Fox’s The Five show discussed the latest #BlackLivesMatter protests with a “fair and balanced” all-white panel with four people reviving Fox’s Blacks Behaving Badly meme and one person defending the protesters.
Cohost Greg Gutfeld expressed disgust for #BlackLivesMatter protesters both in Ferguson and at a recent Bernie Sanders rally. “This is the new radicalism right now,” Gutfeld sneered. “It’s hinder, confront, subvert, and use the excuse of anniversary to inflict pain on these towns. …I’m not a fan of Bernie Sanders, but when I look at him, I feel so bad for the guy. He’s up there, he’s surrounded by people that are in his face.”
Gutfeld’s solution was to “move all law abiding citizens out of Ferguson.” He added, “If you are anarchists and you want disruption, you take it over. Let’s see how it goes without justice, without any kind of civil obedience.”
When #BlackLivesMatter protesters show up, cohost Eric Bolling complained, “they disrupt everything.”
Kirsten Powers was the lone supporter. “What’s the problem? This was a peaceful protest,” she said.
”Did you see what they did to Sanders?” Gutfeld asked her.
”I don’t understand what these people have done that is wrong,” Powers said.
”You’re not listening,” Bolling said condescendingly. “Greg points out there was a shooting, someone opened fire on cops, people were arrested.”
”You can’t blame the protestors for that,” Powers shot back. “The protestors were peaceful, a lot of them were arrested, and they were peaceful during being arrested.”
Gutfeld asked, “Blacks overwhelmingly vote Democrat right? Bernie Sanders is gaining momentum on the Democrat side. What was the point of disrupting a Bernie Sanders rally?”
Powers said it was “to raise awareness for issues that a lot of African-Americans are concerned about. In particular, he hasn’t really been talking about criminal justice issues.”
Gutfeld sneered again. “Be rude, be arrogant, be borderline violent. Democrats talk about anti-bullying campaigns. …’Unless you disagree with me. Then we can bully the hell out of you.’ …They’re raising awareness on their own bullying.”
Cohost Kimberly Guilfoyle added her own scolding. “Let Ferguson heal. My God, it’s like savagery, it’s barbaric, and it’s not doing their cause any good.”
Peaceful demonstrations, how is this barbaric?” Powers challenged.
”There’s a right way to do this,” Guilfoyle lectured.
”You guys are saying that now the Democrats are focusing on this issue - because of this movement. If it wasn’t for this movement, they wouldn’t be talking about it.” Powers argued.
Powers did an excellent job battling a panel so heavily stacked against her.
Watch her in action, below, from the August 11 The Five, via Media Matters.