Fox News has already started up its “Obama won’t say the magic words to keep us safe from terrorism” meme again. During coverage of the horrific Orlando mass shooting, “objective” anchor Bret Baier all but asked a Republican congressman to attack Obama on that point.
As he waited for Obama to speak about the tragedy, Baier wound up his interview with Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN) with this “Cavuto Mark” of a question:
BAIER: When you hear authorities, you know, kind of cautious about the semantics here and very, you know, very cautious about whether it’s a hate crime or whether this guy was inspired by or directed by ISIS, what goes through your mind?
Right on cue, Fleischmann said this, though it was obviously not as anti-Obama or as partisan as Baier almost certainly hoped.
FLEISCHMANN: It outrages me. The actions and the rhetoric of ISIL and these Islamic terrorists is outrageous. They’re hurting and killing Americans. It’s time to do away with the euphemisms. The American people deserve straight talk. We’ve got to take the fight right to ISIS. We’ve got to beat them here. We’ve got to beat them abroad. It’s time to be correct, not politically correct.
Watch it above, from Fox’s June 12 coverage of the Orlando shooting.
Crossposted at News Hounds.
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