While there are still a number of African-American leaders who were close to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement, Fox News chooses to honor Dr. King's message by trotting out his right wing niece, Alveda King, every year, on Dr. King's birthday. Some, in the black community, criticize her politics. When she openly embraced the race baiting politics of Glenn Beck, African-American author Earl Ofari Hutchinson wrote that she "is turning MLK's dream into a nightmare." But her right wing zealotry and her connection to MLK make her a hot commodity on Fox where she is utilized to promote right wing talking points and bash the President - all in the guise of promoting her famous uncle's message. Yesterday, rather than talking about how MLK provided a framework for today's talk about income inequality, Alveda King, once again, used her annual appearance to promote the pro-life propaganda and lies which are also quite popular on Fox "News."
Alveda King never fails to validate Fox propaganda. She was "saddened" by a Trayvon Martin commemorative photo which showed the face of MLK in a hoodie. She attacked US Rep. Maxine Watters over her comment about the Tea Party. She criticized. Jesse Jackson's comparison of "Occupy" to the Civil Rights movement." She said that the Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson played the race card during the Trayvon Martin trial. During her 2012 MLK Day appearance on Fox & Friends, she claimed that the uncle was "pro-life."
Ms. King is Director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life, an order of Catholic priests who were created to fight against liberalization of abortions laws and for abortion restrictions. They also are part of the groups who harass women going into abortion clinics. The director of PFL, Fr. Frank Pavone, makes occasional appearance on Fox where he is warmly validated. But wouldn't ya think that in commemoration of her famous uncle's birthday, she could put aside the "pro-life" propaganda for just one day? But that was not to be on yesterday's Fox & Friends.
After showing video of MLK talking about the "dream," Steve Doocy asked Alveda what young people should know about MLK. She responded that King's message was about "forgiveness and love." (Of course, no mention of how he wanted Americans to have a guaranteed income). She expressed hope that during this MLK commemoration week, there should be "no violence towards anyone from conception in the womb until natural death."
On cue, Doocy asked Ms. King what the President, who is an admirer of MLK, "has got right and what he can still work on." Ms. King noted that she "challenges his policies on marriage, on life, abortion, he wants to give people free birth control and easy access to abortion, people will say has he done anything that you like."
After she spoke favorably about Obama's Father's Day message, she launched into the agitprop: "This thing, to say that we can help people not be poor, we can help women if we give them free birth control and easy access to abortion, I'm a mother and a grandmother, my daughters really don't need free birth control and easy access to birth control and abortion. They need good jobs...good education." She spoke of how she would like Obama "to reverse some of that funding, all if it, where he wants to give the free birth control" and "divert that over to good education programs reducing poverty and to say the women, we'll help you not be poor by killing your babies, I'm a little concerned about that train of thought." Doocy said "surely."
The HHS mandate ISN'T about providing free birth control, but rather coverage through a woman's health insurance provider. King is misinformed if she thinks that there is a government funding stream because coverage is being funded through employers' payments to health insurance providers. Alveda King speaks of money for anti-poverty programs, but doesn't seem to realize that her right wing GOP pals aren't exactly enamored of these programs that, in Fox/right wing terms, help the "takers." She also doesn't seem to understand that access to inexpensive birth control and abortion allows women to control their fertility and, as such, give them much greater economic security. Because uncle was concerned about this very issue, he received a posthumous award from Planned Parenthood.
But who needs reality when there is propaganda to push.
Hmm. So a Black WOMAN is an “outreach director” for a group of MEN who have no real use for her in any other respect. DOYC knows she can’t be a priest within the Catholic Church (she presumably lacks the necessary penis-line to God) and I’m not really sure her alleged status as a minister holds any water with the Catholic Church, either.
Would Bender (from “Futurama”) consider THIS to be the “definition of irony”?
(Interestingly enough, her Wiki entry points out that she had not one but two abortions in the 1970s and the only reason she didn’t have a third abortion was because neither the father of the fetus nor her grandfather would pay for it. I just have to wonder why she didn’t pay for it herself? Sounds like she was a “taker” back in the day. Oh. She’s also been twice-married and twice-divorced and is on her third marriage. I have to wonder what the “Priests for Life” were thinking when they chose her to be their “outreach director”? Couldn’t have possibly been her trading on her name, now could it?)