The Fox News spin machine is busy this morning in the wake of terror attacks in Minnesota, New York, and New Jersey. We saw earlier how they gave Donald Trump a soap box from which to preach his persecution myth at the hands of a hostile mainstream media.
The same gang of propagandists at Fox & Friends gave St. Cloud Police Chief William Blair Anderson the opportunity to join the Trump hate chorus.
This, Chief Anderson steadfastly refused to do, telling Fox & Friends “now is not the time for us to be divisive.”
This is a flat rejection of Trump’s embrace of collective guilt made earlier on Fox & Friends:
Trump: Clinton wants to allow "100s of thousands of these same people" that have "hatred & sickness in their heart" pic.twitter.com/RHESH5Ml8h
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) September 19, 2016
Watch Chief Anderson reject hatred courtesy of Media Matters for America:
STEVE DOOCY: So, Chief, as you listen to Donald Trump talking about — of course, he would like extreme vetting going forward. I know there are close to 6,000 Somalis who live in the St. Cloud area. Do you share his concern about who is coming into the country?
POLICE CHIEF WILLIAM BLAIR ANDERSON: Well, first of all, my job is public safety. It’s not immigration policy. I can tell you that the vast majority of all of our citizens, no matter their ethnicity, are fine, hard-working people, and now is not the time for us to be divisive. We already have a very cohesive community, and I expect that this will draw us even closer together. But at the end of the day, our job is public safety, period.
AINSLEY EARHARDT: Chief, how do you work with the Somalian community there? Do you stay in touch with the imams? Because since 2007, more than 20 young Somali men have traveled from Minnesota to Somalia to join the terrorist group Al Shabaab, and Minnesota leads the nation in the number of people who have left or sought to leave the country to go and fight terrorism — or terrorists aligned with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria as well. So, how do you fight this? Because it’s a mentality that they’re learning, many of them, behind closed doors.
ANDERSON: We actually work very well not just with our East African community, but all of our community. We meet regularly with any number of people, whether they are advocates for a specific ethnicity or different cause. It’s one of things that makes St. Cloud a wonderful place to live, and I know that might sound corny, but it’s the truth. We have established and maintained a very good rapport with our East African community and our community at large.
Fox News is eager and ready to spread the Trump gospel that immigrants – particularly Muslim immigrants – carry “hatred and sickness in their heart.” Trump says he’s the cure for that, but his message seems like an awful lot of hate for somebody who claims to be rejecting hate.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.