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NSFW, turn the volume down.
Probably observing Black History Month in their own special way, Fox News hosts Brian Kilmeade, Martha MacCallum and Bill Hemmer mocked a 102-year-old black woman who stood in line for three hours and made two trips to the polls in order to vote last November.
Centanarian Desiline Victor was honored by President Obama during his State of the Union address Tuesday night not just for her indomitable efforts to vote, but for inspiring others to do the same.
But awesome feats of citizenship take a far back seat to partisan politics on Fox. So does good taste and racial sensitivity. On Fox News Radio’s Kilmeade & Friends yesterday, Hemmer and MacCallum suggested that Victor had either faked her wait or exaggerated the difficulties.
Hemmer asked skeptically, “How long was she on line?”
MacCallum asked, “What’s the big deal? She was happy she waited on line. She voted, she was happy that she was there to vote. …I mean, this is such a non-issue.”
Hemmer said, “They held her up as a victim. What is she a victim of?”
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Hmm. What other famous sociopaths do Fox yakkers remind us of?
This was while they all yukked it up at Victor’s expense with such jokes as, “Can you hear (the other people on line) whispering, ‘Did she try to hit you with, ‘I’m 102, I’ve been on line five hours?’ Did she try to give you that one again?’”
Media Matters, which recorded this gem, also noted that earlier on their own show, America’s Newsroom, Hemmer and MacCallum had glossed over Republicans’ role in exacerbating long lines to vote.
If anyone is wondering why Fox’s already minuscule African American audience has been shrinking, you can point to this jaw-dropping conversation as a case in point.