Fox News Is Claiming (Wrongly) That The Three Oklahoma Teens Who Killed Australian Student Chris Lane Were Black…Two Were Black And One Was White
Fox News has really gone deep into racism this time. The network that seemingly supported the murder of Trayvon Martin by defending George Zimmerman and stand your ground laws now is claiming — falsely — that three black teens shot an Australian college student in the U.S. — by quoting former Congressman Allen West’s false tweet, and not correcting it. West is also a Fox News contributor.
Chris Lane, 22, here on a baseball scholarship, died after two black teens and one white teen literally shot and killed him for fun, because they were “bored,” according to local Oklahoma police.
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On “Fox and Friends” this morning, host Steve Doocy, comparing the murder of Chris Lane to the murder of Trayvon Martin — for no ostensible reason — claimed there was “a double standard regarding things like this.”
“Allen West has tweeted, quote, ‘We were bored and decided to kill somebody. Three black teens shoot white jogger. Who will President of the United States identify with this time?’ Excellent point,” Doocy told his fellow Fox hosts. “I wonder when celebrities are going to put on ‘I Am Chris Lane’ t-shirts?”
Here’s the Allen West tweet:
And a screenshot in case he deletes it:
But the facts are clear.
Tommy Christopher at Mediaite explains:
A Duncan police source confirmed to Mediaite, Wednesday morning, that 17 year-old Michael Jones is not “the one with the lightest skin,” he is a white male. It is true that 15 year-old James Edwardsand 16 year-old Chancey Luna have been charged, as adults, with first-degree murder, while Jones is charged as an accessory after the fact, but Jones is also reported to have said “I pulled the trigger” in court Tuesday:
As the boys appeared in an Oklahoma courtroom, a 17-year-old blurted out, “I pulled the trigger,” then wept after a judge told him that Tuesday’s hearing wasn’t the time or place to sort out the facts of the case.
Here’s the clip of the Fox News “Fox and Friends” hosts:
To be clear, their premise would be equally false if all three suspects were black, but the fact that they’ve chosen to ignore Michael Jones’ race indicates a commitment to that premise no matter what the facts say. The oldest of the three suspects, who declared in open court that he “pulled the trigger,” is a white male, so perhaps these conservative outlets ought to be praising Al Sharpton for not coming out and saying that the lesson here is for black kids not to hang around with white kids. If he did, he would be rightly condemned, but such a declaration would be no more absurd than the idea that he should weigh in on a tragedy that, thus far, appears to be taking as just a course as is possible. There’s definitely something wrong with the people who killed Chris Lane, but it’s not the color of their skin.
Sadly, if this weren’t enough, the infamous Daily Caller, which yesterday reported, “The Obamas do not have any white dogs,” and, Obama is the “first female president” because “he’s lazy,” published this:
UPDATE: Conservative website The Daily Caller has alleged that the three teens are racist in their shooting of Chris Lane, using the case to attack President Obama and liberals for wanting George Zimmerman found guilty in the murder of Trayvon Martin.