This Is the Predictably Awful Way Fox News Reacted to the CIA Torture Report

On Tuesday the Senate released a long-awaited, scathing report condemning CIA torture methods during the George W. Bush administration. The report outlines horrible abuses including “rectal feeding” and “ice-water baths,” but only the geniuses over at Fox News could see what it was truly about: Obamacare.

The hosts of Fox News’ Outnumbered were convinced the report was made public in order to distract from Jonathan Gruber’s testimony on Obamacare this morning. Jesse Watters, who says he would have rather remained in the dark, because after all people do “nasty things in the dark” all the time, said he found the timing of the report’s release “ironic,” which it is not.

Watters then went on to compare the torture report to Rolling Stone’s botched sexual assault reporting at the University of Virginia, because why the hell not?

“They didn’t even interview any of the CIA interrogators who do the report,” Watters explained. “It’s kind of like how Rolling Stone does their stories—they only get one side. And to say this is about transparency at the CIA, the Democrats didn’t care about transparency when they were destroying hard drives at the IRS.”

(h/t Media Matters)

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