Conservative commentator Mark Steyn referred to Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi as a “so-called journalist” in a discussion about his murder.
Filling in for Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Wednesday’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Steyn discussed President Donald Trump’s comments on the Saudi royal family and Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman in light of the murder of Khashoggi, whom he thought was a member of the “Deep State.”
Steyn’s guest, British politician and Brexit champion Nigel Farage, spoke about and Trump’s apparent support of Saudi Arabia despite the death of Khashoggi, who was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Turkey last month.
“I’m not going to destroy the world economy and I’m not going to destroy the economy for our country by being foolish, with Saudi Arabia,” Trump said, angering those who believe the president should take a stronger stance against the Saudi royal family for the grisly death and dismemberment of the Washington Post writer.
“The Saudis, even though the highest level of leadership in the country was implicated in the murder, appear to have gotten away with it as far as the world is concerned,” Steyn said, discussing the president’s comments with Farage who said he believes the U.S. government should be doing more and speaking out more about the murder.
Steyn agreed and offered his opinion of how Khashoggi was being viewed.
“And we should also be clear, too, Khashoggi is being presented as a hero of journalism. He’s probably going to be Time magazine’s Man of the Year just because he is a dead so-called journalist,” Steyn remarked.
“But in fact he was kind of a deep state Saudi spook who just happened to fall out with the royal family. In a sense, it’s different sets of bad guys we’re arguing about when we’re talking about Saudi Arabia,” he added.
“Well, of course it is,” Farage agreed.
“But don’t you think, actually, the truth is all through the Middle East, whether we look at Iraq or Libya or Syria, we keep on playing this game of who are the good guys and who are the bad guys. And more often than not we tend to get it wrong,” the co-founder of the UK Independence Party added.
“It is the old CIA line, he may be an S.O.B. but he’s our S.O.B.,” Steyn quipped.