Fox News’ Phony “Egyptian Hostage Crisis”

Fox News is falsely calling Egyptian charges against 19 American NGO employees “the Egyptian hostage crisis.”  Fewer than half the Americans being charged are still in Egypt, and those still in the country are safe in the American embassy.  The Egyptian government is not holding any of these Americans.

Fox obviously wants to make President Obama look like Jimmy Carter, by making its viewers believe that this incident with Egypt is like the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979, when Iranian revolutionaries overran our embassy and imprisoned our diplomats.

The Egyptian situation is certainly a strain on our relations with the emerging post-Mubarek government, but it is not a hostage crisis.