Yesterday, Darren Wilson's Fox rehab tour began on Fox & Friends where Elisabeth Hasselbeck, in comforting Wilson's friend, urged his pal to say nice things about Wilson. The rehab continued on alleged Fox "news" show, America's Newsroom, where racist former cop Mark Fuhrman defended Wilson while denigrating Michael Brown and those in Ferguson who support his cause. But given that Fuhrman was part of Fox's defense of George Zimmerman and denigration of Trayvon Martin are we surprised?
Since Michael Brown's death, Fuhrman hasn't exactly been fair & balanced. Despite the lack of a police report, he told Sean Hannity, in August, that Brown was the "aggressor" in the situation. During his several appearances on The Kelly File, he said the same thing about Brown. Tuesday night, he appeared on Megyn Kelly's show where he attacked those who protested the grand jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson. On yesterday's "America Live," he picked up with the same script that he was using, after the shooting, to describe Brown as the "aggressor," while, at the same time, defending Wilson.
Hemmer began by showing the photos of a Wilson's minimally damaged face. Hemmer quoted the part of Wilson's testimony in which Wilson, a tall man weighing over 200 pounds, felt like a little boy being held by Hulk Hogan. He introduced his guest, Fox News contributor, Mark Fuhrman who, after the OJ Simpson trial in which he testified, pled no contest to perjury charges related to his use of racist slurs while he was worked for the LA police. Hemmer asked him about his reaction to the grand jury decision.
After saying that the results were predictable, Fuhrman wasted no time in predictably attacking Brown as "the suspect from the very beginning to the very end." Despite the reality that there were conflicting witness statements, Fuhrman, asserted, as fact, that Brown "precipitated every action that was used against him." Hemmer then played video of former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani telling his pal Sean Hannity about the "courage" of those on the grand jury and how "the evidence of the police officer's innocence must have been overpowering." Fuhrman, predictably, agreed with the jury because "right is right" and the grand jury "found that Michael Brown was the aggressor and the suspect." While acknowledging that the prosecutor "didn't use those words, "every description was exactly that - Michael Brown was the suspect in this case and Officer Wilson was the victim.”
Hemmer asked the discredited Fuhrman, "as a retired officer," to opine on what will happen to Wilson. Despite the reality that it was Wilson who made the initial contact with Brown and his friend, Fuhrman claimed that Wilson's career "has been stolen because somebody targeted him" and that Wilson's "career is over." He cited the possibility that Wilson could be charged with civil rights violations and wrongful death, but speculated that neither would be successful.
He concluded with a lecture: "What is missing here is that an entire community or parts of a community that are supporting Michael Brown, absent of the fact that Michael Brown committed not only a robbery [allegation only] but attacked a uniformed officer on duty and tried to kill him. [Wilson's belief, not established by court of law]. That, for some reason escapes everybody but it won't escape a jury even in a wrongful death suit [where he will be cross-examined unlike in the grand jury] and wrongful death takes deliberate action on Officer Wilson. Wilson was reacting, not pro-acting."
We don't know if Officer Wilson will face other charges. But we do know that Fox News, using the testimony of a racist "retired officer," has declared his innocence. And that must be true because America's Newsroom" is an official Fox "news" show that's "fair & balanced." Amiright?
- unarmed with dark skin (Martin/Brown) = “aggressor”
- carrying a firearm with lighter skin (Zimmerman/Wilson) = “victim”
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