As a puppet for the GOP and right-wing advocates, FOX has worked to tarnish the image of Barack Obama in every way possible, including his biggest strength with foreign policy. Now it seems they’re even willing to jeopardize the life of a former Navy SEAL to further that effort.
I don’t usually put out two pieces on same day, at least not in quite some time. Nor do I intend on doing so in the future. But there is a story out there that is so compelling, in my opinion, that simply cannot wait for me to report on it next week. It is one where an organization who takes pride in claiming it is a super-patriotic defender of freedom and conservative values – FOX News – has committed the egregious act of putting a life at risk. Something they have been adamant about in their attacks on liberals they feel are guilty of such misconduct.
The right-wing blogosphere has essentially ignored this story and of the 3 big ultra-conservative websites of The Weekley Standard, Newsmax and Redstate, only Newsmax had an article on this, buried down in the middle of their page and that said nothing about the threat this revelation by FOX’s would have on the Navy SEAL who participated in the mission to assassinate Osama bin Laden
I wonder how many people who faithfully follow and trust FOX news feel betrayed after reporter Justin Fishel released the real identity of a former Navy SEAL team member who participated in the assassination of Osama bin Laden. Many on the right expressed outrage at the Obama administration last year after Fishel at that time went after intelligence officials and senior administration officials that leaked details of the secret mission to the press.
The original plan, [then Defense Secretary] Gates said, was to protect their identities completely by not releasing any information about the raid. “Frankly, a week ago Sunday in the Situation Room we all agreed that we would not release any operational details from the effort to take out bin Laden. That all fell apart on Monday, the next day.”
Rather than keeping the details secret, intelligence officials and senior administration officials briefed members of the press. It quickly leaked out that the mission was performed by 24 members of the elite and classified counterterrorism SEAL squadron, known as SEAL team 6. Despite that leak, Gates says the government continues to protect their identities. SOURCE
Last month Mitt Romney accused the President of leaking classified information about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Back in June at a White House news conference Obama rejected such a notion calling the charge “offensive”. Following Romney’s comments a spokesman for the Obama campaign, Ben LaBolt, “said Romney was resorting to ‘cheap attacks’ on the president ‘that lack credibility rather than answering the most basic questions about his foreign policy agenda.’”
Earlier this month the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund, Inc., an organization run by people with ties to the Republican Party and the Tea Party, distributed a video that chastised the President for giving too much information away too soon about the mission.
So why would the FOX news station, owned by billionaire Rupert Murdcoh’s News Corp., that donated $1 million to the Republican Governors Association last year, violate a trust they accuse Obama of? Well, based on this recent report of Fishel’s it appears that he may be serving as a means for a vendetta. According to Fishel, “multiple sources” gave him the real name of the author of “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden,” written by the former SEAL under the pseudonym of Mark Owen.
The tell-all book also has apparently upset a large population of former and current SEAL members who worry about releasing information that could compromise future missions. One Navy SEAL told Fox News, “How do we tell our guys to stay quiet when this guy won’t?” Other SEALs are expressing anger, with some going so far as to call him a “traitor.” SOURCE
FOX has always served as a conduit for right-wing groups to promote specious charges aimed at disparaging the President and Democratic candidates. Their strong support for the Tea Party back in 2009 is a matter of record. Could this “large population of former and current SEAL members” be connected with the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund whose current president is Scott Taylor, a former Navy SEAL who vied for the Republican nomination for a Virginia congressional seat in 2010? Chad Kolton, a former Bush administration official serves as a spokesperson for the OPSEC organization as well as former SEAL, Ben Smith, who also served as a spokesperson for the Tea Party Express. It wasn’t anyone from the Pentagon or the CIA because Fishel tells us in his report that they “were unaware of the SEAL’s true identity”.
Is the concern of former and current SEAL members about feeling betrayed by Mark Owen a legitimate one or do they feel this book would inadvertently prop up the commander-in-chief image of Barack Obama who authorized this daring mission to capture or kill the man responsible for thousands of American deaths on 9/11? The President has never conveyed that he was the one responsible for the secret mission’s success and has rightfully always credited Navy SEAL Team 6 members for their courage and daring in this mission. But Romney, the Republican Party leadership and now Special Operations OPSEC have tried so vigorously to tarnish his image in the hopes of minimizing Obama’s foreign policy bona fides as we approach the November elections.
The ideology of the far right it seems would do anything to give themselves an advantage to claim victory this fall. Does that now include putting at risk the life of one who has bravely served his country?