While the world’s media deal with the shock of what the CIA did in the name of our country following the 9/11 attacks — with details about brutal torture, fatal neglect, forced rectal feedings, profiteering, malfeasance, and cover-up — Fox News strove to reassure its audience that its worldview was comfortably unchanged.
At its website, the top story wasn’t even about the Senate’s report on CIA torture being made public today. With a photo of several horses racing across a dusty field, the network led with the headline, “Proof that Obama’s stimulus plan was spent on a lot of [email protected]#%&?”
The CIA report? It’s there, farther down the page, but you won’t see it if you’re looking for the word “torture.” Or “interrogation.” Instead, you’ll find it with the headline, “DOUBLE TROUBLE: Dems release CIA report as GOP questions motives.”
The manure story, by the Washington Free Beacon, is a slight little thing about $58,650 in stimulus funds being spent to provide a few decent-paying jobs — at $16.86 an hour — to haul off horse manure from a corral in Oregon that’s used to hold wild horses and burros found on public land before they can be adopted.
We’re not sure exactly what Fox objected to the most — paying a decent wage for manual labor, or keeping clean a corral that’s used to find wild horses homes. Perhaps Fox would be happier if the NRA got a contract simply to put these animals out of their misery? We’re not sure.
Horse manure isn’t the only response Fox had to the torture report. Live on air, one of the network’s correspondents took another puzzling take.
“The United States of America is awesome, we are awesome,” said Out Numbered host Andrea Tantaros. “But we’ve had this discussion. We’ve closed the book on it, and we’ve stopped doing it. And the reason they want to have this discussion is not to show how awesome we are. This administration wants to have this discussion to show us how we’re not awesome.”
Andrea, we find it hard to believe that the Obama administration will ever convince you that you’re not awesome. That’s just horse pucky.