Megyn Kelly trotted out racist Mark Fuhrman and pretended he was just a regular retired detective commenting on the riots in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody. And surprise! The two of them used the segment to smear African Americans in general.
Kelly frequently turns to Fuhrman in racially sensitive matters. She hosted him to discuss the Trayvon Martin case and repeatedly turned to him for Ferguson commentary. Not once did Kelly reveal Fuhrman’s animosity toward African Americans that came to light during the O.J. Simpson trial. Nor did she in this segment.
Yet Kelly listened unquestioningly as Fuhrman suggested there is something intrinsically wrong with African Americans. Fuhrman sounded more like a psychologist than a police commenter as he “analyzed” Baltimore’s black rioters.
FURHMAN: There’s something here that’s deeper. 99% of these people don’t know Freddie Gray and they couldn’t pick him out of a crowd of three people. They don’t know who he is. This is an opportunity to act out the disappointment of their own life, the disappointment of their lack of whatever they want, which seems to be going into a liquor store and getting alcohol, getting a new TV, getting a microwave, taking a check cashing facility where they cash their check and destroying that. Destroying a store or pharmacy. It goes on and on. There’s absolutely no reason for it.
If you’re going to use “oppression” as a word, you have to ask yourself… are we this upset about gang members and gangs on every corner and drug dealers? It doesn’t appear that the community is that upset about that.
Kelly helped amplify the point by suggesting that African American complaints are just an excuse to behave more badly than usual.
KELLY: In Ferguson, Missouri, we were told that at the heart of that problem which, obviously, Officer Wilson was exonerated in that case, but the police department was condemned widely after that DOJ report. And what we were told was that that police force was not reflective of the community and that that was a main thing that needed to be done – there were too many whites on the police force given the racial makeup of the city of Ferguson. …Well, look at the situation here. I mean, it doesn’t seem any better.
In reality, the Department of Justice report cited increased diversity as the 11th out of 13 recommendations to improve Ferguson police practices. And Kelly’s misleading summary conveniently left out the shocking racial abuses that were uncovered by the DOJ and which led to those recommendations.
The other guest, liberal African American Richard Fowler, argued pretty fiercely. At one point, he declared to Kelly and Furhman, “I really think you live in an alternate universe.”
But Fowler never called out the blatant race baiting going on right under his nose.
Watch it above, from the April 27 The Kelly File.
Crossposted at News Hounds.
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