Fox News Hosts Classlessly Claim That Bergdahl’s Dad Looks Like He’s A Taliban Member

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Apparently, the talking heads over at Fox News have now decided to attack the father of recovered POW Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl due to the way he looks. It really was only a matter of time. With questions surrounding Bergdahl’s actions prior to his capture by the Taliban, and his views on America as a whole, Bob Bergdahl, his father, has now become a target due to both his appearance and some statements he’s made recently. Basically, because Bob Bergdahl has grown a beard to mark the time his son has been held captive, and he has taught himself Pashto, the language used by the Taliban, Fox media figures have decided Bergdahl must be a Muslim, a terrorist sympathizer and perhaps a member of the Taliban himself.

On Monday night, during an episode of The O’Reilly Factor, host Bill O’Reilly decided to lay into Bob Bergdahl. During O’Reilly’s ‘Talking Points Commentary’ segment, which started with O’Reilly ripping the Obama Administration and expressing disgust and surprise at the number of ‘scandals’ the White House has suffered recently (with absolutely NO HELP from Fox News, I’m sure), O’Reilly decided to attack Bob Bergdahl for both the way he looked and Bergdahl’s audacity for learning another language and not hating Muslims.

“But it is Robert Bergdahl, the father, who is also engendering some controversy. He has learned to speak Pashto, the language of the Taliban, and looks like a Muslim. He is also somewhat sympathetic to Islam, actually thanking Allah right in front of the president.”


Below is video from Fox News:



Well, Tuesday morning, Brian Kilmeade of Fox & Friends decided to take the ball and run with it. During a discussion of Bob Bergdahl, where Kilmeade said that Bob Bergdahl had recently made some anti-American comments, Kilmeade made the following statement about Bob Bergdahl’s beard:

“Really? I mean, he says he was growing his beard because his son was in captivity. Well, your son’s out now. So if you really don’t — no longer look like a member of the Taliban, you don’t have to look like a member of the Taliban. Are you out of razors?”

Below is video of Kilmeade’s remarks, courtesy of Raw Story:



Ugh. Have we really sunk this far when it comes to our level of discourse? We now have news personalities claiming that someone is a terrorist because of the way that person looks? Seriously? At the same time, I’d doubt highly that either Bill O’Reilly or Brian Kilmeade would say that Phil Robertson or his clan of bearded grifters look like members of the Taliban. Of course, that’s because Robertson is a real ‘Murican who loves the Bible, so he can’t be a Muslim terrorist. However, Bob Bergdahl, whose son has a very conflicted tale, must be an anti-American Muslim terrorist sympathizer because he has made some statements and expressed sentiments that run contrary to the xenophobic narrative of Fox News. And he has a big beard.



51 Replies to “Fox News Hosts Classlessly Claim That Bergdahl’s Dad Looks Like He’s A Taliban Member”

  1. This right here is a must read, especially you conservatives who wrap yourself in the flag

    Negotiating With Terrorists

    We’ve been digging through the jungles of Southeast Asia for the better part of four decades, trying to make good on that promise for the men we left there. We’ve spared no expense to return home little more than tiny moldering pieces of bone. Some of those dead men were heroes, some were hardened professionals, and some were just soldiers doing their duty, who came when called and who did their best to survive a horrible conflict they couldn’t understand and wanted no part of. Some were steadfast and some were cowards and some were fools. But they were, each and every one, ours. And we have done our best to bring them home.

    And what? We should do any less for Sgt. Bergdahl?

  2. Art, you beat me to it. Soooo… if a beard makes you a Taliban sympathizer, do they sell duck calls in Afghanistan?

  3. Sometimes the assholes who dribble bull from that station make the entire country just that much more ignorant. Sigh.

  4. Nobody should be surprise what comes out of FOX news and their idiots. If Jesus came today they would probably make fun him, saying if he’s a King why is he wearing sandals. But you can be sure their hatefulness and evilness will not go unpunished. What they reap they will sow.

  5. Mr. Bergdahl looks no different than the racist, homophobic, scum-sucking, redneck hillbillies from “Duck Dynasty” the imbeciles at Fox love so well.

    Except he’s cleaner.

    And except that he grew his beard in solidarity for his POW son. Not to look like other racist, homophobic, scum-sucking, redneck hillbillies to scam money out of them.

  6. Let’s get this straight:
    Every dam repub. was gun-ho on rescue of Bergdahl:

    McCain on video endorsed 5:1 exchg.
    (notice the chyron?)
    Boehner: Ldrs. were told 2 yrs. ago of possible swap:
    Ayotte 12 days ago was urging DoD to do everything in their power to security Bergdahl release:

    Now Feinstein saying that Obama broke the law.. Stop the BS..

  7. The republicans should be ashamed of themselves. They are bad mouthing this young man and ruining his reputation without knowing the FACTS and they don’t care.

    What creeps!

  8. I am going to have to google that particular video. I watched it live, but I never remember Mr. Bergdahl praising or thanking Allah.

  9. So, if the GOP likes you and you have long beards (*cough* Duck Dynasty *cough*) then you are a Jesus loving American patriot. If the GOP doesn’t like you and you have a long beard, you are equated with the Taliban. Got it.

  10. They were gung ho, before a midterm election where they can possibly take control of Congress. This is for the benefit of the “angry white people” who vote GOP in midterms. All they want to do is get them upset enough to vote their people in.

  11. The man, Robert Bergdahl was speaking a Muslim prayer in which he was thanking Allah. The President smiled in approval. Where were you all that you missed it? I do not care what he prays about and where he does it, but it happened and it had to be witnessed by millions…….has nothing to do with beards.

  12. Oh yeah, BTW, Fox Snooze brought up the beards.

    And the father did what he could to bring his son home. Please do not procreate with all that hate

  13. Shave your face in order to look like a prepubescent child, hmmm, doesn’t that make something far worse than Taliban Jesus, Taliban Moses, Taliban Abraham Lincoln, Taliban General Grant and apparently the Christian religion chooses to portray God as a Taliban too.
    Did God the omnipotent forget his razor too.
    Now what would the sexual motivation of someone choosing to shave their face to represent the image of a prepubescent child.
    I am a man, I do not grow a beard, it pretty much grows itself, I just fail to see the motivation of attempting to appear like a child and accept the natural occurrence of facial hair.

  14. Hello Tani,

    I have said this on previous occasions, however it is worth repeating:

    Progressives, for some odd reason – at least those who represent us in the establishment – seem to be our worst enemies as they repeatedly shoot our party, and President in our own foot.

    To hear Feinstein make those remarks sickens me and for her to not realize there are sufficient conservatives out there who will readily bash our President is worse.

  15. On the video of the handover today, the sgt looked like he was blinking in the light, I think they held him a dark place and to never hear english spoken for five years it tells me that he has been brainwashed, it looked like they had dressed him in a new set of their clothes, I feel like this man has a long way to go to become normal again.

    I also think it is a good thing he is coming home.

  16. Well, here we go again. The Tbaggers’ double standards. At least, Mr. Bergdahl looks better than your icon Ducksters. And he’s twice as respectable.

  17. I hope he sues them for slander. There is no proof of any wrongdoing right now and he hasn’t been charged with anything. I see him as a young man who needed a walk. He took off his uniform so no one would know he was a soldier and expected to be back. Just stressed and not thinking so well. So someone said that they heard it on the radio that an American asked for someone who speaks English. So what is wrong with that? He was probably under interrogation and didn’t know the language, IF it were even him that they were speaking of. A lot of guesswork going on and we know that guesswork is normally found to be wrong or lies. Let’s stick to the facts, ma’am, as Sgt Friday used to say on Dragnet.

  18. I always thought there was something strange about that duck dude, phil Robertson. I bet he is a secret agent for the Taliban, touting the Christian good book as a cover.

    I know all of this, just as O’Reilly does….the dude has a beard and under that muslim law, males are supposed to wear beards….I think?

  19. That is exactly what I thought.. amazing that the redneck Christiban looks almost identical to the Taliban.

  20. Just put his picture right in the midst of the Duck Dynasty group. Hell, a major part of the Right’s base look like him!

  21. I am a liberal democrat and love the president but even I think he looked a little taliban. I don’t like/watch fox but they may have had this one right..just sain

  22. I don’t recall the duck dynasty guys ever publicly assassinating women in football stadiums, blowing up ancient Buddhist statues, whipping women for accidentally looking at men, playing polo with goat carcasses, selling opium and heroin, raping anyone, harboring terrorists, holding anyone hostage, or oh yeah….killing Americans.
    Liberalism truly kills brain cells.
    Bergdahls father obviously is pro Taliban …ignore his tweets at your own discretion …when bergdahl is court marshaled, I’ll be anxiously awaiting your excuses.
    Obama failed again….frees five top terrorists for a deserter. Nice work Barry

  23. Too hilarious!

    But you do remember Bush letting 520 taliuban and al qaeda leave gitmo dont you?

    You are hilariously stupid

  24. Oh and BTW, they had been in prison since 2002. Top taliban? I think not.

    Liberalism truly kills brain cells? Epic! Look at yourself. You want all your work bennies gone, you want the poor to suffer so you can have more, the list of anal cysts you want is endless

  25. This character assassination by a few returned soldiers, the right wing media reminds me of the rhetoric re the so called ” swift boat” scandal when John Kerry was pilloried based on unsubstantiated pigs swill from a few disgruntled troops who missed out on a medal. no wonder the quality of our politicians both in your country and Australia is sinking to a base common denominator. no one of quality would dare put their reputation and family through this meat-grinder of hate

  26. Then again you redneck yahoos in your 4 wheel drive destroy ancient Native American artifacts in the desert. But that’s OK because you are a white Christian.

  27. Its “Kool”, not cool.

    Leaving the base is not desertion. Its awol.

    I am hoping you do not have children that are taken in a far away place and would not do anything to get them back.

  28. Reported found? That’s strange according to Army intercepts he was kidnapped and unlike you I will provide a link

    You even haven’t read the letter he wrote have you?
    America’s Last Prisoner of War
    He was not on guard duty
    In the early-morning hours of June 30th, according to soldiers in the unit, Bowe approached his team leader not long after he got off guard duty and asked his superior a simple question: If I were to leave the base, would it cause problems if I took my sensitive equipment?
    Yes, his team leader responded – if you took your rifle and night-vision goggles, that would cause problems.
    Bowe returned to his barracks, a roughly built bunker of plywood and sandbags. He gathered up water, a knife, his digital camera and his diary. Then he slipped off the outpost.
    If Bergdahl planned to desert or join the Taliban, why would he care about getting in trouble for taking some of his equipment with him? If caught, he’d already be in trouble for much larger issues.

  29. Even CNN, another liberal news outlets reported the true FACTS.

    “According to firsthand accounts from soldiers in his platoon, Bergdahl, while on guard duty, shed his weapons and walked off the observation post with nothing more than a compass, a knife, water, a digital camera and a diary.
    At least six soldiers were killed in subsequent searches for him, according to soldiers involved in the operations to find him. The Pentagon was not able to provide details on specific operations in which any soldiers killed during that time were involved.
    Also, many soldiers in Bergdahl’s platoon said attacks seemed to increase against the United States in Paktika province in the days and weeks following his disappearance.
    “Any of us would have died for him while he was with us, and then for him to just leave us like that, it was a very big betrayal,” said former U.S. Army Sgt. Josh Korder, who has the name of three soldiers who died while searching for Bergdahl tatooed on his back.”…….

  30. And on any other day, CNN would be laughed at by you!

    CNN reporting doesnt make it a fact. Plus the fact you provide no link to show how old this is. Plus the fact they and you ignore the fact that Bergdahl was ina fucked up unit. Plus the fact that he was NOT on guard duty.

    Sorry, nice try. Imagine you using CNN.

  31. My god man stop looking at TV and read sometimes. Or keep doing and remain stuck on stupid
    Can Bowe Bergdahl Be Tied to 6 Lost Lives? Facts Are Murky
    But a review of casualty reports and contemporaneous military logs from the Afghanistan war shows that the facts surrounding the eight deaths are far murkier than definitive — even as critics of Sergeant Bergdahl contend that every American combat death in Paktika Province in the months after he disappeared, from July to September 2009, was his fault.
    You are basing your news on CNN the same network that try to compare this to a fictional show called Homeland
    CNN Spends 4 Minutes Comparing Bergdahl To Fictional ‘Homeland’ Terrorist Nick Brody
    You cant make this shit up

  32. So let me get this straight. The criminal deserter’s father didn’t say the things that are in the rolling stones article? He’s got a right to say whatever he likes, it’s what makes out country great. But let’s not pretend that he hasn’t said and done things that many would think inappropriate. Finally, sure is curious why he hasn’t contacted his parents!

  33. Finally, sure is curious why he hasn’t contacted his parents!
    Uh maybe they are still debriefing him. Now if you know something please feel free to enlightening us oh Gen Patton

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