Since its creation in the mid-nineties, Fox News has been a propaganda news station with actors playing “journalists” to ensnare and incite an easily impressionable base.
With Trump in power, the network has managed to edge past propaganda into full-fledged state-sponsored media with its litany of over-polished talking heads supporting the president at any turn. Often, the acrobatics required to maintain a linear narrative rival that of an Olympic gymnast.
Today, a Fox Business segment turned full contortionist when they re-upped a long-debunked nickname of John McCain when defending the use of torture to gather intelligence.
McCain has been vocal in his disapproval of Trump’s nominee to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel, whose track record is extremely pro-torture. The ailing conservative was forever changed by his time spent as a POW and so can’t condone torture exacted on anyone, even American enemies.
For his dissidence, Fox News military host Thomas McInerney dredged up the old nickname ‘Songbird John,’ a slanderous nickname created by past political opponents of McCain to paint the former detainee as a traitor.
The host of the segment, Charles Payne, brought up McCain’s decision not to endorse Haspel, “even though she laid out at least three instances where it did work to the benefit of humankind.” That particular assessment has been researched and disproven many times, even by American intelligence.
Still, Payne pressed on, incredulous as to why anyone would reject Haspel after she had given “her commitment not to use [torture] anymore because it’s no longer legal for us.”
McInerney plowed through with this cringe-inducing response:
“Well she can’t use it anymore because we have determined in Congress that it’s not legal. The fact is, is John McCain — it worked on John. That’s why they call him ‘Songbird John.’ The fact is those methods can work, and they are effective, as former Vice President Cheney said. And if we have to use them to save a million American lives, we will do whatever we have to.”
Fox News: the only network where white men can somehow run themselves over with the bus they’re currently driving.
Check out the full segment below. McInerney’s hollow, soulless eyes as he tears into a man dying from brain cancer better illustrate the networks inability to be compassionate than reading a transcript ever could: