For the second day in a row I ran across a story concerning Fox News and an absolutely ridiculous attack against President Obama. Yesterday it was the story concerning their absurd “outrage” following Obama’s “coffee salute” to two Marines as he landed in New York. Today, it was some made up nonsense about President Obama not taking ISIS seriously because during his speech at the U.N. it took him 18 minutes to mention the terrorist group.
As reported by Media Matters, while discussing the president’s speech, Fox News contributor Ric Grenell said on Happening Now, “I think that’s one of the major problems that we’re seeing with President Obama. You know, eighteen minutes in, he mentions ISIS. Eighteen minutes into his speech. He really doesn’t want to deal with this. And I think the whole speech shows that.”
A “fact” that was later repeated by Fox News’ Outnumbered co-host Harris Faulkner, who said, “Not only brief, but he spoke for 38 minutes and ISIS didn’t come up until 18 minutes into the speech.”
Now, ignoring for a moment that it’s ridiculous for anyone to even care about this, there’s just one more slight problem with this 18 minute claim – it’s a lie.
You see, President Obama did mention the threat in Syria and Iraq at the very beginning of his speech.
He said, “As we gather here, an outbreak of Ebola overwhelms public health systems in West Africa, and threatens to move rapidly across borders. Russian aggression in Europe recalls the days when large nations trampled small ones in pursuit of territorial ambition. The brutality of terrorists in Syria and Iraq forces us to look into the heart of darkness.”
There it is, right there at the beginning of his speech, a direct mention of the ISIS violence and threat in the Middle East. But I guess since he didn’t mention the group specifically by name, the folks over at Fox News weren’t able to comprehend what “the brutality of the terrorists in Syria and Iraq” actually meant. I guess maybe he should have brought along a pop-up book just to make sure that the people working over at Fox News understood what he meant when he referred to brutal terrorists in Syria and Iraq.
Because apparently that “subtle phrase” went right over their head.