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Allen West: ‘Radical’ Muslims waging ‘jihad’ in U.S. — by voting and obeying election laws (via Raw Story )

Former Republican Congressman Allen West (R-FL), who is currently employed as a Fox News contributor, on Thursday warned that Muslims were organizing to “destroy” the United States by exercising their legal right to vote. Fox News host Steve Doocy…



 

In a stunning exercise in false equivalence, Fox News accused CBS News of maintaining a disciplinary double standard after it suspended correspondent Lara Logan for her botched 60 Minutes Benghazi report but continues to employ an analyst that Fox erroneously suggested was part of a Benghazi talking points conspiracy to provide political cover to President Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

On April 2, according to ABC News, former CIA deputy director, Michael Morell testied again before the House Intelligence Committee regarding the 2012 attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya.

Fox News used today’s hearing as a launching point to spin its latest already-debunked Benghazi conspiracy, hosting Lt. Tony Schaffer on the April 2 edition of Fox & Friends to push allegations that Morell deliberately omitted the truth about the Benghazi attacks from talking points later used by the administration in return for a consulting position with a firm ostensibly close to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. 

Fox used the trumped up allegation to call for Morell’s suspension from his position as an analyst for CBS, citing suspended CBS correspondent Lara Logan’s botched and retracted 60 Minutes Benghazi report as a comparison. Fox co-host Steve Doocy accused CBS of maintaining a “crazy double standard” for disciplining Logan but not Morell:

DOOCY: Also what’s interesting is Mike Morell also works for CBS. He’s a consultant. Lara Logan, as you will recall, was fired or suspended from 60 Minutes for simply interviewing somebody who told a story that was not accurate. 

[…] 

Mike Morell is a consultant an analyst on CBS and it looks like he lied to congress. It looks like CBS has got a crazy double standard.

Doocy’s attempt to equate a Fox conspiracy theory about Morell’s actions and motivations with Logan’s now-infamous breaches of ethics and journalistic standards is staggering, as the two circumstances bear no resemblance. The allegations against Morrell have been repeatedly debunked, while Logan’s 60 Minutesreport on Benghazi that featured questionable source, Dylan Davies, whose credibility has since crumbled, led to an internal investigation resulting in the retraction of the report, an apology from Logan, and the subsequent leave of absence of Logan and her producer, Max McClellan. 

This most recent groundless attack from Fox will surely be added to the network’s Benghazi hoax parade to push for further costly hearings into the tragedy.

h/t: Michelle Leung at MMFA

Fox News used a misleading report from an anti-immigrant organization to baselessly claim the Obama administration is now releasing immigrants who have been convicted of rape and murder. In fact, those crimes, classified as Level 1 offenses by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), are automatically subject to deportation.

On March 31, the anti-immigrant Center for Immigration Studies reported that in 2013, ICE released nearly 68,000 immigrants who had been convicted of some type of crime. According to CIS, that number represented 35 percent of all immigrants convicted of a crime that CIS had come into contact with in 2013. CIS did not describe the specific crimes these immigrants had been convicted of but nevertheless concluded that the “release of so many convicted criminals back into U.S. communities, when they could be removed to their home countries, is a large-scale abuse of authority that inevitably leads to public harm.”

Fox News seized on the report to repeatedly argue that the Obama administration “is destabilizing the nation by allowing hordes of dangerous illegal aliens to invade the country,” as Fox News Radio’s Todd Starnes put it.

Fox hosts have since escalated those claims, asserting that immigrants who were released were those convicted of rape and murder, even though the CIS report makes no such claim.

On Fox & Friends, co-host Steve Doocy stated: “That’s kind of scary that we released close to 70,000 people who had criminal convictions. I know some of them were drunk driving, but they did include murder in some cases and rape as well. That’s not the way it’s supposed to work.” Guest Jessica Vaughan, CIS’ director of policy studies, replied: “Well, ICE has not released all the details on the exact crimes that these people are associated with, but it is concerning that interior immigration enforcement has deteriorated.”

Later on America’s Newsroom, Fox Business host Lou Dobbs noted that CIS is a “restrictionist advocacy group” “and therefore you have to take their numbers with a grain of salt.” But Dobbs went on to push the same wild claim, saying that “some” of the immigrants released were found to be guilty of crimes “running up to rape, murder and far down as taking off.”

In fact, any immigrant — legal or undocumented — who has been convicted of an aggravated felony such as rape or murder is automatically subject to deportation, without the benefit of a court hearing.

As the Washington Post explained:

Immigrants convicted of such crimes are automatically required to be detained by federal immigration authorities after they’re released from criminal custody and can then be summarily deported without a hearing before a judge. Aggravated felons are also ineligible for asylum or reprieve from deportation by a change due to family hardship, and they’re prohibited from ever returning to the United States without special permission from the government. (Permanent residents are granted a hearing, but the judge still has limited authority to prevent deportation.)

ICE describes such aggravated felonies as Level 1 offenses and they can include “major drug offenses, national security crimes, and violent crimes such as murder, manslaughter, rape, robbery and kidnapping.”

In a memo outlining the Secure Communities deportation program, the Department of Homeland Securityacknowledged that immigrants convicted of such crimes were a “priority” for deportation:

ICE is committed to identifying aliens convicted of serious criminal offenses who are subject to removal in all three category levels, with a priority assigned on the basis of risk to individuals convicted of Level 1 offenses. ICE continues to exercise discretion through its field offices in taking enforcement action in cases of aliens convicted of Level 2 and 3 offenses as each situation demands. At no time shall this MOA be construed to limit the discretion of ICE in managing detention resources.

However, as the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse has documented, an “aggravated felony” for purposes of immigration law can include many crimes that “have been interpreted by federal courts to include misdemeanors, even though misdemeanors are generally meant to encompass less serious or dangerous acts than crimes traditionally designated as felonies.” An Immigration Policy Center fact-sheet on aggravated felonies shows that the definition “covers more than thirty types of offenses, including simple battery, theft, filing a false tax return, and failing to appear in court.”

After analyzing the CIS report, the American Immigration Council wrote:

The report would have us believe that the federal government is knowingly letting tens of thousands of violent foreign-born criminals go free. It’s certainly a sensational claim, but it has no basis in reality. CIS distorts the numbers, and stereotypes immigrants — all in an attempt to cast doubt on the practice of “prosecutorial discretion” by immigration-enforcement agents.

AIC went on to note that the “claim in the CIS report that ICE has simply chosen to ‘release’ 68,000 ‘criminal aliens’ through the exercise of ‘prosecutorial discretion’ is inaccurate. Being released by ICE is not the equivalent of being set free. It often means being released with an ankle bracelet or under an order of supervision, or issued a notice to appear in court.”

ICE has also disputed the CIS report, noting that in “Fiscal Year 2013 the agency removed 216,000 convicted criminals” and that the “percentage of criminals removed continues to rise.” ICE continued: ”Nearly 60 percent of ICE’s total removals had been previously convicted of a criminal offense, and that number rises to 82 percent for individuals removed from the interior of the US. The removal of criminal individuals is and will remain ICE’s highest priority.” Indeed, ICE totals from the past few years show that the number of immigrants with Level 1 offenses who were deported has gone from about 3,400 in 2009 to to nearly 29,000 in 2013. 

Vaughan, who wrote the CIS report, claimed today that the critics who have denounced her findings “neither detracts from or changes the fundamental truth that ICE is taking a pass on huge numbers of illegal aliens located by ICE officers, including an alarming number of criminal aliens.”

Fox News has repeatedly tried to discredit the Obama administration’s enforcement record even as data show that 30 percent of all federal convictions in 2012 were for immigration offenses, the second-highest conviction behind drug offenses.

h/t: SOLANGE UWIMANA at MMFA

mediamattersforamerica:

March Madness on Fox: network airs a Nebraska candidate’s “Constitutional Madness Brackets” with many scandals that Fox has dutifully reported on. 

Ms. King is Director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life, an order of Catholic priests who were created to fight against liberalization of abortions laws and for abortion restrictions. They also are part of the groups who harass women going into abortion clinics. The director of PFL, Fr. Frank Pavone, makes occasional appearance on Fox where he is warmly validated. But wouldn’t ya think that in commemoration of her famous uncle’s birthday, she could put aside the “pro-life” propaganda for just one day? But that was not to be on yesterday’s Fox & Friends.

After showing video of MLK talking about the “dream,” Steve Doocy asked Alveda what young people should know about MLK. She responded that King’s message was about “forgiveness and love.” (Of course, no mention of how he wanted Americans to have a guaranteed income). She expressed hope that during this MLK commemoration week, there should be “no violence towards anyone from conception in the womb until natural death.”

On cue, Doocy asked Ms. King what the President, who is an admirer of MLK, “has got right and what he can still work on.” Ms. King noted that she "challenges his policies on marriage, on life, abortion, he wants to give people free birth control and easy access to abortion, people will say has he done anything that you like.

After she spoke favorably about Obama’s Father’s Day message, she launched into the agitprop: "This thing, to say that we can help people not be poor, we can help women if we give them free birth control and easy access to abortion, I’m a mother and a grandmother, my daughters really don’t need free birth control and easy access to birth control and abortion. They need good jobs…good education." She spoke of how she would like Obama “to reverse some of that funding, all if it, where he wants to give the free birth control” and “divert that over to good education programs reducing poverty and to say the women, we’ll help you not be poor by killing your babies, I’m a little concerned about that train of thought." Doocy said "surely."

The HHS mandate ISN’T about providing free birth control, but rather coverage through a woman’s health insurance provider. King is misinformed if she thinks that there is a government funding stream because coverage is being funded through employers’ payments to health insurance providers. Alveda King speaks of money for anti-poverty programs, but doesn’t seem to realize that her right wing GOP pals aren’t exactly enamored of these programs that, in Fox/right wing terms, help the “takers.” She also doesn’t seem to understand that access to inexpensive birth control and abortion allows women to control their fertility and, as such, give them much greater economic security. Because uncle was concerned about this very issue, he received a posthumous award from Planned Parenthood.

But who needs reality when there is propaganda to push. 

From the 01.20.2014 edition of FNC’s Fox and Friends:


h/t: Priscilla at Newshounds.us

Fox News pushed various myths about the latest challenge to the contraceptive mandate provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), with Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy falsely accusing the Obama Administration of forcing “religious freedom [to] take a backseat to Obamacare.”

In a January 15 segment on Fox & Friends, Doocy and his guest, National Review Online editor Rich Lowry, discussed a new challenge to the contraception mandate provision in the ACA. This latest challenge, brought by a group of Catholic nuns from the charity Little Sisters of the Poor, argues that the mandate violates the religious freedom of the nuns because they disagree with the use of contraceptives.

This is not the first time Fox News has misrepresented the Little Sisters case. The fact is, the nuns are already exemptible from the mandate, as both Doocy and Lowry initially point out in the segment. All the sisters need to do is sign a form registering their religious objection — a requirement that Lowry calls “wrong” and “perverse.” For his part, Doocy said more Catholics should be given a “bigger carve out” under the ACA because they “just don’t believe in this stuff.”

Doocy and Lowry’s framing of this issue as an assault on religious freedom — “Little Sister vs. Big Government” — is bizarre. Although Lowry begins the segment by admitting the nuns are exempt from the mandate, he still somehow concludes that the administration “should let the nuns off the hook.” This upending of precedent would undermine all similar exemption mechanisms for religious objectors whose stance requires someone else to follow the law in their stead. Doocy undercuts his own argument that the government doesn’t provide enough exemptions for Catholics, who “by and large, stand against abortion and contraception” when he concedes that “they’re more in favor it, for various reasons, these days.” And in fact, 98% of sexually active Catholics use or have used contraceptives in their lives.

Lowry ended the segment by explaining that, under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), the government cannot substantially burden religious freedom without a “compelling governmental interest.” Whether or not signing a form is a “substantial burden” remains to be seen, but Lowry disingenuously suggests that the only compelling interest at play here is that the mandate apply to everyone, even though the mandate has improved access to contraception and other preventive care services for up to 47 million women. But apparently that’s not compelling enough for Fox News.

h/t: MMFA

thepoliticalfreakshow:

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.

LOOK: ‘We Were Bored, Decided To Kill Somebody’ Say Teens On Murder Of Australian Student: Cops

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:

“We were bored & decided to kill somebody.” 3 black teens shoot white jogger.Who will POTUS identify w/this time? http://t.co/ovs9Xw23Ye
— Allen West (@AllenWest) August 20, 2013

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:
Christopher adds:

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:


And this:


Sick.
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.

thepoliticalfreakshow:

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.

LOOK: ‘We Were Bored, Decided To Kill Somebody’ Say Teens On Murder Of Australian Student: Cops

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:

Allen West (AllenWest) on Twitter

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:

Christopher adds:

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:

Black Okla. teens murder white Australian jogger for sport | The Daily Caller

And this:

Black Okla. teens murder white Australian jogger for sport | The Daily Caller-3

Sick.

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.

(via Crooks and Liars: Fox News Tells Striking Workers to Get Two Jobs and ‘Expect to Get Paid the Minimum Wage’)

The hosts of Fox & Friends on Friday suggested that fast food workers should stop striking for higher pay and get a second job because the minimum wage “was never meant to be a career wage.”

On Thursday, hundreds of restaurant workers in New York City went on strike to demand a wage of at least $15 an hour. The current median wage of $9 an hour puts workers at about $4,500 lower that the poverty threshold of $23,000 for a family of four. The current minimum wage in New York City is $7.25.

"Here’s the deal, you’re a minimum wage worker, that’s an entry-level salary," Fox News host Brian Kilmeade opined on Friday. "If you’re good, you’ll get a raise."

"Minimum wage was never meant to be a career wage. If you work hard you will get higher — you will get more money. Here’s the other thing, as hard as it is in some cases, because you are a single mom or a single dad, you’ve got to get another job. You’ve got to get another job on top of that so you have two incomes."

"Brian you hit on the nose, I think, the key thing," co-host Steve Doocy remarked. "If it is a minimum wage job, expect to get paid the minimum wage."

Fox News hosts absurdly claimed that the opportunity to register to vote while applying for food stamps entrenches voters in a “cycle of dependency.” But most food stamp participants remain on the program for limited periods of time, and the voter registration inclusion is a national policy that has been in place for decades.

On March 22, Fox hosts Stuart Varney and Steve Doocy used a discussion of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), previously known as food stamps, to forward the Republican myth that the program generates a culture of dependency that locks liberal governments into positions of power. Discussing the use of SNAP benefits in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, both hosts mocked the voter registration option on SNAP applications, ignoring the fact that it has been national policy since 1993 to allow the opportunity to register to vote at state offices that handle public benefits.  

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, however, the SNAP program has proven successful at stabilizing families during tough times, and helps facilitate the transition to self-sufficiency. The USDA also reported that half of all new participants leave the program in under nine months.

Fox’s fearmongering over supposed “dependency” in Rhode Island is a shot in the dark at best. The option to register to vote while applying for SNAP benefits was implemented as part of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, also known as the motor-voter law, which required all states to allow voter registration at offices that manage federal benefits, in addition to DMV offices.

(via Fixed Noise: Obama Proposed ‘Free’ Preschool To Toddlers So They Can Vote For Him ‘In The Future’)

In his State of the Union address, President Obama made the case for universal early childhood education — an idea that isn’t sitting well with conservatives.

On Friday, Fox Business host Stuart Varney and Fox News host Steve Doocy attacked preschool access as a government handoutintended to extend “literally, the nanny state.” Varney echoed an argument used by former presidential candidate Mitt Romney that Obama won the election by giving “gifts” to women and minorities. Even though Obama cannot run for office a third time, the host warned the president is using preschool to entice a whole new generation of toddlers to support him when they’re eligible in 15 years:

VARNEY: Look what the president is doing here, it’s a repeat performance of his campaign, which is you raise taxes on the rich and you offer all kinds of free stuff to people who will vote for you in the future. Free preschool education for 4-year-olds, it’s free, here it is. Hand out the goodies.

In fact, preschool substantially reduces the likelihood that a child will later drop out of high school, become a teen parent, or be arrested for a violent crime. Studies have determined universal preschool programs generate roughly $7 in savings per child and increases human capital.

(via Think Progress: RNCTV’s Latest Sexist Attack Against Hillary: ‘Face Lift, Perhaps?’)

Fox and Friends host Steve Doocy took a shot at outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday morning, speculating that she underwent a face lift in the last two weeks. In a quick headline roundup, Doocy quipped that Clinton’s new website featured her “glamorous new face,” while Fox showed a side-by-side comparison of her website photo and a photo from Clinton’s exasperated testimony at the Senate’s hearing on the Benghazi attacks.

Is this the face of presidential ambition? Days after retiring as Secretary of State, somebody has launched a website for her, showing off this glamorous new face. Face lift, perhaps? Well, that’s fueling rumors about a run for president in 2016, but her aides say it’s simply a way for fans and the media to reach her.

Typical FNC.

Fox News attacks Gore for selling to ‘anti-American’ Al Jazeera instead of Beck (via Raw Story )

The hosts of Fox & Friends on Friday slammed former Democratic Vice President Al Gore for being a “great American businessman” and selling his Current TV network to the “clearly anti-American” Al Jazeera network instead of former Fox News host Glenn Beck. On Thursday, The Wall Street Journal…


 

Fox News host Steve Doocy misrepresented President Obama’s proposal to avoid the possibility of a federal government default on its financial obligations in order to claim that the president has proposed changing the Constitution.

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner proposed that Congress should pass a law giving the president authority to avoid default by raising the ceiling on how much the federal government can borrow. Under the proposal, the president’s authority would be subject to a vote of disapproval by Congress. Geithner’s proposal was based on an idea originally put forward by Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell.

Geithner’s proposal is urgent because the federal government is expected to reach the debt ceiling early in 2013, meaning that if Congress does not act, the federal government will begin defaulting on some of its obligations for the first time in history.

On the December 7 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, Doocy interviewed Republican Sen. John Thune (SD) and opined that it was “good news for the Republicans” that there would soon be a fight between Obama and congressional Republicans over the federal debt ceiling because Republicans would “obviously have the upper hand on that.” Thune responded in part by saying that “what we’re told is the president is even thinking about what he might be able to do to raise the debt ceiling without going through Congress, which would be a huge mistake and ought to be unconstitutional.”

Rather than amend the Constitution or change the way it has been interpreted, Obama has proposed legislation that would amend the current statute that puts a limit on the federal government’s borrowing.

The debt ceiling is merely a provision of law passed by Congress, which can be amended or repealed at any time through ordinary legislation without any change to the Constitution. 

H/T: MMFA

Fox appears poised to manufacture a scandal involving the New Black Panther Party appearing at a polling station in Philadelphia. 

On Election Day 2008, two members of the New Black Panther Party appeared outside a polling station in Philadelphia, with one of them carrying a club. The Department of Justice (DOJ) under then-President George W. Bush brought a civil voter intimidation lawsuit against the New Black Panther Party and several of its members over the incident. After President Obama took office, the DOJ decided to pursue the case against the defendant carrying the club but dropped the lawsuit against the other defendants.

Fox and other right-wing media outlets obsessed about DOJ’s decision to drop some of the claims, saying that DOJ was corrupt and refused to pursue charges against African Americans. The story never added up and was dismissed by a broad and bipartisan group of media and political figures.

But Fox appears ready to go through the same cycle again, highlighting a reported member of the New Black Panther Party who reportedly showed up outside the doors of a polling station and was shown on video opening a door for someone going inside. Co-host Steve Doocy stated that “the organization claims they are monitoring the 2012 election, but some critics say that it looks like intimidation like in 2008.”

h/t: Adam Shah at MMFA