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In my email: FOX is up to its old race-baiting tricks. But this time, CNN is repeating FOX’s distortions and taking them mainstream.


Tell CNN to stop parroting FOXhttp://act.colorofchange.org/go/292?id=2335-1078007&akid=1502.534167.qE_veb&t=1

FOX is using blatant race-baiting to scare White Americans. Now CNN is following their lead.

Tell CNN to stop taking FOX’s bait and report the full story:

http://act.colorofchange.org/go/292?id=2335-1078007&akid=1502.534167.qE_veb&t=2

FOX is up to its old race-baiting tricks. But this time, CNN is repeating FOX’s distortions and taking them mainstream.

FOX is claiming that under President Obama, the Department of Justice (DOJ) is refusing to prosecute voting rights offenses when the victims are White and the perpetrators are Black.[1] It’s a bogus story based on the allegations of one former Republican DOJ attorney, and it sidesteps a mountain of facts.[2]

On Tuesday, FOX complained that other news outlets weren’t covering the story. The next day, CNN uncritically echoed FOX’s distorted story, lending it mainstream credibility. We expect FOX to engage in this kind of race-baiting. But CNN should know better, and we need to hold them publicly accountable.

Click the link below to send a message to Jon Klein, head of CNN, demanding CNN stop running with half-baked, racially charged stories from FOX. And then please ask your friends and family to do the same:

http://www.colorofchange.org/cnnfox/?id=2335-1078007

FOX consistently plays to the fear that President Obama will not govern Blacks and Whites equally, and they’re hard at work promoting this twisted narrative again.

The story that FOX is pushing revolves around an incident on election day 2008 in which several men from a small, fringe organization called the New Black Panther Party (NBPP — no relationship to the original Black Panther Party) stood in front of a polling place in a majority Black voting district, one of them carrying a nightstick. The Bush Justice Department charged them with civil voter intimidation charges, after deciding that the case didn’t meet the bar for criminal charges.[3] After Obama took office, the Department of Justice dropped most of the remaining charges, saying that they weren’t supported by the facts and the law, while obtaining an injunction against the man who had been carrying a nightstick.[4]

But in FOX’s hands, the story has become that the case was dropped because of anti-White policies in the Obama administration, with Andrew Breitbart and host David Asman effectively calling the President a racist.[5] CNN’s willingness to follow FOX’s lead is inexcusable.

The New Black Panther story is built on the claims of one man — J. Christian Adams, a former Justice Department official who claims that the Obama administration dropped the NBPP case because of race.[6] But even the most basic digging reveals that Adams is nothing more than a conservative activist hired by a Bush administration that was hell-bent on politicizing the Justice Department and subverting its civil rights enforcement mission.[7] During the Bush years — the bulk of Adams’ tenure at the DOJ — civil rights enforcement decreased. The DOJ failed to even investigate numerous clear civil rights violations when the victims were Black and Latino, especially allegations involving voting rights.[8]

CNN has repeatedly allowed Adams to air his twisted views without allowing opposing perspectives or telling the full story of Adams’ past. CNN calls itself “the most trusted name in news,” but they just became complicit in a right wing effort to smear President Obama and Attorney General Holder as racists. Help hold them accountable now:

http://www.colorofchange.org/cnnfox/?id=2335-1078007

The fact is that there’s simply no evidence to support Adams’ claims. No “victims” — White or otherwise — have stepped forward to say that they were intimidated on the day in question.[9]

Even Abigail Thernstrom, GOP-appointed vice chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, which is now investigating the situation, blasted Adams, his theory, and the path it’s forced the commission to pursue. She sees it as an embarrassment. Thernstrom said, “I know Chris Adams very well, and he doesn’t know why the decision was made.” She goes on to call the DOJ’s position “perfectly plausible” and concludes “I don’t think that this inquiry has served the interests of the Commission as being a bipartisan watchdog for important civil rights violations, and I do not believe it has served well the party to which I belong.”[10,11]

The real danger of FOX

FOX has consistently stoked the fears of some White Americans that President Obama might favor Blacks over Whites — an irresponsible and dangerous game. But it’s even more dangerous when other news networks amplify and validate what they’re doing. This is FOX’s plan, and it’s important to note that just before the story got covered on CNN, FOX spent the previous day accusing the other news organizations of not covering the story. They set the bait and CNN took it.

It’s the same pattern that was used to put ACORN out of business. FOX ran a smear-campaign with partial or fabricated information and then got other news outlets to follow and run with the same story without digging deeper. Once the truth came out, it was too late.[12]

We expect FOX to lie and distort. But for CNN and others to fall into the trap of repeating FOX’s claims is a different story. Now, in hopes of preventing similar situations in the future, we must fight back. Join us in calling on CNN to do real reporting, and not mainstream FOX’s distortions and lies. And when you do, please ask your family and friends to do the same. It only takes a moment:

http://www.colorofchange.org/cnnfox/?id=2335-1078007

Thanks and Peace,

— James, Gabriel, William, Dani, Milton and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team
July 10th, 2010

Help support our work. ColorOfChange.org is powered by YOU — your energy and dollars. We take no money from lobbyists or large corporations that don’t share our values, and our tiny staff ensures your contributions go a long way. You can contribute here:

https://secure.colorofchange.org/contribute/

References:

1. “Fox hypes GOP activist’s “explosive new allegations” against Obama DOJ,” Media Matters, 6-30-10
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/293?akid=1502.534167.qE_veb&t=8

2. “Almost Everything You Need To Know About The New Black Panther Party Case,” The American Prospect Blog, 7-6-10
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/294?akid=1502.534167.qE_veb&t=10

3. “O’Reilly Factor ludicrously blames Obama for not pressing criminal charges in New Black Panthers case,” Media Matters, 7-7-10
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/295?akid=1502.534167.qE_veb&t=12

4. Judgment, US vs. New Black Panther Party for Self Defense, 5-18-09
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/306?akid=1502.534167.qE_veb&t=14

5. “Breitbart, Asman agree Obama is ‘defending racism’ in Black Panthers case, which is ‘virtually the same’ as being racist,” Media Matters, 7-6-10
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/296?akid=1502.534167.qE_veb&t=16

6. “CNN omits GOP criticism of Black Panther investigation,” Media Matters, 7-7-10
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/297?akid=1502.534167.qE_veb&t=18

7. “Christian Adams’ case continues to implode: Bush-era DOJ declined to charge Minutemen for voter intimidation,” Media Matters, 7-1-10
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/298?akid=1502.534167.qE_veb&t=20

8. “Flashback To The Bush Days At The DoJ,” The American Prospect blog, 7-6-10
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/299?akid=1502.534167.qE_veb&t=22

9. US Commission on Civil Rights hearing, 4-23-10
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/300?akid=1502.534167.qE_veb&t=24

10. “Adams’ credibility continues to crumble,” Media Matters, 7-5-10
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/301?akid=1502.534167.qE_veb&t=26

11. “The New Black Panther Case: A Conservative Dissent,” National Review Online, 7-6-10
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/302?akid=1502.534167.qE_veb&t=28

12. “Extra, Extra—Read All About ACORN,” The Nation blog, 1-5-10
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/303?akid=1502.534167.qE_veb&t=30

Additional resources:

“Manufactured scandal: Right wing’s phony allegations against the Justice Department,” Media Matters, 7-7-10
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/304?akid=1502.534167.qE_veb&t=32

“New Black Panther Party Primer,” The American Prospect blog, 7-7-10
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/305?akid=1502.534167.qE_veb&t=34

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In my email:Fox’s Murdoch: Glenn Beck “was right” — Help us go after Fox


Rupert Murdoch — head of Fox’s parent company — said Glenn Beck was right when he called President Obama a “racist.”


http://www.colorofchange.org/murdoch/?id=2335-1078007

Now he’s trying to backpedal, without disowning Beck.

It’s time to publicly hold Murdoch accountable.

Demand he put an end to Fox’s race-baiting, or admit he agrees with it:

http://www.colorofchange.org/murdoch/?id=2335-1078007

Dear Dale,

Last week, when asked about Glenn Beck calling President Obama “racist,” Rupert Murdoch, chairman of Fox News Channel’s parent company (News Corp) said “if you actually assess what he was talking about, [Beck] was right.”1

On Tuesday, after his endorsement of Beck’s race-baiting started to draw attention,2 Murdoch claimed, through a spokesperson, that he didn’t mean he agrees with Beck.3 It’s ridiculous — what else could he have possibly meant?

Murdoch calls the shots at Fox News, and he’s just made it clear that Fox’s problem with race starts in his office. Now that he’s been caught, he’s trying to play dumb — he doesn’t want to be held accountable for Beck’s rhetoric, but he won’t denounce or stop it either.

It won’t work, if we stand up. Tell Murdoch he has a choice — he can stand by the fact that he agrees with Glenn Beck; or he can tell us why he doesn’t and what he’s going to do about it. If enough of us call him out, we can create a powerful conversation about Fox’s race-baiting that will help us hold them accountable at the highest level.

Please sign the petition to Murdoch, and ask your friends and family to do the same:

http://www.colorofchange.org/murdoch/?id=2335-1078007

While Beck is the worst offender on the Fox News Channel, the network has a long, deep history of engaging in inflammatory racial rhetoric: attacking Black leaders, Black culture, and Black institutions.4,5,6 And a number of Murdoch’s recent business decisions suggest that he is consciously building a media empire — at Fox News and elsewhere — that attracts viewers by appealing to racial fear and paranoia.

Last month, Murdoch put Don Imus (fired from MSNBC for his infamous “nappy headed hos” comment) back on television on the Fox Business Network.7 And a few weeks ago, Murdoch personally fired Marc Lamont Hill — one of Fox News’ few black commentators — in response to a racially charged smear campaign led by a News Corp shareholder, who said Hill has “reputation of defending cop killers and racists.”8

Murdoch’s right-hand men

Murdoch chooses his employees carefully, and his agenda is obvious when you look at the people he’s chosen to run his media organizations.

Roger Ailes, the president of Fox News, made his name by using racial paranoia to propel Republican politicians to victory, starting in the 60s. He engineered key elements of Richard Nixon’s Southern Strategy, and a notorious race-baiting ad campaign that helped the first President Bush defeat Michael Dukakis. Ailes was also the executive producer of Rush Limbaugh’s failed television show.9

Another News Corp property, the New York Post, led by Col Allan, also has a troubling record on race. Earlier this year, the Post caused an uproar after printing a cartoon that appeared to depict President Obama as a dead monkey, covered in blood after being shot by police. Instead of taking the widespread critical response to the cartoon seriously, Allan issued a short, insensitive statement that took no responsibility, and attacked critics of the cartoon.10

Last month, the Post fired a Latina editor, Sandra Guzman, apparently as retaliation for having spoken out against the cartoon when it was published. Guzman is now suing News Corp, the newspaper, and Allan. She says that the Post is a “hostile work environment where female employees and employees of color have been subjected to pervasive and systemic discrimination and/or unlawful harassment based on their gender, race, color and/or national origin.” Guzman says that Col Allan and others at the paper routinely made inappropriate sexual and racial comments. She also says that the paper’s D.C. bureau chief told her that the Post’s goal was to “destroy Barack Obama.”11

Holding Murdoch, Beck and Fox News accountable

When Murdoch publicly endorsed some of Beck’s most inflammatory comments, it seemed he was making it very clear that he approves of Fox’s race-baiting. Now, apparently after realizing how damaging it would be for him to publicly support the rhetoric that cost Glenn Beck 80 advertisers, he’s trying to backpedal. But Murdoch is not willing to distance himself from Beck either. He knows that he could face a backlash from Fox’s viewers if he appears critical of the racially charged programming that attracts many of them to the network in the first place.

So Murdoch wants to have it both ways — he wants to build a network that makes money by pandering to racial fear and paranoia, but he doesn’t want Fox to be seen as cable’s home for race-baiting.

We can’t let him get away with it. Murdoch made a mistake by speaking too openly about what he and his media organizations stand for. He rarely makes mistakes like this, and we need to seize the opportunity to expose Fox’s problem with race.

It starts by demanding that Murdoch explain what he meant, and be clear about whether or not race-baiting is part of the program at Fox. He may or may not respond, but if enough of us speak out, we can create a conversation that makes it clear who is ultimately responsible for Fox’s race-baiting. It’s just one step in starting to bring some accountability to the leadership of Fox News and News Corp — but it’s an important one.

Join us in calling out Rupert Murdoch, and ask your friends and family to do the same. It only takes a minute:

http://www.colorofchange.org/murdoch/?id=2335-1078007

Thanks and Peace,

— James, Gabriel, William, Dani and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team
November 11th, 2009

Help support our work. ColorOfChange.org is powered by YOU — your energy and dollars. We take no money from lobbyists or large corporations that don’t share our values, and our tiny staff ensures your contributions go a long way. You can contribute here:

https://secure.colorofchange.org/contribute/

References

1. Rupert Murdoch Interview, Sky News, 11-06-09
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsboAwzj7aY

2. “An Open Letter to Rupert Murdoch: What exactly do you mean?” Huffington Post, 11-10-09
http://tinyurl.com/yg2yj58

3. “Murdoch doesn’t consider Obama racist: Spox,” Politico, 11-10-09
http://tinyurl.com/y8fhg4n

4. “On FOX, Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson and Mike Gallagher attacked Kwanzaa,” Media Matters, 12-23-04
http://mediamatters.org/items/200412230012

5. “Matalin: ‘I think these civil rights leaders are nothing more than racists. And they’re keeping … their African-American brothers enslaved,'” Media Matters, 2-09-06
http://mediamatters.org/items/200602090003

6. “Defending Bennett’s comments, Rev. Peterson cited alleged violence at Superdome to claim that most blacks ‘lack moral character,'” Media Matters, 10-03-05
http://mediamatters.org/items/200510030005

7. “Breaking: Don Imus Joins Fox Biz,” TV Newser, 09-03-09
http://tinyurl.com/mdtn4x

8. “FNC Liberal Pundit Marc Lamont Hill Fired,” TV Newser, 10-16-09
http://tinyurl.com/yzx7xyd

9. “Fox President Roger Ailes’ History Of Race-Baiting,” Media Matters, 10-30-09
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnNyEKAZIO4

10. “NY Post Defends Cartoon, Slams Al Sharpton” Huffington Post, 02-18-09
http://tinyurl.com/cdmhmm

11. “New York Post Lawsuit: Shocking Allegations Made By Fired Employee Sandra Guzman,” Huffington Post, 11-10-09
http://tinyurl.com/y964vmb

 

 

 

 

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