Authorities in California are still sorting through the details surrounding the deadly attack in San Bernardino. We still don’t know a lot about the shooters, or their motives. But speculation is running rampant. Was it workplace violence? Was it Islamic terrorism? Was it some combination of the two?
Of course, the gang at Fox News has everything figured out. On the December 3, Fox and Friends, 25-watt bulb Steve Doocy had a conversation with Dr. Michael Welner, a forensic psychiatrist who makes his living from being an expert witness in criminal trials. Investigators can wrap up what they’re doing now, because Doocy and Welner have everything figured out.
Doocy gets the ball rolling by mentioning that suspect Syed Farook was a “devout Muslim.” Then he says that Farook recently traveled to Saudi Arabia, and returned to the U.S. with a new bride, Tashfeen Malik. He says the names as if he is using off-color words. Doocy points out that the ever popular yet never seen Fox guest “some have said” called the couple a “Jihadi Bonnie and Clyde.” And then he wonders “who radicalized who?” completely ignoring that we have no clue as yet whether anybody radicalized anybody.
Welner responds that “we have to start with the obviousness that this was an Islamist attack.” This coming from a guest on the same network where days ago hosts were chiding the left for jumping to conclusions about Colorado Springs shooter Richard Dear.
Then it’s time for your morning dose of fear. Welner says, “I think the big concern that we all should have is whether we are witnessing the birth of ISIS in America.”
From there the talking points just roll out of both Doocy and Welner. Doocy describes the sequence of events that led up to the shooting, then says, “It was a Christmas party. Do you think that could have been a motivation? It’s symbolic because it’s a Christmas party.”
War on Christmas!
But was it called a “Christmas party?” It is unclear whether the gathering was referred to as a Christmas or a “holiday” party. Since it was a state agency involved, it’s likely it was called a holiday party. Unfortunately, Fox isn’t the only network going in this direction. NBC reporter Kerry Sanders speculated on Morning Joe that calling the event a “Christmas party” could have been a “trigger.”
Welner replies that in the U.S. the aim of a mass shooter is to create a “spectacle.” Then he returns to his focus, which is “proving” that this attack was all about Islamic terrorism. He reiterates several things he had already mentioned, then it’s time for the next talking point: Benghazi! Welner indicates that he thinks it is ridiculous to blame anything other than terrorism for the attack, then he says:
Because it becomes as absurd at some point as saying, well, this was a video as the cause of Benghazi. The fact that we allowed ourselves to be misled by the idea that a video was responsible, it had so much of a destructive impact on the national discourse.
It’s also interesting to watch the captions that are displayed at the bottom of the screen. They go from “Profile of a killer: Mass shootings motivated by ideology, revenge,” to “Motive a mystery: FBI refuses to rule out terrorism,” and finally to “Act of terror: FBI investigating suspect ties.”
Fox News, figuring out all the answers before all the facts are known since 1996.
Here’s the video, via Media Matters:
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