Okay, I am going to say this as plainly as I can. There is a real terrorist threat to America. This threat has existed for a long time now, and the right-wing media is ignoring it completely. The reason they are ignoring it is because this threat does not come from Islamic terrorists. It comes from white, right-wing, anti-government extremists.
We all know that Fox News is xenophobic. What they have been successful in hiding is their total disregard for right-wing terrorists for a very long time. The recent stories, or lack thereof, about the Oklahoma killing and the terrorist shooting of two state troopers in Pennsylvania shows that Fox News doesn’t think right-wing extremists are terrorists but a fired Muslim worker is a terrorist.
Last week there was a gruesome murder in Oklahoma. A fired worker, Alton Nolan, entered his former workplace and beheaded a co-worker. This ghastly story has been front and center over at Fox News. Not because the crime was so gruesome, but because the suspect, who is in custody, recently converted to Islam. That means according to Fox News it was a terrorist attack. Police say otherwise noting that the attack came immediately after Nolan was fired and stating that they’ve yet to find a link to terrorism.
According to Fox News, this proves that Islamic Jihadists are running rampant in the heartland of the country. They are treating the story as a national problem with political implications. Of course, they blame President Obama for the attack because of his “indifference to the threat of Islamic terrorism.”
Yet another story that really is an act of terrorism is ongoing with barely a mention from Fox News. On September 16, 31-year-old marksman Eric Frein was allegedly laying in wait outside the Blooming Grove police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania, preparing to assassinate state troopers. Shortly before 11 p.m., Bryon Dickson was shot and killed as he walked towards his patrol car. Moments later, as he approached the barracks to begin his overnight shift, trooper Alex Douglass was shot and seriously wounded by a bullet fired from a .308-caliber rifle.
Frein, who is described as a survivalist, fled into the Poconos Mountains woods where he has been hiding out ever since. There has been a massive man-hunt for this terrorist by the State Police, FBI, U.S. Marshalls Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Because Frein has been described as “extremely dangerous” and possibly armed with an AK 47, local schools were closed for fear of another attack. Business were warned to remain black. And mail delivery was suspended because officials feared mail carriers might be attacked by Frein.
So, what sparked this ambush? “He made statements about wanting to kill law enforcement officers and to commit mass acts of murder,” state police commissioner Frank Noonan warned the public at the time. Another official noted the shooter has a “longstanding grudge against law enforcement and government in general” dating back to at least 2006.
A friend was even more explicit. “He was obviously a big critic of the federal government. No indications of really any malice towards law enforcement in particular. Most of his aggression was (toward) the federal government.”
Philadelphia columnist Dick Poleman wrote: “We have a well-trained sniper who hates authority, hates society, hates government, and hates cops enough to plug them from ambush. He’s so lethal, so locked and loaded, that communities in the Pocono Mountains feel terrorized.” “He kept camouflage face paint in his bedroom. He toted the AK-47 on social media. He collected, according to the criminal complaint, “various information concerning foreign embassies.””
If this sounds like domestic terrorism being perpetrated by a homegrown terrorist, you are right. But, turn on Fox News and you will not find anything about the story. None of the major evening commentators like Meagan Kelly, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity or Neil Cavuto have said a word about this domestic terrorist.
To really show the slant, in the two weeks since the shooting, the shows on Fox News monitored by Nexis mentioned Frein’s name only six times. And most of those were in one sentence “updates”. None of the so-called big news people mentioned above have said a single word about the murder. On the other hand, these shows have donated hours and hours of the Oklahoma killing. They even have included overheated commentary, and most of them dwelled on the fact the killing may have been an act of terror.
The only show that had a feature on Frein and his act of terrorism was one segment of the show On The Record With Greta Van Susteren. But before you give old Greta some praise here, she whitewashed the story. She never mentioned Frein’s vocal anti-government leanings, nor was there any suggestion Frein was a domestic terrorist. At the end of the story she even told viewers to stay tuned for a report about the “nightmare” looming from the threat of jihadist fighters inside the United States.
Naturally, this isn’t the first instance of right-wing terrorism in the country. We had two cops killed in Nevada by right-wing terrorists. That ambush came just two days after Dennis Marx, member of the “sovereign citizen” anti-government movement, tried to lay siege to a courthouse outside of Atlanta. Sovereign citizens are militia-like radicals who don’t believe the federal government has the power and legitimacy to enforce the law. The FBI has called the movement “a growing domestic terror threat to law enforcement.” Like Frein, these stories got little coverage on Fox News.
The Pennsylvania ambush is just another in a long line of extremist terrorism that has taken place from Neo-Nazi killers, to a string of women’s health clinic bombings and assaults, as well as bloody assaults on law enforcement from anti-government insurrectionists. With very little coverage, if any, on Fox News.
As CNN’s Peter Bergen noted earlier this year, since 9/11, “extremists affiliated with a variety of far-right wing ideologies, including white supremacists, anti-abortion extremists and anti-government militants have killed more people in the United States than have extremists motivated by al Qaeda’s ideology.”
I don’t know what you make of this “fair and balanced” news reporting from Fox News, but I find it very telling. If someone has any ties to Islam and commits a crime, it is an obvious terrorist attack on America. Fox News is very quick to put terrorism and Islam together whenever a horrible crime is committed. But, they are hesitant at best to even mention when a white man commits an act of terror, especially if that white man is a right-wing extremist.
You only have to remember Sean Hannity praising law-breaker Cliven Bundy as a true hero and patriot for stealing from the federal government. And, don’t forget those pictures of a man lying on an overpass in ambush ready to shoot and kill federal law enforcement officers, if he deemed it necessary. Sound familiar to Frein?
I have been watching the news for over fifty years. I have never seen anything as biased as Fox News before. But then, what do you expect from a network whose sole purpose is to preach the right-wing propaganda? Sadly, if you look at Fox News and the propaganda machine in Germany during the 30s and 40s, you will see a disturbing similarity.
Like the German propaganda machine at the time, Fox News is only interested in pointing out whom we should be afraid of. Everything that is wrong with the world and our country can be blamed on those people. Maybe it time for Fox News to change its logo.
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