September 22, 2015

With all the sound and fury around the crazies living in Outer Wingnuttia this year, take a minute to watch reality in action.

During his speech to the Congressional Black Caucus on Saturday night, the President made an eloquent case for the rights of all women, but especially black women before he turned to the issue of criminal justice reform. As he was warming up on that topic, he let Fox News have it for their coverage of remarks he's made about police brutality.

From the transcript:

I want to repeat – because somehow this never shows up on Fox News. I want to repeat – because I’ve said it a lot, unwaveringly, all the time: Our law enforcement officers do outstanding work in an incredibly difficult and dangerous job. They put their lives on the line for our safety. We appreciate them and we love them. That’s why my Task Force on 21st Century Policing made a set of recommendations that I want to see implemented to improve their safety, as well as to make sure that our criminal justice system is being applied fairly. Officers show uncommon bravery in our communities every single day. They deserve our respect. […]

“So I just want to repeat, because somehow this never gets on the TV: There is no contradiction between us caring about our law enforcement officers and also making sure that our laws are applied fairly. Do not make this as an either/or proposition. This is a both/and proposition. We want to protect our police officers. We’ll do a better job doing it if our communities can feel confident that they are being treated fairly. I hope I’m making that clear. I hope I’m making that clear.”

It's easy to overlook what the President is doing and saying in the heat of the insanity surrounding the Republican party, but he's still out there speaking the truth and building a case for what he's doing. It's also nice to hear him call out Fox News by name, since they are the primary purveyors of the lies about what he does and does not think of police.

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