DUMB AND DUMBER…. The FBI Mirandizing detainees in Afghanistan in specific instances may be the right’s new hobbyhorse, but that doesn’t change the fact that this Fox News conservation between Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly was mind-numbing.
O’Reilly started by saying Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) believes “the Obama administration is now ordering military people to read captured Taliban and Al Qaeda their rights in Afghanistan. That means they’re telling the terrorists that they have a right to remain silent.” He asked Kelly to explain why the administration would do this. She explained:
“Because Barack Obama is changing our approach in the field when it comes to prosecuting or going after terror suspects, and it’s a designed change and this is part of it. He views these terror suspects as criminals, not necessarily as terrorists. And so, he’s making a shift to sort of the way we were pre-9-11, where we would treat them as criminals; we would have the FBI and law enforcement deal with them, as opposed to the CIA and our military intelligence deal with them.”
O’Reilly added that this approach means that if we capture al Qaeda terrorists, “you can’t ask them any questions.”
Fox News viewers were treated, in other words, to a policy discussion in which both professional media personalities had no idea what they were talking about. Ever wonder why Fox News viewers seem confused about current events? This is why they’re confused.
“Obama is changing our approach in the field”? No, actually, he isn’t.
“It’s a designed change”? Actually, the change was implemented by George W. Bush a year ago.
Obama “views these terror suspects as criminals, not necessarily as terrorists”? That’s a talking point from 2004, and it still has no basis in reality.
Obama’s “making a shift to sort of the way we were pre-9-11”? There is no “shift”; Obama’s policy mirrors the system Bush put in place to make it easier to prosecute terror suspects.
We can no longer ask al Qaeda members “any questions”? No less an authority than Gen. David Petraeus has already dismissed these right-wing attacks as untrue.
Hell, O’Reilly didn’t even characterize the accusations from Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) correctly.
Everything about this little chat between O’Reilly and Kelly was not only wrong, but confused to the point of comedy. Every claim, every sentence, every accusation was obviously, demonstrably false.
I’m sure they’ll want to revisit this on Monday, to help explain to viewers where they went wrong, won’t they?