WASHINGTON, DC — Accuracy in Media editor Cliff Kincaid today called for the immediate release of Fox News journalists Steve Centanni and Olaf Wiig and blasted a noted left-wing writer and activist for encouraging their kidnapping by terrorists.
In a column released on Friday afternoon, Kincaid said that he was shocked by a column by a popular left-wing writer and former local Democratic Party official named Mike Whitney that served to justify the kidnapping of Centanni and Wiig by a Palestinian terrorist group possibly connected to al Qaeda. Whitney claimed that the Fox employees are “an integral part of the American war machine” and should not be considered non-combatants.
Kincaid said, “His attack on Fox News represents the pathological hatred that exists on the left for the channel because it dares to give conservatives some airtime.”
Whitney, a former official of the Snohomish County Democrats in Washington State, declared that “The group which captured the two Fox employees did what they felt they had to do to address the egregious human rights abuses at American gulags at Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib. When peaceful means for acquiring justice are foreclosed, violence becomes inevitable. This truism is even enshrined in our own Declaration of Independence.”
Kincaid charged that Whitney’s column, being circulated around the world on the Internet, has contributed to putting the lives of Centanni and Wiig in jeopardy. Whitney’s columns have appeared on websites that go by the names of Information clearinghouse, Smirking Chimp, Counterpunch, dailymuslims.com, the online journal, axis of logic, Palestine Chronicle, and buzzflash.
In a brief phone interview, before the line suddenly went dead, Whitney told Kincaid that he did not intend to justify the kidnapping of the Fox News journalists but that “I certainly understand it.” Whitney has also endorsed a terrorist victory in Iraq.
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