FOX NEWS DEALS IN LIES AND DECEPTION? “YES! APPARENTLY THEY DO!”
PLEA DEAL IN FAKE CIA ANALYST CASE
In a rare tribute to facts and factual information in this age of “Lying Is Okay: FREE SPEECH” that we find ourselves in, apparently one Fox News commentator/analyst went a bit too far in claiming that he was a bona fide CIA representative and possessed unique experience to tell America – or at least Fox viewers – about all things clandesinty. Wayne Simmons, 62, a frequent fixture on Fox News blabbing on about all things Middle Eastern and the failure of the Obama Administration, pleaded guilty yesterday to defrauding the U.S. Government, lying on government forms, wire fraud and illegal possession of a firearm and claiming to have worked for the CIA. (How and why the U.S. Government awarded Simmons government contracts remains unclear.)
Simmons' problems with the law weren’t anything new, having been convicted of a felony prior to being hired by the U.S. Government who hired him for work in Afghanistan and owing the IRS who filed liens against him but got the agency to abate half a million dollars as a result of his claim that he was a CIA agent.
His fake resume and CIA and Middle East fantasies, made him a frequent guest commentator on various Fox News programs beginning in 2002. A recent Rolling Stone piece said this about Simmons:
“By the time Wayne Simmons went on Fox News last March for what would end up being his final appearance, viewers knew what to expect. "This president clearly has absolutely no idea what he is talking about," Simmons said of President Obama's handling of ISIS. Simmons had made guest appearances on Fox more than a hundred times as a "former CIA operative," and certainly looked the part: white mustache, neck bulging out of his dress shirt, a handshake "so hard, he can crush you with it," as one Fox host put it. Beyond offering his expertise as an intelligence officer, he had become particularly adept at serving up hawkish red meat to the network's audience. "We could end this in a week," he went on, suggesting that the United States run "thousands of sorties" against ISIS. "They would all be dead."
“Simmons claimed to have spent 27 years with the CIA, but Paul Nathanson, the assistant U.S. attorney prosecuting the case, said in a court filing that Simmons "never had any association whatsoever with the CIA." (The CIA declined to comment – as a rule, it never confirms or denies agents – but said it is "working closely with the Justice Department on this matter.") Instead, prosecutors say Simmons spent those 27 years doing just about everything else: He ran a limousine service, a gambling operation and an AIDS-testing clinic; worked for a hot-tub business, a carpeting company and a nightclub; and briefly played defensive back for the New Orleans Saints. Along the way, he accrued criminal convictions, including multiple DUIs, plus charges for weapons possession and assault, and an arrest for attacking a cabdriver in Annapolis, Maryland, in 2007. "Fuck you, you can't do shit to me – do you know who I am?" Simmons told a cop, according to a police report, before insisting that he was CIA, and that the cabbie, who was Pakistani, had a bomb. A police dog found no explosives, and a CIA representative told the cops to take whatever actions they deemed necessary.
The full Rolling Stone article is here: ROLLING STONE ARTICLE
Why Fox News didn’t vet Simmons regarding his CIA claims isn’t really at issue. They would rather blame Obama for sunspots to boost their ratings than do a simple online background check on their commentators than actually figure out when someone is flat out lying. On the other hand, I would guess – and I’m making a wild assumption here – that some slice of Fox News’ audience actually believed Simmons. After all, he was touted as a CIA veteran with decades of clandestine experience in the Middle East. That his anti-Obama rants were based on nothing more than his experience in “making shit up,” wouldn’t have given the “Fair and Balanced” cable news outlet a moment’s pause. After all they’ve been lying to and misleading their audience and the rest of us for decades.
That the fake CIA pundit, Simmons, might have convinced Fox viewers to conclude that Obama “had no idea what he was talking about” would only be a benefit to Fox News since it is axiomatic that Fox invariably never knows what it is talking about, from Mexican rapists and drug lords flooding the country to Ebola invading the nation. So when it is claimed that there is a significant proportion of the American public who is ill-informed on important issues facing the country, one need look no further than Fox News. FREE SPEECH!
One might wonder why it is that Fox News is exempt from being charged with a crime.
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