Fox News contributor Deneen Borelli attacked President Obama as the “Rapper-in-Chief” after he used the N-word in talking about race relations. Rather than chastise Borelli, Fox booked her for the Hannity show so she could do it all over again in prime time.
In Borelli’s daytime attack, she baselessly accused President Obama of being racially divisive when he said, in the context of the Charleston shooting, “It’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say n----- in public… That’s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It’s not just a matter of overt discrimination.”
BORELLI: This is all a grand distraction to take away from the people uniting and then the president-in-chief, the rapper-in chief now, is further dividing our country. I find it outrageous.
“Is the dialogue you just heard advancing Americans’ discussion about race?” Webb asked, after he played Obama’s comments. As if what Obama said was worse than Borelli.
Borelli went first and reiterated her horror of Obama having “lowered the standard in terms of being president of the United States. …And I have dubbed him today 'Rapper-in-Chief' for using such language.”
Webb chuckled at her wit.
But Borelli also said this about Obama: “He made no mention of racism in America when he ran for president not once but twice.”
Fact check: False. Not only did then-candidate Obama talk about racism. He gave a speech about it. Yet nobody corrected her.
Next up Innis. “I don’t care so much about the president’s use of the n-word,” Innis said. But he called the “rapper-in-chief” a “great line” and joked, “I think she stole it from me.”
“I think the context is much more important,” Innis continued. “What he (Obama) was essentially saying is that things have not really changed,” Innis accused.
Fact check: False. Not only is that not what Obama said, he explicitly said otherwise. From CNN:
“I always tell young people, in particular, do not say that nothing has changed when it comes to race in America, unless you’ve lived through being a black man in the 1950s or ‘60s or ‘70s. It is incontrovertible that race relations have improved significantly during my lifetime and yours,” Obama said.
Host Webb did not correct Innis.
Webb did find time to play a clip of South Carolina's Republican Governor Nikki Haley calling for the removal of the Confederate flag at the State House - and juxtaposed that with the suggestion that Bill Clinton is more prejudiced because he signed a bill in 1987 affirming that one of the stars in the Arkansas flag commemorates the Confederacy.
The third guest was Eric Guster, who did correct Innis and did call out Borelli’s “totally inappropriate” attack. “He wasn’t saying it in a rap lyric” or “just to be casual,” Guster pointed out. “He was talking about the deep-rooted areas of racism that we have to deal with.”
“Where?” Borelli demanded. “Where’s the racism?” Her tone was scolding, not curious. “The man was elected twice,” she announced, as if that was all the proof she needed that there’s no racism left. Even though it’s been less than a week since the Charleston massacre which even Fox has now acknowledged was racist.
Before Guster could answer, Webb interrupted to rephrase the question, asking if America is “institutionally racist or are there racists in America?” Later, Webb answered his own question by touting the fact that in South Carolina there was “a rejection by all ethnicities of this.”
So to Fox, the race problem has been solved and it’s time to stop talking about it – unless you want to racially attack a liberal.
Watch it below, from the June 22 Hannity show.
(Ah, if only she were white!!) -Roger Ailes
“Being a squishy liberal, I keep wondering what happened to her over her growing up years to cause her to be like this.”
That’s easy to answer Jane:
SHE WAS SIMPLY SEDUCED BY BIG $$$$!!
Did you notice her title in the picture at the top of this thread? In case you don’t know, one of the co-founders of FreedomWorks is none other than that longtime perennial “born on third base but thinks he hit a triple” blowhard STEVE FORBES! Don’t forget Jane: when his father (Malcolm S. Forbes Sr.) died in April 1990, Steve Forbes INHERITED AT LEAST A $500 MILLION FORTUNE!
Borelli is particularly tough to listen to. Of all the many black conservatives Fox has as regulars, she broadcasts the most disturbing aura of mental instability. Being a squishy liberal, I keep wondering what happened to her over her growing up years to cause her to be like this. Innis and Webb strike me as garden variety opportunists who’ve found a niche that gets them on television. Borelli is genuinely filled with rage.