Eric Boehlert has a long and detailed article comparing the reaction from Fox News hosts concerning the most recent beheadings by Islamist terrorists and the ones that took place when Bush was president. I’m sure it will come as a shock to hear that their rhetoric could not be more contradictory. Today, it’s all Obama’s fault. Back then, it was shameful that anyone would blame Bush for it because of the overwhelming need to unify in opposition to terrorism. Here’s Hannity in June, 2004 after the beheading of Paul Johnson:
HANNITY: Richard, the shrillness of the rhetoric, a vice president of the United States screaming that — Al Gore screaming Bush betrayed America. Are we taking limited resources and the president and his cabinet have to spend all that time fighting politically when they ought to be focused in on World War III? It’s time that we now unite a country, using this as the latest example that we have been warned. They want to kill us all?
RICHARD MINITER: I completely agree. I think politics should stop at the water’s edge. We should go back to the Scoop Jackson Democrats where they would argue like heck about domestic policy, but during a war they would not attack the president or the military.
O’REILLY: It is becoming readily apparent that the United States, we, the people, have to unite. And if we don’t unite, we’re going to see this happen more and more, and then on a mass scale.
We’ve got to stop with the partisan garbage, because that’s what it is, and we’ve got to stop with the selfishness and understand that this is a war. This is something we have never faced before. And stop the grand standing. And the politicians who exploit this for partisan benefit on both sides have got to be voted out of office. We have got to unite.
Unity! We must have unity! No partisan garbage! I’m so surprised.