After it was announced that another American journalist was beheaded by members of the Islamic State, the blame game was quick to start. On Fox News, they were quick to point the blame in the direction of President Obama.
As the breaking news alerts lit up cable news and social media timelines, American freelance journalist Steven Sotloff was announced as the next person to be killed by the Islamic State, otherwise known as ISIS or ISIL. The White House condemned the attacks as they attempt to craft a strategy to handle to ongoing crisis. The topic was one that was quickly addressed on Tuesday's "The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson" on Fox News. Host Gretchen Carlson asked Fox News contributor K.T. McFarland his thoughts on the situation, and the response hit the president hard.
"I'm not sure it's a day that had to happen. You know, the president has stuck his head in the sand." McFarland stated. "We now have evidence that he's known about the threat that was mounting, coming, the ability of ISIS to take large areas, be well-funded, be well-armed, and have this jihadist agenda of killing, murdering, raping, crucifying, beheading anybody who gets in their way," McFarland said of the president. McFarland pointed that there are over 20 "unaccounted-for journalists" who have gone missing in Iraq and Syria and that President Obama has simply "stuck his head in the sand," while "two Americans have lost their heads."
According to ABC News, President Obama spoke during a joint news conference in Estonia on Wednesday and confirmed the validity of the video. "Overnight, our government confirmed that, tragically, Steven was taken from us in a horrific act of violence," the president stated. The Obama administration is considering further action in the region.