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Fox News liberal commentator Juan Williams took a shot Tuesday at all conservative media, including Fox News, for their recent unintentional sharing of fake news, but co-host Greg Gutfeld quickly fired back with a counterpunch.
Williams took the shot during a discussion on Fox News’ “The Five” about the allegation that last month, former Secretary of State John Kerry snitched on Israel by telling Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif about its military attacks on Iranian interests in Syria.
“[W]hen you talk about the right-wing going after John Kerry … it just worries me [because] like last week, we had the hamburger story, ‘Oh, Biden is going to take your hamburger,’ ‘Kamala Harris’ book is being given to immigrants!’ These stories are false, but the right-wing echo chamber starts going crazy because you can go after a Democrat,” he said.
He referenced two viral stories that turned out to be false. President Joe Biden’s climate change plan doesn’t call for imposing limits on meat consumption, and Vice President Kamala Harris hasn’t been gifting illegal aliens with copies of her book.
Mistakes happen, though as noted by “The Five” co-host Greg Gutfeld, by no means are such mistakes limited to the so-called “right-wing echo chamber.”
“Well, I guess they learn from the best — Steele dossier all the way!” he said.
Watch the back-and-forth discussion below:
(Video: Fox News)
Gutfeld’s cheeky remark was a reference to the countless since-debunked allegations (i.e., fake news) pertaining to the Russian collusion delusion hoax and conspiracy theory that were shared by mainstream left-wing outlets for four years straight.
Earlier this year liberal journalist Matt Taibbi compiled a “master list” of these claims, and the list was gigantic. As of late April, the list contained 24 entries.
Updated to include the Parkland bot story, the Senate Intelligence Committee reports sourced to New Knowledge, and the Tulsi Gabbard story sourced to the same outfit: https://t.co/oEWF9F3Ks7
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) March 30, 2021
The Russia collusion-related fake news stories are just the tip of the iceberg.
In recent days, mainstream media networks have faced widespread backlash for also, one, lying about deceased U.S. Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick’s death, and two, producing fact-free “panic porn” about the coronavirus pandemic.
It was learned around mid-April that, despite the claim by nearly every mainstream network that Sicknick had had his head bashed by Trump supporters during the Jan. 6th riot, he’d actually died after suffering a stroke.
Meanwhile, around that same time, liberal comedian Bill Maher delivered a stunning rant slamming mainstream media networks for the coronavirus “panic porn” that they incessantly publish.
Bill Maher warns media its condescending ‘panic porn’ virus coverage could be a big backfire https://t.co/1k6TDAb4th
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 18, 2020
As for Williams’ complaint about a “right-wing echo chamber,” some would argue that there’s no greater echo chamber than the one inhabited by left-wing elites who keep masochistically doubling down on wokeness.
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Dovetailing back to the allegation against Kerry, it was made by Zarif himself in leaked audio footage that’s been picked up and covered by most major news outlets, from Fox News and the New York Post on the right to The Hill and The New York Times on the left.
But according to Williams, those on the right should be careful about believing the allegation because, one, there are serious concerns about the tape’s legitimacy, and two, the right has made several admitted missteps in the past few days.
“I think it’s important that, you notice that people like Lindsey Graham, a strong Republican voice in South Carolina, says he doesn’t know whether or not we can trust this so-called tape. The State Department says the timeline is way off,” he said about his “right-wing echo chamber” remark.
“Yes the Iranians knew their targets in Syria were being attacked, but it wasn’t clear who was [telling them]. In fact, you had some Israeli generals and others before this tape supposedly was taped saying Israel was involved, so what you’re hearing from the Iranian foreign minister doesn’t quite make sense,” Williams added.
In making these points, he couldn’t help but also throw in a soft defense of Kerry, despite the former secretary of state’s documented anti-Israeli attitude.
“I think that it’s not good that we go after people like that who are doing public service,” he lamented.
It’s true that Graham, a high-ranking Republican, has raised concerns about the tape, though not mentioned by Williams was the senator’s additional point that, if true, this allegation would be “very damaging.”
“I don’t know if we should trust that tape or not. If it’s true, it’s very damaging. I like John Kerry, but that would not be helpful and it would be very problematic if it were true. But let’s wait and see how authentic this is,” he’d said, according to Politico.
Kerry has, for his part, denied the allegation:
I can tell you that this story and these allegations are unequivocally false. This never happened – either when I was Secretary of State or since. https://t.co/BTOdFE1khW
— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) April 26, 2021
Williams’ point was that conservatives shouldn’t rush to judgment. However, he couldn’t stop himself from taking it a step further by bashing conservative media.
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