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Fox News Blames Obama for the Trayvon Martin Controversy

Last updated on March 29th, 2012 at 10:19 pm

Fox has decided that President Obama is responsible for the controversy surrounding the death of Trayvon Martin, not George Zimmerman.

Here is the video from Media Matters:

On his Fox Business program, Lou Dobbs said,

The Obama campaign tonight drawing sharp criticism on Twitter over a campaign sales tweet it sent out yesterday. The campaign advertising hooded sweatshirts for sale, just three days after President Obama chose to comment publicly on the shooting death of seventeen year old Trayvon Martin, who was wearing a hoodie when he was shot. As we reported here yesterday, it’s highly unusual for the president to comment publicly even the hundreds of shooting deaths that have taken place in his hometown of Chicago each year since he took office. They’ve gone without presidential comment. So why would his campaign suddenly advertise hooded sweatshirts in the middle of a national controversy in part created by the president himself? And the ad run by the campaign reads in part, ‘Let everyone know whose team you’re on with today’s merchandise steal, the college style hooded sweatshirt.’

According to Fox News/Business, Obama is responsible for the controversy because the president called the Trayvon Martin shooting a tragedy and pointed out the obvious fact that if he had a son, his son would look like the victim. However in the eyes of Fox News, this is proof that Obama is playing the race card. Without ever having to explicitly say it, Dobbs was suggesting that the Obama campaign was intentionally trying to profit both politically and financially off of the Trayvon Martin shooting by selling hoodies.

The problem with Lou Dobbs’ argument is that the Obama campaign is always selling hoodies. They sold hoodies the day after Trayvon Martin was gunned down. The hoodies aren’t some new addition to the Obama merchandise line. The campaign has been selling hoodies for months, and the only person playing the race card here is Lou Dobbs.

Ah, the dreaded hoodie, the real culprit in this case besides President Obama. If only Trayvon Martin wouldn’t have worn that hoodie, he would be alive today. If President Obama would not have pointed out that the shooting of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy, no one would have noticed.

It seems that the death of Trayvon Martin is everyone’s fault, except George Zimmerman. You know, the man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin. It is disgusting the way that the right has used the death of a seventeen year old young man to further their racial attacks against President Obama, and it is appalling that they would drag the name of Trayvon Martin through the mud in order to try to split America.

Fox News, conservatives, and the right will do anything to defeat President Obama, including dividing our nation along ugly racial lines.

President Obama deserves better. The American people deserve better, and most of all the young man whose life was senselessly ended definitely deserves better.

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Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements. Awards and  Professional Memberships Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and The American Political Science Association

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