Yesterday was the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the Federal Building in Oklahoma City and much of America's media reported on that horrific milestone, with a notable exception, Fox News. For the last 10 days Fox News has been focused on brazenly hyping up a range war on southern Nevada where an armed militia came to Cliven Bundy's assistance in his standoff with the BLM, (primarily by menacing federal employees tasked with enforcing the law and a recent court order against Bundy's trespassing on BLM land).
Fox News Carnival Barkers Gin Up A Range WarFox News has portrayed this militia as heroic and patriotic, and reminding their viewers that members of a similar right wing militia flash roasted a preschool full of children in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building didn't go along with Fox News' 10 day extravaganza shamelessly glorifying and promoting right wing armed militias.
By JEREMY HOLDEN
Fox News began agitating for a range war on April 9, sympathetically portraying Cliven Bundy as a folk hero based on the Nevada rancher's refusal for two decades to pay the required fees for grazing his cattle on public land. While Nevada reporters have made clear that Bundy is "clearly wrong" and "breaking the law," Fox has waged a PR campaign romanticizing Bundy and the armed militia groups that fled to his ranch and forced a standoff with federal agents who were executing a court order that allowed them to impound his cattle.
Fox News can't let the far right's violent history get in the way of promoting the rise of a far right factional armed force to intimidate the government. Come to think of it that's also what's another government is facing in the Eastern Ukraine. Is that the kind of standoff we we should expect to see more of here in America? Fox News is doing its best to move America in that direction.
19th memorial of Oklahoma City Bombing that killed 168, injured hundreds, changed lives forever
OKLAHOMA CITY - On Saturday many Oklahomans spent their day honoring victims, survivors and families of the Oklahoma City Bombing.
Today marks 19 years since a truck bomb destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The truck was filled with multiple explosives and at 9:02 a.m. the explosion went off. It took off the entire north side of the building and killed 168 people.
The building was demolished on May 23, 1995 and replaced with a memorial and museum to honor the victims, survivors and rescue workers.