Speaking truth to power, comedian and actor Russell Brand ripped into Fox News Tuesday, accusing the network of being a “fanatical terrorist propagandist organization” that is “more dangerous than ISIS.”
In a YouTube video published on June 24, 2014, Brand went off on Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro for taking a position on bombing Iraq that he said was even “worse” than the militant group ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) which has taken over a large portion of the country.
Over the weekend Pirro lashed out at the president for not ordering sustained air strikes on Iraq. Pirro said that her solution to the recent violence Iraq was to “bomb them. Bomb them, keep bombing them, bomb them again, and again.”
“F*cking hell!” Brand exclaimed. “When they do these bombings it creates more insurgents, that’s what creates them. Don’t think of a bomb as going down there and destroying stuff, think of it as like a seed that goes into the ground, and grows insurgents out of it. It creates more terrorism, doing it.”
After Pirro designated the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant a “fanatical religious terrorist organization,” Brand observed:
So is Fox News. It’s a fanatical terrorist propagandist organization. This isn’t reasonable, is it? Like the way she’s talking? ‘Bomb them! Bomb them!’ She’s worse … She’s the savage, she’s totally espousing savage values.
It’s invective, just incendiary language, just volatile combative, angry language. That — I’m not being just sensational — that is more dangerous than ISIS. That attitude. That’s far-reaching. That’s affecting millions and millions of people.
Brand was responding to what BuzzFeed called “the craziest rant a Fox News host has ever done.”
In the clip in question, Pirro went after President Obama and said he “didn’t have the balls” to try Gitmo detainees, as well as citing a report from conspiracy site WorldNetDaily about ISIS forces being trained by the U.S., among other things.
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