November 25, 2015

This Friday, HBO's John Oliver did an absolutely masterful job taking apart Republicans and their enablers in the media for their fearmongering over the Syrian refugee crisis and their lies about the refugees not being properly vetted before they're allowed to enter the United States, so of course the talking heads on one of Fox's most juvenile, spite-filled shows were going to attack him for it.

Media Matters has the beginning of the segment from this Tuesday's The Five and it didn't get any better from there: Fox Hosts Attack John Oliver For Calling Out America's "Ugly Reaction[s] To Refugees":

JOHN OLIVER: Every generation has had its own ugly reaction to refugees, whether they are the Irish, the Vietnamese, the Cubans, or the Haitians. And those fears have been broadly unfounded. In fact, there was only one time in American history where the fear of refugees wiping everyone out did actually come true, and we'll all be sitting around a table celebrating it on Thursday.


JESSE WATTERS: Wow. Well, I don't know. I think Oliver should be thanking the Pilgrims, because without the Pilgrims bringing religious freedom here, we wouldn't be bringing in all of these Muslims, right? Right? You know it's also funny, first the refugees, they compare them to orphans. Then the refugees are tourists, and now they're just little old Pilgrims. Why even vet them, they seem so safe?

DANA PERINO: It is always interesting to listen to a condescending British person tell you about colonialism, because the British were so much better at colonialism than the Pilgrims.

Of course they completely ignored the main point of Oliver's segment, but taking comedians out of context and responding to only a small portion of what they said is par for the course over on Faux "news." They did it constantly to Jon Stewart when he was still on the air.

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