In a notably hypocritical segment on Fox & Friends, the hosts and their guest, David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network, attacked media outlets that called on Christian leaders to denounce white supremacy and the recent violence in Charlottesville, VA. Fox & Friends highlighted articles that noted that many white evangelical leaders have been silent since white supremacists in Charlottesville attacked counter-protesters on August 12 and that historically many Christians and Christian organizations have enabled systemic racism, from slavery to Jim Crow and into the current era. Co-host Pete Hegseth asked why the articles were “trying to make that link” and “rush[ing] to say” that “pastors or churches … are to blame.” Fellow co-host Abby Huntsman said that “people are pointing fingers” and “you have some journalists that are blaming white Christians.” And Brody claimed that “the fix is in, if you will, against evangelical Christians, white evangelical Christians in this country.”
For years, Fox personalities have demanded that Muslims denounce, apologize, and atone for terrorism committed by ISIS and other Muslim extremist groups, even though Muslim groups have often been quick to criticize and denounce these acts of terror. From the August 15 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
ABBY HUNTSMAN (CO-HOST): Well, David, after the horrific events on Saturday in Charlottesville, as it always happens, people are pointing fingers, wanting to blame certain groups of people for what happened. And now you have some journalists that are blaming white Christians for these violent attacks. This is a headline from The Daily Beast It says, “Time for all Christians to denounce white supremacy.” The Washington Post says this: ”After Charlottesville, will white pastors finally take racism seriously?" And, finally, The Atlantic, “How will the church reckon with Charlottesville?” What's going on here?