Faux Fox News has gone above and beyond to try to make Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, look good.
Bannon is a noted white supremacist with a dangerous mindset and “apocalyptic visions of a clash of civilizations between Islam and the West,” as USA Today pointed out in a recent op-ed comparing him to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
After the op-ed ran on Sunday, Fox News invited USA Today Deputy Editorial Editor David Mastio for an interview with Tucker Carlson to discuss the piece.
Instead of a neutral exchange of views, the segment became a pro-Bannon charade with Carlson immediately defending Bannon before the interview even got started.
As soon as Mastio was introduced as his guest, Carlson shared a ridiculous graphic on the screen comparing Bannon and Bakr al-Baghdadi based on a list of heinous crimes.
The list included, “beheaded journalists,” “used chemical weapons on Kurds,” and “held mass executions,” among other atrocities. Of course, these are all acts that Bannon has never committed and therefore the graphic makes him look noble in comparison.
However, USA Today’s editorial was not a direct parallel of who has committed the worst crimes, like Fox News tried to make it seem. The op-ed spoke to the similarities between their world views:
“Each man spins a narrative for his followers of sprawling conflict between believers of Prophet Mohammed and followers of Jesus Christ,” the editorial reads. 'There is a major war brewing, a war that’s already global,’ Bannon warned an audience at the Vatican in 2014. A year later, Baghdadi said: ‘Oh Muslims … this war is only against you and against your religion.’ Each man proselytizes for this vision of war. A decade ago, according to The Washington Post, Bannon outlined a movie proposal based on the fear that radical Muslims will overrun the U.S., turning it into the ‘Islamic States of America.’”
It’s clear that Fox News used this dramatic literal comparison between the two men just to make Bannon look good for their viewers, rather than depicting him as the white nationalist, holy war conspiracy theorist he truly is.
The bottom line is that Bannon is a dangerous man, and Americans should be very concerned about him pulling the POTUS’ puppet strings. While he is not, actually, the leader of ISIS — as Fox News made abundantly clear — his beliefs are sure to result in a world of trouble for the U.S., which is what USA Today was trying to convey.
Alas, Twitter was prepared to drag Carlson and Fox News for their very poorly executed attempt to give Bannon any merit.
Fun new game show on Fox News. Looks like the leader of ISIS is beating Steve Bannon pic.twitter.com/Cc3u1gk9tO— Sam Reid (@SamReidSays) February 9, 2017
Is Fox News' best argument for Bannon that he isn't, specifically, the leader of ISIS https://t.co/VcaiFFDtkU— 1999 BIZARRE ASTER (@Aster_Ology) February 9, 2017
Bannon ineffectual, weak. Can't accomplish anything imo pic.twitter.com/zZiOUpiULM— Luke O'Neil (@lukeoneil47) February 9, 2017
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