As part of its "fair & balanced" news coverage, Fox rovides warm and supportive rehab for right wingers who say stupid stuff such as Ann Coulter's "joke" about killing John McCain's daughter Mitt Romney's "binders full of women" comment. So it's not surprising that Fox, as the defender of white America, would be providing the same service for white police officers whose actions are, uh, highly questionable. Thus, we had Elisabeth Hasselbeck providing a sympathetic view of former officer Darren Wilson. And now that the NY City police are under scrutiny for the death of Eric Garner, Fox is providing some affirmation from disgraced former police commissioner, Bernard Kerik who made his second Fox appearance, on today's America's Newsroom, where he and alleged straight news host Martha MacCallum spun the faux Fox narrative that Eric Garner wouldn't have died if he hadn't "resisted arrest."
Earlier this week, Kerik told Neil Cavuto that those protesting Eric Garner's arrest should "get over it." Today, he started off with praise for the great "diversity" in the NY City police. Wasting no time in attacking Mayor Bill de Blasio he added that "there's this rhetoric from the mayor that makes it seem like he's calling them racist and its nonsense." Alleged straight news host and purveyor of white privilege Martha MacCallum set up what has to be one of the most moral equivalencies evah. She noted that de Blasio told his black son that he "needs to be very cautious" in dealing with the NY City police. Kerik spoke solemnly about telling his half-Latino son "how to act around cops, too, to say yes sir and no sir to do what you're told." MacCallum said she told her son the same thing.
Stop right here - While MacCallum spoke to her son about behaving in the presence of cops, unlike black parents, she wouldn't have been able to talk about the history of cops harassing and killing white kids because THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN. The chances of cops hassling her wealthy white son of a Fox host are slim to none.
Despite the reality that young black men are 21 times more likely to get shot by police, Kerik claimed that "this isn't a black or white thing, this is about respect, about discipline, about knowing what to do when you're out in public."
MacCallum showed the video of Eric Garner's interaction with the police and asked Kerik to "talk me through what's happening here." (Uh, a cop strangles a black guy who wasn't resisting arrest?) Despite visual evidence to the contrary, Kerik claimed that Garner was resisting arrest and that the cop was "controlling" Garner. He continued to excuse Daniel Panteleo whose past history of lawsuits was not mentioned during the segment. Kerik asserted that the "fact" is that Garner "would be alive today if he didn't resist arrest." MacCallum didn't ask about the legality of the chokehold.
MacCallum provided the validation for "the fact" that Garner resisted arrest: "The representative from the police said the same thing. He said once you don't want is confrontation because once you have confrontation, once you resist arrest, you're in a scary situation where you don't know what's going to happen." (Obviously, you'll be killed?) Kerik attempted to elicit sympathy for the cop when he spoke about how, when force "escalates," cops are at risk such as when a police friend of his was killed during an arrest. After MacCallum quoted Garner's daughter who didn't think this is a race issue, she spoke of the difficulty of determining "excessive force." Kerik recommended distribution of tasers to all NY City cops.
So Fox, along with a discredited former police commissioner, have determined that it's all good because Garner was resisting arrest. Nothing to see here except another black man subjected to what appears to be police brutality. Move along.
And BTW, Fox has, in addition to Kerik, sought out the wisdom of former cops Bo Dietl and Mark Fuhrman on the recent police excessive use of force incidents. How's that for credibility!
Would I be able to use the same excuse if I held Kerik’s head under water and on the video you could clearly hear Kerik gurgling the words “I can’t breathe?”
I would hope I’d get off since I’m not even using a chokehold along with the fact that Kerik has priors and is a convicted felon which apparently has quite a lot of sway with prosecutors and grand juries.
Oh, and I’m white.
We suggest the masses remind the conservative masses about his own corruption.
Inviting this disgraced ex-con on the air shows the lack of morals of the suits at this pseudo “news” channel. A professional senior executive-which Fox “News” lacks- would never invite this fool on in the first place.
NOTE TO SENIOR PRODUCERS AND PRODUCERS
We look forward to the day when a new head of Fox “News” takes over and terminates every single one of you.
Anyway, anyone who works with or watches Fox knows for a fact that black men are particularly dangerous and that five burly white cops is too small a team to control one black individual. Eric is lucky they didn’t shoot him outright.
What gets my goat even more is that not one of those other cops – not one – realised that their colleague was using an illegal hold and that Eric was unable to breathe. Nah. One guy actually knelt down to place his hand firmly on Eric’s head as he died.
And for what? Selling contraband cigarettes … supposedly. Today’s take on a life sentence for stealing a piece of bread from the kitchen slop pail.
Foxies and FNC are beyond despicable.
Up next, Bernard Kerik— convicted felon and all around scumbag! But that’s OK because he’s a right-winger.