In a discussion on “The Trews” about Fox News coverage of the recent shooting of police officers, one fatally, on Paris’ Champs-Élysées, political theorist Brad Evans tells host Russell Brand that “[w]henever the word ‘terrorism’ is invoked, the first question you need to ask is: Who benefits?”

When such an incident is immediately characterized by media as terrorism, it prompts a certain response, Evans says: the ramping up of security. “[Terrorism] demands a certain form of intervention, which is heightened securitization, heightened militarization — which just so happens to come at a time when the French election is taking place,” Evans continues. The implication is that a far-right candidate such as Marine Le Pen, who advanced to the runoff, could be a political beneficiary of the incident.

Evans says that if Islamic State was behind the shooting, the reaction to it was “exactly what ISIS would want.”

Learn his reasoning in the clip below.

— Posted by Natasha Hakimi Zapata


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