Fox News’ Jesse Watters was so hilariously hypocriticial when he called himself “disappointed” in Oprah Winfrey for not working to “elevate the conversation” about race and “add a little unity,” I don’t know how anyone on The Five set with him at the time didn’t fall into uncontrollable laughter. If you don’t recognize Watters’ name, he’s the ambush producer for Bill O’Reilly (you know, the guy who couldn’t get over how nobody at a restaurant in Harlem was screaming, “M-Fer, I want more iced tea”) and the proprietor of Fox Nation, the “America loving” website where we have found so murderous wishes toward public officials that we have repeatedly reported them to the Secret Service, the White House and other authorities.
In case you missed it, Oprah was on the Today show yesterday where she called Trayvon Martin’s death “parallel” to Emmett Till. “In my mind, same thing,” she said. Winfrey also immediately added, “but you can get stuck in that and not allow yourself to move forward and see how far we’ve come.”
Apparently, that was just too much racial sensitivity for Watters. He explained the story of Till by saying, “14-year old black kid, in Mississippi, 1955, flirted with a white woman. A few days later, two white racists attacked him and shot him to death.” But even Watters’ description of the Till matter showed his insensitivity. Watters failed to mention that Till’s killers were acquitted by an all-white jury and that his case became a galvanizing force for the civil rights community. Surely, Winfrey had that in mind when she made her analogy. And, as Oprah made clear, at least to anyone not looking for reasons to find offense, she was not saying that the facts of Trayvon Martin’s killing were the same but that they had the same resonance for and meaning to African Americans.
But I guess Watters knows better about what African Americans should be thinking and feeling. He said:
I feel like Oprah diminished her brand here. It was a big, missed opportunity for Oprah Winfrey. I was expecting her to kind of take the high road and elevate the conversation and to bring the country forward and add a little unity here. But instead, she made this atrocious analogy and I’m a little disappointed in Oprah.
Really? Watters is disturbed that these mild comments are too divisive? Not elevated enough? This from the guy who works for a network that hosts the go-to show for race baiting against African Americans? Who edits the website that’s the go-to page for those who want to assassinate President Obama among many others? Whose readers have referred to an African American man as an ape, jungle animal and worse? And from the guy who recently ambushed African American Congressman Charles Rangel, supposedly to discuss the George Zimmerman verdict, to “ask”:
(R)ight now, I believe, 73% of black children are born out of wedlock. It’s not the government’s fault that that’s happening. It’s not the white man’s fault that that’s happening. Is it? …White people have access to guns, too, and they’re not killing people at the same rate as black teens are. …My only point is that young, black men are ten times more likely to commit homicides than whites and Hispanic men combined.
Watters followed that up with a visit to The O’Reilly Factor, where the following exchange took place:
O’REILLY: (Rangel’s) one of many who simply will not get to the heart of the problem. He won’t. And they don’t understand, they being the grievance industry and the civil rights industry, that that is driving all the offshoots, the unintended consequences of this chaos, leading to the Zimmerman/Martin situations and all of the things.
WATTERS: Yeah, because if you’re a leader in the black community, you can get patronage, power, and a lot of money by exploiting these grievances.
Is THAT elevating the conversation, Jesse?
I’ve been writing for quite some time that Fox has been using the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case as little more than excuse to go on a series of racial tirades against African Americans. This segment only further validated that theory.
Not surprisingly, Watters' criticism of Oprah made it to Fox Nation with the headline, Jesse Watters Denounces Oprah's 'Atrocious' Trayvon Martin comments. Just as predictably, the readers erupted with racist hostility.
Many of the comments said that the crime going up was due to black people and the government.
These people are sick… Fox News has done more to escalate them than every other modern factor combined, but seriously- What the hell happened to them to even give them this mentality?
If it weren’t for Billy and Nixon trainee Roger Ailes, the boy would be flipping burgers at the McDonalds adjacent to News Corporation.
The Hate Nation website is poorly constructed and lack substance. A middle school computer geek can create a better website. Intern Jesse could operate a ferris wheel.
Now for the commentators:
AirburstDiapers has the face to chase rats out of a barn.
Buck Farry is so stupid his parents had to paid the school district to keep him in class.
Cowboybaby can’t help himself. He was born on Bikini Island. The affects of radiation made him permanently ignorant.
mah1464 secretly wishes he was African American
Marcos Garvey, stealing a dead man’s name says a lot about your lack of character. Inferiority must run in your family.
NOTE TO INTERN JESSE
Your parents should have named you Toxic Watters. It fits your personality.