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RUMORS About Scary Black People Garner Headlines, FACTS About Bush are Dismissed

Reported by Melanie - April 30, 2006

During the first half hour of Heartland w/John Kasich last night (April 29, 2006), Fox aired a segment called, "More Duke Dangers?" Kasich introduced it by saying that the Black Panthers are planning a protest tomorrow in Durham, NC and "some say" the Panthers are going to carry weapons.

Wondering about this "threat we're hearing about," Kasich tossed to Marianne Silber in Durham.

Silber said,

Basically, we do not know if it's a threat. We do know that the New Black Panther Party is planning a demonstration for Monday. They have said it's going to be a peaceful demonstration with no weapons but we spoke with several students today who are concerned. Campus officials are concerned because they have heard reports that the group does carry weapons during certain demonstrations.

Now, again, they have said that is not going to be the case this time.

During Silber's report, Fox went to a split screen and aired video of black men, dressed all in black, marching with raised fists, some carrying machine guns. All the while, a chyron, "More Duke Dangers?" appeared at the bottom of the screen.

On Fox, "some" can start a rumor about scary black people and it gets a segment all its own. On the other hand, document after document and person after person can confirm that Bush lied us into a war that has killed or injured nearly 20,000 Americans and thousands and thousands of Iraqis, and there's nary a peep.

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