And being that the big story this past week has been the events going on in Ferguson, that seems to be the vessel that they’ve decided to exploit to push their usual fear mongering against the president.
While discussing some of the events going on in Ferguson, Fox & Friends co-host Tucker Carlson seemed obsessively focused on the Department of Justice asking local Ferguson law enforcement to not release the surveillance video of Mike Brown along with the name of the police officer who shot him, Darren Wilson.
“Why would the Justice Department pressure them not to?” Carlson asked. “Obviously it’s not to keep the situation under control. The FBI refused to intervene when people were looting stores. So if you had an interest in keeping the situation under control, you would control the situation by preventing people from stealing wigs.”
Carlson seems completely oblivious that the reason why they didn’t want the video released along with the name is that they were afraid it would entice more violence, which it ultimately did. I wouldn’t call that an effort to try to “hide” the video as much as I would call it using some common sense to release the video at a later time.
During much of the segment Carlson kept emphasizing the number of FBI agents that were sent there (40) was such a “shocking” number. Clearly trying to imply that the federal government is trying to force its control over “state issues.” Being that federal government vs. states’ rights is a common right-wing talking point, this rhetoric isn’t too surprising coming from the often ridiculous Carlson.
He’s clearly ignoring the fact that many individuals don’t trust local, or even state, officials to ethically investigate this case. That’s why some federal officials have been sent in to ensure that there’s not an effort to cover up any facts to potentially protect the officer. Not to mention that this has exploded into a massive civil rights issue, which often gets the attention of the federal government.
But then he exposed what his real intention was all along when he suggested that Obama’s comments on Ferguson were clearly “politically motivated” considering there are elections coming up this November.
As if the President of the United States responding to a very public, and tense, situation in his own country is somehow “politically motivated.”
The president released a statement that wasn’t at all inflammatory or even remotely political. Yet this is the second time in just a couple of days that Fox News has tried to push the idea that Obama’s comments were politically motivated.
It’s just absolutely absurd.
The entire segment was nothing more than these hosts on Fox & Friends pathetically exploiting the situation in Ferguson to attack President Obama and perpetuate this idea that the federal government is out of control with power.
This was just another embarrassing display of fear mongering by the fine folks over at Fox News.
Watch the segment below via Fox News: