Russell Brand tells us his thoughts and feelings on Fox News in his YouTube diatribe that is now going viral. Brand rips into the American news television channel owned by the Fox Entertainment Group. The British comedian dubbed Fox News “fanatical, terrorist, propagandist” and focused the majority of his ten-minute sermonizing against Fox legal analyst Jeanine Pirro, who serves as host of the weekend primetime show “Justice with Judge Jeanine.”
Fox News themselves reported how Brand “ripped into host Judge Jeanine Pirro for her emotionally-charged commentary regarding the crisis in Iraq and President Obama’s refusal to order sustained airstrikes.”
Brand took Fox News to task with strong words directed at the channel, whose alleged promotion of conservative political positions and biased reporting has come under fire before.
Brand, commenting on how Obama is “clueless” about what’s happening in Iraq, called Fox News “a fanatical terrorist propagandist organization.”
In his video, Brand put together clips of Pirro calling for airstrikes (“Bomb them, keep bombing them, bomb them again!” Pirro says) and labeling the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) a “fanatical religious terrorist organization.”
“So is Fox News,” Brand said. “It's not reasonable, is it? Not the way she's talking. ‘Bomb them! Bomb them!’ She's worse… She's just doing it with a city backdrop. She's the savage. She's espousing savage values.”
Hopefully, over the course of this she's going to acknowledge the U.S. government and military, in their meddling with foreign affairs, have created this situation in Iraq, created the threat of ISIS — likely armed them over the course of preceding decades — and certainly contributes to the instability in that region. There should be no further intervention or meddling, because that's what led to the problem in the first place. – Russell Brand
“When they do these bombings it creates more insurgents... It creates more terrorism,” Brand commented.
Brand called the host’s reporting “evil,” “incendiary,” and says she uses “just volatile combative, angry language.”
British newspaper The Independent said it’s “been a busy week for Brand who on Saturday addressed around 50,000 protesters at an anti-austerity march in London’s Parliament Square where he called for a ‘peaceful, effortless, joyful revolution’. He was also one of numerous high-profile names to have written to David Cameron this week campaigning for the decriminalisation of drugs.”
Brand concludes his video with: “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.”
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