FOX News Analyst: Trump has unleashed a torrent of hatred

❝ I have known President Trump personally since 1986. The private Trump I have known is funny, charming and embracing. That is not the public Trump of today. When he loudly called for four members of Congress – women of color who oppose nearly all his initiatives and who have questioned his fitness for office – to go back to the places from which they came, he unleashed a torrent of hatred.

The “Go back” trope was used by white racists toward African-Americans for 100 years, from Reconstruction to the civil rights era, suggesting repulsively that they should go “back” to Africa; never mind their American births. It was uttered by the establishment at my grandfathers and many others who came here from southern Europe as children in the early days of the last century.

❝ All working in government in America have taken an oath to support the Constitution. The Constitution commands equal protection of the laws by government at all levels. No one is above the laws’ obligations and no one is beneath the laws’ protections. The Constitution not only commands of government both racial neutrality and color blindness, it generally prohibits government officials from making distinctions among people on the basis of immutable characteristics.

So, when the president defies these moral and constitutional norms and tells women of color to “Go back,” he raises a terrifying specter.

The specter is hatred not for ideas he despises but for the people who embrace those ideas. The specter is also a dog whistle to groups around the country that hatred is back in fashion and is acceptable to articulate publicly.

Useless bigot, representative of the worst failings of our nation’s politics.

7 thoughts on “FOX News Analyst: Trump has unleashed a torrent of hatred

  1. 5th column says:

    “How the El Paso Killer Echoed the Incendiary Words of Conservative Media Stars” (NYT 8/11/19) https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/11/business/media/el-paso-killer-conservative-media.html (interactive) An extensive New York Times review of popular right-wing media platforms found hundreds of examples of language, ideas and ideologies that overlapped with the mass killer’s written statement — a shared vocabulary of intolerance that stokes fears centered on immigrants of color. The programs, on television and radio, reach an audience of millions.
    “Conservative media dismiss NY Times report showing the El Paso shooter echoed their anti-immigrant rhetoric” (Media Matters 8/12/19) https://www.mediamatters.org/fox-news/rush-limbaugh-and-other-conservative-media-dismiss-ny-times-report-showing-el-paso-shooter

  2. Edward R. says:

    Fox News’s commendable — and necessary — rebuke of Trump’s demand for sycophancy (Washington Post August 30, 2019) https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/08/30/fox-newss-commendable-necessary-rebuke-trump-demand-sycophancy/
    Neil Cavuto on Thursday offered Fox News’s most pointed rebuke over President Trump’s increasing complaints about his favorite mainstream cable news outlet — and apparent demand for more favorable coverage in a tweet urging people to ditch Fox because it’s not “working for us anymore.” (Cavuto’s monologue in its entirety, with analysis)

  3. Current Events says:

    “Fox News, Ed Henry, Sean Hannity & Tucker Carlson Sued In Sex Trafficking, Sexual Harassment & Retaliation Suit” https://deadline.com/2020/07/ed-henry-sexual-harassment-lawsuit-filed-fox-news-tucker-carlson-sean-hannity-1202989963/
    “Tucker Carlson Returns From Vacation To Go To War With New York Times; No Mention Of Sexual Harassment Suit & Ex-Writer’s Racist Posts” https://deadline.com/2020/07/tucker-carlson-attacks-new-york-times-sexual-harassment-lawsuit-racist-writer-fox-news-1202990455/
    UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK : Case 1:20-cv-05593 https://pmcdeadline2.files.wordpress.com/2020/07/ed-henry-complaint-stamped.pdf (Warning: “THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS HIGHLY GRAPHIC INFORMATION OF A SEXUAL NATURE, INCLUDING SEXUAL ASSAULT”)

  4. Jerry Fletcher says:

    A Murder, a Conspiracy Theory, and the Lies of Fox News (Rolling Stone August 16, 2020) https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/seth-rich-fox-news-sean-hannity-wikileaks-donald-trump-1040830/
    “This is the true story of an untrue story. It’s the story of how Fox News took a conspiracy theory from the online fringes and mainstreamed it into global news. It’s the story of how a Fox News staff writer, a Fox News paid contributor, and a Fox News unpaid commentator worked together to win the trust of a family wracked by grief and then used their imprimatur to publish a “sham story” that would become an article of faith in MAGA culture. It’s the story of how Fox News and some of its biggest stars have so far escaped any accountability for actions whose consequences continue to haunt the Rich family.”
    See also “‘Conspiracyland’ Debunks Theories About Murder Of DNC Staffer Seth Rich” https://norcalpublicmedia.org/fresh-air/conspiracyland-debunks-theories-about-murder-of-dnc-staffer-seth-rich [Michael] “Isikoff hosts a new six-episode podcast called “Conspiracyland” that debunks the Seth Rich conspiracy theories and explores the motivation and methods of those who promoted them. Michael Isikoff is chief investigative correspondent for Yahoo News and the author with David Corn of the book “Russian Roulette: The Inside Story Of Putin’s War On America And The Election Of Donald Trump.” Michael Isikoff spoke with FRESH AIR’s Dave Davies.”
    “Conspiracyland” podcasts are available at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/conspiracyland/id1471037693

  5. ...but wait, there's more says:

    ‘Hoax’ book reveals extent of internal unease at Fox about Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham (Chicago Tribune) https://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/tv/ct-ent-hoax-fox-news-book-20200823-zwgf7q46tzagpduz2qd7adbpay-story.html “Brian Stelter knows critics accuse “Fox News of bending the truth in order to maintain its staunch support of and closeness to President Donald Trump. As CNN media reporter and host of “Reliable Sources,” he’s often one of them.
    He wasn’t prepared to hear the extent of concerns about the network’s direction by people who work there.
    It was one of the reasons he wrote “Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News, and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth,” which will be released Tuesday. The book shot from No. 340 to No. 1 on Amazon’s best-seller’s list following Stelter’s appearance with Rachel Maddow on MSNBC Friday.”

    “Stelter: Trump hijacking Fox News affects all of us” (CNN Business) https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/23/media/donald-trump-fox-news/index.html
    “It’s no secret that President Donald Trump is one of America’s most avid Fox News watchers. But Trump’s love for Fox has changed all Americans’ lives.
    Trump will often hear about news — or conspiracy theories — on Fox, and he will create policy based on what he hears on the network. He also frequently calls the network to tell shows what to cover.
    “It’s as if Trump has hijacked Fox News, said CNN’s Chief Media Correspondent and anchor of Reliable Sources Brian Stelter in an interview with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota Sunday. “Even people who never watch Fox are affected, because the president is misinformed by the channel.”

    • p/s says:

      “A Potential Murdoch Family Civil War Looms Over Fox News, Insiders Tell Brian Stelter” (Daily Beast 8/24/20) https://www.thedailybeast.com/a-potential-murdoch-family-civil-war-looms-over-fox-news-insiders-tell-brian-stelter
      “…Following the resignation of numerous high-profile staffers who were skeptical of Trump—including long-time anchor Shepard Smith—Fox News now largely stands as a monolithic feedback loop of praise for the president and skewerer of his political foes. But reservations about him reached the highest levels of the Murdoch family, resulting in the resignation from News Corp of Rupert’s more liberal son James.
      According to Stelter, the network is now mostly piloted by its ratings-generating stars like Sean Hannity, and programmed by the president himself, who regularly chats with his major on-air boosters on the network and offers critical feedback on their programming choices.”
      See “At Fox News, ‘the inmates are running the asylum'” By Brian Stelter (CNN Business 8/24/20) https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/24/media/fox-news-hoax-book-brian-stelter/index.html

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