Wingnutosphere Falls for Fake Story About Jordanian King

To show you just how eager the wingnutosphere is to find anything to bash Obama about, everyone from Breitbart to Michelle Malkin to the drooling halfwits from Fox and Friends fell hook, line and sinker for a fake story about the king of Jordan leading bombing raids on ISIS in retaliation for the killing of a downed Jordanian pilot.

People started making this claim on Twitter, so Malkin’s aggregation site Twitchy immediately began pushing the story without bothering to find out of it was true or not, adding this bit of commentary:

Lots of heads of states around the world have paid lip service to fighting jihadists and standing against the monsters of ISIS.

Yesterday, Jordan executed ISIS operatives and walked the talk of counterterrorism…while President Obama posed for photos.

Now comes word that Jordan’s King Abdullah is heading for the front lines. Hard. Core.

And yet completely false. Breitbart, of course, was all over it and their story was shared almost 30,000 times on Facebook. Their commenters were salivating to contrast this with Obama:

Now that’s a commander & chief! Maybe Obama will come out from under his desk and throw a couple rocks at ISIS. Probably wont hit anything after seeing his first pitch…

What a PR nightmare for Obama…It makes him look like the p*ssy he is !

Right. Obama should have jumped in a plane he didn’t know how to fly. Ironically, the Breitbart article praises Jordan for their one day of air strikes. At the same time, of course, they claim that President Obama, who has ordered more than two thousand air strikes on ISIS, is doing nothing at all to stop them (because, naturally, he’s one of them). And guess what? No retraction or correction on the story after two full days.

Right Wing News said, “Some world leaders actually have a backbone. Others, like our Dear Leader, can’t be bothered to do anything at all, let alone personally participate in anti-terrorist bombing missions.” And then there’s the three-headed moron from Fox and Friends:

After gushing over King Abdullah, Steve Doocy spoke of the unconfirmed reports that the Jordanian king had personally participated in airstrikes, even showing a picture of the king sitting in a cockpit.

“What a statement that would make,” Doocy said.

“He is stepping up with strong leadership and clarity,” co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck replied. “What is our president doing?”

Ordering air strikes by the hundreds — by people who actually know how to fly the fucking planes. I give up, folks. There is no bottom to this barrel. It’s stupid all the way down.

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  • U Frood

    Give these guys a break, I saw Independence Day too. Yes, it was kind of dumb, but you’ve got to admit it’s an exciting image seeing the President of the United States climbing in to a fighter jet to take aim at America’s enemies. They just want that image to be true SO BAD.

    Of course, if it actually happened, they’d be rightfully calling for everyone in the Secret Service to be fired for letting him do something so dangerous and unnecessary.

  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    Brian Williams was with King Abdullah flying those bombing runs.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Obama should publically agree with him on something. Then the Right could start calling the king “Abdullah al-Hussein of Jordan” and question his birthplace. Plus, I hear he’s a secret Muslim.

  • colnago80

    Actually, although this story is bullshit, it is my information that King Abdullah was a trained fighter pilot earlier on. Of course, like #1 stated, there is no way that the authorities in Jordan would allow him to fly a fighter plane in combat.

    Of course, we should point out that former President Bush fils didn’t fly any combat missions in Iraq or Afghanistan during the wars there and he was a trained fighter pilot.

  • brucegee1962

    It’s complete, then: the Twitterfication of the news.

    You don’t have to verify anything — you can just say that “people are saying this.” Which is true.

    Alll gossip, all rumors. Edward R. Murrow would be proud.

  • fusilier

    Even worse, Modusoperandi @3,

    the king’s mom was an AMERICAN girl!!11

    fusilier

    James 2:24

  • jufulu

    When the story broke, the first thing I thought of was Bush’s Mission accomplished landing. Gotta love a leader in uniform being bad ass. Sigh.

  • wesleyelsberry

    A Facebook friend shared one of those anti-Obama memes on Facebook, which over a photo of the President at his desk with pen in hand said something like, “ISIS burned a Jordanian pilot. Imma gonna write a letter.” I responded that maybe it would be delivered on an AGM-65 and linked a news article about all the AGM-65s we were tossing at ISIS positions. The comment thread disappeared. Maybe he was sharing it for critique, but that wouldn’t really explain the disappearance.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    I am still trying to figure out why it’s moral to bomb some people because they might be associated with some other people, even though the odds that the people being bombed were not involved in doing the bad things that the other people did. It’d be sort of like bombing a bunch of people on Harleys anywhere in the US because some bikers in California did something really nasty and, after all, they’re bikers.

  • fusilier

    Whoopsie, I goofed @6. Lisa Halaby, aka Queen Noor, is the king’s stepmom.

    Oh the embarrassment.

    fusilier

    James 2:24

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    I am also incredibly puzzled about how bombing ISIL is doing anything but giving them legitimacy – the U.S.A. had to intervene against them!! They must be skyblue badasses because the Iraqi military ran away from them. And now they are holding their own in spite of the world’s biggest super power bombing them. It’s as if the administration wants to confer upon ISIL the same cachet that the Vietcong eventually acquired. It’s not as if bombing ISIL is going to displace them from where they are, either; they’re just digging in. The fighting will resume when the bombing stops. Uh, the bombing will, eventually, stop, right?

  • Larry

    I responded that maybe it would be delivered on an AGM-65

    But don’t you see? Obama is not out there on the front lines pushing that button to launch those missiles. He’s cowering beneath his desk and telling the guys in the military as CiC, whose jobs are to push those buttons, to do the deed. Just like he wasn’t leading the raid that took out bin Laden. Obviously, he must be a sekret muzzlin or he’d be doin’ it for himself.

  • http://en.gravatar.com/mrupright Mr. Upright

    King Abdullah may not be flying any jets, but he was an extra in an episode of Star Trek: Voyager. What has Obama ever done? http://www.startrek.com/database_article/abdullah-ii

  • caseloweraz

    U Frood: Give these guys a break, I saw Independence Day too.

    Of course, that film took care to make President Whitmore a former fighter pilot and relatively young, so his mission made some sense. No sensible nation sends its head of state into combat, but it is a fun thing to see in fiction.

  • caseloweraz

    “He is stepping up with strong leadership and clarity,” co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck replied. “What is our president doing?”

    Maybe if Obama deputized Chuck Norris and sent him off to demolish ISIS…

    Oh, wait…

  • MikeMa

    Bush may have been trained as a pilot but he excelled at beer. Sending him to fight missions, would have been cool (according to the right wing chair jockeys) but would have lost us a plane and put darth cheney in office. That would have sucked bad.

  • http://composer99.blogspot.ca composer99

    I give up, folks. There is no bottom to this barrel. It’s stupid all the way down.

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  • laurentweppe

    King Abdullah may not be flying any jets, but he was an extra in an episode of Star Trek: Voyager

    And he clearly ranked above the redshirts, so there’s that.

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    I wonder how many of those dumbasses realise King Abdullah is a Muslim.

  • MikeMa

    @timgueguen, maybe King Abdullah is one of those good Muslims. That go to church. And pray to Jesus too. Not like our Muslin president…

  • laurentweppe

    maybe King Abdullah is one of those good Muslims. That go to church. And pray to Jesus too

    Technically, all Muslims pray to Jesus, since he’s regarded as Muhammad’s predecessor.

  • MikeMa

    @laurentweppe, Tell that to the xian right islamophobes and watch their heads spin.

  • Nick Gotts

    laurentweppe@21,

    I don’t think so; I believe Muslims pray only to Allah.

  • laurentweppe

    @laurentweppe, Tell that to the xian right islamophobes and watch their heads spin.

    I’ve already made a few “Islam is incompatible with our Judeo-Christian values” heads spin by reminding people that Aïd el-Kebir is a holiday honoring Abraham.

    Never gets old, especially when the guy in front is a self-proclaimed über-expert in Islam.

  • http://drx.typepad.com Dr X

    Funny these wingnuts don’t insist on saying the king’s full name: Abdullah II ibn al-Hussein

    What are they trying to hide?

  • colnago80

    Re Marcus Ranum @ #11

    Actually, the tactical bombing currently being conducted by the anti-ISIS coalition consists, in part, of close air support of ground troops. The Peshmerga in Iraq and the irregular Kurdish forces in Syria are now having some success because of that close air support. It also appears that Iraqi Army troops and supporting Shia militias in Iraq are also starting to have some success.

    As proof, the Peshmerga in Iraq has sent reinforcements to the Kurds in Syria who have been fighting for several months against the ISIL, indicating that they have some confidence in the outcome in Iraq. I would note that Kobani, which appeared doomed 8 months, ago has been recaptured by Syrian Kurdish militia forces.

    Eight months ago, the pantywaists in the Pentagon and the State Department had written of Kurdistan and Kobani and if one read some of the crap written in the lamestream media, one might have concluded that the ISIL was the second coming of the Wehrmacht and that it’s leader was the reincarnation of Irwin Rommel. Total rubbish.