FOX News has never been known for their journalistic integrity or their concern for things like “facts,” but one of their commentators has just been outed for his blatant lying- and was arrested for it. Wayne Simmons, a FOX commentator who specialized in “terrorism” coverage, has been arrested by federal authorities and indicted by a grand jury for “committing major fraud, wire fraud, and making false statements to the government.”
Simmons, 62, claimed that he was a “Outside Paramilitary Special Operations Officer” in the CIA from 1973 to 2000. His online biography claims that he “spearheaded Deep Cover Intel Ops against some of the world’s most dangerous Drug Cartels and arms smugglers from Central and South America and the Middle East, that he was one of the first outside Intelligence officers to visit Guantanamo Bay in July 2005.” In fact, he was given a minor security clearance for his work as a “Human Terrain System Team Leader.”
Federal prosecutors also allege that he had a “significant criminal history, including convictions for a crime of violence and firearms offenses, and is believed to have had an ongoing association with firearms notwithstanding those felony convictions.”
If this one commentator has been perpetuating these outrageous lies about his credentials, who else on the FOX team is guilty? The amount of partisan vitriol, misrepresented half-truths and outright lies that spew from the far-right’s propaganda factory would indicate that this is a common theme among the various talking heads that confirm the network’s preconceived conclusions. Little of their content can actually be considered “news;” they do not deserve a place in our national discourse.
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Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.