Friday, July 19, 2013

Left Side of the Aisle #117 - Part 3

Outrage of the Week: Faux News spreads racial fears

The Outrage of the Week this week comes from one of our regular sources, Fox News.

So Fox News - or Faux News, as they would properly be called - wanted to have someone on to comment on Zimmerman's acquittal. So who did they pick? A notorious race-baiting right-wing conspiracy-monger named J. Christian Adams. This nutjob was the one who claimed that the DOJ dropped voter intimidation charges dating from an incident in 2008 against two members of the New Black Panther Party because of the "radical racial agenda" of the Obama administration and not because of the actual fact that there was no evidence anyone was intimidated.

But Fox has never given up harping on the New Black Panthers, regarding them as a convenient tool to stir racial fears - even though the group is a fringe of a fringe and seems to consist mostly of a relative handful of guys with baseball bats and a leather fetish.

So you can guess what happened here. Adams not only charged that the NAACP has "teamed up with" the New Black Panthers because the NAACP has called for the DOJ to prosecute Zimmerman, he insisted that the New Black Panthers "were the spark behind" the investigation into Trayvon Martin's death, that the whole thing only happened because the New Black Panthers "went down there and threatened people" and "the Justice Department responded to their demands."

Faux News host Steve Doofus then wondered aloud why "the Department of Justice is taking their marching orders from the New Black Panther Party" before Adams renewed his old claim of "a radical racial agenda" on the part of Attorney General Eric Holder.

At a time when you would think racial tensions might be a little higher than usual as the African-American communities of America watch as the killer of another young black man walks away free, at a time when those communities are being told that they are the ones who must show restraint, they are the ones who must remain calm, they are the ones who must control their emotions, that they are the ones, in short, who have to suck it up, Faux News is about the business - its usual business - of stoking racial fears.

It is foul, it is disgusting, it is evil - and it is an outrage.


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