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August 31st, 2014
01:24 PM ET

Red News/Blue News: is the threat posed by ISIS to America being overblown?

In the above video, Josh Rogin and Naomi Wolf discuss whether politicians and TV talking heads are exaggerating the danger ISIS poses to the United States.

"Let's go ahead and stipulate, right at the start, that the extremist group known as ISIS is a force to be reckoned with, and its actions are atrocious and its beliefs are backwards," host Brian Stelter said in his Red News/Blue News introduction. "But let's consider whether there is a direct threat to America that is being overstated, and whether the press is doing what it should be doing - which is challenging people in power and demanding evidence for their assertions."

Stelter added, "I think the tone of a lot of the news coverage about ISIS has been reflecting the government position."

He played some examples of politicians and TV talking heads warning about the threat of terrorist infiltrations from Mexico and Canada.

"The evidence is not there," Stelter said. "And yet the people who say this stuff don't seem to be held accountable."

The government said Friday that "the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the FBI are unaware of any specific, credible threat to the U.S. homeland from ISIL."

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