(updated -- it get worse)
Horrible news from France:
Gunmen have attacked the Paris office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people and injuring seven, French officials say.Horrible news or, at Fox, excellent news -- you provide the terrorist attack, they'll provide the war:
At least two masked attackers opened fire with assault rifles in the office and exchanged shots with police in the street outside before escaping by car.
President Francois Hollande said there was no doubt it had been a terrorist attack "of exceptional barbarity"....
The latest tweet on Charlie Hebdo's account was a cartoon of the Islamic State militant group leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The satirical weekly has courted controversy in the past with its irreverent take on news and current affairs.
The magazine was fire-bombed in November 2011 a day after it carried a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad....
Walid Phares -- former Mitt Romney adviser, reportedly an officer in a group responsible for a civilian massacre in Lebanon in the 1980s, and believer in the sharia threat to the United States -- is slavering for war. He doesn't sound unhappy about today's news. He sounds satisfied. Events conform to his worldview. He's sure he's been vindicated.
... I think the free world now has seen what is ahead of us because we have been so late in fighting terrorism both in the region, because we have been letting down our guard across the Atlantic. It's not just in France but even here, because we have not actually addressed the ideology and radicalization....I'm so tired of this notion. I'm tired of being told that Western nations are oblivious to this -- based on what evidence? That jihadism wasn't wiped out in two hours in a CGI spectacle of explosions, as if this were a Hollywood movie? Western nations are fully aware of the threat. The response, in the West and in the Arab/Muslim world, is inadequate in some respects, excessive in others, appropriate in yet others. But people like Phares don't really care about keeping people safe. Phares has made a career of scaremongering and saber-rattling -- he wants this to go on. No matter how many wars we fight, how many drones we drop, how many people we subject to surveillance, as long as he can say it's not enough, he has a sweet, well-paid gig. So he's like an oilman who hit a gusher today. It's a good day for him.
And for everyone at Fox.
Fox "military expert": "political correctness is killing us."— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) January 7, 2015
Many of the Fox fans replying to that Phares tweet seem as if this could just be the moment they've been waiting for:
Oh, and of course, it's all Obama's fault:
Yeah, a terrific day for the whole Fox family.
UPDATE: Via Media Matters, here's a clip from Fox -- you'll hear K.T. McFarland argue that "political correctness" hinders our ability to "find, track, and follow people" (oh, and French gun control is at fault as well) ... and then, at about 2:12, Elisabeth Hasselbeck links the attack to, of all people, New York mayor Bill de Blasio:
... When you hear about not painting everybody with the same brush, not treating everybody differently, I'm thinking about New York City here, and police morale, and as soon as the police, and as soon as the police act they're painted with the racist brush by, in fact, our own mayor here. So how are officials supposed to be on high alert and really getting specific looking at individuals without, you know, taking a step back in terms of security?I'm left speechless by that.