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Fox News Continues Its Pattern Of Racial Attacks As Hannity And His All-White Panel Accuse Obama Of Being A Racist

Reported by Ellen - July 31, 2009 -

The Fox News pattern of using the Henry Gates arrest as an excuse to make racial attacks on President Barack Obama continued last night (7/30/09) on Hannity. White-rights champion and bigotry-supporting Sean Hannity called on his gal pal uni-thinkers, Kimberly Guilfoyle and S.E. Cupp, to discuss the “breaking news” that President Obama’s “beer summit” had occurred. Predictably, all three sang the same Fox News theme, accusing Obama and the African American Harvard Law Professor Henry Gates of being at fault, overlooking that Fox News’ own Judge Andrew Napolitano had concluded that the police officer, Sgt. James Crowley, broke the law, and tying it all up by concluding that the incident proved that Obama has “racial issues.” As a topper, the three (two of whom have Fox News shows of their own) blamed Obama for the fact that this has remained in the news for so long. With video.

Hannity opened the discussion with the “fair and balanced” question, “Will tonight’s P.R. stunt put an end to this media firestorm?”

Liberal-before-Fox Guilfoyle, who can never seem to get enough of the camera, jumped in to start her attacks on Obama. “That whole thing was a little bit dull and dry,” she laid on. “I don’t know what they thought they accomplished." She never explained what she thought they should have accomplished. According to Foxnews.com, Crowley and Gates have agreed to meet again in the future; Crowley called the get-together a “positive step forward,” and Gates said he has developed a “greater appreciation for police officers.” But maybe Guilfoyle was hoping for a race riot so that she could keep on attacking Obama as a racist – something she almost certainly would have done even if Crowley had showed up in a KKK robe.

Hannity got on his hypocritical high horse and complained, “The President didn’t apologize! Gates didn’t apologize!” Of course, for all Hannity knows, Obama and Gates may have apologized directly to Crowley. But since Crowley is the supposedly aggrieved party, I don’t see why Obama owes Hannity, of all people, an apology. But if Hannity thinks apologizing for saying the wrong thing is so important, then let’s ask him why he has not apologized for hosting bigoted, anti-Semite Andy Martin on his TV show during the 2008 campaign? Why has Hannity not apologized for the very bigoted comments of his guest, Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, who said on Hannity & Colmes, “Most blacks… are so racist that they don’t even realize that white Americans have moved on. And (in racially-charged political campaigns), they always use racism in order to intimidate white America?” Or how about apologizing for his bullyboy attacks on economist Robert Kuttner for saying the economy is in bad shape?

Soon, the monochromatic panel were all complaining that Obama “fann(ed) the flames” by “jumping in.” Not that these three were doing any fanning of the flames, oh, no, no, no.

“He ginned up the anger!” Hannity shouted, as his Caucasian chorus agreed.

“He made it go national, international, global,” Guilfoyle said, turning to make sure the camera caught her full on. Excuse me, then why keep talking about it?

Hannity disingenuously claimed that the whole incident would have died down had Obama apologized - thus blaming Obama for the coverage Hannity was giving. But the whole Gates incident strongly suggests that Fox News is just looking for excuses to make racial attacks on Obama.

“It didn’t really have to be a national story to begin with,” Cupp said. “It was a local incident. It could have been covered for two days. Instead, the president chose during a prime time address to make it an issue of race and national importance.”

Actually, it was Chicago Sun Times reporter Lynn Sweet who chose to make it an issue, unless Cupp has endorsed Ann Coulter's conspiracy theory. Since then, the media and its pundits like these three have not shut up about it, especially on Fox, where there has been a chorus of racial accusations against the president, all sanctioned by Fox News honcho, Bill Shine.

Guilfoyle was so anxious to get back on camera – after all, it had been at least 30 seconds since her last head shot – she interrupted Cupp. “Don’t turn a one-day story into a two-page, three-page and stretch it out!” she preened.

Finally, after "establishing" that the news coverage was Obama’s fault, Hannity moved in for the personal attacks on Obama and setting up the racial attack that would follow. “What does this tell us about President Obama, that he would rush into this case, make an assumption about police, ‘cause I read into this something that I have said for a long time. Sean Hannity believes the president is far more radical and extreme than anybody wants to admit. I think he convinced the American people he’s somebody that he’s not. I think his radical associations proved this.”

The chorus jumped to agree with Hannity.

“Does the president, in your view, have any issues about race?” Hannity asked Cupp, all innocent, as though he were not deliberately pushing this meme.

Cupp was happy to oblige. “Oh, I think he does but I think he also wants to be a popular president. I don’t think he wants to get into too much trouble.”

Guilfoyle, of course, could not wait to join the pile on. Interrupting Cupp again, she said that the incident, “really suggests that he does.”