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Fox’s Gretchen Carlson Blasts Howard Dean for Politicizing American Sniper

As CNN and MSNBC go all in on the approaching blizzard, Fox News isn’t abandoning its regularly-scheduled programming quite yet. During The Real Story Monday afternoon, Gretchen Carlson examined the latest controversy surrounding the massively-popular Clint Eastwood film American Sniper, this time stemming from comments made by Howard Dean.

Dean, who Carlson identified has the chair of the Democratic National Committee (he left that job in 2009), said on Bill Maher’s show Friday that he believes the film’s audience is made up of “very angry” people who align themselves with the tea party. Now that the film has taken in over $200 million after just 10 days of wide release, that must mean there’s a lot of angrier tea partiers out there.

Carlson invited Purple Heart recipient Ryan Lamke to weigh in on the “whacked-out comments” about the film from Dean, Michael Moore and others. He took offense to Dean’s characterization of veterans as “angry” as well as to Moore’s description of snipers as “cowards.”

To label the people who have chosen to see the film “with terms like ‘angry’ and ‘tea partiers,’ makes this a complete political discussion when it just doesn’t have to be this way,” Carlson added.

While one could certainly argue that Dean policitized film with his comments, the same could conceivably be said for some of Carlson’s own Fox colleagues.

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