One interesting sideshow - when the dust has settled from attacks such as the one that left four dead in central London yesterday - is the reaction of the media outside the UK, which brings us to the shameful behaviour of those in and around Fox News Channel (fair and balanced my arse) who have decided to go completely gaga and suggest that London is experiencing something not unadjacent to the End Times.
One look at the outpourings from Fox hosts, pundits and guests tells you all you need to know about what might happen were Creepy Uncle Rupe to get his mitts on the 61% of Sky that he does not yet own and turn Sky News into something like a Fox clone. Every attention-seeker, mouth artist and far-right shill has been piling in.
Kicking things off on the Fox fright-fest was professional gobshite Sean Hannity, telling viewers loudly and boorishly “Sadly, today’s attack in #London is all too familiar for the people of Europe”. Yeah, right. That’s why I didn’t see it in Amsterdam, Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Naples, Rome, Milan, Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon or any of the other cities I’ve visited recently. BULLSHIT.
Meanwhile, Seb Gorka, whose links to a European Nazi group have recently been revealed, “called the London attack ‘just one more tragic piece of evidence of how very real the threat is to America and to her allies’”. What threat to America? But do go on.
Did they have any idea who the perpetrator was? What the heck, get Nigel “Thirsty” Farage on and make an assumption: “Anti-Travel Ban Protesters Need to Reflect on London Terror Attack” said The Great Man, going on to pontificate that “it should highlight the importance of properly vetting immigrants and refugees”. More bullshit.
Could they go even lower than Mr Thirsty? Oh yes they could. Tucker Carlson - well regarded by Piers Morgan, which reflects not at all well on the GMB co-host - consulted the oracle that is pro-am motormouth Katie Hopkins. “.@KTHopkins on UK terror: "People are cowed. People are afraid. And people are not united”. And thrice I call bullshit.
They weren’t through yet: this morning, Carlson will have as one of his guests Walid Phares, who calls himself a “National Security & Foreign Policy Expert”. He advises a Congressional group. And he probably ranks as high as any in Rome. His Twitter trailer for his appearance simply tells “Will be on Tucker on Fox News at 9 AM EST to discuss the terror act in London. ‘One man can shut down a city’”. That’s a straight f*** right off.
Fortunately, Fox News Channel is also able to - albeit inadvertently - put the London attack in some sort of perspective, as it has also reported “BREAKING: Officer, 3 others killed in Wisconsin shootings; suspect in custody, officials say”. The same number of deaths as in London, the same number of Police officers involved. Except there will be no gobbing off from Hannity or Carlson, no punditry from Farage, Hopkins and the rest.
We’ll take no lessons on domestic terrorism from the American right and their favoured media mouthpiece, thanks very much. No wonder they call it Faux News.