Government By Media: Trump’s pardon is because “what I’ve heard Libby was a nice guy”
In the past year, Fox hosts, contributors, and guests have repeatedly compared special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion of the Trump campaign with Russia with Libby’s case and subsequent conviction. Libby was convicted of four felonies including for obstruction of justice and lying to the FBI during an investigation into who leaked the identity of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame to journalists.
When Donald Trump started fear mongering in tweets and speeches of a horde of illegal immigrants raping and pillaging their way to the US/Mexico border, insisting that we need to deploy the military to protect us, many of us–including those who work deeply in the immigration debate–had no idea what he was talking about.
They needed only to look at Fox & Friends, where the story was featured heavily but without respect to facts.
The truth is significantly more benign and would actually tug at whatever shriveled little heartstrings are left in a Fox News viewer.
But in TrumpAmerica (gilt signage pending), truth isn’t what’s important. As Brian Stelter worries, it’s the fact-free Fox News reporting that’s dictating policy:
Government by Media
The minister remarked that the farmers “need help from a civilised country like ours.” And he further suggested that “these people deserve special attention,” as they’re the type of refugees that will “abide by our laws, integrate into our society, work hard” and “not lead a life on welfare.
Unsurprisingly, Tony Abbott stepped in with his support on Monday, stating that Dutton was “absolutely right.” The former prime minister described the situation in South Africa as a “national crisis” and “racism of the worst sort.”
Minister Dutton explained that the persecution of the farmers had been brought to his attention via reports in the Daily Telegraph. But, South African crime statistician Gareth Newham has said there’s no evidence these farmers are being targeted more than any other South African citizens.