On Thursday morning President Biden made a long anticipated announcement from the White House. The United States had successfully negotiated the release of WNBA star, Brittney Griner, from her illegitimate incarceration in Russia.
This news has been received by the family and the nation with great joy, relief, and gratitude. Biden made the announcement along with Griner’s wife, Cherelle, who also spoke movingly (video below). However, that national sense of pride and appreciation was not shared by the hateful heretics of Fox News, where their anti-patriotic compulsion always supersedes what’s best for America.
The highest priority of the Fox News editorial staff is to always frame anything that Biden does as a catastrophe. In keeping with that “America Last” narrative, the cretins at Fox reported Griner’s freedom with a string of noxious and negative stories that focused on whatever bad news they could muster.
For instance, the top headline on their website read “Biden’s ‘Merchant of Death’ exchange for WNBA star leaves behind Marine veteran — again.” The opening paragraph complained that “President Biden’s prisoner exchange with Russia secured the release of WNBA star Brittney Griner on Thursday but left U.S. Marine veteran Paul Whelan in Russian custody.” That was followed by equally disparaging headlines:
- NFL star torches Biden over Griner prisoner swap: ‘Still not voting for you!’
- Brittney Griner prisoner swap ‘bittersweet’ as Paul Whelan remains detained in Russia
- ‘MERCHANT OF DEATH’: Why Putin wants arms dealer swapped for Griner back in Russia
- Biden slammed for swapping Russian ‘Merchant of death’ for WNBA’s Griner
The story featuring Biden being “slammed” for having brought Griner home, was typically populated by quotes from his most fervent and ignorant critics. They included…
- Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy: Biden just got taken to the woodshed on this deal. This has to go down as the most lopsided trade in the history of trades. […] feels like a short sighted PR stunt.
- Sports journalist Jason Whitlock: Help me wrap my mind around this Griner-for-Death trade. Feels like one of the lowest points in US foreign policy history?
- Ron DeSantis press secretary Christina Pushaw: Biden just created an incentive for foreign countries to arrest more Americans to get more sweet deals like this.
- Jim Geraghty, National Review: And all it cost the U.S. was putting the world’s most notorious arms dealer … back on the metaphorical streets.
That’s the wretched tenor of Fox’s reporting throughout their coverage of this story. For the record, the Russian arms dealer Biden traded for Griner, Victor Bout, had served about half his 25 year sentence. He is now 55 years old, and when returned to Russia will remain a convicted pariah who will not be able to travel the world resuming his previous profession.
What’s more, Biden did not neglect the fate of the other Russian hostage, Paul Whelan. He spoke about him in his White House address saying that…
“We never forgot about Brittney. We have not forgotten about Paul Whelan. […] And while we have not yet succeeded in getting Paul’s release, we are not giving up. We will never give up.”
Meanwhile, Donald Trump has said nothing about this welcome news. However, his foul offspring, Donnie Jr, weighed in with his own predictably nauseating thoughts on the matter, wherein he viscously smeared Griner…
“No one cuts better deals than Biden. We get an awful America hating WNBA player, while Russia gets an INTERNATIONAL ARMS DEALER!!! The adults are back!”
No one cuts better deals than Biden. We get an awful America hating WNBA player, while Russia gets an INTERNATIONAL ARMS DEALER!!! The adults are back! https://t.co/zPMKzuB2SA
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) December 8, 2022
Leave it to the Trumps and Fox News to find the grossness in any bit of good news if it can be distorted to reflect poorly on Biden or any other Democrat. Their obsessive anti-Americanism is evident in everything they do. Which shouldn’t surprise anyone who has heard Trump advocating to “terminate” the U.S. Constitution.
UPDATE: Trump has posted his unfailingly offensive view of the Griner news. And true to hideous form, he ignorantly criticized the deal and maligned Griner as “a basketball player who openly hates our Country.” Then he asked “Why wasn’t former Marine Paul Whelan included in this totally one-sided transaction? He would have been let out for the asking. What a ‘stupid’ and unpatriotic embarrassment for the USA!!!”
Note that Whelan got a “bad conduct” discharge from the Marines for larceny and dereliction of duty. That, of course, doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t still work for his release. But if Russia would have released him “for the asking,” then why didn’t Trump ask, since Whalen was arrested in Russian in 2018, during Trump’s occupation of the White House. “Stupid and unpatriotic” indeed.
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