Chris Wallace tries to present himself as being a real journalist on Fox News and at times he does act the part, but today was not one of them. So far all the evidence that has been put forth by the Oklahoma justice system is that Chris Lane was the victim of a 'thrill kill' perpetrated by bored teenagers and NOT--I repeat, NOT--of a racial/hate crime nature, but Wallace was not having any of it. He's obviously still upset by the Trayvon Martin case. His first guest up to discuss the Lane murder was Stephens County district attorney, Jason Hicks. He explained why this was not a hate crime, but a horrific act committed by as he called them three children.
Wallace: Mr. Hicks, we're learning more, especially about one of the suspects, 15-year-old James Edwards. He put videos on the web, in which we see him playing with a gun, flashing gang signs. He tweeted a number of racist messages, including this one, "90 percent of white people are nasty #hate them," and yet you say you don't intend to treat this as a race-related crime. Sir, why not?
HICKS: Well, good morning Chris. The reason that I'm not going to be treating this as a hate crime, is as far as the evidence goes, that is directly linked to the murder of Christopher Lane, there's nothing inside the files, and the audio, and the reports that we've been given, that would lead us to believe that Christopher Lane was killed simply because of his nationality, or because of his race.
Is that clear enough for Chris and the conservative media complex? Stephens also said that Oklahoma's hate crime statute is only a misdemeanor, which is really sad. He also addressed the tweets supposedly made by Edwards that Fox News and others have been using as their proof that it was indeed a race crime.
Now with respect to those tweets, I don't have any evidence in my possession at this time that would allow me to prove that that account is actually owned by Edwards, or that Edwards was the one who actually tweeted those statements.
Even if he did tweet those statements, that does not automatically make this a hate crime and the right wing agitators know this as well. The conduct of these three teens was, as Wallace says, callous indifference then I imagine they would have said they did it because they hated whitey since they appeared to not care very much about the incident.
Next up for Chris Wallace was Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and for her, he employed the Ed Henry theorem that says President Obama should have spoken out publicly about this crime, because he must speak on black-on-white violence as strongly as he did Trayvon Martin's killing.
WALLACE: Let me pick up on that, because on the other hand, there are some people on the right who note that civil rights leaders and President Obama spoke out quite quickly about the Trayvon Martin case, and yet have remained silent in the case of Christopher Lane. On Wednesday, 48 hours after this became international news, the White House spokesman was asked about the case. Take a look.
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REPORTER: Do you have any reaction to the Christopher Lane case?
EARNEST: I'm not familiar with it actually.(END VIDEO CLIP)
WALLACE: Governor, what do you make of the silence of people like Al Sharpton, and quite frankly, the silence of the president?
FALLIN: Well, you know, I don't know what to think about that, but I think it would be nice, and I certainly am going to say something on behalf of the state of Oklahoma, to the family, but it would be nice if our nation were to certainly express their condolences, how very sorry we are.
WALLACE: Excuse me, Governor, do you think the president should speak out on this as well? Particularly given his involvement in the Trayvon Martin case?
FALLIN: I think it would be a nice gesture for him to do that, and especially since the country of Australia has expressed their sentiments as to the murder itself. You know, I think it would be a nice gesture for them to be able to do that, and I certainly know that's what I'm going to do.
Conservatives are looking for an equivalent murder case to offset the racial animus that George Zimmerman's actions stirred in this country, which is sad in and of itself, but they won't find it here. Nor should they keep promoting it because Chris Lane's family and friends are hurting right now and they should act like human beings occasionally. Is that too much to ask?
(h/t Heather for the video)