Fox News has often accused President Barack Obama of being "lawless" and has also slammed undocumented immigrants for violating U.S. border law, but the conservative network is supporting Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who has been violating U.S. law for 20 years by allowing his cattle to illegally graze on land owned by the federal government.
On April 9, Bundy appeared on Fox News' "Hannity" program, where host Sean Hannity tried to justify Bundy's cattle grazing on government land (video below).
"Your cattle, this is public land," said Hannity. "It's not being used. In my mind, and I'm not a rancher, but I would think the federal government would be thankful because you're cutting the lawn for free, and they're charging huge amounts of money to let your cattle graze there with these fees?"
On April 11, Bundy appeared on Hannity's radio show (audio below) in which the host said the federal government has "drawn the wrong line in the sand here" and praised Bundy because he "likes anybody that's willing to fight," noted MediaMatters.org (audio below).
"I'm just afraid of what this government is capable of doing. I mean we saw what happened in Waco," added Hannity, in reference to religious cult leader and child molester David Koresh who was finally stopped by the Clinton administration.
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"The government needs to stand down because this is only a symptom of how one person, standing up to the government, I'm telling you, my opinion [is] that this crisis could come to a head, and lives could be lost," stated Hannity (audio below).
Yesterday, Fox News' Bob Massi even went as far as to parrot a right-wing conspiracy theory created by Alex Jones' website InfoWars.com that Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and his son Rory were behind a plot to get rid of Bundy's cattle in order to build a $5 billion solar power plant provided by a Chinese energy firm (video below).
According to MediaMatters.org, while repeating this claim, Massi admitted he didn't know "whether it's true or not."
After federal agents decided not to engage the law-breaking rancher and his armed militia supporters due to public safety concerns this past weekend, Fox News host Greta Van Susteren posted this jubilant headline on her blog GretaWire: "Cliven Bundy wins this round — Feds pull back in Nevada!"