As Fox News continues on its crusade to report on anything—anything—besides the ongoing investigation into Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, the news network on Wednesday decided to take Jake Tapper to task, launching a “manipulative, gross and unethical” attack on the CNN host.
For background: after hearing reports that the terrorist in New York City shouted "Allahu akbar” during Tuesday’s attack, Tapper noted during his show "the Lead" that the phrase "God is great” is sometimes “said under the most beautiful of circumstances.”
“And too often, we hear it being said in moments like this,” Tapper added.
Fox New’s the Five on Wednesday took issue with Tapper's assessment that the saying is multidimensional. Former Congressman-turned-co-host Jason Chaffetz attempted to mock the CNN host for “[feeling] the need to remind viewers how beautiful the phrase ‘Allahu akbar’ can be.”
Shortly after the segment aired, the company’s digital operation Fox News Insider posted the article “CNN's Jake Tapper: 'Allahu Akbar' Can Be Said Under 'Most Beautiful' of Circumstances,” filing the report under the tag “outrageous.”
According to Tapper, the “outrage” over his benign comment started at the Daily Caller and eventually made its way onto TV.
@ckanal @KFILE @jasoninthehouse I ignored the lie for a day. It started with some kid at @DailyCaller. Then to… https://t.co/lP5bm2Glpb— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper)1509581321.0
People were not impressed by Fox's move:
.@FoxNews chooses instead to deliberately lie about what I said. Following the slime-coated path of @DailyCaller and @infowars. Disgusting.— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper)1509580657.0
This is just manipulative, gross, and unethical. (Fox, not Jake Tapper) https://t.co/hcFWzqHiJP— E. Picciuto ⚫️⚫️🕯🕯🔥🕯🕯🕯🕯 (@E. Picciuto ⚫️⚫️🕯🕯🔥🕯🕯🕯🕯)1509580395.0
Fox News is lying. I said it can be said at beautiful moments (wedding, birth) and too often at times like this (ho… https://t.co/Sf3nvTaytr— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper)1509580248.0
Fox News files @jaketapper saying that "Allahu akbar" or "God is great" can be said in many, beautiful ways in the… https://t.co/26IukcUZBn— Cristiano Lima (@Cristiano Lima)1509577642.0
In 2009 Jake Tapper got furious when the Obama administration criticized Fox. He said Fox was ABC's "sister organiz… https://t.co/qWi8ULNrzb— Jon Schwarz (@Jon Schwarz)1509581183.0
You are sleazy, lily-livered liars and propagandists @foxnews. All of you, every last stinking one of you. (And I d… https://t.co/yRLkDdz2sx— Dan Murphy (@Dan Murphy)1509581100.0
This is dumb. Of course any phrase that means "God is great" can be beautiful at times. Silly to attack Tapper on b… https://t.co/DUiFZZeuVC— A.J. Delgado (@A.J. Delgado)1509580510.0