Members of the Obama administration have taken another public swipe at Fox News, claiming its coverage of the war against the Islamic State is distracting the American people.
Speaking at the National Press Club on Feb. 17, Attorney General Eric Holder criticized the cable news network for focusing some of its coverage on how the Obama administration terms Islamic State group, specifically referring to the administration’s lack of labeling the terror group “radical Islam” or “Islamic extremism.”
“We spend more time, more time talking about what you call it, as opposed to what do you do about it, you know? I mean really,” said Holder. “If Fox didn’t talk about this, they would have nothing else to talk about, it seems to me.”
Holder went on to stress the importance of how the U.S. battles Islamic State group and what actions the country can take to win against it, rather than obsess over the descriptions and characterizations of the group.
Some Fox News anchors responded to the attorney general. On "Fox and Friends," co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck pointed out some statistics to defend her network.
“You have 21 Coptic Christians beheaded on a shoreline. You have 45 people burned alive, and this is on the heels of a Jordanian pilot being burned alive via video that we’ve all had to see that gruesome attacks on humanity alone. Yet Fox is the problem? Wow.”
On "The Five," co-host Eric Bolling said, “the Obama administration talks tougher to Fox News than they do to ISIS (Islamic State),” while co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle said Fox is just “reporting the truth because we’re not afraid of words.”
This is not the first time the Obama administration has attacked the cable news network. In 2009, the brand new Obama administration called Fox News “a wing of the Republican Party,” the White House also devoted some time on its website to disproving what they called “Fox lies” and later snubbed an interview with Fox News while answering questions from every other major news organization.