A recent viral video has some people wondering what’s going on over there at Fox News. The clip in question lasts a little over three minutes but there is tense confusion throughout the clip. The conservative news network seemingly tried to do a segment to slam the liberal agenda of presidential hopeful and current Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. The interview with Thor Halvorssen, founder of the Human Rights Foundation (HRF), seem to go awry just as the interview starts.
The Fox News anchor hits Mr Halvorssen with a loaded question right off the bat, asking him why socialism is a violation of basic human rights. Obviously socialism is tied to the independent Sen. Bernie Sanders who has long been outspoken and self-avowed democratic socialist. But Mr Halvorssen does not give in to the loaded question and steers the conversation to reasonable discourse about the efficacy of socialist and labor governments, some of which have been very successful, such as Denmark and Sweden. He holds these governments in high esteem saying that they are perfectly fine.
The human rights expert then explains that dictatorships are the problem, he even exposes the fact that he is a Bernie Sanders supporter and has shown his support with the maximum donation allowable to a presidential candidate under United States law — $2,700. He claims that Mrs. Clinton takes large donations from authoritarian dictators in order to run her presidential campaign. The founder of the human rights foundation also slams Republican candidates for emulating Putin, the dictator of Russia.
The interview seem to go off the rails for Fox News who was apparently trying to use the segment to reinforce Republican ideals and to slam the ultra liberal Bernie Sanders. Some think that Thor deliberately misled Fox News before the interview to get a chance to advertise support for Sanders, but I do not think this is the case. You can see right when the interview starts that Thor looks a little stunned by the opening question.