It isn't surprising that the Fox audience is misinformed, given the panoply of partisan crap that is spewed on Fox News shows which, if they're "opinion" shows, are exempt from the "fair & balanced" part of the Fox News logo. But taking best in show, is Fox & Friends which is consistently misinforming its audience. It was only a week ago that the show was forced to apologize for and correct its fake story about how Pres. Obama personally funded a Muslim museum during the "slimdown." Today's diversion from reality was provided by Brian "all terrorists are Muslims," Kilmeade who asked "why now" in a discussion about how Washington Redskins is considered a racial slur. That sports guy Kilmeade is either too lazy to do some research or is merely conveying the Roger Ailes framing of the issue as much ado about nothing was demonstrated by his suggestion that the controversy is recent when it has been around for over FORTY YEARS!
The topic of the Washington Redskins was discussed on an recent Fox & Friends during which white trust fund baby and famous "dick" Tucker Carlson who, in mocking those who say the name is a slur, was able to advance the popular Fox meme about the silliness of political correctness and attack the President who, OMG, showed some sensitivity to the issue. While today's curvy couch conversation wasn't as blatantly political, it still promoted the aforementioned Fox messages.
Looking might pissed, Brain Brian Kilmeade referenced comments made, about the "Redskins" name issue, by sportscaster Bob Costas during Sunday football. Kilmeade invoked the patented Fox & Friends "tradition" argument used during any discussion of how evil atheists are upsetting years of "tradition" with the question of whether "after 81 years the Washington Redskins should change their name." Kilmeade dramatically recounted how the team's owners is "dug in" and says "I'm not changing it" [his voice got louder] capital letters I will not change it."
He played video of Costas statement about how "Redskins" is as offensive to Native-Americans as derogatory ethnic slurs are to other ethnic groups. He added that the name doesn't "honor a noble character trait" and can't be "considered a neutral term" because it is a "slur."
In keeping with the script, Steve Doocy advanced the requisite anti-Obama agitprop when he informed the viewers that Pres. Obama said that if it were up to him and a "sizable" number of people objected to the name, he would change it. Kilmeade chimed in "he's got nothing else to do." In attempting to rebut the idea that the name change isn't supported by a "sizable" number of people, video of Lanny Davis was shown in which Davis cited a 2004 poll that indicated that a majority of Native-Americans didn't want a name change. Kilmeade said that the team has had the name for 81 years and asked "why is everybody offended now." Elisabeth Hasselbeck, whose hubby played for the Redskins, reinforced the meme with her question as to why Bob Costas has never said anything before this. A tittering Doocy said "good point." Kilmeade blithered about how, despite his affection for Costas, he disagreed with him.
If sports guy Kilmeade bothered to use the Google, he would have discovered that the controversy isn't new: "The Washington team had the "Redskin" name since 1933. They were federal trademarks on the name in 1967. That same year a group of Native American activists challenged this and in 1970, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruled that the name could be looked at as being offensive to Native Americans. The Washington franchise appealed that ruling and the issue worked its way back and forth through the legal system until it finally reached the Supreme Court in 2009."
According to Brian's "logic," suing the Topeka Board of Education over "separate but equal" was just silly political correctness because, after all, segregated schools were part of a long tradition which nobody really cared about. Who needs to show sensitivity towards minority ethnic groups? Certainly not in the Orwellian world Fox News where ethnic slurs are terms of endearment!
BTW, check out SNL's Fox & Friends "corrections."
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Kilmeade host a national radio show. You wouldn’t know it with his tiny audience. A college radio station has a bigger audience than this cafeteria Catholic.