Monday, June 30, 2008

FOX Slings Mud at Obama

FOX isn't reporting NEWS!
by Charlie Leck

Andy Driscoll, a fellow blogger, has asked me to join COLOR OF CHANGE and I'm going to do it. We have to try to stop FOX from so unfairly attacking Barack Obama. If you care about Obama's candidacy, I suggest you do it too. Here's the message Andy sent to me.

Dear Friends,

Right now, Fox News is trying to paint Barack Obama as foreign, un-American, suspicious, and scary. They're trying to send Americans the message that our country's first viable Black candidate for President is not "one of us."

I've joined on to's campaign to push back on Fox, publicly demanding they stop their race-baiting and fear mongering. If that doesn't work, then we'll go to their advertisers and the FCC. I wanted to invite you to sign on as well. It takes only a moment:

Here's what happened recently:

After Senator Obama won the nomination, he and his wife gave each other a "pound" in front of the cameras. Fox anchor E.D. Hill called the act of celebration a "terrorist fist jab." Then last week, a Fox News on-screen graphic referred to Michelle Obama as "Obama's baby mama"--slang used to describe the unmarried mother of a man's child. It was a clear attempt to associate the Obamas with negative cultural stereotypes about Black people, an insult not only to Michelle Obama but to women and Black people everywhere.

After each of the incidents mentioned, Fox issued some form of weak apology. But what does it mean when you slap someone in the face, apologize the next day, then slap them again on the third? It means the apology is meaningless.

These aren't one-time incidents--they're part of a pattern that continues no matter how often Fox is forced to apologize. Fox has a clear record of attacking and undermining Black institutions, Black leaders, and Black people in general.

If we don't push back now, we will see more of the same from now until November. Please join me in helping to bring an end to Fox's behavior.

In my added remarks, I accuse Fox News not only of racism, but of treason, since they proclaim to be a voice of America and fair and balanced in their coverage and anything but, undermining the core principles of our constitution and warping the First Amendment.


Do everything you can to support the candidacy of Barack Obama! It's important for America.

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