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FOX Friends further fracture fable

Reported by Chrish - January 28, 2008 -

As Brian Kilmeade said this morning 1/28/08 on FOX and Friends, all these controversies, contrived or otherwise, and wide-eyed reports of endorsements and "schisms" within "dynasties" are good teevee, "...great for us, it's like a soap opera." Today the trio repeatedly touched on Kennedy endorsements for Barack Obama and the implications for Hillary Clinton, and the alleged injection of race by the Clintons into the campaign.

Dick Morris has been postulating that the Clintons purposely want to create a racial divide to motivate white voters to come out in force and vote against Barack Obama.

Gretchen Carlson introduced a segment about "how race factors in to this election, specifically on the Democratic side,... because the Clintons brought it up, and then Barack Obama shot back, and now it is an issue."

Brian Kilmeade added to that, relating "one African American leader, head of the African-American Leadership Council at University of Maryland, says that it's clear the Clinton camp wants to make Barack Obama blacker. They want him to be the black candidate and he has no interest in that; he wants to be the candidate. That's a very risky tactic,according to Kilmeade.

The persistent, one-sided storyline on FOX is that race has been injected into the election as a campaign tactic by the Clintons. But other sources disagree that's the case. MediaMatters notes that

"Craig Crawford stated: "I really think the evidence-free bias against the Clintons in the media borders on mental illness." Crawford went on to assert, "I mean, we've gotten into a situation where if you try to be fair to the Clintons, if you try to be objective, if you try to say, 'Well, where's the evidence of racism in the Clinton campaign?' you're accused of being a na誰ve shill for the Clintons."

And Taylor Marsh asks "Who is injecting race?" as she points to Obama's campaign blog, where he reaches out to African-Americans quoting Malcolm X, with an insider tone.

But FOX's agenda includes portraying the Democratic Party as fractured, fighting, and furtive. This media creation has, like previous ones, taken on a life of its own.