As the "news" network for white America, Fox is aghast that anybody would question the reality that white privilege is an intrinsic part of America's social fabric. And that's why, on Friday, Elisabeth Hasselbeck consoled a college student who, like those on Fox, just doesn't understand why white folks are so maligned!
Elisabeth Hasselbeck, whose incendiary and biased coverage of a college course about white privilege contributed to a climate of hate in which death threats were sent to the professor, reported on this latest example of "The Trouble with Schools." A testy Hasselbeck informed us that a Appalachian State U. dorm billboard is warning students to OMG "check your privilege." The banner framed the official Fox Message: 'Privilege Problems, Dorm Bulletin Board 'Shames' Certain Students." (Well, hey, if the shoe fits....!!) She added that some of the material "takes aim at [OMG] males and Christians." She introduced her guest, a student who "was very upset" about this "divisive message." She further elaborated that after the student took photos of the bulletin board, she posted them to Facebook and was then shocked at the "hateful" reaction.
To Hasselbeck's leading question of what her initial reaction was, Laurel Littler expressed her shock that this was in a dorm because a dorm should be like home. As the banner hammered home the agitprop, "Shaming Students, Dorm Fliers Attack Christians and Male," Littler claimed that this made her "feel ashamed of her heritage, upbringing, and life choices."
To Hasselbeck's leading question of whether Littler was "intimidated" by this, Littler, not surprisingly, said she was. Cuing the death threats, Littler blamed the dorm RA. Hasselbeck, who was obviously sourcing from its favorite right wing campus crusaders, Campus Reform, mentioned that this kind of nasty business started at the University of San Francisco which, unmentioned by Hasselbeck, is a Jesuit staffed Catholic college.
The plot thickened when Littler told Hasselbeck that her Facebook post was initially private but then Campus Reform "reached out" to her and took it viral which, she said, resulted in "cyber bullying" from those who criticized her whiteness. Hasselbeck asked if the school would be taking down the billboards and if not, does Little want them taken down. Littler said that she didn't post the photos to cause trouble, but to express her concern about the "presentation." Her next comment couldn't have been more ironic: "People are turning this into something more than it really is." The banner reinforced the irony: "Pushing an Agenda?
Littler, who allowed Campus Progress and Fox News to stoke the fires of hatred, said she wanted her campus to "come together" in the spirit of "mutual respect." More irony with Hasselbeck's concluding comment about how Littler was "taking the high road."
The "high road" is a road not taken on the "agenda driven" Fox & Friends!