Must See: FOX News’ Attack on Black America

By The News Mar 14, 2007

*NOTE: Update to "Fox News’ Attack on Black America" AlterNet reports:

CNN has announced that they (and ostensibly NOT Fox News) will partner with the Congressional Black Caucus for the Jan. ’08 presidential debate in South Carolina. Expect the rhetoric to be ratcheted up from the ABSOLUTELY NOT RIGHT WING FOX network… This does not mean, however, that the CBC has decided to reject FOX entirely, just for this single debate… Sorry for the false alarm…

But the point stands: Anyone should be encouraged to boycott FOX. (SEE VIDEO BELOW) *INITIAL REPORT: Enough is Enough. You can join the fight at where they’ve issued a petition asking the Congressional Black Caucus to break its agreement with FOX to host some presidential debates. Also SEE: Does the Black Caucus really think Fox News is advancing their mission? Color of Change Reports: Sen. Obama has stopped giving interviews to Fox reporters because of repeated attacks on his character and intimations that he has connections to terrorism. Even the Democratic Party in Nevada backed out of doing a debate with Fox because of remarks about Obama, but the CBC Institute hasn’t moved. Here’s a sampling of the kind of offensive messages put out on Fox:

* Commenting on Hannity & Colmes about the speakers at Coretta Scott King’s funeral, featured guest Mary Matalin said, "I think these civil rights leaders are nothing more than racists" who are keeping "their African-American brothers enslaved." * Jesse Lee Peterson, a regular guest who is Black said: "Kwanzaa is a racist, pagan, Marxist holiday" and then claimed that the "so-called seven principles of Kwanzaa are socialist, Marxist, separatist ideas… if a white man started a white holiday, seven-day white holiday, black folks would be burning down America." * Erik Rush, another Black guest, labeled Sen. Obama’s church as cultish and separatist for espousing values of black unity and black empowerment (Fox regularly selects Black guests it knows will undermine Black causes). Rush said he replaced the word "black" with "white" in the church’s mission statement and "Suddenly, I was looking at this really scary doctrine. You know, it was something that you’d see in more like a cult or an Aryan Brethren church… I would go beyond saying they’re Afrocentric. They’re African centric. They refer to themselves as an African people and that somewhat disturbs me from the viewpoint of well, do they consider themselves Americans? Do they consider themselves Christians?"

Oh, boy…