Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
We are all familiar with the race-baiting at FAUX News, from the phony ACORN scandal, to the phony New Black Panthers scandal, to guests and FAUX News hosts referring to the President of the United States as a "gangsta" and a "thug" in an attempt to portray him with the racial stereotyping that all black men are criminals.
With respect to the George Zimmerman trial, we have recently been treated to this race-baiting on FAUX News programming:
On Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace claimed that though “local authorities originally decided not to prosecute,” Florida prosecutors decided to after civil rights groups and “even the president stepped into the case.” Congressman Steve King (R-IA) suggested Sunday that George Zimmerman should never have even had to stand trial for killing Trayvon Martin, blaming President Obama and his Department of Justice for the case. Congressman Blames Obama For Zimmerman Having To Stand Trial For Killing Trayvon Martin.
Republican strategist Karl Rove, also appearing on Fox News Sunday, accused President Barack Obama of tearing the country apart by sympathizing with the parents of slain teen Trayvon Martin. Rove: Obama 'Ripped Us Apart' by Sympathizing With Trayvon's Parents.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Sunday said he was outraged that the media portrayed Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton as civil rights leaders because both men were simply "hustlers and pimps." Tucker Carlson: Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton Are 'Hustlers and Pimps'.
Fox's Geraldo Rivera and his fellow host Jeanine Pirro blamed President Obama for this mess as well, because he dared to weigh in on the case when he said that if he had a son, he'd look like Trayvon. He politicized the case! He forced them to take it up when it was obvious that Zimmerman wasn't guilty! Fox Blames President Obama for Zimmerman Verdict.
Fox News host Geraldo Rivera on Friday asserted that prosecutors in Florida had been pressured by MSNBC host Al Sharpton and "race politics" to bring a weak case against former neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman for the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Geraldo Rivera: Jury Would Have Shot Trayvon 'a Lot Sooner Than George Zimmerman'.
FOX News has taken up Zimmerman's cause as if they are on trial and are acting like his very own TV network law practice. Bill O'Reilly and others are promoting the idea that African Americans will most definitely be rioting in the streets when George Zimmerman is found innocent. They've picked up and thrown away the dog whistle and replaced it with a network bullhorn. It's really sickening, and it's also very dangerous. What is FOX and O'Reilly trying to accomplish by race baiting the trial? Why are conservatives stirring up racial animus in America? Why Are Conservatives Hoping For Racial Violence If Zimmerman is Acquitted?.
The head of FAUX News, Roger Ailes, is a master race-baiter. Ailes was a media consultant to Richard Nixon's 1968 campaign that pursued the Southern strategy of appealing to racism against African-Americans and white grievance to create a racially polarized electorate.The 1970 plot by Ailes and other Nixon aides for "A Plan For Putting the GOP on TV News" was the beginning of FAUX News. Roger Ailes' Secret Nixon-Era Blueprint for Fox News - Gawker. Ailes has been "tearing the country apart" (to quote Karl Rove) for decades, and is still pursuing racial polarization today at FAUX News. The man epitomizes evil.
FAUX News is not a legitimate news organization. It is the propaganda arm of the Republican Party. It is a malignant cancer on journalism. If we are going to have "a discussion about race" in this country, it must begin with a discussion about racism and race-baiting in the conservative media entertainment complex, led by FAUX News, and why the corporate "mainstream media," which allegedly sets industry standards and practices, allows this racist behavior to continue.