Eric Holder Criticizes Fox News For Unique Labeling of ISIS

The White House does not like Fox News. In fact, their dislike is much more akin to an obsession, and the administration is really annoyed by Fox. While speaking to the media on Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder said Fox News “obsesses over the terminology used to describe terrorists.”

It seems that the administration obsesses over Fox as much as Fox obsesses over terminology.

It isn’t the first time that high-ranking members of the Obama administration have expressed their anxiety over the messenger rather than the message.

While at the National Press Club in Washington Hold told those assembled, “We spend more time, more time talking about what you call it, as opposed to what do you do about it, you know? I mean really. If Fox didn’t talk about this, they would have nothing else to talk about, it seems to me.”

Eric Holder
Eric Holder

There is a confrontation going on, but Fox News did not start it, The White House did. They refuse to label the ISIS fighters “Islamic extremists,” instead using the vanilla interpretation “terrorist,” that doesn’t describe the enemy at all, in Fox’s view.

Pushing his own point, Holder said, “Radical Islam, Islamic extremism, I’m not sure an awful lot is gained by saying that. It doesn’t have any impact on our military posture. It doesn’t have any impact on what we call it, on the policies that we put in place.”

If it was only Fox News saying this, Holder might have gotten away with his play on words, but there are others concerned over the weak labeling of ISIS, al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations. Mara Liasson, the liberal National Public Radio journalist has grilled White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest about their weak naming convention.

The White House thinks that by remaining neutral in their labeling of terrorist groups they gain some kind of advantage, and that being more specific only worsens the situation.

Journalists from the left to the right are applying pressure on the Obama administration, asking them to come clean, and tell it like is, and not sugarcoat it so it becomes an unrecognizable message that fails to protect us.

Egypt’s al-Sisi says you have to call it what it is, so do a number of Democrats, including Hawaii veteran Tulsi Gabbard, Hillary Clinton and Leon Panetta.

Fox News commentator Dana Perino suggested Eric Holder stop waffling and that he “go out on a high note.”

Dwight L. Schwab Jr. is a moderate conservative who looks at all sides of a story, then speaks his mind. He has written more than 3500 national political and foreign affairs columns. His BS in journalism from the University of Oregon, with minors in political science and American history stands him in good stead for his writing.


Dwight has 30-years in the publishing industry, including ABC/Cap Cities and International Thomson. His first book, “Redistribution of Common Sense – Selective Commentaries on the Obama Administration 2009-2014,” was published in July, 2014. “The Game Changer – America’s Most Stunning Presidential Election in History,” was published in April 2017.


Dwight is a native of Portland, Oregon, and now a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area.