CNN guest goes off rails, compares Assad to Cheney

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In a bizarre interview on CNN’s Reliable Sources, guest Jeremy Scahill made a comparison between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Scahill, co-founder of the online news organization, the Intercept, stated:

“Bashar al-Assad was a brutal thug when he was torturing prisoners on behalf of the CIA. Saddam Hussein was America’s friend when he was using chemical weapons. We need to have more than just the immediate crisis memory. We need to understand the historical context of how a butcher like Assad actually has more in common with someone like Dick Cheney than he does with the average Syrian or the people that are on these airwaves as brave reporters.”

In reaction to the statement, Brent Baker, who is the Vice President of Research at the Media Research Center, said:

“Talk about ‘fake news.’ CNN did a fine job of spreading it by giving a platform to a far-left journalist to spew hate speech equating an elected U.S. official with a dictator who had, days before, deployed poison gas to kill children. Liberals may like to compare Cheney to Darth Vader, but I don’t remember him ever issuing an order to drop poison gas on kids.”

See Scahill’s odd statement:

H/T: Washington Examiner

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