Fox News has drawn criticism from a terrorism expert for giving ISIS what it wants by publishing the full video of the terrorists burning Jordanian hostage Muadh al-Kasasbeh alive.
Fox News executive editor John Moody defended giving ISIS a platform to spread terror and fear, “After careful consideration, we decided that giving readers of FoxNews.com the option to see for themselves the barbarity of ISIS outweighed legitimate concerns about the graphic nature of the video. Online users can choose to view or not view this disturbing content.”
ISIS is sharing links to the Fox News video on Twitter.
Terrorism expert Rick Nelson explained why Fox News erred by giving ISIS an American platform, “They’re a terror organisation. They seek to strike terror in the hearts and minds of people globally, and by perpetuating these videos and putting them out there into the internet, it certainly expands the audience and potential effects. These groups need a platform, and this gives them a platform.”
This may come as a surprise to Fox News, but it possible to report the news without helping the terrorists spread their propaganda. The decision to publish the video was a sensationalistic attempt to get attention on the part of Fox News. What Fox News did was aid and assist ISIS by publishing their video.
The goal of terrorism is not to kill. Terrorists want to spread fear. By giving ISIS a platform in the United States, Fox News has given ISIS a platform.
Fox News has committed a deplorable act by publishing the Muadh al-Kasasbeh video. The terrorists get exactly what they desire most when the media publishes their videos. Facebook and YouTube both refuse to allow the video to be published on their sites. Fox News has demonstrated that they are willing to assist terrorists and promote their agenda if it means more publicity for the conservative pseudo-news network.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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