Propaganda Machine Working Overtime
Assassinating foreign leaders is a major international war crime under international law, yet across the corporate spectrum, media applauded the bombing, or "precision targeting," as CNN described it. Unsurprisingly, many conservative media outlets supported the Trump administration's decision to potentially spark a huge international conflict. The Washington Examiner quoted one "expert" celebrating the killing as more important than Bin Laden's death and a "massive blow to the regime." Fox News quickly published an opinion piece from Christian Whiton of the strongly hawkish Center for the National Interest, praising Trump for acting "correctly and decisively," preventing further American bloodshed by taking out a major "terrorist." It also immediately invited major Neoconservative hawks and public faces of the Iraq War, Karl Rove and Ari Fleischer, on air to discuss the situation and inform its audience what to think.