MSNBC Hypocrisy – O’Reilly calling Fight against ISIS ‘Holy War’ is Bad, Ed Schultz calling Fight a ‘Religious War’ is Okay

I guess I should be used to the hypocrisy of liberals by now, but the blatant disregard for equity still astounds me. The latest example of this hypocrisy has reared its head over at MSNBC in their reporting on the White House’s reticence to talk about Islamic radicalism.

At Fox News the pundits have been quick to demand that the White House use more direct rhetoric when talking about the dangers we face from Islamic extremism. Over at MSNBC the message has been a bit more muted, but they’ve also been calling for the White House to stop the word games and start speaking clearly and concisely about the problems we’re facing in the Muslim world.

Until Chris Hayes decided to get involved. Hayes recently took exception to something that Bill O’Reilly of Fox News had said about our fight with ISIS; “The Holy War is here and unfortunately it seems the president will be the last one to acknowledge it.” Hayes did not like O’Reilly’s use of the words “Holy War,” and he made that clear during his show this past Wednesday.


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The self-proclaimed caliph of the “Islamic State,” Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi, and Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, two very different men, are in agreement on one crucial point, there is a holy war being waged in the middle east…

For months, Fox News personalities have been attacking the president for not identifiying ISIS with, “radical Islam,” fixating on that phrase. And for not using the phrase “Islamic terrorism…”

If the president’s refusal to cast the enemy as purely Islamic makes the folks at FOX mad, his obviously true statement that during the Crusades, people did terrible things in the name of Christianity, that make them positively apoplectic…

O'Reilly HayesThe next step was anger at the president for referring to the 21 Coptic Christian Egyptians murdered by ISIS as “Egyptian citizens” instead of explicitly calling them Christians, though he did do that today…

And now we have reaqched the next and final step. We are now, according to one of the most influential figures on the American right in a holy war — the holy war is here!

And that sort of rhetoric is, of course, exactly what ISIS wants. For if this is a holy war, they aren’t some murderous cult or some fringe Sunni militia. No, if it’s a holy war, then they are the representatives of Islam, which is why the president at today’s summit on countering violent extremism was careful not to cast the fight on those terms.


Apparently Chris Hayes hasn’t been watching his own station because it’s not just the folks at Fox News who are tired of President Obama’s refusal to call things what they are. On MSNBC’s Morning Joe the topic has come up repeatedly in recent days (and the panel has looked none too kindly on President Obama’s silly word games), and on MSNBC’s the Ed Show with Ed Schultz the topic has also come up.

In fact, Schultz was just as frustrated as O’Reilly and even used language that was strikingly similar to express those frustrations with the President.

(In fact Schultz attacked the issue Monday night, while O’Reilly waited until Tuesday…)



 It was a weekend of terror around the globe. In Libya, ISIS released a video showing more bloodshed. The video released on Sunday claims to show the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians. The brutal act of violence is clearly a gross display of what ISIS is capable of, what they’re motivated about, and what they are really all about. And I think this act of mass murder amounts to a religious war. Now we all have our own interpretations at this point. This continues to go on. At this point these people were targeted, as I see it, and murdered because of their faith . . . As I see it, the United States is going to have to have continual reviewal [sic] of its strategy. We can’t sit back here and watch hordes of people get their heads cut off. And why would we tell ISIS there’s no way we would ever put ground troops in combat situations? I think it has reached a point where we really have to have a very strong debate in this country. As I see it, it’s a religious war. What is going to turn back ISIS? 

Congressman [John Garamendi] I would personally come to the conclusion as someone who is following the news and seeing what’s unfolding here, is that what we’re doing isn’t strong enough, isn’t working. Now whether that means we need to put ground troops and get them involved, I don’t know. I’m not a military expert, but when they are growing geographically and they are growing in influence and they are socially connected as they are — I mean, this was almost like a movie production what they released. They are in lawless parts of the Middle East. How do you trot out 21 people with nobody else around and do something like that? It takes organization. It takes protection, and I think it has reached a level right now that we’re the United States, we might have to have a conversation that special ops and some ground forces might be part of the equation, but basically we have told ISIS well that’s not going to happen. We have told other countries who are getting hit by this group that we’re not going to put ground troops in. 

Notice how Schultz refers to the conflict as a RELIGIOUS WAR? I’m not sure why Chris Hayes chose to call out Fox News and Bill O’Reilly when the exact same conversations are happening at MSNBC; even the same rhetoric and language are being used. I guess it’s just another example of the hypocrisy that is so pervasive among modern liberals.

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