Fox Nation is promoting a video under its "culture" section of a New Black Panther Party member saying, "Let's talk about the little black babies that you use as alligator bait," continuing Fox News' documented pattern of promoting the designated hate group.
From Fox Nation, accessed Sept. 29:
Fox News has aggressively hyped the discredited allegations that the Justice Department did not pursue additional voter-intimidation charges against New Black Panther Party members because the DOJ is hostile to enforcing voting-rights laws when the alleged violator is a minority.
From the September 28 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Glenn Beck Programr:
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From the September 28 edition of The Glenn Beck Program:
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Brit Hume falsely suggested that Christopher Coates was a political appointee in the Clinton administration, and thus has credibility in pushing the New Black Panthers Party phony story. In fact, Coates was hired as a career attorney during the Clinton administration, and reportedly became a "true member of the team" in the highly politicized Bush DOJ.
Reporting on Justice Department lawyer Christopher Coates testimony on the phony New Black Panthers Party scandal, Fox News falsely reported that the Justice Department had "determined that the Voting Rights Act... had not been violated" in the case. In fact, the Obama administration's DOJ obtained default judgment against one of the defendants on the basis of his violation of that law.
Discussing Justice Department lawyer Christopher Coates' testimony on the phony New Black Panthers Party scandal, Bill O'Reilly and Megyn Kelly pushed claims that the case shows the Obama administration's Justice Department is "not interested" in protecting white voters from discrimination. But their claims were riddled with falsehoods and misrepresentations.
Once again, the right-wing media has found a way to criticize basically anything Obama does or says. This time, they're attacking Obama for omitting the words "the Creator" when quoting from the Declaration of Independence. You see, to them, this is just further evidence that Obama is a godless, heathen, secret Muslim, anti-colonial Kenyan...or whatever.
On September 15 at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's Annual Awards Gala, President Barack Obama said:
So let me close by saying this. Long before America was even an idea, this land of plenty was home to many peoples. To British and French, to Dutch and Spanish, to Mexican -- to countless Indian tribes. We all shared the same land. We didn't always get along. But over the centuries, what eventually bound us together -- what made us all Americans -- was not a matter of blood, it wasn't a matter of birth. It was faith and fidelity to the shared values that we all hold so dear. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, endowed with certain inalienable rights: life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That's what makes us unique. That's what makes us strong. The ability to recognize our common humanity; to remember that in this country, equality and opportunity are not just words on a piece of paper, they're not just words in the mouths of politicians -- they are promises to be kept. And that is our calling now -- to keep those promises for the next generation. No matter which way the political winds shift, I will stand with you for that better future. And if you stand with me, and if we remember that fundamental truth -- that divided we fall, but united we are strong, and out of many, we are one -- then you and I will finish what we have started. We will make sure that America forever remains an idea and a place that's big enough and bold enough and brave enough to accommodate the dreams of all our children and all our people for years to come. Si, se puede. Thank you. God bless you, and God bless the United States of America. Thank you.
From the September 10 edition of Fox News' Glenn Beck:
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Acting as a guest host for Glenn Beck's radio show, Chris Baker claimed that at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing scheduled for next week, Democrats will be "coming after your guns." Similarly, blogger Jim Hoft highlighted the hearing -- which is titled "Firearms in Commerce: Assessing the Need for Reform in the Federal Regulatory Process" -- and said: "Now they're coming for your guns." Not to be outdone, the Fox Nation linked to Hoft's blog post under the headline: "Democrats Schedule Meeting to Regulate Gun Sales."
One big problem for this black helicopter story line: It's already been debunked by other conservative media outlets. According to Hot Air's Ed Morissey, for instance, the hearing is on the topic of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Reform and Firearms Modernization Act of 2009, a bill that has a large number of Republican sponsors and -- get this -- is supported by the National Rifle Association.
But here's Fox Nation trying their best to stoke gun owners fears:
And here's Baker doing the same thing:
From the September 8 edition of The O'Reilly Factor:
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Andrew Napolitano smeared the Obama administration as being "in tight" with the New Black Panther Party, citing the myth that the Obama Justice Department would not prosecute a party member for "[i]ntimidating voters with a weapon." In fact, the decision to not pursue criminal charges was made by the Bush DOJ, and the Obama administration won an injunction against the party member who carried a weapon.
Today, Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson writes that Glenn Beck's 8-28 rally -- set to take place on the anniversary and at the location of Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech -- is "an exercise in self-aggrandizement on a Napoleonic scale" and that "no puffed-up blabbermouth could ever diminish the importance of the 1963 March on Washington or the impact of King's unforgettable words." Robinson further notes that "Beck's version of history is flat-out wrong":
The most offensive thing about the rally is Beck's in-your-face boast that the event will "reclaim the civil rights movement." But this is just a bunch of nonsense -- too incoherent to really offend. Beck makes the false assertion that the struggle for civil rights was about winning "equal justice," not "social justice" -- in other words, that there was no economic component to the movement. He claims that today's liberals, through such initiatives as health-care reform, are somehow "perverting" King's dream.
But Beck's version of history is flat-out wrong. The full name of the event at which King spoke 47 years ago was the "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom." Among its organizers was labor leader A. Philip Randolph, the founder of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and a vice president of the AFL-CIO, who gave a speech describing the injustice of "a society in which 6 million black and white people are unemployed and millions more live in poverty."
Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), then an official of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, was the youngest speaker at the march. "We march today for jobs and freedom, but we have nothing to be proud of, for hundreds and thousands of our brothers are not here -- for they have no money for their transportation, for they are receiving starvation wages," he told the crowd. Referring to proposed civil rights legislation, Lewis said: "We need a bill that will provide for the homeless and starving people of this nation. We need a bill that will ensure the equality of a maid who earns five dollars a week in the home of a family whose total income is $100,000 a year."
Glenn Beck recently lashed out at civil rights leaders who accused him of "hijacking" the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement. Though Beck claims he isn't "hijacking" King's legacy in "any way, shape, or form," he has repeatedly attempted to co-opt both King and the civil rights movement to promote his upcoming 8-28 rally and other political causes.
In an August 25 Washington Post op-ed, Martin Luther King III discussed Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally planned to take place on the anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington and Martin Lulther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. Writing that "it is clear from the timing and location that the rally's organizers present this event as also honoring the ideals and contributions of Martin Luther King Jr.," he stated, "I would like to be clear about what those ideals are." From the op-ed:
Although he was a profoundly religious man, my father did not claim to have an exclusionary "plan" that laid out God's word for only one group or ideology. He marched side by side with members of every religious faith. Like Abraham Lincoln, my father did not claim that God was on his side; he prayed humbly that he was on God's side.
He did, however, wholeheartedly embrace the "social gospel." His spiritual and intellectual mentors included the great theologians of the social gospel Walter Rauschenbush and Howard Thurman. He said that any religion that is not concerned about the poor and disadvantaged, "the slums that damn them, the economic conditions that strangle them and the social conditions that cripple them[,] is a spiritually moribund religion awaiting burial." In his "Dream" speech, my father paraphrased the prophet Amos, saying, "We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream."
I pray that all Americans will embrace the challenge of social justice and the unifying spirit that my father shared with his compatriots. With this commitment, we can begin to find new ways to reach out to one another, to heal our divisions, and build bridges of hope and opportunity benefiting all people. In so doing, we will not merely be seeking the dream; we will at long last be living it.
On the August 10 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends, the hosts reported on a group of students from the Young America's Foundation who began singing the national anthem on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and were asked to stop, and move on by a security guard. Needless to say, this led to outrage on the part of the hosts and their guest, Fox News judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano:
Of course, despite their outrage, the incident had nothing to do with the national anthem. As a FoxNews.com article makes clear, the park asks all visitors to refrain from performances at the memorial in an attempt to "maintain a contemplative and reverent area for the Lincoln Memorial, for the other guests and visitors." The Park Service maintains this policy "regardless of content." From FoxNews.com:
U.S. Park Police confirmed that the students were in violation of federal law and their impromptu performance constituted a demonstration in an area that must remain "completely content neutral."
"The area they were standing in and singing is an area that is restricted for this type of activity," said Sgt. David Schlosser. "The United States Park Police is absolutely content-neutral when it comes to any sort of demonstrations in these areas."