November 28, 2015

Here's something you don't see happen very often. Someone lies on Fox "news" and gets corrected on their lies in real time. I don't know why Lynn Sweet decided to start appearing as a regular on Fox a while back, but if she keeps this up she'll probably find herself disinvited very soon.

Chicago newswoman smacks down Fox guest whining about ‘black-on-black crime’ coverage:

Lynn Sweet, the Washington, D.C. bureau chief for the Chicago Sun-Times, held a Fox News contributor’s feet to the fire for spouting off untruths about so-called mainstream media coverage of Chicago crime rates during a segment on the police shooting death of Laquan McDonald. [...]

Fox News host Leland Vittert and guest Cal Thomas wasted no time veering conversation away from the killing of the teen to “black-on-black crime,” a favorite talking point utilized by conservatives to distract from discussion of racialized police violence.

When asked by Vittert whether reporters are “intimidated” by protesters and not asking them questions like, “why aren’t you protesting all of the other black murders that happen inside Chicago,” Thomas responded with the accusation that news organizations are not reporting on violent crime in Chicago.

“Black-on-black crime in Chicago is virtually ignored, certainly by the national media,” Thomas said, rattling off the number of shootings which he said were at 2,700 for 2015. “But that doesn’t seem to concern the mainstream media as much.”

Vittert then turned to Sweet, who pointed out their assumptions were not factual.

“There has been tremendous attention to crime in Chicago,” she said. “I don’t know how any person who is familiar with the situation says that there’s not.”

Sweet then pointed out that national news coverage of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s bid for reelection had focused on crime in Chicago.

“So I don’t even understand the premise of where you’re coming from on this one. Respectfully said,” she said.

I'm not sure how much of a "smack down" it was. More like a gentle reminder to her buddy Cal that he's full of it. It didn't faze Vittert or Thomas one iota either. They just continued repeating their same talking points and then Thomas tried to blame the city's problems on the public school system and pretended that privatization and adding more "choice" and charter schools would be the solution to all of their problems.

When Sweet said she had a rebuttal to that nonsense as well. Vittert told her they just happened to be (conveniently) up against a hard break, so too bad so sad Lynn Sweet. We'll get to you next time, which means never.

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