THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS ‘TOO CRAZY’ FOR FOX NEWS…. One of the more frustrating things about conservative politics is that there’s nothing right-wing personalities can say to be exiled from polite society.
On “Fox & Friends” this morning, the cast brought on John Hagee — introduced as a “renowned Christian minister and author” — to discuss, in host Gretchen Carlson’s words, whether America “is heading to a disaster it cannot survive.”
Carlson interviewed Hagee for several minutes about Israel and the national debt, while chyrons like “On The Path To Disaster: Geopolitical & Economical [sic] Storms Brewing” appeared on-screen.
At the end of the segment, Carlson plugged Hagee’s book, Can America Survive?, as “great” and said to him that “you also touch on the religion in your book.”
“Touch on the religion” doesn’t quite cover it.
As we detailed last year when Glenn Beck plugged Hagee’s book (note: Hagee was appearing today to promote the “updated” version), Can America Survive? is about how the world is fast-approaching Biblical Armageddon. Hagee buttresses his hypothesis with flimsy interpretations of “Bible prophecy,” and writes that the global economic crisis will be hastened by the sudden Rapture of billions of Christians, which will pave the road for the arrival of the Antichrist.
The Fox News hosts made no mention of Hagee’s almost comical radicalism.
We’re talking about a guy who blamed gays for Hurricane Katrina. Hagee also believes Jews are to blame for centuries of persecution, called the Roman Catholic Church is “the great whore,” and preached that Hitler and the Nazis had operated on God’s behalf.
Hagee has said God is using Muslim terrorists to massacre Americans because the United States supports a two-state solution in Israel.
Fox News wants its viewers to consider Hagee a “renowned Christian minister and author,” and a credible source on whether the U.S. is facing a coming “disaster.”
No wonder the Republican network’s audience is so confused.