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Fox News Accuses Jimmy Carter Of “Playing The Race Card”

Reported by Priscilla - September 16, 2009 -

Fox News is “America’s Newsroom” but the America that Fox represents is white and feeling wronged. Fox knows the anger of poor, oppressed white folks who are being ground under the heel of those who would seek to impose their evil black agenda on good, God fearing white people. Fox knows the longing of these poor, persecuted whites to take back their America – the America when those “uppity" blacks knew their place – an America that would never elect a black, Kenyan born Muslim to the presidency. Certainly Republican leader “Boss Limbaugh” knows just how bad it is for whites in America in his explanation of a school fight: "In Obama's America, the white kids now get beat up with the black kids cheering, 'Yay, right on, right on, right on, right on." Fox knows that white people need to overcome and with that in mind, Fox provides validation for the truth that will set them free. And today, that came in the form of a headline about former president Carter “playing the race card.” That there was a context to the message was lost in the headline that reminds white Fox readers that their civil rights been a long time coming.

“Playing the race card is an idiomatic phrase that refers to the act of bringing the issue of race or racism into a debate, perhaps to obfuscate the matter… it alleges that someone has deliberately and falsely accused another person of being a racist in order to gain some sort of advantage.” It is a phrase used when whites seek to accuse blacks of unfairly getting something that, in the minds of the white person, the black doesn’t deserve. It is also used when anybody dares bring up the sad and sorry history of slavery, segregation, and all the other ways in which African Americans were mistreated, by whites, in this country. The non Fox media, and now former President Carter, are now discussing how the resistance to and hatred of Obama is driven, in some part, by race. That “audacity” is considered, by the American radical right and Fox News, to be "playing the race card." Not only is the contrast between the MSNBC headline and that of Fox striking; but so is that of the entire web pages. While Fox has the ACORN “stings” as as its top story, MSNBC has information about the economy. Five of the Fox videos, on the right hand side relate to ACORN with a video of Brit Hume talking about “political accusations of racism” (what, racism in the republican party and its mobs – can’t be!) But the whole “race card” thing shows how Fox News, rather than deal with an issue that’s still part of the American fabric, seeks to blame the real victim and absolve themselves of the responsibility that they are driving, in large part, much of the polarization and hatred by those whom Janeane Garofalo correctly described (and was vilified by Fox News as a result!).