Cenk Uygur slams Fox News’ Charlie Hebdo response: ‘A vat of ignorance, fear, and hatred’
Young Turks host Cenk Uygur blistered Fox News host Eric Bolling and his colleagues on Wednesday, calling them “idiots” for their response to the Charlie Hebdo mass shooting in Paris.
“It is a vat of ignorance, fear and hatred over at Fox News,” Uygur said. “There is no bottom to that barrel.”
Uygur mocked Bolling’s argument that the fatal attack against the French satirical magazine should end any complaints that police in the U.S. are over-militarized. Bolling also called for more armed shows of force by police, justifying them by saying, “It’s not a police state, it’s a safe state.”
“That sounds so great, doesn’t it?” Uygur asked sarcastically. “Sounds like the old Soviet Union. You know, you go to Cuba now, they’ve still got guys with heavy weaponry walking around in case anybody’s gonna criticize the leader of Cuba. That’s what Castro does, okay?”
According to The Guardian, French authorities have identified the two suspects at large in the shooting as 32-year-old Cherif Kouachi and his brother, 34-year-old Said Kouachi. A third suspect, 18-year-old Hamyd Mourad, surrendered to authorities near the French border with Belgium.
Uygur argued that, while conservatives insist that mass shootings done by people like Anders Breivik — who killed 77 people in Norway in 2011 — should not be politicized, they have no problem seizing upon incidents like the Charlie Hebdo massacre in order to criticize Muslim communities, saying they’re “holding them accountable.”
“How are you holding people accountable? You’re goading people on live TV,” Uygur said. “You know what’s gonna happen? Another guy’s gonna go into a Sikh temple and shoot Sikhs because he thinks they’re Muslim. Oh, no, that comes out of nowhere, right?”
Watch Uygur’s commentary, as posted online on Wednesday, below.