Fox News “terror analyst” Wayne Simmons was arrested by the feds for falsely claiming that he was formerly with the Central Intelligence Agency, another huge blow to the network’s credibility. Despite this, Fox News host Bret Baier went on the air and attempted to absolve the network of any responsibility for Simmons.

He excused the actions by simply saying “Fox didn’t pay him.” Regardless whether Simmons was paid or not, the network still kept Simmons on the air and gave him a platform. It’s shameful.

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Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at DeSmogBlog.com. He also hosts the weekly DeSmogCAST and serves as co-host for Ring of Fire on Free Speech TV. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced