EMULATING THE TALIBAN…. Fox News’ new website is a font of odd and mistaken information, but this one seemed more annoying than most.

An April 17 headline posted on TheFoxNation.com — Fox News’ new and allegedly bias-free website — claimed that the “Taliban Copies Democrat Playbook.” The headline linked to an April 16 New York Times article headlined, “Taliban Exploit Class Rifts in Pakistan.” In fact, the Times article — which described insurgency tactics such as roadside bombs — made no mention of the Democratic Party.

This, apparently, is “Fox Nation’s” idea of being clever. You see, the Taliban is exploiting class rifts in Pakistan, so the Taliban is necessarily emulating the “Democrat [sic] Playbook.” How droll.

But the reason this was of particular interest is because there was one recent instance in which a leading American politician really did want to see a major U.S. political party share a playbook with the Taliban. It wasn’t, however, a Democrat — it was National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas), who said GOP lawmakers should emulate the Taliban because “they went about systematically understanding how to disrupt and change a person’s entire processes.”

Funny, I don’t remember seeing Fox News make the connection at the time between the GOP and the Taliban. Probably just an oversight.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.