Howard Dean Calls Out Fox News for Pushing Phony Racist Crap

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Howard Dean was on Fox News Sunday this morning, where he blasted the network for what he called racist, phony, crap stories. Dean said, “I think Fox News did something that was absolutely racist…They have been pushing a theme of black racism with this phony Black Panther crap, and this business, and Sotomayor and all this other stuff.”

Here is the video courtesy of Media Matters:

Dean said, “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 had an obligation to find out what was really in the clip. They have been pushing a theme of black racism with this phony Black Panther crap, and this business, and Sotomayor and all this other stuff. Look, the Tea Party called out their racist fringe, and the Republican Party has got to stop appealing to its racist fringe, and Fox News is what did that. You put that on.”

A whole lot of people including some Fox News viewers agree with all the points that Howard Dean made. Fox News is finally getting called out for their endless race baiting. The network is guided by ideological, not journalistic principles, and Dean was correct to tie their Shirley Sherrod story to other instances of race baiting at FNC. The Fox News spin is that they did nothing wrong. They were responsible in their coverage, and according to Glenn Beck, Fox News got the story right. If by getting the story right, he means getting it completely wrong then he is correct. FNC has also claimed that they are the real victims of racism, not Shirley Sherrod.

Now is the time for everyone with a voice to be decrying the racist tactics of Fox News. The strategy to open up old wounds and divide America based on race has been going on since the 2008 general election campaign. Republicans believe that if they can divide this country along racial lines, they can turn the 2012 presidential election into a tossup. The reality is the GOP base, which consists of white male voters, is so solidly outnumbered, that the end result of this strategy could actually be shrinkage in support for the GOP. Howard Dean showed some real guts by calling out Fox News on their own program, and now is the time to turn up the heat in order to ensure that their attempts at the ugly politics of racism do not divide us

3 Replies to “Howard Dean Calls Out Fox News for Pushing Phony Racist Crap”

  1. John Dean is on the money in this instance. It’s long past time FOX Noise was held accountable for their cynical use of race to divide Americans. The Black Panther issue was bad enough, but their personal victimization of Shirley Sherrod was over the top.
    Breitbart was clearly trying to stir up trouble, and he wanted the tape of the NAACP meeting edited to fulfill a particular purpose which was to appeal to white grievances.
    I sincerely hope people’s eyes are open as to which political party FOX is trying to assist in both the 2010 and 2012 elections.

  2. Kudos to Howard Dean! It’s past time for a pushback on FOX News et al.

    My frustration with the Democrats’ seeming inability to exert some modicum of control over their message to the public has been building for several reasons.

    —-Consider the Sherrod debacle, for example: Andrew Breitbart smeared Sherrod with his deceptively edited tape for the obvious purpose of inflicting damage on the NAACP and the Obama administration. After the initial outcry, “progressive” bloggers slammed PO and Vilsack relentlessly for days and days. For every one blog post criticizing Breitbart, there were ten or more criticizing PO and Vilsack.

    Meanwhile, Breitbart enjoyed the spectacle of the left and the media running like rats after his Pied Piper whistle of “racism” —- His slimy stunt eclipsed the meager coverage of PO’s historical legislation on financial reform passing this week.

    —-Consider the results of a recent 2010 Gallup poll: people described themselves as “conservative” greater than 2:1 over “liberal.”

    Yet, many Dems can’t understand why the current administration hasn’t immediately implemented the totality of progressive ideas on health, climate, financial systems etc. When I prepared for a marathon, I didn’t expect to run 26 miles in my first week of training. Similarly, the country has to brought along in a more graduated fashion than many progressives would like. It’s the freaking political reality.

    —-Consider the GOP’s (with the help of Fox et al) 24/7 propaganda stream about the current administration: “PO is an ultra-liberal socialist who’s trying to take away all our rights with big government. Everything is PO’s fault. PO is a weak president who’s compromising our national security.” and on and on.

    What are the Dems doing to counteract this propaganda? Very little. The majority of liberal posts or articles start like this: “PO needs to do X.” — or “PO’s problem is Y.” — “PO shows weakness on Z.”

    Except for not reinforcing the GOP’s meme that PO is a “liberal socialist,” the Dems are very nicely reinforcing much of the rest of the GOP’s propaganda that he’s weak, unsuccessful in his agenda, and everything is his fault. No wonder the public at large is starting to believe it.

    I’m not saying that the Obama administration shouldn’t be held accountable or even pushed, but it amazes me to no end how willing progressives are to gnaw endlessly on this President’s every perceived flaw when the GOP is gathering itself to take back control of Washington. Time to face reality. Time to face facts. Time to FIGHT the true regressive forces and enemies of this country’s stability and freedoms. As Michelle Bachmann said, when the GOP takes back control of the government, they want to spend all their time reversing PO’s legislative efforts, and “issuing subpoenas” to investigate the current administration. Pretty grim.

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