The Fox News morning show "Fox & Friends," which often claims to "support the troops," attacked American prisoner of war Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and his father this morning.
"Fox & Friends" parroted many of the unsubstantiated claims made by some ex-servicemen who served with Bergdahl. Those former servicemen have appeared in the media via GOP operatives, reported The New York Times.
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“You wonder why, given the fact that a couple of years ago they had already discounted him as a deserter, why would the president of the United States embrace his family in the Rose Garden?” co-host Steve Doocy asked, noted RawStory.com (video below).
Co-host Brian Kilmeade later attacked Bowe Bergdahl’s father, Robert Bergdahl, for growing a beard, which resembles conservative hero Phil Robertson of "Duck Dynasty."
“I mean, he says he was growing his beard because his son was in captivity," said Kilmeade. "Well, your son’s out now. So if you really don’t, no longer look like a member of the Taliban, you don’t have to look like a member of the Taliban. Are you out of razors?”
Doocy also attacked the Obama administration for negotiating the release of the last POW from the Iran-Afghanistan wars.
“Some are now suggesting that the White House team really blew it by having the Bergdahls right there, given the fact the intel community had a classified file on him,” stated Doocy. “They knew he walked away, they knew he was a deserter. And there’s the president embracing the family.”
According to The Washington Post, "[Robert] Bergdahl, who has declined to talk with the media, has said he grew his beard as a chronology marking the time that his son was missing. But, [Bob Henley, former pastor at the Presbyterian Church] said Bergdahl also did it in a bid to win any small measure of sympathy from his son’s captors."
Sources: The Washington Post, The New York Times, RawStory.com