There's a clip in the Gawker post that I can't embed; in it, Fox's Kimberly Guilfoyle blames the siege on the fact that evil Obama wants to restrict the use of military-style hardware by police, a point enthusiastically seconded by former New York cop and regular Fox contributor Bo Dietl. Yes, folks, that was the big problem today, not the fact that a guy went into a Planned Parenthood, shot cops, and terrorized a community.
In the clip, Guilfoyle says to Dietl:
Yeah, Bo, we were getting some reports earlier and talking about the Justice Department and, you know, stripping local law enforcement officers of that, you know, much-needed tactical supplies, military-style equipment, Ferguson and whatnot, and the investigations that happened, and you just think about a situation like this where the police need every available resource to put down an active shooter situation, especially someone that seems to be heavily armed, doesn't make sense to me why we would handicap our police officers when we need them in a crisis situation like this.Dietl's reply, as the Gawker post notes, is war-porn word salad -- but the point he makes is clear enough. It's also clear that Dietl isn't going off on a rant on his own volition -- the segment is set up to raise this issue. Dietl is replying to Guilfoyle's question, which is asked in order to get the Fox message across:
Again, this is our president acting like a fool again. I mean, to see something like this, we noticed when the attacks occurred in Paris, when the cops were in their car getting attacked. We have to prepare ourselves. This is a war. We’re against... terrorists are against this country.So the Obama administration expressed some skepticism about police militarization, therefore a Planned Parenthood siege proves that Ialamicists are going to kill us all.
It’s going to open up here in America, and we’ve got to be prepared. And we’ve also got to start training all our officers in the use of high-powered equipment. We’re dealing with bad people here. Our little 9 millimeters are not going to do anything against somebody with an AK-47. So let's [unintelligible] the belief that we're in fairyland here. This is an attack on us; it’s going to be for the next generation. We have to deal with it. We have to prepare ourselves for the worst, and pray that the worst don’t happen.
In reality, as the Denver Post reports, heavy equipment was used to deal with this situation:
Throughout the late afternoon, the encounter could be heard on the police scanner, with the authorities describing how they had driven a BearCat armored vehicle into the building, smashing through two sets of doors into the lobby and rescuing some of those inside.That would be this vehicle:
But this is what Roger Ailes considers the most important mission of Fox News: to mine every single news story for a real or imagined examples of liberal evil and perfidy. If a planet-destroying meteorite someday approaches Earth, the Fox take will be: Could this have been prevented if President Obama hadn't insisted on those NASA cutbacks? This is what Fox is all about.