||O'Reilly & Fox Ignore Judge Being A 9-11 Truther
By: Steve - December 4, 2010 - 9:00am
This is a prime example of how everyone at Fox, and I mean everyone, is a hypocrite with double standards.
To begin with, if you are a 9-11 truther everyone at Fox has slammed them, including O'Reilly, Beck, Hannity, etc. For years Fox hosts and personalities have attacked anyone dabbling in 9-11 conspiracy theories as "Anti-American," "hurtful," "mentally ill," "idiots" that deserve to be fired immediately.
You don't even have to personally be a truther in order to be attacked. As evidenced by O'Reilly's attack on Park51 Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf because he supposedly "Pals Around With Truthers," if you used to work with someone who later became a truther, you are a fair target for criticism (even if you yourself have emphatically stated that 9-11 was carried out by extremist Muslims.)
O'Reilly even said the Imam should not get the permit to build the mosque in NY, simply because he knows a truther. O'Reilly said he pals around with truthers, so he should get nothing. But when the senior judicial news analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano said he was a 9-11 truther himself, O'Reilly and all of Fox News were silent as a mouse.
Last week the senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano appeared on "Conspiracy King" Alex Jones radio show, and announced that 9-11 couldn't possibly have been done the way the government told us. Which makes him a 9-11 truther.
And let's remember that he is not just a random Fox contributor who pops up for occasional analysis -- Napolitano is a rising star at Fox.
After several years as the senior judicial analyst at Fox, Napolitano was given a weekend show earlier this year on the Fox Business channel. His show -- was recently moved to the prime 8pm weekday slot on the network. Napolitano also continues to regularly appear on Fox News to provide input on a wide range of issues.
He has been the recipient of much praise from some of Fox's most prominent on-air personalities as well. When Justice David Souter announced he was retiring from the Supreme Court in 2009, Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy said he "would like to officially nominate" Napolitano for the position.
Then earlier this year, Glenn Beck called Napolitano "one of the sharpest men I know" and told him that "if I were God of the Universe, you'd be my Supreme Court justice."
Beck thinks so highly of Napolitano that he frequently lets Napolitano serve as his guest host when he takes days off.
But he absolutely hates anyone associated with the 9-11 Truther movement. Last year, Beck repeatedly attacked former White House adviser Van Jones after his name appeared on a 9-11 Truth petition. Beck also called for an "investigation" of Imam Rauf over the fact that his former colleague eventually became a truther.
During one of the Beck shows, Beck called 9-11 conspiracy theorists "nut jobs," "idiots," "dangerous," "anarchists," and "the kind of group that a Timothy McVeigh would come from," and "exactly the kind of people who want to rock this nation's foundation, tear us apart and plant the seeds of dissatisfaction in all of us."
But Beck has not said a word about Napolitano being a truther. Beck's silence about Napolitano is in keeping with the rest of his network. Despite criticism from 9-11 victims families, both Fox News and Napolitano have refused to address the controversy on-air or off.
And then earlier this week, discussing Napolitano, Hot Air's Allahpundit asked, "Precisely how many of these people does Fox have on staff? Am I going to open a newspaper tomorrow and find out that Megyn Kelly or Julie Banderas thinks the Pentagon was hit by a missile?"
Now what does it say about hosts like Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, Greta Van Susteren and Mike Huckabee -- who have repeatedly and explicitly condemned truthers in the past -- that they are unwilling to speak out now that their coworker has revealed himself as one.
It says that they are biased, partisan, right-wing hypocrites with double standards. Because if Judge Napolitano was an analyst on MSNBC, NBC, CNN, CBS, or ABC, they would all slam him and call for him to be fired as a conspiracy nut. But when he is on Fox, they not only do not slam him, they don't say anything.