It’s not surprising to see the left-wing media ramp up attacks on Republicans with Americans souring on President Obama and the Democrats. But MSNBC, the cable outlet we dubbed the official network of insane liberal hate, went the extra mile Thursday, accusing Republicans – specifically Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., of spreading ISIS propaganda.
In an effort to illustrate how weak Democrats — including Obama — have been on terrorism and the militant Islamist group taking large areas of land in Iraq and Syria, Republicans have used footage from ISIS videos. The goal is to help educate voters of the dangers inherent in a weak foreign policy. But for liberals desperate to hold on to the Senate at any cost, use of the footage is the same as spreading propaganda.
“Far-right politicians, eager to seem ‘tough’ on terror, are deliberately putting terrorists’ propaganda on the air, on purpose, to advance their personal ambitions,” Steve Benen said. Instead of using footage from ISIS to demonstrate the dangers of Islamic terrorism, Benen suggested Republicans use “background video” of combat in the Middle East to make their point. But such footage doesn’t adequately inform voters.
“In the Middle East, radical terrorists are on the march, destabilizing our allies, beheading Americans, and crucifying Christians,” Cotton says in the ad. Neither Benen nor Buzzfeeds’s Andrew Kaczynski dispute any of Cotton’s statements. They’re simply upset that he’s telling voters the truth of the situation — and they don’t like it one bit. As we have reported, ISIS militants have beheaded children and buried victims alive in mass graves. The Anglican vicar of Baghdad said ISIS militants cut a five-year-old boy in half and another witness said ISIS militants tied a woman to two vehicles and tore her in two.
“President Obama admits he underestimated them,” Cotton says. “We need a senator who will hold the president accountable and make America safer. I made tough decisions as an Army Ranger in Iraq. I’ll make them again as your senator.”
“Forget basic human decency for a moment,” Benen added, apparently forgetting that his network once suggested someone defecate in Sarah Palin’s mouth. It seems MSNBC would rather voters remain ignorant of the threat posed by ISIS and other terror groups.
“Which strategic genius in Cotton Campaign HQ decided this was a good idea with the election season nearly over?” Benen concluded, as though Republicans should take campaign advise from a network dedicated to propping up the Obama administration. Despite MSNBC’s hyperventilation, Cotton leads incumbent Mark Pryor by 5.5 percentage points according to Real Clear Politics. It would seem Cotton’s campaign is doing just fine without Benen’s “advise.”