Fox News Demands an Apology for Being Called Racist

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Fox News’ Brit Hume delivered a commentary on Special Report with Bret Baier, where demanded that the media apologize to Fox News for calling them racist. Fox wants an apology from the NAACP, Howard Dean, and Shirley Sherrod. Hume said, “You might think all this would be the stuff of further apologies.”

Here is the video courtesy of Media Matters:

Hume said, “As victims of unfair media treatment go, Shirley Sherrod got off easy. Within 24 hours or so from her forced resignation from the agriculture department, she’s been apologized to, offered a new job, and later even got a call from the president himself. All of this the result of a truncated Internet videotape that made it appear she had once done less than her best for a white farmer because of his race. It was unfair, and the apologies were deserved, but the initial rush to judge Sherrod was not the only rush to judgment in this affair.”

Hume then went in circles trying to spin away FNC’s responsibility for this, “Consider, Sherrod herself said she was ordered last Monday to resign immediately by a senior Agriculture official who said Sherrod was going to be on Glenn Beck’s Fox program that night. In fact, Beck did not say a word about Sherrod until the next night when he defended her. Bill O’Reilly called for her to step down on Monday, but by her account she had already quit before he spoke, and O’Reilly apologized the next night. Indeed, Shirley Sherrod was not mentioned on Fox News Channel or Foxnews.com either until after the Obama administration had forced her out, and no news as opposed to opinion broadcast on Fox ever accused Sherrod of racism, but she blamed Fox and accused the network of racism, so did numerous others including the NAACP, and former Democratic Chairman Howard Dean on Fox News Sunday though it became clear from Chris Wallace’s question that Dean had no idea what the facts were. You might think all this would be the stuff of further apologies. Somehow, I’m not holding my breath.”

By the way, Glenn Beck apologized to Shirley Sherrod by calling her a Marxist:

The Fox News spin on this is that it was all Breitbart’s fault. They really didn’t do anything wrong. They broke out the old news versus opinion defense, and Shirley Sherrod and others who called out FNC’s pattern of race baiting and pushing fake stories owe Fox an apology. What Hume leaves out of this little fairy tale is Fox’s own responsibility for gleefully pushing a racist angle on a phony story.

The idea that Fox didn’t run with the story until after Sherrod resigned is a flat out lie. Media Matters reported that, on July 20 Fox News.com took credit for Sherrod’s resignation, “The Agriculture Department announced Monday, shortly after FoxNews.com published its initial report on the video, that Sherrod had resigned.” (Don’t bother looking for the original, FNC edited the story the next day and removed that line).

Fox News wants an apology for some in the media finally growing a pair and calling them out for what they are trying to do. If this was the first time Fox News had done something like this then maybe it could be viewed as an isolated incident, but with the ACORN, Van Jones, and the Black Panthers stories, Fox News has built up a track record of race baiting through false reporting, but maybe Mr. Hume is on to something in terms of apologies? I still haven’t heard Fox News apologize to Shirley Sherrod, so I would suggest that until Fox News can apologize to Sherrod, no apologies should be forthcoming to them.

13 Replies to “Fox News Demands an Apology for Being Called Racist”

  1. The most perverse aspect of Hume’s demands for an apology is that the Sherrod incident is just the latest in a long string of similar race-baiting manipulations by FOX News, as you pointed out. Not an isolated incident, which may have given pause for consideration of an apology.

    FOX has an established pattern of using race and racism for political ends against the current administration. Dean was correct and courageous for pointing it out.

  2. Man! This is rich. Apologize to Fox? Ha! They work 24/7/365 to spread lies for right wing political gain and someone is supposed to apologize to them?

  3. Gee I guess that having Glenn Beck and Sean Hanity spending hours trashing her on their radio shows means that its ONLY their TV personalities that are not racist!

    Brit you have become a joke and are losing credibility daily!

  4. No, FOX Noise, it’s YOU who are sorry, meaning contemptible. You have become synonymous with dishonesty, dishonor, and delusional feelings of paranoia through your own actions and words. You have come to represent the absolute bottom of the barrel as far as America is concerned by appealing to what’s worst in Americans. In your well-known quest to thwart this presidency, you have stirred up racial animosity by projecting your own collective racism onto others. You have the audacity to call for an apology from the NAACP for their truthful observations about the Tea Party. After destroying ACORN with lies and distortions, you smeared a woman who was not being racist but talking about a redemptive episode in her life and turned her worlde upside down to further your destructive agenda. Your lack of basic decency, and your inhumanity, cause you to demand an apology from this woman you tried to destroy in order to discredit the president. In fact, you also owe an apology to the NAACP. They dropped the ball here because in their haste to show intolerance toward racism directed as whites, they listened to you and acted too hastily in calling out Ms. Sherrod. It’s too much like doing right to expect you to apologize to people you hurt with lies and hatred. That’s because YOU are too sorry to do the right thing.

  5. What’s wrong with this picture? Maybe its Fox trying to re-frame it so that all their racist baiting and abetting falls just outside frame where they think no one notices? maybe.

  6. well, let’s face it. Either Fox news has lost some face and needs to get it back for its people( followers), or they are strengthening their position by making others kowtow to them. If anyone falls for this they will only make Fox news look better to the loyal minions.

    I don’t blame this whole mess on Fox News, I blame it on Andrew Breitbart. But as everyone has noted Fox news help it along. As well as pushing the three Black Panthers story result out that Fox news is tying race to the president.

    Screw em. Let them set there and soak in their own hate

  7. Did Fox news forget that Glen Beck accused the President of the United States of being a racist and hating white people? Beck had no proof, but Fox allowed the statement to stand as declared on the morning news program. Fox spreads hate and fear so it’s ridiculous to react to being called a racist when that’s what you do and represent. The real problem with Fox news is that’s it’s extremely destructive to this country to promote racism and pretend that you’re reporting the news!

  8. I’d say it will be a cold day in hell before I said something that was a lie to Fox the racism baiters. Hell no.

  9. Fox News can’t be serious…asking for an apology? Have they lost their minds over there? With all the hate and divisive comments coming from their commentators and guests and they expect another to apologize to them for calling them out about being racist, which is true? Get real, Phony (Fox) News! You owe an apology to the world and that includes President Obama for all of your slanderous comments toward him and his administration. When and if you do apologize for your ungodly actions and behavior against President Obama and his administration, then everyone else will do the same towards you. How about that? Until then, you and your evil news program can go to he11.

  10. No. They haven’t lost their minds. This is THE REPUB PARTY in a nutshell!
    THE ARROGANCE OF THIS PARTY IS FRICKEN ASTOUNDING! Just astounding! They really believe their own LIES! MINDBOGGLING!!!!

  11. As Ben Kingsly when playing Mohandas Gandhi said: “If you are a minority of one, the Truth is still the Truth.” As I have heard over again since my youth, “If the shoe fits, wear it.” A rock is a rock, regardless of pecific genrie. Whether we say it or not, ‘Fox-Noise’ is racist and anti-American; most people in America are not the top 10% earners or top 10% wealthiest persons, but most Americans, 90% of Americans, to ‘Fox-Noise’ are nothing evan less than nothing. Right-wingers are gready, self-righteous, unGodly, hypocrits, who may “honor God with their lips, but not with their hearts,” assuming they have hearts. As it is written, the “heathen know how to love their own little circle, but we are to love each other as God loves us.” “Woe unto those at ‘Fox-Noise’ they have received their reward.” “Many who are first, will, (and deserve to ) be last.” “Ten Maidians will all come to me (full of faith), five are condemed already, for when I was hungry they gave me no food, etc. When they denied the least of my brotheren, they denied me. Not all who call on the Lord will be saved, only those who do the will of God.” “A bad tree brings forth bad fruit.” “God is the same, today, from the start and for all eternity.” ‘Fox-Noise’ is racist and Un-American, We might as well say it, because for the most part, it is so.

  12. As Ben Kingsly when playing Mohandas Gandhi said: “If you are a minority of one, the Truth is still the Truth.” As I have heard over again since my youth, “If the shoe fits, wear it.” A rock is a rock, regardless of pecific genrie. Whether we say it or not, ‘Fox-Noise’ is racist and anti-American; most people in America are not the top 10% earners or top 10% wealthiest persons, but most Americans, 90% of Americans, to ‘Fox-Noise’ are nothing evan less than nothing. Right-wingers are gready, self-righteous, unGodly, hypocrits, who may “honor God with their lips, but not with their hearts,” assuming they have hearts. As it is written, the “heathen know how to love their own little circle, but we are to love each other as God loves us.” “Woe unto those at ‘Fox-Noise’ they have received their reward.” “Many who are first, will, (and deserve to ) be last.” “Ten Maidians will all come to me (full of faith), five are condemed already, for when I was hungry they gave me no food, etc. When they denied the least of my brotheren, they denied me. Not all who call on the Lord will be saved, only those who do the will of God.” “A bad tree brings forth bad fruit.” “God is the same, today, from the start and for all eternity.” ‘Fox-Noise’ is racist and Un-American, We might as well say it, because for the most part, it is so.

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