Did media ignore hypocrisy of drone strike policy?
'Fox News Watch' panel weighs in
- Duration 7:48
- Date Feb 10, 2013
'Fox News Watch' panel weighs in
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These strikes were legal.
There are ethical and their wives.
White House goes on the defense supporting the government's right to be judge.
Jury and executioner.
Using drones to take out al-Qaeda terrorists including Americans who are an imminent threat.
How did to me how you react to this news.
Press ignore the hypocrisy.
-- -- -- -- -- -- The president takes his pitch to the public.
The agenda driven media misleading the American.
Democratic senator fires back at the mainstream media accusing the press of buying into a big story from a right wing web site.
And have the liberal media gone overboard criticize Chris Christie.
We're being overweight.
Basically the healthiest fact I've ever seen -- On the panel this week writer and Fox News contributor Judy Miller.
Syndicated columnist Cal Thomas Jim Pinkerton contributing editor the American conservative magazine and Ellen Ratner bureau chief of talk radio news service.
I'm John Scott FOX News Watch is on right now.
NBC news has obtained a government document that lays out the legal argument.
To justify the president's use of drones to kill al-Qaeda suspects including in some cases US citizens.
That's NBC news earlier this week reporting details of a confidential sixteen page memo outlining the legal justifications.
For the Obama administration's unprecedented use of targeted drone strikes.
Against al-Qaeda suspects in foreign nations including American citizens who pose an imminent threat.
The White House went on the defense following that report.
Declared this is giving the legal justification for killing American citizens without any trial we get over when you tell you yeah I would point -- media Campbell.
Judicial precedent for the idea that someone who takes up arms against the United States in a war against the United States.
His it is an enemy and therefore could be targeted accordingly.
All right so Jim what about the hypocrisy here do you see any blame you might be thinking of for example David Jackson's piece in USA today which -- headline.
What -- this has been Bush's strong.
And and then he said -- you go through rendition and went on -- -- and waterboarding all the things that happened the Bush Administration where the main -- were all fired up and now they've been sort of quiet you leave it now at a folks like Jon Stewart.
That with that of Comedy Central to say.
You know that the Obama people said is that we would be fully transparent but they didn't tell -- was it be fully transparent that the Bush Administration not their own administration.
Alan surely a reliable liberal like you sees it differently not -- ball he hit it if if.
It's shocking to me if this -- -- George Bush 43 or 41.
The liberal press.
Would have had a front page of the newspapers they've been hitting Adam all the time as a real man.
I'm shocked that they haven't gone after the numbers Judy really tell the story.
There was so much ink spilled about waterboarding water boarding and and the horrors -- -- out.
Three people were -- it.
Yes and we have now killed more American citizens with -- Then where water bordered at least as far as we know.
We've killed four American citizens.
But look at the overall number of attacks there -- been 400.
Of these drone attacks most of them under the Obama administration.
With absolutely no transparency.
This has killed roughly 3000 people according to the Stanford University report was just issued -- 800 of them.
May be civilians including women -- children.
And it is finally finally time the congress the senate this week.
Finally stopped being brain dead.
And started challenging the administration on -- patently absurd explanation.
For how this is legal ethical and wise I think at this point we are gonna have the kind of debate that we've not had because Barack Obama has been doing.
So for America's most liberal president to be conducting this campaign it must have been tough for the liberal press to cover.
Well they're coming after the fact our on this case after the election you're now starting to see some criticism ratcheted up by.
The likes of the far left Mother Jones Magazine and even.
The New York Times editorial wrote this this week which is shocking.
It brought back -- the times writer.
Unwelcome memories of memos written by president George W.
Bush for him to justify illegal wiretapping indefinite detention kidnapping.
Abuse and torture now in the New York Times is starting to compare the Obama administration George W.
This is a significant shift -- it.
Go -- I don't go -- -- but the other thing is is even the nation Greg Mitchell.
Did not make the issue about.
About the drones and the drone base in Saudi Arabia.
It as much of an issue which I thought he should have.
-- -- -- -- 9/11 was supposedly at least according to some of the terrorists because we had drew -- bases in Saudi Arabia that whole -- was totally looked over by the.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- After the election.
And that's what they weren't gonna mess up Obama's -- before -- election now that the partisan mission of getting reelected is completed they can go back to being liberals and lying about the -- due process and where's the cellular and and so on but it has been a field favorite weapon papers like the mother Jones and the -- -- count -- mentioned.
Also the guardian to guardian has been on this all along the headline news reports years ago that that in your times the Washington Post before -- election more in the least bit Egyptian.
-- -- what they're focusing on really is the wrong thing they're still under reporting what is really going on in some of these Middle East nations that are.
That are harboring the terrorists what they're saying and their press what they're saying from their mosques what they're saying in their propaganda.
Films and teaching the young children.
This is being minimized and we're still into this fictitious.
Notion in so much of the press that reaching out and touching them is going to somehow bring reciprocity.
One Middle East nation was also harboring a drone base for us Saudi Arabia came out this week you know Washington Post New York Times the AP.
The administration had asked them to keep that secret should they have.
Well you know the press has been debating this themselves in New York Times ombudsman said no we shouldn't have done -- it.
Maybe we should but probably on balance we shouldn't have we're all in favor of transparency you know -- I'm in favor.
Of respecting the constitution and keeping Americans alive.
And the fact of the matter is it is embarrassing.
For America's allies Saudi Arabia have that base there that when people complain.
That we could not get to Ben -- in time because we lack.
The assets overseas to do that and then complain about.
Doing everything we kind of exposed.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- And the things that supposedly led some of the 9/11 people which was our bases in -- when I'm not sure that that is what set -- one of the many reasons that Osama bin Laden gave for his attacks and the best.
If we withdrew every.
American from Saudi Arabia tomorrow do you really think Alan al-Qaeda would stop targeting that I act I don't know -- I think that that it -- to keep something like that secret in the press.
A base we're not talking about one operation we're talking about a base is wrong all right.