We are living in a particularly crazy time. Our country, based on a two-party system, has one party that, nationally-speaking, has gone completely off the rails. The New York Times won’t report the fact because it violates the paradigm of the Republicans and Democrats being equivalent. If Dante were alive, there’d a special place in hell for the mainstream media that has played Pontius Pilate for the radical right. Instead, we have to make do with occasional episodes that remind us how insane things have gotten. And laugh.
Not a small part of the insanity is due to the propaganda wing of the Republican Party: Fox News. And lest we forget, they have no journalistic standards. Today’s case in point, contributor Wayne Simmons, a frequent guest on Fox. He was recently arrested and indicted for claiming to be a long-time CIA agent.
Wayne Simmons claimed to have 23 years experience with the secretive federal agency as an “outside paramilitary special operations officer,” CNN reports. He was indicted for using that claim to gain security clearances and a post as a defense contractor advising military personnel overseas….
CNN pointed out that Simmons had a pattern of making “extreme and factually dubious” claims about terrorism, including a claim in January that there were “at least 19 paramilitary Muslim training facilities in the United States.”
He also denied waterboarding was torture and said that President Obama was a “novice who lacked a spine,” according to CNN.
Officials told the station that there had been suspicions about Simmons’ resume which were stirred when questions were raised with various government agencies about his statements.
I’d heard the conspiracy theories of secret Muslim training groups in the United States. I never associated it with Fox News. Silly me. At least Chuck Barris’s claims were amusing.