Fox Uses Labor Secretary News To Revive New Black Panthers Nonsense

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Fox News is using reports that Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Thomas Perez may be nominated as Secretary of Labor to revive their manufactured scandal that the Obama administration favored the New Black Panther Party in a 2008 voter intimidation case.

The right-wing media has spent years propping up the bogus charge that President Obama's Justice Department engaged in racially charged "corruption" in the New Black Panther Party case. The claims, promoted by GOP activist J. Christian Adams, fell apart given the fact that the Obama DOJ obtained judgment against one defendant, while the Bush DOJ declined to pursue similar allegations in 2006.

America Live anchor Megyn Kelly highlighted news of Perez's possible appointment and said that his "fingerprints are all over some rather significant controversies," including the New Black Panthers case, during the March 11 edition of America Live

During the segment Fox aired this image:


Kelly previously led Fox's charge to tar President Obama and the Justice Department with the unsubstantiated claims of former DOJ attorney and GOP activist J. Christian Adams, who claimed in a June 30, 2009 interview with Kelly that the DOJ decision not to pursue charges in the New Black Panthers case demonstrated unprecedented, racially charged corruption. From June 30, 2010, through July 14, 2010, America Live discussed the phony scandal during 45 segments totaling more than 3.5 hours.

The story subsequently unraveled, with the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility concluding in March 2012 that "department attorneys did not commit professional misconduct in the case" and that the case had been dismissed against some defendants due to "a good faith assessment of the law" and "not influenced by the race of the defendants." Kelly devoted a single segment of one minute and four seconds to that revelation.

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Race & Ethnicity, Nominations & Appointments
Fox News Channel
Megyn Kelly
America Live
New Black Panther Party Case
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