Conservative news aggregator Matt Drudge on Monday burned Fox News personalities for laughing it up during a discussion of recent politically fueled violence.
In a series of tweets, the normally reticent Drudge lashed out at a segment of the show “Outnumbered,” where a discussion was being held on how the slaughter of 11 worshipers at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday, and last week’s series of bomb packages mailed to critics of President Donald Trump would impact midterm voters.
“Is it really funny?” he tweeted along with an image of the show’s co-host Lisa Kennedy laughing.
“A segment on Fox News this morning where hosts laughed and joked their way through a discussion on political impact of terror was bizarre,” Drudge wrote in a second tweet. “Not even 48 hours since blood flowed at synagogue? Check your soul in the makeup chair!”
The Daily Beast reported the segment began with co-host Harris Faulkner soberly stating that “No one should be politicizing what happened this week. We should come together as a country.”
That was followed by GOP strategist Josh Holmes pleading with Americans to “understand that we are all on the same team here,” the news outlet reported.
But then the segment went off the rails, with the co-hosts busting out in laughter over co-hosts Rachel Campos-Duffy’s family life, Melissa Francis’ comparison of the political divide to being on a sports team and “talking smack” about your opponents, and Kennedy’s quip about being an “unaffiliated” libertarian.
An hour after his original tweets, Drudge added another withering post, this time including three separate screengrabs of the Fox hosts laughing during the segment, sarcastically commenting: “Hysterical!”
Fox News responded in a statement that “there was absolutely no joking or laughing about the events of this weekend.”
“Kennedy made an unrelated quip at the end of the segment which was focused on unity—there was absolutely no joking or laughing about the events of this weekend and a screen grab of her smiling is hardly indicative of the entire segment,” the statement asserted. “The lower third should not have been up for the duration of this segment as it was not fully reflective of what the panelists were discussing.”
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