Nothing says "scary black man," for Fox News, than the SPLC designated hate group the New Black Panthers. In 2010, Fox's non-stop stream of right wing partisan hype, regarding the DOJ investigation of the New Black Panthers for alleged voter intimidation, caused Fox contributor, Kirsten Powers, to blast Fox for "doing the scary, black man thing." Fox has another opportunity to do the scary black man thing now that the group has offered a bounty for the capture of George Zimmerman, who shot and killed an unarmed young black man, Treyvan Martin. This morning, on Fox & Friends, Laura Ingraham was able to score a triple play off of this latest development. Not only did she bring up the Panthers "bounty" but she smeared Eric Holder by asserting that he won't investigate the Panthers and smeared "the left" with her bogus statement that they have remained silent. The irony is that neither she nor the curvy couch potatoes seemed to have had a problem with a radical anti-abortion group which distributed "wanted dead or alive" posters of doctors who perform abortions. Double standards at the "fair & balanced" Fox News? Can't be!
Ingraham suggested that there could be civil rights issues because "there's a fine line...between free speech and incitement of violence." She whined about how those nasty liberals are trying to destroy the sainted Rush Limbaugh. She claimed that there's a "collective yawn from the left" about the Panthers who are calling for the unlawful killing or capture of George Zimmerman and asked what Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton (very scary black men in Foxworld) would say "if a white radical group asked for a bounty on the head of a black man who hadn’t been accused of a crime." Invoking the right wing, Fox enabled controversy surrounding the alleged voter intimidation, she queried about why "the left remains utterly silent when a man who has not been accused of anything yet, and not been charged with anything basically has his own life put in jeopardy by a radical organization that feels free to show up at these rallies and also menace people at the polls." She alleged that Holder didn't investigate when (she repeated the agitprop word for good measure) they "were menacing" people at the polls. (Factcheck: Holder's DOJ dismissed charges against two Panthers and obtained an injunction, prohibiting acts of intimidation, for the third. Those who felt menaced were white GOP poll watchers who, coincidentally, had a videographer. Those actually voting at the precinct didn't have a problem.)
When Ingraham said that the left has remained silent she either lied or is misinformed. The SPLC mentioned the New Black Panthers in an article about how the Trayvon Martin Case Evokes Reaction from Extremists, White and Black. And Jesse Jackson has already commented. Yesterday, he denounced the Panther bounty. The librul media's CNN reported on the issue. The supposed ultra, uber librul NPR has an article about this in which they cite the SPLC hate group designation. "Democratic Underground," hardly a right wing site, has a thread in which posters are critical of the NBP's.
But here's the thing. In 2010, the radical anti-abortion group, Operation Save America, created and distributed posters with photos of North Carolina doctors who perform abortions. Under the photos were the words "wanted dead or alive." The posters had home addresses of the doctors. Not a peep was heard from the same Fox folks who now have their clean, white panties in a bunch over the New Black Panthers. On the "fair & balanced" Fox "News" network, not all threats are created equal.
Video available at Mediaite.