A terrorist plot had its day in court today, as four extremists from an allegedly peaceful religion plotted to murder US officials and talked of blowing up government buildings.
The four were named as Frederick Thomas, Dan Roberts, Ray Adams, and Samuel Crump, all ranging in age from 65 to 73.
Wait a second! Those aren’t Muslim names! The BBC must have gotten it wrong.
In case you’re wondering whether you’ll hear the word “terrorism” used when viewing the Fox “News” coverage, with the usual outrage about why these guys aren’t being waterboarded in Gitmo until they reveal all their plans, Media Matters explains what you can expect:
Charging documents indeed state that accused plotter Frederick Thomas repeatedly cited as an inspiration the novel Absolved, in which underground militia fighters declare war on the federal government over gun control laws and same-sex marriage, leading to a second American revolution. But Fox’s report neglected to mention the allegedly inspirational novel’s author, who is no stranger to Fox viewers.
Indeed, the author, Mike Vanderboegh, has been mainstreamed by the network, which has repeatedly featured him as an expert on the ATF’s failed Operation Fast and Furious.