."

Well you finally owned up to tell what has been obvious to anyone who has read a column of yours.

But, per usual, don't let that hold you back!!!!
Kevin Foley
June 05, 2014

On the June 3 edition of Shepard Smith Reporting, host Smith took umbrage at the reporting, saying,

"If you desert or commit treason, you have to be proved to have done so. We can't just decide because some people come on television and yakety yak, and we've got a report of this and a report of that and that's what happened. As the Army said, as the Pentagon said, you bring them home. You bring them home first, and then you investigate."
Rhetr Writer
June 05, 2014
Kevin, here are the facts, since you can't seem to

fidn the. You are, apparently too busy trying to spin this travesty to Obama's benefit.

Fact, 1. The President illegally traded the "Taliban Dream Team of Terrorists", for the alleged "release", of a deserter who had openly renounced his American citizenship.

Fact 2. The deserter has American blood on his hands, in that 6 American soldiers lost their lives as a direct result of his desertion.

Fact 3. The five terrorists that the Presidetn released, will, asoon as possible, renew their war on America and Americans. That blood will be on Obama's hands.

Fact 4. The father of the deserter is a confessed Taliban sympathizer.

Want more? Keep watcbning the media. Facts are emerging hourly. None of which seem to be in favor of the Presient and his illegal actions.

You have a lot of spinning to do here, my friend.
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