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Russell Brand: Does Fox News Terrorize Us?

Russell Brand lets Judge Pirro have it.

Russell Brand is one of my favorite activists, and he's always willing to say out loud the things no other media type will say. Like calling Pirro a "moron"! More importantly, he always puts the news into a genuine moral context -- not the phony moralism so many of them spout:

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack, Fox News has gone on a hate-spree of invective about all Muslims being to blame for the actions of a handful of criminals. The tirade stems all the way from the top. News Corporation’s CEO Rupert Murdoch has tweeted that the entire Islamic faith is to blame.

One particular Fox News bile spewer, Jeanine Pirro, has possibly topped them all, calling simply for us to “Kill them!” Them being Muslims.

Russell Brand rather brilliantly dissects Pirro’s hate-rant in a new YouTube video for his news channel, “The Trews.” First, he destroys Pirro for her vile, incendiary stupidity, pointing out that there have already been 50 anti-Muslim incidents in Paris since the Hebdo attacks. “Who gets to decide what is terrorism?” Brand asks, pointing out that dropping drones from the sky is a kind of state-sponsored terrorism.

He also pushes the question deeper, and asks who is profiting from this hatred? Pirro’s boss, Rupert Murdoch, has a substantial stake in Genie Energy, and Israel-based company in the Golan Heights, with Dick Cheney on its board. Could Fox be fanning the flames of Islamophobia for oil profits? “There’s always an economic motive,” Brand points out.


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