Never ones to let a good crisis go to waste, Fox News anchors pounced on the Sydney hostage siege Monday at its height in order to justify and defend US government sanctioned torture.

Fox bimbo Elisabeth Hasselbeck shifted effortlessly from focusing on the Iranian gunman to talking about Dick Cheney’s defense of CIA ‘enhanced interrogation’.

“Meanwhile, the actual individuals here at home who have been looking into and trying to stop attacks like this and perhaps future hostage situations, as we are still at war indeed with ISIS and terrorism are the CIA, and they have been painted as the bad guys at home.” Hasselbeck mindlessly narrated.

The anchor added that “When you see what’s happening in Australia, today, right now, in a chocolate shop and you understand the real war with ISIS that we’re in, and the sharp contrast with the CIA trying to do their job and keep America safe for the past 13 years, startles you, any day.”

For some bizarre reason, only explained as “because it’s every Monday at this time,” and because “there’s a Lindt chocolate shop two blocks from your house,” The Fox “panel” then piped in Donald Trump, seemingly no longer a TV billionaire in a bad wig, but now an expert on Islamic extremism, terrorist sieges, and torture all at once.

In a barely understandable segment, Trump declared that “they” don’t have any respect for “our world,” whoever ‘they’ may be, before urging viewers, in the face of all logicreason and expert analysis, that CIA torture is effective in preventing terrorism. Trump ended his nonsensical rant by stating that the world is as violent now as it was in Medieval times, which is also resoundingly not true.

Of course, anyone who actually looked into the Sydney gunman for more than twenty seconds before forming an opinion would realise that the case doesn’t quite fit so neatly into the ‘Islamic extremist’ bad guy attack narrative.

As analyst Tony Cartalucci notes, Man Haron Monis “was an individual now confirmed to have long been on the radar of the Australian government, media, law enforcement, and court system since his arrival on Australian shores almost two decades ago.”

Cartalucci breaks down the fact that the gunman has had many differing and contradictory identities over the years, and that it appears he was simply an unstable individual who should not have been in the country, let alone out of prison and on the streets.

Fox News, and the right arm of the mainstream media hydra in general do not let facts get in the way of a good story, however. Muslims bad, torture necessary. Case closed, now here’s the weather with Tom.


Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’, He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.

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