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On Fox & Friends: Alveda King Disses OWS, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and ACORN

Reported by Priscilla - November 12, 2011 -

As the saying goes, Martin Luther King Jr. must be rolling in his grave if he knows that his niece, Alveda King, has become a tool for Fox News - a network that is diametrically opposed to everything King stood for. He would be appalled that his relative is allowed to invoke the Civil Rights movement in order to denigrate liberal African-American leaders while promoting the views of a network that provides a platform for opposition to union, minority, immigrant, and reproductive rights on their television, website, and a blog that tolerates racist commentary and death threats directed towards our first African-American president. He would be disgusted that his niece is embraced by a media outlet that tolerates the kind of race baiting that allows statements like Ann Coulter's "our blacks are better than their blacks" to go unrebutted. But that doesn't matter to Alveda King who is always more than happy to go on Fox "News" to promote whatever right wing talking point needs talking about and diss liberal black leaders. The newest right wing trope is about the lawlessness of the "Occupy" movement. And now that Civil Rights veteran Rev. Jesse Jackson has compared it to the Civil Rights struggle, Fox needs to do some spinning. And who better to do that than the uber right wing Alveda King who was interviewed, earlier this week, on Fox & Friends. It was propaganda gold. She provided the requisite message that "Occupy" and the Civil Rights movements can't be compared and in so doing, got to diss Jesse Jackson and - are ya ready for it - those scary black people in ACORN! Once again, Fox will overcome!

Brain (whoops Brian) Kilmeade reported that during a visit to Atlanta GA, Rev. Jesse Jackson compared the Occupy movement to the Civil Rights struggle. He played video of Jackson talking about how attacking poverty and joblessness was the heart of the civil rights movement. Former Miss America Gretchen Carlson asked King if comparing the Occupy movement and Civil Rights is a "fair comparison." (Gosh no, Gretch!) King said that Jackson "is a 20th century civil wrong leader." She said she marched in the 20th and 21st century "picking up the mantle for even the youngest from conception." (King is African-American outreach director for Priests for Life, a virulently anti-choice group whose leader, Fr. Frank Pavone, is on forced hiatus in Texas while his group is being investigated for possible financial irregularities. MLK, Jr. supported Planned Parenthood and won a posthumous award from them). King continued with a comment about how her uncle founded a peaceful movement based on prayer and "this movement is not peaceful."

While the chyron read "Uncivil Comparison? Jackson Ties OWS to Civil Rights," King said that Occupy needs "a leader who will lead them peacefully and not encourage them to be embroiled in all of these things." She speculated that ACORN is "somewhere in the mix" (another Fox meme) and said that her uncle "could not have condoned voter fraud that ACORN was charged with." Note to Alveda - there was no "voter fraud" - ACORN has been investigated and cleared of any wrong-doing. There were some guilty pleas involving voter registration fraud. Big difference.) King continued to diss Jackson and asserted that his recent comments show that he should "revisit the 20th century."

Kilmeade claimed that Zuccitti Park was a mess and cited the "hundreds" of Occupy arrests. He referenced how Jesse Jackson and occupiers took over a bank for an hour and "disrupted things." King described the civil rights movement and pro-life movement as peaceful and based on prayer. (Scuse me? Harassing women entering abortion clinics is "peaceful?") She asserted that Jackson knows that the OWS movement isn't the model that MLK used. When Gretch asked what MLK, Jr. would do about the protests, King didn't really answer. She said that if she were able to join her father and her uncle, she would be praying and singing hymns because "we would be doing this peacefully and not inciting the people to the type of anger that destroys."

Comment: Occupy Movement portrayed as lawless - check. Jesse Jackson (who was with MLK, Jr. when he was killed) portrayed as being clueless about the intent of the Civil Rights movement - check. ACORN portrayed as law breakers - check. The Civil Rights movement being portrayed as just about praying and sing hymns - check. I guess neither King nor her curvy couch BFF's are aware that the lunch counter "sit-ins," praised by MLK, Jr., were very "disruptive" and resulted in arrests. Jesse Jackson is right, both the Occupy Movement and the Civil Rights movement stem from dissatisfaction with a status-quo in which those who held power oppress those who don't. Maybe Alveda King and her Fox "friends" need to revisit the 20th century!

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