Fox News Panel Outrageously Tries to Exploit Chaos in Ferguson to Stir Up Fear About Obama (Video)

fox-news-panelLeave it to Fox News to find any reason to stir up the “President Obama is out of control with power” line that they’ve been pushing since before he stepped foot in the White House.

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

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Adam Smith

    Why is it outrageous? Fox is a conservatively biased organization with an anti liberal agenda. Of course they’re going to exploit an event/issue in a way most favorable to their agenda. It’s called politics and both sides do it. Is it deceptive and misleading? Yes. Outrageous? I don’t think this meets that threshold. Understand, I’m no fan of Fox and conservatism, but it doesn’t help when progressives get hyperbolic either. We start looking like the boy who cried wolf. Just my two cents.

    • Pipercat

      Indeed! I cut the cable and the silence is.. glorious!

  • Pipercat

    Speculation, drawn conclusions and fallacies. A fine bowl of FUD stew!

  • william elliott

    ROFLMAO, …a friend actually thought that FOX was a news agency.

    • Stephen Barlow

      Isn’t it PR firm?
      Or an Ad Agency….

      Did you know Rupert Murdoch owns and controls CNN to?

      • Adam Smith

        No, he doesn’t. In fact, he just recently tried to buy CNN’s parent company and failed. Start looking up facts and stop embarrassing yourself

    • Mike

      A friend actually thought that FP had news. It was grounds for commitment.

    • longranger

      That’s to bad that your the moron blind liberal demolib that can’t handle the truth. Fox has been rated the top rated channel for years get over it.

  • Rusti

    It is 1956 again, something which has been nurtured by Faux News and the right wing bigots. That is why President Obama is trying to get as much info as possible so order may be returned.

    • Mike

      It is FACT news and IBombYa after the Syrian debacle. Maybe he should draw a red line around the stores to stop looting. The fact that both within the US and internationally we are ignored is due to that big eared one.

      • Do you mean the ‘Syrian debacle’ wherein President Obama got the UN and Russia to step in and take the WMDs away from Assad without firing a single shot or putting a single American life at risk? That ‘debacle’?
        Join un in the 21st Century where the US really *is* trying to make a difference instead of just *looking* like we are.

      • strayaway

        No, he meant the Syrian debacle in which the British parliament and even the Pope came out against Obama’s plans to do a little bombing in Syria, like in Libya, without an act of Congress. He meant the Syrian Debacle in which Putin took over the situation and Syria never did get rid of all its WMD’s although Putin did get to expand his Syrian naval base.. He meant the Syrian debacle round 2 during which Obama provided weapons to some friendly rebels who then fled to Turkey leaving our weapons behind for the IS to use against Iraq. You forgot the part about how Obama is such an awesome chess player.

        Helping to overthrow governments in Egypt, Libya, Syria, much of the rest of North Africa, and Ukraine is making a difference but not for the better.

      • Exactly. President Obama enforces a no-fly over Libya, government changes hands with no American Lives Lost, Congress fumbling all over themselves about ‘no permission’. President has been droning and Seal Team – 6ing all over the globe and SUDDENLY he wants to carpet bomb Syria. ASKS Congress for permission. Everyone all a-hootin’ and a-hollerin’ about his desire to bomb Syria. Congress again fumbling all over themselves BECAUSE they’ve been asked for permission. The UN and Russia get so flustered they finally step in to get Syria to hand over the WMDs. And, YES, they’ve all been handed over. At least according to the last news I read. The President has shown us the open doors of hell and behold, it’s Congress.

      • strayaway

        No American lives lost in Libya…BUT a stable country has been turned into mayhem. Sub-saharan Africans were assaulted, Islamists made off with enough military equipment to take over northern Mali and destroy its cultural treasures, there was the Bhezhazi incident, Islamists made off with hundreds of US surface to air missiles which may yet show up somewhere, a couple of days ago Islamist militants took over the Tripoli airport, hundreds of Libyans died, their standard of living has gone down, and the President violated both the Constitution and the War Powers Act which, according to Dennis Kucinich are impeachable offenses. But no, you are right, no Americans died there so it is ok.

        Like it or not, either Congress gives permission, or the President acts in violation of the Constitution. Did you want to propose an enabling act or are you saying you are ok with what amounts to a de facto enabling act allowing this and future presidents to do as they please?

  • giankeys luvs shemale porn

    VOTE reeeeeeeeeeeee-publican!!! they LOVE America ( circa 1952)

    • Mike


      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

        tough 2 stand with rand when he slip slides all the time on topics,,,,,,,,,,, do U need say; 10 incidents?? I provide FACTS- ( unlike white trash regressive religious scumbags)
        warren / Bernie sanders/ Hillary all deeeee-stroy the rightwing trash–
        shall we bring up ben carson? nows that rick perry thing doing? chris Christie?? JEB BUSH???

      • longranger

        That was fine for all you race baiters you believe anything they say.You are aaaaaaaaablind sheep to the 178th power

    • longranger

      you need 2 bleed out

  • Stephen Barlow

    This is a HATE crime, under Federal jurisdiction and carries THE DEATH PENALTY.

    • Adam Smith

      There hasn’t been any evidence presented yet that shows it was a hate crime or even that it was a crime. Before you start yelling about death penalties, you might want to consider what happened when the right rushed in to defend Bundy before they knew all the facts.

      • Stephen Barlow

        6 SHOTS Is LOVE. Lemme get THAT bumper sticker for My ultra Christian Sister Jane the GUN NUT.

  • Steve Brains

    ONLY 40 FBI agents to protect 21,000 men, women and children from Excessive Use of Military Force by troops of the Army of the County of St. Louis, MO.? They are outnumbered 5 – 1, but I bet all of them will be having Thanksgiving dinner with their parents this year. Even if some of them may be non white.

  • Stephen Barlow

    ONLY 40 FBI agents to protect 21,000 men, women and children from Excessive Use of Military Force by troops of the Army of the County of St. Louis, MO.? They are outnumbered 5 – 1, but I bet all of them will be having Thanksgiving dinner with their parents this year. Even if some of them may be non white.

  • Mike

    It is actually FACT news and the Fed has overstepped the bounds. IBombYa, a joke as a leader.

    • Odd Jørgensen

      fact? a fact is that fox news only told the truth 18% of the time.How is that for fair and balanced?.

      • longranger

        bullshit you blind sheep

  • I am unable to watch this but am curious, is the intro music ‘Lunatic Fringe’ by Red Rider?

  • Nick25

    Anyone not afraid of that demon that’s squatting in the Oval Office is detached from reality.

    The fear resides in his stupidity, his ineptness and his hatred of our once great country. Not enough bad can be said of this demon.

  • longranger

    Fox is the one that tells the truth ,You libs if you got worked over by a 7 ft tall person you would shit your pants .You bunch of coward look at all the demlib channels are always getting caught lying .I can’t believe all the hippie commie trash are able to pump their crazy propaganda