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Fox News: PR Department for ISIS

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Fox News or Faux News?

ISIS' propaganda machine just gained a new ally.

Conservative pundit Erick Erickson has a new piece over at Red State, where he praises Fox News and its president Roger Ailes for boldly making the decision to air the gruesome unedited version of a Jordanian pilot being burned alive by ISIS terrorists.

Erickson writes that, "Whether Fox News aired the video or not, ISIS burned alive a Jordanian pilot. We might as well all have the opportunity to see what that evil is like, to know what we are dealing with, and resolve to slay that evil. Roger Ailes and Fox News have done a valuable service to the American people."

Actually Erick, Fox News has done an incredibly valuable service to ISIS, not the American people.

Now, there's little doubt about why Fox News decided to air the video.

The main thing that Fox News has to sell is fear. It's a giant fear-mongering machine that works really, really well.

By airing the gruesome ISIS execution video, Fox News knew that it would be building fears over ISIS in the American people.

After all, before airing graphic images from the video on the February 3rd edition of Special Report, Bret Baier said that, "The images are brutal. They are graphic. They are upsetting. The reason we are showing you this is to bring you the reality of Islamic terrorism and to label it as such. We feel you need to see it."

But here's the thing.

Every time Fox News ramps up fears over ISIS here in the U.S., that network is giving ISIS exactly what it wants.

By airing the video, Fox News became ISIS' new best friend.

And by airing the video, Roger Ailes and Fox News are promoting terrorism.

What Fox News may not realize, or more likely chooses to ignore, is that media coverage fuels terrorism.

Terrorists, like those in ISIS, rely on the media to spread the terror and to stoke fears in the people.

If the media never covered ISIS' horrific terrorist acts, there's a good chance that it wouldn't be as strong -- and feared -- as it is today.

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Thom Hartmann is a Project Censored Award-winning New York Times best-selling author, and host of a nationally syndicated daily progressive talk program on the Air America Radio Network, live noon-3 PM ET. His most recent books are "The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight," "Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights," "We The People," "What Would Jefferson Do?," "Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle (more...)

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