Just a few hours after Cleveland police officer Steve Loomis told Fox News that President Obama has “blood on his hands” that won’t be able “to come washed off,” Loomis got another friendly platform on Fox to make more inflammatory accusations against Obama and Black Lives Matter.
In case you missed it, Loomis told a sympathetic, unquestioning and unchallenging Harris Faulkner earlier today:
LOOMIS: The president of the United States validated the false narrative and the nonsense that Black Lives Matter and the media are pressing out there to the public. Validated it with his very divisive statements and now we see an escalation.
And the president of the United States has blood on his hands and it will not be able to come washed off.
As Raw Story noted, Loomis, who is also president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, has quite a history of defending white officers who shoot and kill unarmed African Americans. That includes the officer who shot and killed 12 year-old Tamir Rice after police mistook his toy gun for the real thing. Loomis has divisively called Rice “menacing” and “in the wrong.”
Now, back on Fox, host Martha MacCallum didn’t think it relevant to point out Loomis’ extremist comments nor his history. Instead, like her Fox colleague Harris Faulkner, MacCallum helped validate Loomis’ cred as he once again attacked African Americans, including our president and Alton Sterling, the African American shot and killed by police in Baton Rouge recently. Loomis all but announced Sterling deserved what he got.
LOOMIS: In this country, we need leadership that’s gonna step up and help and put this down, this notion that police officers are the enemy is absolutely insane to me. What’s going on right now – and think about what’s going on right now. It’s based on a police-involved shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Four-time convicted felon with a gun in his pocket, fighting with the police.
It’s a false narrative that Black Lives Matter and the New Black Panther Party – they were here threatening to kill us last night when they were marching on the Third District, here in the City of Cleveland.
From there, Loomis began suggesting that President Obama is a threat to police lives, too.
LOOMIS: Freedom of speech is one thing but you cannot go into a theater and scream “Fire!” And I believe that that’s what’s going on right now. I think that we can make that argument that you’re going into a crowd of people and you’re saying, “Kill the police,” and very influential people, including the president of the United States. It was just mind-boggling to me that he made the statements that he did… before one minute of investigation was done. Very divisive and when a credible person like that is making statements like that, it validates the false narrative that the Black Lives Matter folks have out there.
Think MacCallum called out Loomis’ divisiveness? Think again.
So Loomis more explicitly reiterated his accusation that Obama is to blame for the Baton Rouge police deaths.
LOOMIS: The divisive things that he said, the governor of Minnesota, that is actually what has sparked the murders of police officers.
I find it curious that the president all of a sudden wants to wait and see what the motivations are. He didn’t want to wait and see what them motivations were when he was making the divisive statements.
MacCallum interrupted. Not to challenge Loomis for jumping to his own conclusions before anything was known about the killer’s motivation. No, MacCallum interrupted in order to pile on to Loomis’ attack.
MACCALLUM: I think, after Ferguson, that one of the most important lessons that everybody took away… the circumstances were not at all what people thought they were. There was not a “hands up, don’t shoot” moment and yet you continue to hear that chanted at these, at these protests and it does seem that it is incumbent upon the president to say, whenever something happens, whether it is, you know, an officer who’s gunned down or a person who’s gunned down, in the line of duty, we need to all take a breath and investigate and figure out exactly what has happened here.
Of course, no such caution is required on Fox News. Because no matter what happens, it’s going to be Obama’s fault and no inflammatory language is too inflammatory for the “fair and balanced” network.
Watch the hypocrisy below, from Fox’s July 17 coverage of the shootings in Baton Rouge.
But she’s hiding behind our Constitution. Funny thought, what if President Obama sued her and FOX NEWS for slander.
Fox News talks about only 1 Ferguson report that fits their narrative while ignoring the more important Ferguson report indicating widespread racism in policing.
Fox News does the debunked black on black crime statistic overlooking that’s the norm. Ethnic groups tend to victimize their own ethnic group.
Without evidence we hear the tired, divisive lie #BlackLivesMatter is screaming for policemen to be killed.
It’s true we shouldn’t rush to judgement following a police shooting. However, the wider statistics indicate there’s a widespread problem of blacks being unfairly targeted and experiencing violence at the hands of cops. Blacks in America have reached a tipping point and are hitting the streets in protest. That’s the fundamental fact Fox News keeps ignoring.
Fox News: Keeping right-wingers mad as Hell since 1996.