During its prime-time lineup tonight, Fox News -- the chief production facility in the "industry of Obama-bashing" -- gave a mystifying level of attention to remarks critical of U.S. actions in Libya by Nation Of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
To begin the "opinion" portion of Fox's lineup, Glenn Beck spent an inordinate amount of time on Farrakhan's comments:
On The O'Reilly Factor, Bill O'Reilly cited Farrakhan's remarks as evidence of the left's displeasure with Obama's actions in Libya:
On Hannity, guest Cal Thomas openly wondered if Farrakhan's reference to Obama as "brother" was as "a racial brother or is it a religious brother?":
Right-wing media figures have a long history of using Farrakhan and other controversial figures in attempts to smear the president. For the record, the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors extremist groups in America, has criticized the Nation of Islam "and the deeply racist, anti-Semitic and anti-gay rhetoric of its leaders, including top minister Louis Farrakhan," which have "earned the NOI a prominent position in the ranks of organized hate."