A California Democrat who serves on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform has expressed interest in launching an investigation into Attorney General Bill Barr over his meeting last week with Fox News chairman Rupert Murdoch.
The topic of a potential investigation was broached to California Congressman Harley Rouda on Friday by radio show host Dean Obeidallah, a radically far-left zealot of Palestinian decent who previously likened the president to “another 9/11 for Muslim Amers.”
Trump is another 9/11 for Muslim Amers. But this time we won’t be hiding-We are energized to fight-My @thedailybeast https://t.co/N7A5eaEe4W
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) January 20, 2017
“Now Shepard Smith resigns today, companies can do what they want, but is it proper, and is it something Oversight would look at — why the United States attorney general who is so close to Trump went to meet with a media outlet to discuss things, or is that not within your purview?” Obeidallah asked Rouda.
Like other far-left conspiracy theorists, Obeidallah appears to believe that Barr’s meeting last Wednesday with Murdoch was what somehow prompted former Fox News host Shepard Smith’s stunning resignation from the network on Friday afternoon.
But this conspiracy theory has already been debunked by Smith’s own spokesperson.
“A spokesman for Mr. Smith, Chris Giglio, said ‘there is absolutely no truth’ to a connection between the two events,” The New York Times confirmed after the former host’s resignation. “‘This was Shep’s decision and his alone,’ Mr. Giglio wrote in an email on Friday. ‘He’s taking an extended period of time off to be with his family. Following that who knows — he is not retiring.'”
“I think it is within our purview because we want to know, because you raise a very very important question here,” Rouda replied nevertheless to Obeidallah, humoring the radical’s conspiracy theory. “What the hell is the attorney general of the United States doing meeting with the head of Fox? And for what purpose could that possibly be, especially in light of the fact this is happening exactly at the same time the president of the United States is saying Fox News isn’t being kind enough to him?”
“In fact, [Trump] even said that their polling sucks,” he continued [it does, FYI]. “Literally. That’s not my words — that’s his words. And I would suggest to the president maybe it’s not the polling that sucks, maybe it’s the people answering the poll think you suck.”
To be fair to Rouda, the purpose of the AG’s inexplicable meeting with Murdoch does still remain unknown.
“The meeting was held at Mr. Murdoch’s home in New York, according to someone familiar with it. It was unclear if anyone else attended or what was discussed. Aides to both Mr. Murdoch and Mr. Barr declined requests for comment on the meeting,” the Times originally reported on Thursday.
But on the other hand, the chances of the meeting being nefarious in some manner or another seem extremely low. As do the chances of an investigation uncovering anything pertinent. The proof lies in the failed Russian collusion delusion investigation and the ongoing Ukraine “scam,” which as of mid-October has still turned up nothing substantive.
Either way, it’s unclear why the California Democrat chose to entertain Obeidallah’s patently false conspiracy theory that Smith’s resignation was engineered by Barr and Murdoch. What’s known is that other notable figures have also been entertaining it.
Hayes eventually deleted his Smith tweet and tried to backtrack:
I mean who knows. I have no inside info. Mostly I thought the AG having a meeting at Rupert’s house, amidst very public internal battles over coverage of Trump, looked…odd.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) October 11, 2019
deleting that tweet, since Stelter reporting puts Shep timing much earlier
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) October 11, 2019
Someone else at MSNBC took things even further.
Speaking on Friday on “The Beat With Ari Melber,” network contributor Danielle Moodie-Mills said that Smith was “explicitly” forced out of Fox.
“The government is dictating program,” she said when questioned about Smith’s resignation. “Fox News has turned into state television. It is Trump TV. The reality is that, why is William Barr who is the Attorney General of the United States going to meet with Rupert Murdoch? Why is that something he is doing?”
“Was there something that was happening with Fox News and the American people that he was going to talk about or was he going to talk about the fact that the polls came out and Trump didn’t like what he saw?” she added.
“So now all of a sudden, a day after that meeting, he [Smith] is gone and resigned out of nowhere, 23 years,” she continued. “You know the media game. People don’t leave in the middle of their contract for no reason, right? Like you have to be pushed out or told to do something that then you decide, ‘You know what, maybe my integrity is too much at this point, and so I am going to walk away.'”
That’s known as crazy talk, and unfortunately, it’s now a staple at MSNBC — as well as every other outlet or venue that boasts radically far-left zealots like Obeidallah and Moodie-Mills.
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