Bill O’Reilly is very put out that no African American leaders want to talk to him about his mean-spirited diatribe whitesplained solutions for the ills of the black community. So just to show how good his intentions really are, he sent his stalker producer, Jesse Watters, to ambush Congressman Charles Rangel and ask a series of sneering, condescending and hostile questions deliberately intended to smear Rangel and other African Americans for their anguish over the George Zimmerman verdict. But sending a guy like Watters completely undercuts O’Reilly’s argument. Because Watters, who is also the editor of Fox Nation, runs a cesspool of murderous wishes and racist rants so awful, we have repeatedly reported them to the Secret Service, the White House and other authorities.
I’ve been arguing for a while now that Fox News’ sudden obsession with black crime, while cloaked in a thin veneer of concern about African Americans, is really just a vehicle to attack African Americans and, ultimately, suggest that they are the ones really responsible for the tragic shooting death of Trayvon Martin. In fact, O’Reilly explicitly made that argument near the end of this segment. Watters, not surprisingly, enthusiastically joined the club.
Watters began the ambush by complaining to Rangel, “The Zimmerman verdict came in and you dodged us.”
Rangel claimed that he had not received any invitation to appear on O’Reilly’s show but added, “It could very well be that I did not think that his interviews and his program was adding to the peace and the harmony that I think our races should be seeking.”
Instead of defending the intent of the show, Watters proved Rangel’s point by playing a clip of Rangel saying that if Zimmerman had been black, he might have been beaten to death by the police. “Do you think THAT’S adding to the peace and harmony?” Watters sneered.
Rangel said, “Let there be no mistake… If (Trayvon) Martin was white, he would not have been stopped and if Zimmerman was black, he would have been locked up. Whether or not they would have beaten him before they took him to the police station is subjective.”
Again, rather than discuss the subject, Watters moved to smear Rangel a bit more. “Have you spoken out publicly about the black-on-black crime that’s wreaking havoc in Chicago?” Watters asked accusingly.
Rangel explained, “It’s people without hope, people that don’t have education that do these things and we have to do all we can to eliminate it, not just by taking their guns off the street but by improving the conditions in that community.”
But Watters didn’t care about problems in Chicago or any other black community. He seemed only interested, just like boss O’Reilly, in using that problem to further malign them. Watters responded, “Because right now, I believe, 73% of black children are born out of wedlock. It’s not the government’s fault that that’s happening. It’s not the white man’s fault that that’s happening. Is it? …White people have access to guns, too, and they’re not killing people at the same rate as black teens are. …My only point is that young, black men are ten times more likely to commit homicides than whites and Hispanic men combined.”
Rangel had a great reply: “Well, that sounds like an invitation for the Zimmermans of the world to start shootin’ ‘em down.” He got in his car and began to shut the door.
But Watters wasn’t done with his race baiting: “Well, you don’t think that Zimmerman’s more of a threat to black America than some of the other factors, like high school dropout rates, narcotics, and out of wedlock births?” Watters didn't even try to hide his smarmy tone.
Rangel shot back that he didn’t think so until now. “It could be that if he’s thinking like you’re thinking, yeah, a lot of young blacks could be shot down just because they’re black. And suspected to be what you think they are.”
“That’s just ridiculous,” Papa Bear O’Reilly groused, back in the studio. He seized the moment to further denigrate African Americans, saying about Rangel, “He didn’t want to talk about the out-of-wedlock birth rate.”
“No, he wanted to bring it back to Zimmerman each time. …He wanted to dodge and deflect,” Watters replied. Never mind that Watters approached Rangel by attacking him for NOT discussing Zimmerman with the show. Not that O’Reilly cared. He listened attentively as Watters continued, “And I can understand why. It’s very painful. I mean, if the white community was having trouble like the black community, you wouldn’t want to talk about it. It’s incredibly embarrassing.”
That’s when O’Reilly explicitly pointed his finger at African Americans as the culpable ones for Trayvon Martin’s death. O’Reilly said he likes Rangel personally, “But he’s one of many who simply will not get to the heart of the problem. He won’t. And they don’t understand, they being the grievance industry and the civil rights industry, that that is driving all the offshoots, the unintended consequences of this chaos, leading to the Zimmerman/Martin situations and all of the things.”
Watters added his own smear: “Yeah, because if you’re a leader in the black community, you can get patronage, power, and a lot of money by exploiting these grievances.”
But if Jesse Watters truly cares about crime and racism, he really needs to take a better look at his own Fox Nation. They’re not just the go-to site for people who want to assassinate President Obama, they actually debate whether shooting or hanging would be more appropriate. And President Obama isn’t the only one Watters’ readers salivate over killing. We’ve found death threats and wishes about Michelle Obama, Congressman Jim McDermott, Congressman James Clyburn, liberals and Muslims, in general, Planned Parenthood workers, Roseanne Barr, Al Gore , and Nancy Pelosi, to name just some.
And then there is the blatant racism: The James Clyburn comment, referenced above, called him a “baboon.” I won’t even repeat the racist remarks about Michelle Obama and Donna Brazile. Plus a spate of other racist comments not necessarily directed to anyone in particular.
This, from the website that boasts about its dedication to civility and tolerance. It’s worth noting that reader “master2uall,” who advocated for shooting (as opposed to hanging) President Obama in June, has not been banned from Fox Nation. He's still there and still talking about killing people. I just found his latest on a post with the hate-mongering title, Limbaugh Slams Obama’s Economic Speech: ‘There’s Something Pathologically Wrong Here.’ It had only been posted for four minutes yet had already garnered two "likes."
So while it’s no surprise that Watters would eagerly take his place at the Fox News race-baiting table, he has particularly little standing to do so.
You can tweet Watters at @FoxJesseBWatters.
Not that being a moron ever dooms any chances of success at Faux, but this guy has a special vein of hatred that makes him attractive to the Faux lemmings.
Fox Nation suits him just fine. His special breed of evil craves the attention….even from the cult of stupidity and ignorance he cultivates at Fox Nation.
Note that I said “again”- There have been points where that word flowed like wine, and he allowed it. And yes- One of those points, he allowed that word to be used about Trayvon Martin… up to 100+ times a thread.