How many times have we seen this exact scenario play out? Fox News claims that President Obama refuses to say (fill in the blank) when, in reality, he’s said it multiple times. The latest iteration is the claim that Obama won’t call ISIL/ISIS a terrorist organization.
EARHARDT: As a Christian, I would want to stand up for Jesus Christ and what he died on the cross for. If I were Muslim I would stand up for what the Koran says, teaching and civility and love one another. But the Koran does not teach this. Moderates need to come forward and talk about this — This is a president, Andrea you have to remember,won’t even call them terrorist. This barbaric it is evil, there is evil in the world and every religion will teach that. It is evil, it is barbaric and it is so hard to watch. And this is burning a human being, a child of God’s, alive. Someone needs to stand up and say something. If our president doesn’t want to call this terrorism, I don’t know what is.
Except, you know, when he has. Like in his very first news conference about the group:
Now let’s make two things clear: ISIL is not “Islamic.” No religion condones the killing of innocents. And the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim. And ISIL is certainly not a state. It was formerly al Qaeda’s affiliate in Iraq, and has taken advantage of sectarian strife and Syria’s civil war to gain territory on both sides of the Iraq-Syrian border. It is recognized by no government, nor by the people it subjugates. ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. And it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way.
The claim that they’re aren’t Islamic is stupid and false, of course, though I understand why he, like Bush, feels the need to say it publicly. But the last part shows that Fox News is lying. And the administration has referred to it as a terrorist group many other times as well. But they’ll keep telling this lie, safe in the knowledge that Fox News viewers will neither know nor care that it’s a lie.