Fox News’ Long History of Race-Baiting
Media Matters, July 27, 2010 5:34 am ET
Howard Dean and Joan Walsh recently called out Fox News, criticizing what they called its “racist” handling of the deceptively edited Shirley Sherrod video clip. Indeed, Fox News and its personalities have a long history of aggressive race-baiting and racially charged commentary.
Walsh, Dean describe Fox as “racist,” highlight Sherrod, New Black Panthers coverage
Howard Dean: Fox acted “absolutely racist.” In a July 25 appearance on Fox Broadcasting Co.’s Fox News Sunday, former Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean told host Chris Wallace: “Let’s just be blunt about this. I don’t think Newt Gingrich is a racist, and you’re certainly not a racist, but I think Fox News did something that was absolutely racist. They took a — they had an obligation to find out what was really in the [Sherrod] clip. They have been pushing a theme of black racism with this phony Black Panther crap and this [Sherrod] business and [Justice Sonia] Sotomayor and all this other stuff.”
Walsh: “It’s true” that Sherrod is a victim of Fox racism. On the July 25 edition of CNN’s Reliable Sources, Walsh, Salon.com editor in chief, stated of Sherrod: “I’m not giving her a pass, but I think the idea that she shouldn’t be able to say Fox or Breitbart is racist is preposterous. She gets to say that because it’s true, and because, from her vantage point, it’s especially true.”
Walsh describes “Fox News’s 50-state Southern strategy.” In a July 25 Salon.com post, Walsh noted that Fox News is hyping “one ‘scary black people’ and ‘Obama’s a racist’ story after another” and wrote: “Fox News has, sadly, become the purveyor of a 50-state ‘Southern strategy,’ the plan perfected by Richard Nixon to use race to scare Southern Democrats into becoming Republicans by insisting the other party wasn’t merely trying to fight racism, but give blacks advantages over whites (Fox News boss Roger Ailes, of course, famously worked for Nixon).”