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FOX News Uses Clinton’s RFK Assassination Comment To Attack Obama

Reported by Ellen - May 27, 2008 -

Now that Hillary Clinton is almost certain not to be the Democratic nominee for president, FOX News conservatives have turned into her most stalwart supporters. Not only did they defend Clinton over her RFK assassination comments, the only thing they found offensive was the Obama camp's reaction. Townhall.com’s Amanda Carpenter accused Obama-supporters of playing the race card to avoid talking about parts of history and Redstate.com’s Erick Erickson griped that Obama is using security concerns to make himself look more important. With video.

Even though I’m an Obama supporter, and even though I found Hillary Clinton’s remark about the assassination of RFK distasteful, I resent the endless news coverage of yet another distraction from the serious issues our country faces just as much as I did the coverage of Rev. Wright and “bittergate.”

But instead of using Clinton's remarks to attack her the way FOX News attacked Obama over his, the "fair and balanced" network used the Clinton controversy to also attack Obama.

It started with the Obama-disparaging teaser for the upcoming panel discussion. Rich Lowry (subbing for Sean Hannity) read, “Many Obama supporters are in an uproar about Clinton’s RFK comments, but was Hillary making a legitimate historical reference?”

Once again, it was an unbalanced panel of two conservatives to one liberal.

“This seems to me such a bogus controversy!” Lowry said.

Conservative blogger Erickson wasted no time in using the discussion to attack Obama, saying that Hillary’s remarks were nothing compared to some of what he has said.

Carpenter played the race card last time she was on H&C by saying that Barack Obama has “raised questions about the black church.” This time, she again revealed her racial bias by accusing Obama-supporters of being too racially sensitive. She complained, “The thing I fear about this is that certain things, even parts of history, are not allowed to be talked about because, you know, she’s facing a black candidate. And that’s something I think we have to be careful of.”

Kelli Goff, the lone liberal guest, pointed out that the reason Clinton’s remark struck such a nerve is that there are legitimate concerns about Obama’s safety, that Obama has required more security, more secret service protection “earlier than ever in the history of an election” and with the anniversary of Bobby Kennedy’s assassination coming up, Clinton’s remark made people queasy.

“How much of that security’s been for show?” Erickson asked in response. “Early on Obama wanted to have the look of a presidential campaign by having the guys with the wires and limos.”

Alan Colmes correctly said, “Decisions (about Secret Service protection) are made by the Department of Homeland Security, not by the candidate.”

By the way, tough-talking Erickson, so willing to pooh-pooh the physical safety of candidate Obama, never put his own fanny at risk in service to his country.