Howard Kurtz makes strong case on why it’s ‘absurd’ to blame Fox News for Buffalo shooting

(Video: Fox News)

In an opening monologue, Fox News host Howard Kurtz condemned the opportunistic liberal corporate media as well as elected Democrats for blame-gaming his network, and Tucker Carlson in particular, on the basis of “knee-jerk partisanship” in the aftermath of the barbaric Buffalo, N.Y. mass shooting.

“Blaming [Tucker] for the shooting is absurd…and by the way, there’s nothing in the suspect’s hundreds of rambling pages that indicates he has ever watched one minute of Fox News,” the host of “Media Buzz” declared on his Sunday morning show in the video clip embedded above.

“The murder of 10 innocent people in Buffalo is utterly heartbreaking in so many ways, all victims of a suspect whose writing reeks of racism, anti-Semitism, and a twisted mind,” the former CNN host and Washington Post writer began his monologue.

Kurtz went to call out liberals for their selective outrage and hypocrisy after these horrific acts of violence, along with playing soundbites from finger-pointing, MSNBC propagandists like Rachel Maddow, Joe Scarborough, and Chris Hayes on a channel that regularly peddles conspiracy theories.

“But what I also find troubling, and I have been talking about this for decades, is the knee-jerk partisanship with which pundits and politicians on the left, and sometimes the right, respond to mass shootings.  President Clinton blamed the Oklahoma City bombing in part on Rush Limbaugh. Liberal pundits, and later The New York Times, blamed the mass shooting in Tucson on a Sarah Palin political map that the gunman never even saw,” Kurtz continued.

“But when a liberal Bernie Sanders supporter, a Rachel Maddow fan, wounded Steve Scalise and others five years ago at a Republican congressional baseball practice, the media didn’t blame Maddow or left-wing philosophy, and they shouldn’t have. Yet, after mostly black shoppers were gunned down in that Buffalo supermarket, people who don’t like this network, or compete with this network, unleashed this constant barrage: It’s partially Fox’s fault,” Kurtz, who is moderate voice on FNC, lamented.

“A chief target has been Tucker Carlson. Now, his comments on immigration and politics, and those of anyone at this network are, of course, fair game for public debate. But blaming him for the shooting is absurd.”

“The latest case of a blood-on-your hands approach to finger pointing, even if you’re Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer trying to score political points by attacking Fox. And by the way, there’s nothing in the suspect’s hundreds of rambling pages that indicates he has ever watched one minute of Fox News,” Howard Kurtz concluded.

The left is waging an ongoing campaign to kick Tucker Carlson off the air by any de-platforming pretext. Even former Fox News chief political correspondent Carl Cameron is among those who have joined the cancellation chorus.

As Kurtz might have implied, professionally jealousy, especially given Fox News’ ratings success as opposed to other, down-trending competing outlets, along with bruised egos, might also be involved in the FNC and Carlson bashing by various virtue-signaling media personalities who have weighed in.

For the self-righteous, pretentious journalism industry, bashing Fox or the GOP seems to be a reliable way to collect a check, too, especially if or when belief system is malleable.

Carlson, the most influential political pundit in America, emcees an eponymous, populist-leaning prime-time program that is perhaps the only content still on television that, other than NFL games, could generally be described as appointment viewing.

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