Message to FOX: Stop promoting racism!

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Via Media Matters for America:

Yesterday, John Stossel took to the air on Fox News to defend the right to discriminate based on race. Yes, you just read that correctly. On Megyn Kelly’s Fox News show, Fox News employee John Stossel said:

“Private businesses ought to get to discriminate. And I won’t won’t ever go to a place that’s racist and I will tell everybody else not to and I’ll speak against them. But it should be their right to be racist.”

Stossel is only the latest in a long line of Fox News personalities to divide America along racial lines, and it needs to stop. We need to send a message loud and clear — first to Fox, and if it’s unwilling to listen, to the sponsors who support it:

Enough is enough: Stop promoting racism on your network.

But Stossel didn’t just argue for the right to discriminate. He went a step further, suggesting the “public accommodations” section of the Civil Rights Act should be repealed, thus allowing businesses to practice racial discrimination. This is the section of the law that prohibits a lunch counter from refusing to serve African-Americans — a practice which was commonplace when the law was passed.

President Obama Admits He’s Black

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FOX News remains very disappointed by this reality.

It is official: Barack Obama is the nation’s first black president.

A White House spokesman confirmed that Mr. Obama, the son of a black father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas, checked African-American on the 2010 census questionnaire.

The president, who was born in Hawaii and raised there and in Indonesia, had more than a dozen options in responding to Question 9, about race. He chose “Black, African Am., or Negro.” (The anachronistic “Negro” was retained on the 2010 form because the Census Bureau believes that some older blacks still refer to themselves that way.)

There’s more…

Worth Repeating

Look, I’m a talk show host, I am totally for talk show hosts almost getting away with almost anything they say, on the radio particularly. But I’m amazed at how much Fox lets Glenn Beck get away with. I think he is a ticking time bomb, and one day he’s going to explode in the face of Roger Ailes, and they’re going to be sorry they gave him that television show.

—Radio talk show host Bill Press.

Pinky and the (Not Much of a) Brain

At first I did not want to do a post about this.

I didn’t want to write about one more example — this one as bizarre as they come — of the deplorable state of our political discourse. This story is about an argument that turned violent, costing a 65 year-old anti-health reform man his pinky finger. It was allegedly bitten off by a pro-reform individual outside a health care forum.

I changed my mind after reading this little nugget on TPM. It’s about an interview granted by the victim to FOX’s Neil Cavuto:

Rice also said he won’t sue, he’ll turn and run if he sees the biter again, and that he thinks there’s “something much more devious than health care” at play in our national debate. “I think health care is how we are being diverted while the government grabs what’s left of our freedom away from us.”

To be fair, Rice added a few minutes later that “I’m medicated right now.”

Emphasis mine. First, the focus on health care is just a diversionary tactic to take away our freedoms. Get it? It’s another conspiracy uncovered by a right-winger. I’ve lost count of the amount of theories by now. Second, the anti-reform guy whose finger was beaten-off by a pro-reformer is on drugs! And he admits it to Neil Cavuto, on the air!

There are some real gems in this interview, like:

Neil: “Bill, you gave an appendage!”

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