Gibson responds to Media Matters "attack" on his "black devil"/"white devil" comment
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During the September 25 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Fox News host John Gibson responded to a recent Media Matters for America item documenting his September 21 statement that while there are "black devils stalking their streets," those protesting in support of the so-called Jena 6 only "wanna fight the white devil." Gibson said that he is being "targeted, now, by the left." He continued: "Media Matters for America, the George Soros-funded operation that feels it can criticize everybody in the media ... attacked me over this."
Earlier in the broadcast, Gibson aired an audio clip of a recent appearance by Bill Cosby, in which Cosby told African-American parents: "You have every right to go in and search [your child's bedroom]. You have every right to read on the child's wall what he or she is reading." Introducing the clip, Gibson said that Cosby addressed the "issue of kids locking their bedroom door, so their parents can't see what they're doing in there. You know, loading the clips for their nine; you know, breaking down a pound." After airing the clip, Gibson added, "The kids that Bill Cosby are talking about are in that room, behind closed doors, not privately texting their best friend, but loading the clip in their gun."
Furthermore, contrary to Gibson's assertion that Media Matters is "Soros-funded," philanthropist George Soros has never given money to Media Matters, either directly or through another organization, as has been repeatedly and exhaustively demonstrated.
From the September 25 broadcast of Fox News Radio's The John Gibson Show:
GIBSON: It seems like I'm in trouble.
ANGRY RICH: You're in the doghouse, John.
GIBSON: Yeah, I'm in the doghouse again. What did I do that was so wrong? We were talking about the Jena, Louisiana, situation, and the Reverend Al [Sharpton] heading down to Jena, when he should be doing what Bill Cosby did. Did you hear what Bill Cosby said today, Angry Rich?
ANGRY RICH: No, I didn't.
GIBSON: You didn't?
ANGRY RICH: I was too busy reading the Media Matters website about you, John.
GIBSON: Ah, well, we're going to get to that. Bill Cosby is holding one of those town hall meetings. Our friend Juan Williams was hosting it. And Cosby talking to African-American parents about how to deal with their kids and the issue of kids locking their bedroom door, so their parents can't see what they're doing in there. You know, loading the clips for their nine; you know, breaking down a pound --
ANGRY RICH: Smokin' that badass weed.
GIBSON: You can always smell that through the door, but if you're busting it up into bags, you probably can't see that.
COSBY (audio clip): Where do your children get off? "Will you please knock on my bedroom door before" -- I locked my door once. I swear to God, my father was the town drunk, but he knew that there was going to be no locked door. And he knocked -- with his foot -- and the door came apart. You have every right to go in and search. You have every right to read on the child's wall what he or she is reading.
GIBSON: Please. Hillary Clinton should be making ads like that. There's a crisis in this community. The kids that Bill Cosby are talking about are in that room, behind closed doors, not privately texting their best friend, but loading the clip in their gun.
[plays audio clip from 50 Cent's "Fully Loaded Clip"]
When Janet and Jermaine was hmm hmm kissing
I was baggin' one thousand grams in my kitchen
Puffy just tellin' Kim, I love you boo
I was shining my nine, you know how I do
GIBSON: You know how I do. You know how I do.
COSBY (audio clip): We need -- need, not want -- sure enough, real, black, teaching males.
GIBSON: Black men.
COSBY (audio clip): And the reason is, the black male student sees the mother in the home, sees the female in front of the classroom. He doesn't get a chance to see Mr. McFarland doin' the math. And so he is able to say, "That's a woman thing."
GIBSON: Math is a woman thing. Christine?
CHRISTINE: I'm not so good at math.
GIBSON: Two and two?
GIBSON: Four times nine?
CHRISTINE: Told you, I'm not so good at math. He's wrong.
GIBSON: That was a trick question. So anyway, this is all leading up to the fact that I have been targeted, now, by the left. Media Matters for America, the George Soros-funded operation that feels it can criticize everybody in the media -- is that who attacked me?
ANGRY RICH: Yes.
GIBSON: They attacked me over this. Now, it was -- we were talking about Jena, Louisiana, and the fact that so many black leaders were organizing people to go to Jena to protest the segregated school there and all the fallout that came from that. Nothing wrong with protesting a segregated school. What're they doing still segregating a school this late day in age? However, some of the cities where they were loading people up in buses have some of the worst murder rates in the country. And the people getting killed are black people. And I thought that there was a certain kind of piquant irony to the fact that we're leaving a town on buses to go protest in another town, and the town we're coming from is undergoing a wave of murder, and the victims are all black. And I said this:
[begin audio clip]
GIBSON: What's the murder number in Baltimore right now? Just up the road.
ANGRY RICH: It's hard to tell, because there are two or three more every night. I think it's hovering around a hundred and sixty.
GIBSON: And they're all young black men -- right?
ANGRY RICH: For the most part.
GIBSON: Who're being killed by young black men.
ANRGY RICH: That's right.
GIBSON: So, this is -- what they're worried about is a mirage of 1950s-style American segregation, racism from the South. They wanna fight the white devil. I -- you know, there's no -- you can't go fight the black devil. Black devils stalking their streets every night gunning down their own people -- can't go fight that. That would be snitchin'.
ANGRY RICH: New benchmark in Philly last night.
GIBSON: Philly hit three hundred.
[end audio clip]
GIBSON: Philly did hit three hundred. Baltimore at 225. New Orleans, a 149. Jacksonville, Florida, 110. D.C., 137. L.A. city, 287. L.A. county, 225. New York City, five times bigger than Philly, has only 40 more murders. Something is going wrong in the black community, and what is the reaction from the people who say they support the black community?
AUDIO CLIP: The War Against Gibson Continues!
GIBSON: They launch a war against me. Did I get called a racist again?
ANGRY RICH: Yes.
GIBSON: How many times in a given week am I called a racist these days?
ANGRY RICH: Often.
GIBSON: More days than -- more times than there are days in the week, right?
CHARLES BARRON (New York City councilman, audio clip): The murder rate in the cities are irrelevant to 21st century Jim Crowism, 21st century racism. Why can't you just deal straight up with racism without talking about the murder in some cities? Listen, you're not making sense. You're a protector of racism -- let the guest talk, John, be nice. You're a stone racist. You're worse -- the worst part about you -- not only are you a racist, you're a protector of racism. You are definitely a racist. You need therapy. You need racial therapy. You need racial therapy. You need racial therapy. You need --
GIBSON: Triple eight --
BARRON: -- racial therapy. Yeah, you need to have racial therapy --
GIBSON: Triple eight --
BARRON: --'cause you're not in touch with your racism. You're in denial of it --
GIBSON: Triple eight --
BARRON: --which is why it continues to come out on your program.
GIBSON: Triple-eight 788-9910. Is Gibson a racist for saying Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson and Charles Barron are more worried about a noose hanging from a tree in Louisiana than the fact that there's 300 dead black kids in Philadelphia?
BARRON: You're just a racist.
GIBSON: Am I the racist here? Am I -- am I the problem? The whitest man in America -- am I the racist? Triple eight --
AUDIO CLIP: The whitest man in America is the black man's best friend.
GIBSON: That's right. That's true. Triple eight, 788-9910. I say Cosby's on my side. Can we reach him? Triple eight, 788-9910. They say I'm the racist. OMG. How could that be? It's Gibson on Fox.