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Fox News Pretends Obama Is Losing The African American Vote

Reported by Ellen - August 17, 2011 -

On The O’Reilly Factor last night (8/16/11), guest host Laura Ingraham announced that a new Gallup poll found that African American support for President Obama has dropped “14 points from its high.” She went on to say he gets support from an “impressive 81%” before adding that “earlier in his presidency he drew an astounding 95%. So why is the president losing black voters and can he win the White House without tremendous support from the black community?” As she spoke a graphic of Obama’s head was placed over a banner saying, “Polling problems.” Only on Fox News would an approval rate of 81% be presented as a problem.

Even Ingraham seemed to acknowledge that the segment wasn’t quite what it purported to be. She said, “I don’t know how you could ever maintain a 95% approval rating but very impressive, still 81%. But there has been some movement.” So instead, she cited high unemployment and foreclosure rates among African Americans and asked, “What has President Obama done for black Americans?”

Ordinarily on Fox, President Obama is demonized as doing too much for black Americans. No Fox viewer worth his salt doubts who Obama wants to “redistribute the wealth” to. We all remember that Glenn Beck thinks Obama's a racist with a “deep-seated hatred” of white people. And who can forget that Fox has reported that Obama's African American Attorney General Eric Holder would rather allow white voters to be intimidated by black hooligans than to prosecute them. But now that the 2012 election is getting into gear, Fox has developed a sudden concern Obama's not doing enough for the black electorate.

Ingraham cited criticisms from Professor Cornel West that Obama has turned his back on poor people and asked, “Is Cornel West wrong?”

Guest Jacques DeGraff pointed out that polling is not the same as votes and that none of the Republican candidates would come close to competing with Obama for African Americans. He later emphasized that “80% is nothing to sneeze at. There’s no other candidate who even approaches that.”

But when he also noted out that Republicans “have made no overtures to the African American community to address any of our fundamental issues,” Ingraham instantly got huffy and suggested that DeGraff was seeking some kind of special treatment.

“Well, we’ll see,” she interrupted. “Addressing the economy is everybody’s issue and that’s what Republicans have to do.”

FoxNews.com called its video of the segment, Will African-Americans Stand by Obama in 2012?

I call it, "Wishful Thinking!"

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