Here we go again. As Media Matters pointed out, Fox News has an Islam problem. This time, Sean Hannity and Newt Gingrich attack Obama for refusing to say "jihad killed 3,000 Americans" -- because that's what Fox talkers reflexively say every time the subject comes up.
Fox News figures are attacking President Obama for suggesting during a town hall meeting with Indian students that jihad is a tenet of Islam that "has been distorted to justify violence towards innocent people." But former President George W. Bush similarly stated that extremists "distort the idea of jihad" to support their terrorist acts.
Asked about jihad, Obama explains that Islam "has been distorted to justify violence"
Obama responds to jihad question: Islam "in the hands of a few extremists has been distorted to justify violence towards innocent people that is never justified." [...]
Fox figures freak out over Obama's refusal to state that "jihad killed 3,000 Americans"
Hannity: "Why couldn't he just say, 'jihad killed 3,000 Americans'?" On the November 8 edition of Fox News show, after airing portions of Obama's comments, Sean Hannity asked contributor Newt Gingrich, "Why couldn't he just say, 'Jihad killed 3,000 Americans, it is the belief or the false use of God to justify killing and murder and war'? Why didn't he say that?"
Gingrich: Obama "was following up" on his administration's "continuous denial" about "who is trying to kill us." Gingrich replied in part to Hannity, "I think this administration is in such total denial about who's trying to kill us and what their motives are that it's dangerous to the country. And the president today, in this particular performance, was following up on this continuous denial."
And on and on it goes. Much more there so go read the rest of their report. Of course, all of this has the added bonus of Fox whipping up viewers who already think he's a secret Muslim.