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Monday, August 21, 2017

WATCH: Fox News Panics Over ‘Black Panther’ Intimidation

No longer content to use dog whistles in its coverage of the 2012 campaign, Fox News sounded a racial foghorn this morning in its Election Day coverage.

On “Fox & Friends” this morning, co-host Steve Doocy and legal analyst Peter Johnson Jr. were shocked to learn that a black man was “standing guard outside a polling place in Philadelphia.”

“He’s in some kind of semi-military pose,” Johnson warned. “If someone stands at the poll in a way that appears to be intimidating, it is intimidating” he continued, while the video showed the man smiling and holding the door open for two women on their way to vote.

The man in the video is reportedly a member of the New Black Panther Party — a group over which the right wing has obsessed since the 2008 election, when Fox News (among other right-wing media outlets) pushed the narrative that Barack Obama won with the help of the group’s intimidation tactics. Unsurprisingly,  the “facts” surrounding the scandal never added up.

If Fox News were really interested in voter intimidation, it wouldn’t have to look far for a legitimate story. Today a Pennsylvania judge was forced to issue an order preventing Republicans poll “observers” from demanding that voters show their ID before entering the polling place, which is not required by the law. Unless any of those observers adopted a “semi-military pose,” however, you probably won’t see that story on “Fox & Friends” any time soon.

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11 Responses to WATCH: Fox News Panics Over ‘Black Panther’ Intimidation

  1. Is there anything that does not freighten the pants off these cretins? Fear of the black man, fear of the uterus, fear of Planned Parenthood, fear of Big Bird…and on and on. The time has come for these folks to man up, grow a pair and take part in our democracy in a positive manner. I can hope can’t I?

    • This is pure projection, part of the right-wing mental illness that’s been going on for years. In this case, as in virtually every other sensational accusation, the claim is far more true of the wing-nuts making it than of their intended targets, even (or especially) in those very few cases where the claim has even the flimsiest basis in fact when made against liberals (those who fit this political classification are so rare that most of the accusations are absurd on their face, anyway).

  2. Fox news is one of the stations biggest liars on tv just like willard romney refuse to show his income tax for 6 years , he is a cult leader in the mormon church . they have a book of mormons
    it is not a bible .joseph smith said he found golden tablets in Mo . that is one of the biggest lies i ever read . one day willard mitt will find out when he stands before Jesus.

    • These guys can’t help their idiocy. They still buy into the post-civil war myth that all black men want to rape (yep, that term again – they do appear to be fascinated with it) their wimmin folk, and kill all their men folk. It worked for Bedford Forrest in 1867 and it is working for Karl Rove in 2012.

      My theory is that these guys have spent so much time and money denigrating the entire Black Culture (except for their pets – Herman Cain, Michelle Malkin, Thomas Sowell, Clarence Thomas, JC Watts) that they have been living in terror of a Mau-Mau style uprising since Barak Obama first won the election in 2008.

      Rigged voter machines, restrictions on times and locations to vote, requiring more positive identification to get a voter ID than it takes to enlist in the Navy’s nuclear power or nuclear weapons programs, putting up signs that threaten voter fraud with prison only in Black neighborhoods, and finally my personal favorite – red lining. And don’t tell me that they don’t because it is illegal, too – if the family doesn’t show the cash up front, they don’t get to see the house. And Conservatives wonder why Blacks hate them so much.

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