The liberal media as seemed extremely afraid of even floating the idea that an anti-Trump Democrat could, maybe, possibly be behind the wide-spread bomb scare sweeping the news.
While CNN is quick to use chyron’s that place the ‘blame’ on Trump, many network staffers are quick to slam Fox News for stoking violence, and “irresponsible” reporting.
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) October 25, 2018
Fox News’ Martha MacCallum fired back at criticism from hypocritical CNN and others that she allowed a guest to bring up the “false flag” theory on widespread bomb scares.
A theory that would later pop up on CNN despite posturing by its reporters.
Fox guest: This could be a false flag
Martha MacCallum: Fascinating pic.twitter.com/sbdhTzsCXI
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) October 24, 2018
CNN’s Oliver Darcy blasted MacCallum for not pushing back against an on-air guest who suggested that the spate of mail bombs could be a false flag – an attempt by Democrats to make President Donald Trump look bad by targeting liberals like former President Obama, the Clintons, George Soros, former Vice President Joe Biden, Rep. Maxine Waters, actor Robert De Niro as well as CNN.
Darcy apparently did not catch the irony of his own criticism.
It’s the responsibility of @marthamaccallum to make sure that after her guest spreads an unsubstantiated conspiracy theory on her air, she immediately corrects it for viewers and provides them the facts. Instead she simply replies, “Fascinating.” https://t.co/hcSnz62GSc
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) October 24, 2018
The Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross pointed out the CNN host’s distorted take on the segment.
If you watch the entire segment instead of relying on a clip from a Media Matters researcher you see that the guy didn’t “spread” the false flag theory. He raised it as one among several possibilities. https://t.co/mXQktFTtF3
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) October 25, 2018
Veteran talk-show host Montel Williams appeared to echo Darcy’s sentiments in condemning MacCallum’s “inexcusably bad behavior” in a since deleted tweet. Williams, who recently was hospitalized for a cerebellar hemorrhagic stroke, also characterized MacCallum’s audience as “intellectually deficient.”
This douchebag just called the @FoxNews audience “intellectually deficient”. Never mind the fact that the person she was interviewing was a retired FBI agent, criminal profiler, & forensic linguist who helped capture the Unabomber. https://t.co/PeIY7FicTT
— Lisa Mei Crowley (@LisaMei62) October 25, 2018
Looks like Montel deleted his tweet calling Fox News viewers “intellectually deficient”…but the internet is forever… pic.twitter.com/B0h0YuCtcY
— Lisa Mei Crowley (@LisaMei62) October 26, 2018
But MacCallum was not flustered by the critics, tweeting out her own rebuttal to Williams.
Actually, my guest was a detective who nabbed the Unabomber. He cited different avenues investigators will pursue to catch this bomber, starting with the most obvious: a republican who is out to get democrats/ the int’l angle & then the less likely he said, insider angle. https://t.co/Bmn098ZBza
— Martha MacCallum (@marthamaccallum) October 25, 2018
If Williams didn’t get the message from MacCallum, others were loud and clear.
Maybe Montel should have watched the whole segment instead of reading what someone else said.
— jeff spicer (@spysir) October 25, 2018
@Montel_Williams too bad you fell for an edited clip from her show and you were too lazy to find out who she was interviewing. Not a conspiracy theorist but the guy who got Unabomber. You owe @marthamaccallum an apology. Are you big enough to deliver.
— purplemountain (@tp1776) October 25, 2018
@Montel_Williams the intellectually deficient? It is amazing that you couldn’t discuss the perceived deficiencies in the story, or provide a logical argument without insulting a group of people. It wasn’t the argument that mattered to you. Insults matter.
— Michael Donnelly (@donnelm51) October 25, 2018
Williams appeared to handle that well. “Here you go again getting hysterical. I stand by what I said, I watched the entire segment live,” Williams wrote in a now-deleted tweet.
Following the “hysterical” social media reaction, however, CNN offered an eyebrow-raising segment on Thursday as the network’s national security analyst argued that the “false flag” theory should actually not be ruled out.
“What people need to know is the theory of the case is not known yet. So it is possible that this was a black flag- or a hoax operation by someone with political sentiments that align with anti-Trump sentiments. That’s possible,” Juliette Kayyem told host Don Lemon.
She was careful to make sure that she wasn’t promoting the theory, just offering it up (much like MacCallum’s bomb-expert guest).
“Do I think that’s probable at this stage? No,” she continued.
“The theory of the case is not known yet.” Juliette Kayyem, a former assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security, says “we shouldn’t just dismiss” the ‘false flag’ theory, “but do I think it’s probable? No.” pic.twitter.com/75I49ZJLu6
— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) October 26, 2018
“I’m looking at the rest of the evidence and to me, as someone who knows something about these cases, I’m looking at this saying it is more probable than not that this is someone who has anti-democratic animus,” Kayyem said. “But we shouldn’t just dismiss the black flag theory only because we don’t want investigators to dismiss it.”
“In other words, good investigators right now are looking at the totality of the information. They should keep an open mind. If all the information leads in one direction, follow it,” she added. “So it’s just a question of probability versus possibility.”
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