KEVIN ZIEBER/Media Matters for America
Fox's Gretchen Carlson whitewashed the national security record of the Bush administration to suggest the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya was "the first successful terror attack since 9-11."
On three separate occasions during Fox & Friends, Carlson asked "Did the first successful terror attack since 9-11 just happen under President Obama's watch?" Carlson asked that question while teasing upcoming segments, but Fox never attempted to answer that question.
Carlson could not be more misleading on this issue. The State Department produces an annual report compiling all known instances of terrorism, which is defined as "premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents." In its 2008 report, the State Department counted 19 private U.S. citizens killed as a result of terrorism in 2007 alone. The report also counted more than 40,000 terrorist attacks worldwide between 2005 and 2007.
There were several high-profile terrorist attacks inside the U.S. during the Bush administration, including the anthrax attacks, the fatal shooting at the El Al airlines ticket counter at the Los Angeles International Airport, the DC-area sniper attacks -- all of which occurred in 2002. In addition, there was a 2003 attack on a U.S. diplomatic vehicle that killed three in the Gaza Strip. Three American security personnel were killed while transporting diplomats from the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv.
Fox has a history of reacting to violence during the Obama administration by claiming that no terrorist attacks in the U.S. that occurred during the Bush administration.