November 3, 2017

CNN anchor Jake Tapper did not take Fox News’ smear campaign against him over his comments about the phrase “Allahu Akbar” lying down. Nor should he have.

In case you missed it, Tapper said on October 31 that the phrase “Allahu Akbar” is “sometimes said under the most beautiful circumstances and too often we hear it being said in moments like this.” He was referring to what the suspected perpetrator of the terrorist attack in New York City reportedly shouted. He was also clearly lamenting the debasement of the term.

The outrage over what was really an anti-terrorism remark began, as Media Matters noted, on right-wing sites such as Breitbart and The Daily Caller (Tucker Carlson’s old stomping grounds), then migrated to Fox News. Suddenly, tout la Fox was all about attacking Tapper.

The Huffington Post captured this deceptive and since-deleted tweet by Fox:


That went along with a Fox News Insider post blasting Tapper’s “Outrageous” comment.


The post, which remains published, begins with the following:

CNN anchor Jake Tapper said the Islamic phrase "Allahu akbar" can be said "under the most beautiful of circumstances" just minutes after a terrorist attack in New York City.

Suspect Sayfullo Saipov allegedly slammed a truck into bikers and pedestrians Tuesday afternoon near lower Manhattan's West Side Highway, killing 8 and injuring at least 11.

Saipov reportedly yelled "Allahu akbar" - Arabic for "God is great" - after crashing the truck before an NYPD officer was able to shoot him.

The post includes a video of former Congressman Jason Chaffetz, now a Fox News contributor, saying Tapper “felt the need to remind viewers how beautiful the phrase ‘allahu akbar’ can be.” However, it also includes an apology tweet from Chaffetz.

But, as I previously posted, Hannity engaged his hate-mongering pals Sebastian Gorka and David Clarke (three pathetic examples of American citizenship if ever there were any) to launch a new round of attacks on Tapper.

Wednesday night, Tapper responded by blasting Fox with everything it deserved:

Even Joe Walsh agrees that Fox “purposely slimed” Tapper!

Watch the Hannity/Gorka smear below (which also includes David Clarke calling CNN, The Washington Post, New York Times, MSNBC and The Huffington Post “terrorist sympathizers”) from the November 1, 2017 Hannity, via Media Matters. (I wrote more about other aspects of this segment here)

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