For several weeks Fox News has been trying to stir up irrational fears among their xenophobic audience over the plight of refugees fleeing war and economic hardship in Syria and Iraq. To that end they have mounted a relentless campaign to slander the refugees as terrorists seeking to infiltrate Europe and the U.S. This propaganda blitz is based on nothing but invented tales of horror and racist speculation. But apparently those attempts to deceive their pre-rattled viewers were not sufficiently frightening.
Consequently, Fox News had to manufacture “evidence” of the doom that awaits any nation that shows empathy for the suffering refugees. So they enhanced their fictional narrative with video that was completely unrelated to the story. Of course, they’ve been caught doing that before. What makes it surprising this time is that it was revealed by John Oliver in an enlightening and hilarious episode of his HBO program “Last Week Tonight:” From the segment (video below):
Kristin Fisher: A new video has surfaced online showing why some are worried that Europe is opening its doors to potential terrorists. Those are reportedly Muslim refugees on a train in Europe chanting “Allahu akbar,” or “God is great.” Now to be clear, we’re not saying that any of those people are terrorists or in any way affiliated with a terror group. But it does highlight just how many of these refugees who are fleeing violence in Iraq and Syria are Muslim.
John Oliver: OK, first, you don’t get to claim that you’re not calling those people terrorists when your lower third says “Terrorists Inbound.” [It later changed to “Terrifying Chant”] If you are really not saying that they’re terrorists, maybe change it to something more accurate like “People Take Train.”
But it was what Oliver noticed next that hammered another nail into Fox’s already tattered journalistic credibility. Comically understating the situation, Oliver reported that the video Fox News ran was “a little misleading.” It turns out that the video Fox said was “new” had actually been uploaded to YouTube in July of 2010, long before there was any refugee crisis in Syria. What’s more, Fisher’s report aired on the September 9th broadcast of Fox & Friends, one day after the five year old video had been dredged up by conspiracy kook Alex Jones for his Infowars website.
So to recap: It wasn’t new; there was no indication that they were terrorists; nor was there any indication that these Muslims on a train in Paris were even refugees; the video didn’t just “surface” online, it was the conspiracy fodder of Alex Jones; and the only people worried about it are Fox News and the dimwits who watch it. And finally, this fake story must be publicly acknowledged by Fox News. They must recant and apologize for deceiving viewers. But unless you’re into asphyxiophilia I wouldn’t hold your breath waiting for Fox to do so.
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5 thoughts on “Watch John Oliver Bust Fox News For Falsifying Refugee Video”
John Oliver is coming into his own as Jon Stewart’s true heir. Good.
He’s been doing great stuff for quite a while. And, btw, Trevor Noah had a fantastic debut tonight.
Wow. A one-percent kernel of truth fuels a story that is 99-percent utter bulls**t. Thanks, Fox News! You must make your journalistic brothers and sisters at “InTouch Weekly” very proud.
I sorta pity the wingnut bigots and reactionaries. Just living in the 21st century is brutal for them. Change comes faster & faster. The world outside our borders is increasingly hard to ignore. For “normal” people, it’s just a matter of keeping your eyes, ears and mind open, bracing for the next wave. For “conservatives” it’s war all the time. For them, change means confusion, danger, enemies everywhere, hierarchies breaking down, old beliefs challenged and myths crumbling. Their minds are simply not wired for life in a world of science, reason, technology and equality. The Foxtards have to continually reconstruct their 18th century fantasy world while the ground falls away under their feet. It’s sad for them, but I wish they’d suffer in silence and quit trying to ruin everything for the rest of us!
Loves me some John Oliver. For the fascist right, truth is brutal.
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