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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Guest Post By Sandy: Fox News Uses Black Fringe Groups To Portray Blacks As Angry, Dangerous, Scary

One of my favorite blogs is Best Seat In the House. The blogger (Sandy Gholston) is one of the best when it comes to covering politics, race, the media, sports, etc. As of late, Sandy has been in a posting frenzy and I've been thoroughly enjoying it! He gave me the green light to use the post below. If you haven't already, I encourage you to visit Best Seat In the House. Even if you don't agree with Sandy, I think you'll find that he's fair and open to opposing viewpoints.

The following,
Fox News Uses Black Fringe Groups To Portray Blacks As Angry, Dangerous, Scary, was posted by Sandy on his blog on July 14, 2010:

Fox News has a history of portraying black people as angry, dangerous, hostile and racist in many of its broadcasts (news and commentary alike).

The most recent example of this has been this massively over-hyped and B.S. story about the New Black Panther Party and alleged voter intimidation. Fox News has been pushing this story hard to its largely white and conservative audience to push an image of scary black people threatening white people and being allowed to do so by a black president (Barack Obama) and a black attorney general (Eric Holder) in spite of the fact this happened during the George W. Bush Administration. Fox News also has a dubious history of using black people to attack black people. We have witnessed that over and over again with the likes of the pathetic Jesse Lee Peterson, Sean Hannity's boy (that's right, I said it that way).

Republicans have a history of this and used the tactic of the scary black man in the famous Willie Horton ad from the late 1980s used by George H.W. Bush against Michael Dukakis.



From Wikipedia:
Republicans picked up the Horton issue after Dukakis clinched the nomination. In June 1988, Republican candidate George H.W. Bush seized on the Horton case, bringing it up repeatedly in campaign speeches.[6] Bush's campaign manager, Lee Atwater, predicted that "by the time this election is over, Willie Horton will be a household name."[6][7] Media consultant Roger Ailes remarked "the only question is whether we depict Willie Horton with a knife in his hand or without it."[8]
It's an effort by the far right to show scary black hoods coming to get you and Democrats will not protect you, but Republicans will take care of these dangerous black thugs.

Fox News frequently has used fringe black groups to attack black people. One of its favorite examples of this is the use of the New Black Panther Party and, most frequently, Malik Zulu Shabazz.

Media Matters for America has showcased the effort by Fox News to use fringe black groups to negatively showcase black people (rarely do they do it with, say a Ku Klux Klansman, and think of how they bend over backward to defend racist tea party morons).
For weeks, Fox News has been hyping J. Christian Adam's discredited allegations that the Department of Justice has "a hostility in the voting section and in the civil rights division to bringing cases on behalf of white victims for the benefit of national racial minorities." Predictably, right-wing media quickly used the phony controversy to race-bait, attempting to connect the Obama administration to the New Black Panther Party -- a designated hate group. Fox News' Glenn Beck, for example, said on his radio show that the New Black Panther Party represented "the kinds of people that our president aligns himself with," and Fox News' David Asman accused Obama of "defending racists" by "letting the Black Panthers off." More recently, Megyn Kelly, the biggest Adams cheerleader of them all, devoted airtime interviewing New Black Panther President Malik Shabazz. This episode follows a pattern of Fox highlighting this radical fringe group over the years.
Research posted by Media Matters shows more than 50 instances of Fox News hosting someone from the New Black Panther Party:
Date

Show

Guest

6/24/1998

Hannity & Colmes

Quanell X

8/31/1999

Hannity & Colmes

Quanell X

6/21/2000

The Edge with Paula Zahn

Quanell X

6/22/2000

Hannity & Colmes

Quanell X

6/23/2000

Hannity & Colmes

Quanell X

2/19/2001

Hannity & Colmes

Malik Shabazz

3/19/2001

Hannity & Colmes

Quanell X

4/12/2001

Hannity & Colmes

Malik Shabazz

5/3/2001

The O'Reilly Factor

Malik Shabazz

5/18/2001

Hannity & Colmes

Malik Shabazz

7/30/2001

The O'Reilly Factor

Malik Shabazz

9/7/2001

Fox News Edge

Malik Shabazz

11/1/2001

Hannity & Colmes

Malik Shabazz

1/16/2002

Hannity & Colmes

Quanell X

2/18/2002

Hannity & Colmes

Quanell X

7/7/2002

Fox Wire

Malik Shabazz

7/8/2002

Hannity & Colmes

Quanell X

7/18/2002

Hannity & Colmes

Quanell X

8/16/2002

Hannity & Colmes

Quanell X

10/24/2002

The O'Reilly Factor

Malik Shabazz

10/28/2002

Hannity & Colmes

Quanell X

7/9/2003

Hannity & Colmes

Malik Shabazz

2/28/2004

Big Story Weekend Edition

Malik Shabazz

6/21/2004

Hannity & Colmes

Malik Shabazz

5/3/2005

Hannity & Colmes

Malik Shabazz

5/5/2005

The O'Reilly Factor

Quanell X

5/25/2005

Hannity & Colmes

Quanell X

9/19/2005

Hannity & Colmes

Hashim Nzinga

9/27/2005

Hannity & Colmes

Quanell X

10/13/2005

Hannity & Colmes

Malik Shabazz

10/17/2005

The O'Reilly Factor

Malik Shabazz

10/17/2005

Hannity & Colmes

Hashim Nzinga

11/29/2005

Hannity & Colmes

Quanell X

2/9/2006

Hannity & Colmes

Malik Shabazz

3/10/2006

The O'Reilly Factor

Malik Shabazz

4/10/2006

Hannity & Colmes

Hashim Nzinga

5/1/2006

Hannity & Colmes

Hashim Nzinga

5/1/2006

On the Record with Greta Van Susteren

Malik Shabazz

6/7/2006

Hannity & Colmes

Hashim Nzinga

8/11/2006

Hannity & Colmes

Hashim Nzinga

11/16/2006

Hannity & Colmes

Malik Shabazz

11/30/2006

Hannity & Colmes

Malik Shabazz

12/5/2006

Hannity & Colmes

Hashim Nzinga

1/5/2007

The O'Reilly Factor

Malik Shabazz

2/26/2007

Hannity & Colmes

Malik Shabazz

3/9/2007

Hannity & Colmes

Hashim Nzinga

4/13/2007

Hannity & Colmes

Hashim Nzinga

7/16/2007

Hannity & Colmes

Malik Shabazz

10/19/2007

Hannity & Colmes

Quanell X

12/4/2007

Hannity & Colmes

Quanell X

3/19/2008

Hannity & Colmes

Malik Shabazz


Again, this is no accident with Fox and its mostly white and conservative audience. This is a calculated effort to fear monger and make white people afraid of black people.

Media Matters for America:

http://mediamatters.org/blog/201007140028
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