On Fox & Friends this morning, host Peter Johnson, Jr. and contributor Rod Wheeler teamed up to suggest that the looting around St. Louis in reaction to the police killing of unarmed teen Michael Brown was the fault of the supposedly failed Obama economic policies.
Johnson, set up Wheeler to blame Obama. Acknowledging that there's a lack of trust between the police and the community of Ferguson, where Brown was shot, Johnson asked, “How do you, as a former police officer, how do police officers go out into the community and build that trust, especially when there’s very few jobs, especially when there’s a sense of hopelessness in some communities based on the fact these jobs have not been created. How do they do that in a personal way?”
Wheeler called that “an excellent question.” Citing the good community relations of the Washington, D.C. police, where he formerly worked, Wheeler said police have to be honest, straightforward and transparent. “But you know, Peter,” Wheeler added. “You really hit on something that I think is really the tip of the iceberg here. I think it’s more than just the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson. You know, you talk about unemployment. You know, these are the same people that voted for President Obama. They still don’t have jobs. And so I think all of these things are come into play, Peter, as we look at this case and other cases around the country.”
You can watch Fox find its way to blame Obama for this tragedy below.
H/T Richard W.
“I’ve never been so happy to cut fox-nonsense out of my cable bill. Lost MSNBC as well, and I think I’m glad of that as well. The “basic package” here in Vancouver, WA has Free Speech TV, and CSPAN, and that’s enough political fodder for me.”
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I guess if “how do police officers go out into the community and build that trust, especially when there’s very few jobs, especially when there’s a sense of hopelessness in some communities based on the fact these jobs have not been created,” things must have been even worse during the Bush administration, when even fewer jobs (if any) were being created. Funny they forgot to mention that (not!)
I was fully prepared for them to blame Obama for the shooting that precipitated the looting . . .
If Wheeler thinks his status as a “Fox Black conservative” will keep him from being treated like any run-of-the-mill Black man, I’ve got a feeling he’ll be in for a very rude awakening.