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President Obama is facing scrutiny over his foreign policy views from an unlikely source—the mainstream media.

In President Obama’s State of the Union address, he gave a very brief overview of his plans for the coming year, in terms of foreign policy.

Obama claimed that our military power is stopping the advance of the Islamic State, but statistics, and common sense, don’t back that up. In fact, for every 1,000 ISIS fighters in Syria and Iraq who are killed by the U.S. each month, the group is replacing them with 1,500 fighters. That’s bad enough, but when Obama said he planned to form a coalition of moderate Syrian fighters to combat ISIS, it was too much for the mainstream media to ignore.

After the speech, NBC’s chief foreign correspondent, Richard Engel, exposed Obama’s deceit:

There is no real support for the moderate Syrian opposition. In fact, one military official told me that they are calling the moderate Syrian opposition the unicorn because they have not been able to find it, so there was a general tone, maybe even suspended disbelief, I think when he started talking about foreign policy. There’s not a lot of success stories to be talking about in foreign policy right now.

Earlier in the day, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell also questioned Obama’s veracity on ISIS, using the released portions of his speech as a guide:

It’s really hard to see what the progress has been against ISIS in Syria for sure, and in Iraq. He will say there is now a government in Iraq and that there is a more secular government in Iraq, a more inclusive government in Iraq. But to claim progress against ISIS and against terrorism, especially on a day when Yemen is fraught with the possibility of collapse and we’ve got a new hostage video from ISIS with Japanese hostages, is really hard to fathom.

This criticism marks an about face from the media, which have normally spun Obama’s State of the Union speeches in a positive light. But even the liberal media realize that we are losing ground to ISIS, and that the President isn’t being honest with the American public on this issue.

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