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Fox Plays the Race Card?

Reported by Chrish - January 16, 2008 -

Note: Guest blogged by Priscilla

Now that Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have called a “truce” in the race war of words that had been brewing, Fox is continuing the rhetoric albeit in a more subtle way. On last night’s (January 15th) “Special Report,” Brit Hume reported that Barack Obama is, according to Politico, popular with red state Democrats because he is considered more electable than Hillary Clinton. But then Hume made a whiplash-inducing sharp turn to the right with his next report, which was a continuation of the Fox meme (here, here, here and here) that Obama’s church is questionable.

Hume began his report on Barack Obama’s statement that his pastor doesn’t speak for him on political issues. Hume added that what Rev. Jeremiah Wright is saying is “making headlines.” Without referencing the source, Hume was referring to the recent revelation in an editorial by the Washington Post’s Richard Cohen that a magazine founded by Obama’s pastor, “The Trumpet,” named Lewis Farrakhan 2007 “Man of the Year.” (Comment: in searching a variety of media sources, I didn’t find any “headlines” about this; but rather, several articles (Chicago Sun Times and MSNBC’s “First Read”) which resulted from the Cohen editorial and included Obama’s reaction. However, in googling the appropriate words – Obama, pastor, Farrakhan, I found numerous citations from right wing blogs with the lead off being Malkin’s Hot Air).

Pastor Wright’s comment, about how Farrakhan “truly epitomized greatness,” was then mentioned by Hume who said that “Farrakhan has been criticized, by some, for racist and anti-Semitic comments.” Hume posted Obama’s reaction, which was a strong condemnation of Farrakhan’s anti-Semiticism and his disagreement with the magazine’s selection.

Comment: Hume’s first report that Obama is considered electable was then followed by a report which raised questions about Obama so the sequence is interesting. Why is this an issue other than to, once again, call into question Obama’s church and in so doing call into question Obama’s judgement and possible link to the anti-Semitic Farrakhan? This theme was noted in one of the right wing blogs which raised questions about Obama’s religious ties. Cohen, who has some credibility issues and has called the state of Israel a “mistake”, calls into question Obama’s “mettle.” Why is Fox making an issue of just Obama’s church? In 2004, the head of the Mormon Church said that gays “have a problem.” Has this been reported on by Fox? Roger Ailes friend, Rudy Giuliani, is very close to an accused pedophile priest. Alan Placa, and has defended him; yet this information is not mentioned on Fox News. The focus seems to be on Barack Obama’s “separatist” (according to Sean Hannity) church. As I noted in an earlier thread, for Fox, not all religions are created equal.

Note: Guest blogged by Priscilla