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  • 8 Ways Right-Wing Media Exploited The Brussels Terror Attacks

    ››› ››› CRISTINA LOPEZ & JULIE ALDERMAN

    Right-wing media quickly exploited the terrorist attacks in Brussels by stoking fears about the U.S. refugee vetting process, calling for the profiling of Muslims, stoking anti-immigrant sentiments, hyping anti-Muslim fears, blaming political correctness for the victims of terrorism, crediting Donald Trump with being "right" when he said Brussels was turning into a "hell hole," calling for torture and waterboarding, and criticizing President Obama.

  • Ted Cruz Celebrates Super Tuesday With Bigoted Radio Host Michael Berry

    Blog ››› ››› ANDREW LAWRENCE

    Texas radio host Michael Berry posted a picture of himself and Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) backstage following Cruz's Republican primary victories in Texas and Oklahoma.

    Houston's KPRC reported that Cruz watched the election results from Berry's "Redneck Country Club" which was identified as his "campaign headquarters." Berry's relationship with Cruz goes back more than twenty years and Berry even introduced Cruz on stage in Iowa the night before the caucuses.

    As a radio host, Berry has become known for his racially charged rhetoric, including describing black people as "jungle animals," regularly hosting a comedian in blackface whose stage name is "Shirley Q. Liquor," claiming that "black people don't believe that black lives matter."

  • Cruz Campaign Will Host Super Tuesday Watch Party At Venue Of Radio Host With Long History Of Bigoted Rhetoric

    Blog ››› ››› DANIEL ANGSTER

    The Houston area "Redneck County Club" will host the Super Tuesday watch party tonight of Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz. The venue was founded by the Texas radio host Michael Berry, whose history of bigoted rhetoric and programming has not prevented the senator from welcoming his longtime friendship and support.

    Houston's KPRC reported that the Cruz campaign will be watching the results from Stafford, TX, and identified Berry's bar and music venue as the "campaign headquarters." An online invitation to the Stafford watch party from the Cruz campaign confirmed the site of "Ted Cruz Election Night Watch Party" is the Red Neck Country Club.

    Cruz's decision to use Berry's club as his election watch party venue comes as no surprise as Cruz and Berry have been friends for "over twenty years." Berry's radio show -- The Michael Berry Show -- is often packed with racially inflammatory language. The host has referred to black people as "jungle animals" and often mocks black victims of Chicago's gun violence. He regularly rejects civil rights advocacy and once said in response to the Black Lives Matter movement, "the dirty little secret is black people don't believe that black lives matter." The host also often hosts a blackface comedian, whose stage name is "Shirley Q. Liquor," to portray racist stereotypes of African-American women.

    Berry also uses social media to share images that often portray black people as criminals and promote white people as more law abiding.

    The country music-themed club where Cruz will reportedly watch the Super Tuesday results advertises itself as both a live music venue and a restaurant where "good people" can be around other "like-minded people." One of the attractions of the bar is a full-size replica of the General Lee car, which boasts a Confederate battle flag spanning the roof. Berry's affinity for the confederate flag goes beyond nostalgia for the Dukes of Hazard. During the debate over the flag's place in front of South Carolina's state capital following the murder of nine black worshipers at a historical black church in Charleston, SC, Berry said the flag simply represented the "heritage of the state." The host criticized those calling for the removal of the flag, asking if the shooter in South Carolina had been Muslim would society "outlaw the Koran? Outlaw the mosque? Would we outlaw the prayer rug?"

  • Trump Isn't The Only GOP Candidate Backed By Bigots

    ››› ››› TIMOTHY JOHNSON

    While media cover ongoing controversy surrounding GOP front-runner Donald Trump's refusal to clearly disavow the Ku Klux Klan, the bigoted history of some of Republican hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz's prominent endorsers is receiving less scrutiny. Cruz is endorsed by both Tony Perkins, who has past ties to former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke, and Gun Owners of America (GOA), an extremist group that gave money to a white supremacist organization. He is also often touted by conservative radio host Michael Berry, who has compared black teens to "jungle animals" among other racially charged comments.

  • Cruz Surrogate Michael Berry Continues To Mock Victims Of Chicago Gun Violence

    ››› ››› DANIEL ANGSTER & KATHRYN KARMAZYN

    Nationally syndicated radio host Michael Berry has continued his weekly segments mocking victims of Chicago's gun violence, with his latest piece berating the Chicago community for "black-on-black" crime and railing against the Black Lives Matter movement. Berry has continued these segments while he has become more involved with longtime friend Ted Cruz's presidential campaign.

  • Extremist Radio Hosts Rally For Ted Cruz On The Eve Of The Iowa Caucuses

    Blog ››› ››› DANIEL ANGSTER

    In one of the last rallies before the Iowa caucuses, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) allowed right-wing radio hosts, Glenn Beck, Michael Berry,and Steve Deace, to introduce him, despite their records of espousing extreme rhetoric.

    Cruz's rally featured seven speakers including anti-gay activists like CEO of The Family Leader Bob Vander Plaats and Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson as well as Iowa's Rep. Steve King (R). However, it was the presence of radio hosts Glenn Beck, Michael Berry, and Steve Deace which best illustrated the divisive nature of Cruz's platform.

    Beck, once of Fox News fame and now a television and radio host on The Blaze, previously caused controversy due to his claim that President Obama is a "racist" with "a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture." The host has been criticized in the past for his use of Nazi imagery, his history of violent rhetoric and for making outlandish claims like blaming President Obama for the November terrorist attack in Paris. Beck announced his endorsement of Cruz in January, making Cruz the first candidate he has officially endorsed in his broadcast career.

    Iowa based radio host Steve Deace began supporting Cruz early in this election cycle and endorsed Cruz in August, saying he has a "commitment to our principals." Since his endorsement Deace has written at least 24 articles trumpeting Cruz, advised the candidate before debates, and appeared in a lengthy campaign ad for Cruz.

    Deace's brand of extremism centers around a plethora of anti-gay ideas. Deace coined the phrase "rainbow jihad" to describe advocates for LGBT rights -- a phrase which Cruz paraphrased claiming "the jihad ... going after people of faith who respect the biblical teaching that marriage is the union of one man and one woman." Deace's extreme views have led him to write about a hypothetical conversation with Jesus in which he claims to show Obama is not a Christian and an article which suggested divorce could make children gay. Deace has recently pushed the conspiracy theory that Obama may not leave the White House when his term is up in January 2017.

    Rounding out Cruz's radio host speakers was Michael Berry, a supporter of Cruz's senate bid and "friend for over ten years." Much of Berry's show revolves around stoking the flames of racial tension. The host often undermines the intentions behind the Black Lives Matter movement, claiming "black lives matter, just not to black people" and that white people don't kill people the way black people do. Comedian Chuck Knipp, a frequent guest of Berry's, performs in blackface as "Shirley Q. Liquor" to mock racial stereotypes of black people.

    Most egregious is Berry's weekly segment dedicated to mocking victims of gun violence in Chicago. Every Monday the host reads the "butcher bill," reciting the names of those shot while mocking their names and the circumstances in which they were wounded or killed. Berry has claimed that the segment is sponsored by Black Lives Matter.

  • What Conservative Media Get Wrong About The Link Between Gun Safety And Terrorism Prevention

    ››› ››› TIMOTHY JOHNSON

    Conservative media are attacking President Obama for saying in his Oval Office address on terror that Congress should limit the availability of assault weapons and the ability of people on terror watch lists to legally purchase firearms, claiming his "entirely out of place" reference to gun legislation was an attempt to "shift the conversation" and "attack the Second Amendment." In fact, the discussion of guns was pertinent to terrorism in the United States because 95 percent of U.S. terrorism fatalities since 9/11 have been the result of gunfire and Al Qaeda has urged its followers to exploit America's weak gun laws to carry out attacks.

  • TX Radio Host Michael Berry: "Guns Don't Kill People, Muslims Do"

    Blog ››› ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF

    From the December 7 edition of iHeartRadio's The Michael Berry Show:

    BERRY: After spending the last several days talking about gun control, we knew Obama was going to tie ISIS to it. And he didn't disappoint saying, quote, "To begin with, Congress should act to make sure no one on a no-fly list is able to buy a gun." Well, guess what? Boston bombers, Nadal Hasan -- a U.S. army major -- and these two, were not on a no-fly list. So what is the point of your no-fly list? Which, by the way, is unconstitutional.

    Then he goes on, "What could possibly be the argument for allowing a terrorist suspect to buy a semi-automatic weapon? This is a matter of national security. We also need to make it harder for people to buy powerful assault weapons like the ones that were used in San Bernadino." That is not a powerful assault weapon! Can we stop with that already? He goes on, "I know there are some who reject any gun safety measures, but the fact is that our intelligence and our law enforcement agencies -- no matter how effective they are -- cannot identify every would-be mass shooter. Whether that individual is motivated by ISIL," stop saying ISIL, it's ISIS, "or some other hateful ideology, what we can do and must do is make it harder for them to kill." Neither, none of these folks have been on no-fly lists. And by the way, they were living in the state with the strongest gun control in the country. The tightest, the strictist. So how well did that work?

    Guns don't kill people, Muslims do.

    Previously:

    Berry On Proposed New Mosque In New York: "I Hope Somebody Blows it Up"

    Berry Aired Skit That Mocked Muslims And Joked About "Forced Genital Mutilation"

  • The Other Face Of iHeartMedia, The Company Behind "A Concert For Progress On Race In America"

    iHeartMedia Subsidiary, Premiere Networks, Syndicates Some Of The Worst Race-Baiters In The Business Who Have Belittled Recent Civil Rights Movements

    ››› ››› SALVATORE COLLELUORI, DANIEL ANGSTER & MICHAELA HALNON

    In the aftermath of the Charleston, SC shooting, iHeartMedia is planning a concert to "kick off A+E Networks' campaign to confront issues of race, and promote unity and progress on racial equity." However, a large part of iHeartMedia's brand is built on its syndication of several right-wing radio hosts -- Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, and Michael Berry -- who consistently take racially inflammatory positions on their shows and denigrate civil rights advocacy.

  • Right-Wing Media Bemoan University Of Missouri President's Resignation: His Only Crime Was "Being A White Man"

    ››› ››› KATIE SULLIVAN

    Right-wing media sharply criticized the resignation of University of Missouri President Timothy M. Wolfe after a wave of protests over racial tensions erupted on the university's flagship campus. Several conservative media figures attacked the protesters, calling them "thugs" and a "mob," and claimed that Wolfe was "forced to resign" for the "crime of being a white male."

  • TX Radio Host Michael Berry Calls Protesting MU Football Players "Thugs," Compares Ex-MU President To Neville Chamberlain

    Berry: "This Is A Country Built On Merit And Accomplishments And If You Don't Want To Play By Those Rules, You Don't Get To Be On The Team. Shut Up About Race Already."

    Blog ››› ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF

    During the November 9 episode of The Michael Berry Show, Texas-based radio host Michael Berry commented on the University of Missouri president's resignation after students claimed the administration was not doing enough to address racial tension on campus. Berry said that by resigning the president was"pandering" to "thugs" who should be grateful for their opportunity and should "shut their mouth and play football."

    Berry claimed the football players' participation in the call for more to be done about racist symbols and comments on campus were a distraction from the team's lackluster on-field performance. Berry criticized both the university president and the football players, saying that the university president resigned because, "The old white man didn't want to be attacked by the young black football players" and claimed the players should be more grateful for the "opportunity to try out for the NFL wearing the University of Missouri uniform."

    Berry continued saying Missouri has "a problem of culture, a problem of priorities, and you got a problem of pandering." Berry also warned that Missouri's reaction to the protests were like "Neville Chamberlain [who] became the illustration of what is wrong when you pander to a bully" -- citing the British Prime Minister often criticized for unsuccessfully appeasing Hitler in the lead up to World War II.

    MICHAEL BERRY: So now the president of the university has resigned. Now, think of the message this sends. Talk about the tail wagging the dog. The football players at the University of Missouri? The football players decide who the president will be? An institution of higher learning -- you're doing research on molecular biology that may lead to a cure for cancer. You're doing aeronautical research, you're doing chemical research, molecular biology research. You're educating how many thousand people? And you're letting a few thugs decide who your president will be?

    Good, you do have a problem. But it's far bigger than the creative shaping of poop by somebody on your campus. You got a major problem with your priorities. If you can't rein in a few football players to shut their mouth and play football, else they lose their scholarship? You've got a real problem on your hands. You've got a problem of culture. You've got a problem of priorities, and you've got a problem of pandering.

    And let me tell you something. As Neville Chamberlain became the illustration of what is wrong when you pander to a bully, there will be no peace in your time at the University of Missouri. This will not be the last time this group of thugs flexes their muscles. You can rest assured on that. When you pander to a bully you empower that bully, you feed that bully. He will grow bigger and stronger. And bullies are only effective when they have power to exercise. There will come another day and you will face off against that bully in a bigger battlefield. You've just made a huge mistake. The country continues to make a huge mistake on university campuses, workplaces, schools, the military. This is a country built on merit and accomplishments and if you don't want to play by those rules, you don't get to be on the team. Shut up about race already.

    Berry has criticized civil rights protests by mocking the Black Lives Matter movement in a weekly segment satirizing shooting victims in Chicago in his attempt to prove his claim that "black lives matter, just not to black people." In addition, he has previously attacked African-American UCLA students who called for improved diversity on campus, calling them "pack animals" and saying they need to "get the F over themselves."