If you think that Fox News and the right-wing scapegoating will stop at refugees, this shocking eight minutes of hate should open your eyes.
The discussion, which is part of what Fox News calls its “Cost of Freedom” business block, began with host Neil Cavuto getting some anti-refugee quotes from extremist Nigel Farage. Because a panel of four conservatives, plus host Cavuto, wasn’t “balanced” enough for Fox News.
After Farage, Cavuto began the discussion with this Cavuto mark of a question: “More terror on the horizon because we’re still too politically correct?”
“You can’t have multiculturalism,” Fox Business correspondent Charles Gasparino said. Except for Italian-Americans, that is. “I can enjoy spaghetti on Sundays but still pledge allegiance to the flag,” he added. Then he launched into a demagogic attack on just about anyone he disagrees with:
GASPARINO: Multiculturalism is what corrodes the unifying nature of what this country is built on. We should point out it was perpetrated by left-wing academics who hate America, and they keep shoving it down our kids’ throats. It’s already destroyed Europe. It could destroy this country if we don’t fight back, and it starts at universities. Look at what’s happened at my alma mater, the University of Missouri. The left-wing Stalinist uprising that is occurring there, and at Yale and all these other places, and the basis of this, the heart of this is political correctness and multiculturalism.
When Adam Lashinsky, the lone liberal, objected, Gasparino pointed his finger and exclaimed, “You’re destroying this country. …You’re destroying the fabric of this country!”
Thank goodness, Charles Payne, no liberal, said, “I think America is great because of all the vast, different cultures that are in this country. So if anyone thinks that that’s bad, that it should be a white-only country, or something like that – that’s what it sounds like and I think that’s dangerous stuff.”
But later, not to be outdone, Cavuto made his own Gasparino-like attack when he interrupted Lashinsky. Lashinsky first said, “We have hate groups, people who hate America whose families have been in America for a long time. This is not, Neil, exclusive to the...” Later, Lashinsky said he meant “Timothy McVeigh and his ilk.”
But Cavuto interrupted. “They’re called liberals,” he “joked.”
Payne laughed. Panelist Ben Stein laughed and applauded.
“That was a good one,” Payne said.
This is dangerous stuff, indeed.
Watch it below, from the November 21 Cavuto on Business.