Woods Lets No Bogus FOX News Report Go To Waste

Yesterday, in the immediate aftermath of the tragic attacks on a military recruiting station and a separate reserve post near Chattanooga, Tennessee, Colorado Sen. Laura Waters Woods of Arvada swung into action on Facebook:


The biggest problem with this claim, says Media Matters for America, is that it isn’t true:

Four Marines were killed when a shooter fired on two military sites in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Fox News reported that the attacks may be connected to ISIS because an ISIS supporter purportedly discussed the shooting on Twitter before it happened. Fox host Sean Hannity repeated the false claim on his radio show.

In fact, the tweet Fox News referenced was posted well after the shooting had already occurred. Mashable editor Brian Ries first pointed out the discrepancy.

On Your World, Fox’s chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reported, “the last investigative thread I would mention at this point is that we’re taking a hard look at a Twitter account — an ISIS-linked Twitter account — that seemed to have foreknowledge of the shooting in Chattanooga. The tweet went out at 10:34 with the hashtag Chattanooga referring to American dogs and a likely shooting. This of course was about 15 minutes before the shooting took place.”

A few hours later:

At the end of the Factor, Special Report anchor Bret Baier clarified the timing of the tweet, saying that “all indications now are that it came out after the attack.” When O’Reilly asked if that meant the ISIS tweet story was “a bogus situation,” Baier replied, “yeah.” [Pols emphasis]

So much for that! Of course, the investigation into the Chattanooga shootings is in no way complete, and we would also be wrong to speculate about the shooter’s motives and affiliations. It’s true Sen. Waters Woods will probably need look no further than the shooters Arabic name, but that’s just not the proof positive a Tweet from before the shootings would be. Better to wait for investigators to do their jobs.

As for allowing military members to be armed “ALWAYS EVERYWHERE” (emphasis hers)? Excepting authorized forces on prescribed law enforcement duties, there are a lot of good reasons to not do that. Has Waters Woods run that suggestion by her excitable “liberty movement” friends tracking the Jade Helm 2015 military training exercise? Something tells us they might not like the way that sounds.

Bottom line: defund Planned Parenthood! Now back to your regularly scheduled program.

21 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. bullshit! says:


  2. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    Defund Planned Parenthood?  How about de-electing Ms. Woods next time she's up for election?


    Conservative Head Banger   (AC/DC Rules !)

  3. BlueCat says:

    And defunding planned parenthood is relevant because….?

    • FrankUnderwood says:

      It doesn't matter to the rest of us. In their twisted heads, they can always find six degrees of separation between any two people, places, entities, or concepts which set them off…..

      Of course JadeHelm 15, Chatanooga shooting, ISIS, El Chappo and takaing down the confederate flag are all connected.

  4. BlueCat says:

    I don't understand why this is clearly terrorism but the church shooting isn't even though the perp is alive and clearly stated his intentions were to kill black people because they're ruining our country and raping white women and in hopes of starting a race war.

  5. DawnPatrol says:

    Funny how our slimy-bastard teabag trolls NEVER EVER leave comments on stories like this, when then their equally slimy, scum-sucking teabag minions in gubmint get caught race-baiting, fear-mongering, and just generally lying their worthless asses off, as they so frequently do.

    I wonder why that is?

    Fox? Yeah. News? Don't make me puke. The dumbest, most ignorant and ill-informed people in our nation have been scientifically demonstrated, time and again, to be the racist, brain-dead viewers of FOXGOPTV, and listeners to the vile screaming skulls of right-wing hate radio. Utterly divorced from reality, common sense, honor, and decency.

  6. Civics101 says:

    If nothing else, politicians and civilians alike should know, by now, not to take any broadcast media's initials announcements, on any major news story, at face value.

    We have already heard TV reporters breathlessly — and erroneously — tell us that 1) Gabrielle Giffords was dead after the shooting in Tuscon, 2) the individual mandate of the ACA had been declared unconstitutional, 3) Ryan Lanza, not Adam Lanza, had killed all those children and adults at Sandy Hook, and 4) their mother was a kindergarten teacher there.

    Obviously, broadcast media is more interested in being first than being right.  It used to be that news reports were verified before being announced to the nation.  I miss Walter Cronkite.

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