Yesterday, rap star Nas delivered a petition to Fox News’s Manhattan headquarters, calling on the network to “stop its racist smears against the Obamas and other Black Americans.” The petition, which was organized by Color of Change and MoveOn.org, was signed by over 620,000 people.
On his show last night, Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly claimed that MoveOn was “smearing Fox News.” “The latest smear from Moveon is telling their Koolaid drinking, zombie followers that FOX News is smearing Barack Obama and is a racist concern,” declared O’Reilly.
He then declared that “It is not a stretch to say MoveOn is the new Klan”:
O’REILLY: Obama must condemn organizations like MoveOn and DailyKos if he truly wants to run without a race component.
These are the people that are dividing Americans along racial lines. It is not a stretch to say MoveOn is the new Klan.
NPR’s Juan Williams and Republican consultant Angela McGlowan, agreed with him. Williams called the petition “fascist” while McGlowan thanked O’Reilly for his “jihad on these folks.” Watch it:
Despite O’Reilly, Williams and McGlowan’s denials, Fox News has engaged in racially offensive coverage of African-Americans. Just recently, a network anchor described a fist bump between Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) and his wife as “a terrorist fist jab.” A Fox chyron once labeled Michelle Obama a “baby mama.”
Labeling his political foes as equivalent to the Ku Klux Klan is nothing new for O’Reilly, but every time he does it, he “trivializes the very real problems, the real violence and hatred, caused by the Klan.”
Hi, I’m Bill O’Reilly. Thanks for watching us tonight. Smearing FOX News, that is the subject of this evening’s Talking Points Memo. The far left billionaire George Soros has poured big money into the Moveon organization, which espouses a radical left agenda, and attacks those who oppose that nonsense. We have documented that for years. And frankly, Moveon is simply boring. Most honest folks stay away from those people.
The latest smear from Moveon is telling their Koolaid drinking, zombie followers that FOX News is smearing Barack Obama and is a racist concern. Of course, that’s a lie. This broadcast and FNC in general has been exceedingly fair to Senator Obama.
Our conservative analysts oppose Obama. Our liberal analysts like him a lot. Our hard news people give the senator the benefit of the doubt.
In short, we’re fair. Our high ratings prove that, but we are not in the tank for Obama as NBC news is, for example. But in order to intimidate anyone from criticizing Obama in any way, Moveon is playing the race card. What swell people they are.
Now thankfully, few are buying the garbage. The only public person we know that’s helping Moveon smear FOX News is far left Congressman Robert Wexler.
Now in the beginning of this campaign, I told you that any media using the race card would be scrutinized by us. And that includes folks who may attack Senator Obama on that basis, but we have seen little of that. Instead, the vile far left smear machines are trafficking in racial hate. And the Moveon campaign is a vivid example of that.
To his credit, Barack Obama has not made race an issue and was embarrassed when Jesse Jackson did that a few days ago. But Obama must condemn organizations like Moveon and DailyKos if he truly wants to run without a race component.
These are the people that are dividing Americans along racial lines. It is not a stretch to say Moveon is the new klan. And that’s the Memo.
Now for the top story tonight, reaction to this from FOX News analysts Angela Mcglowan in Memphis, Tennessee and Juan Williams in Washington, D.C.
You know, Juan, I’m getting a little tired of this.
JUAN WILLIAMS: I don’t blame you.
O’REILLY: You know, I mean, we’re — this is now the tactic on Moveon, Soros, NBC News, not all of NBC News, but you know who we’re talking about.
WILLIAMS: Yes, sure.
O’REILLY: It’s the tactic. FOX News is racist, based on nothing. And then to see a congressman like Wexler, the only one, by the way, the only one in the United States, to sign on to that, I’m starting to get a little teed off, Juan. You know?
WILLIAMS: Well, look, I got to tell you something. I get this personally. You know, why are you on FOX? Why do you go on O’Reilly? You know, that’s — I say, what’s the basis for this? What do you think? Oh, well, FOX once did this thing about a fist bump between Obama and his wife and that was a terrorist thing. Or FOX once said that it was, you know, your baby’s mama regarding Michelle Obama while she was on screen.
And therefore, FOX – I said wait a second, you mean to say that you didn’t catch it when Dan Rather was on MSNBC and was talking about Osama bin Laden? In fact, he was trying to refer to Barack Obama? You don’t catch it when The Washington Post runs an entire story about Obama’s Muslim roots and it stirs up all this kind of concern and consternation, in fact, confusion about his religious background? You don’t catch it when Osama bin Laden and Barack Obama are confused on NBC, even NBC?
I say what is the basis for your making this claim? It is fascist, Bill, fascist. They don’t want anybody to speak any word that differs from theirs. They have their own political agenda. And they’re using this to make FOX a whipping boy…
O’REILLY: Absolutely, absolutely.
WILLIAMS: …to demonize everybody who appears on this network.
O’REILLY: But the larger agenda, Angela, is if they can call you a racist…
ANGELA MCGLOWAN, REPUBLICAN STRATEGIST: Yes.
O’REILLY: …for any criticism of Barack Obama, any at all, OK, then you can eliminate the criticism.
MCGLOWAN: Listen, the bottom line is this, Bill. The truth crushed to the ground will rise again, but a lie will never stand. Moveon.org, this isn’t new. They did out FOX on Capitol Hill, bashing Rupert Murdoch and FOX News. Also, you had a coalition of people writing the FTC to take
fair and balanced away from FOX News. We have been number one in diversity. You even spoke before the National Action Network, Al Sharpton’s group, on bias in the media, Bill.
The bottom line is this. We have to stand fast, do what we’re doing, and I’m glad that you’re doing this jihad on these folks, but we have to hold people accountable. And where was Obama and Moveon.org when FOX News partnered with the Black Caucus in 2004 to do the first Democrat presidential debate? Obama refused to it this time and it killed the deal.
O’REILLY: OK. You know, the tactic is despicable. As Angela said, I mean, we’re not going to give in the inner workings and bore you with that, but FOX leads the league in diversity, leads the league in helping minorities, not only African-Americans, but all minorities across the board.
MCGLOWAN: Hispanics, women.
O’REILLY: A tremendous amount of money in that regard. Our staff is all colors, all ideologies. But these people have no – you see, this is what disturbs me, Juan. No one challenges them but us. No one challenges Moveon, and the Kos, and Media Matters. All these people are in together. It’s a big, big cabal.