Brent Bozell Thursday night on Fox News said President Barack Obama looks like “a skinny, ghetto crackhead.” Bozell is the founder and president of the Media Research Center, a conservative activist organization that parades as a think tank and media watchdog.
Talking Points Memo reports:
A Fox News guest on Thursday said that “you might want to say” President Obama looks like “a skinny, ghetto crackhead.”Notice how Bozell cowardly ensconces his racist attack against Obama in “you might want to say” language so he can say, “Well, I didn’t say that.”
Brent Bozell, of the conservative Media Research Center, appeared on Fox Thursday night, where guest host Mark Steyn showed a clip of MSNBC’s Chris Matthews saying that Newt Gingrich “looks like a car bomber.”
“How long do you think Sean Hannity’s show would last if four times in one sentence, he made a comment about, say, the President of the United States, and said that he looked like a skinny, ghetto crackhead?” Bozell wondered. “Which, by the way, you might want to say that Barack Obama does.”
Bozell has a long resume when it comes to ultra-right wing conservative groups. Wikipedia notes,
Leo Brent Bozell III (born July 14, 1955) is an American conservative writer and activist. Bozell is the founder and president of the Media Research Center, the Conservative Communications Center, and the Cybercast News Service. Bozell served as president of the Parents Television Council from 1995 to 2006, after which he was succeeded by Timothy F. Winter. In addition, currently, Bozell serves on the board for the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights and has served on the board of directors in the American Conservative Union.The Catholic League is Bill Donohue’s pedophile priest-supporting organization.
In yet another well-researched article, Media Matters adds:
Fox News’ animosity toward President Obama, three years into his presidency, is by now well-known. This is the network that routinely calls Obama a socialist, accuses him of being involved in all sorts of conspiratorial plots, and claims that he hates America. But, as witnessed Thursday on Hannity, Fox’s attacks have taken an increasingly racially charged tone: Brent Bozell, who runs the factuallychallenged outfit of conservative misinformation known as the Media Research Center, likened Obama to “a skinny, ghetto crackhead.”
A few months ago, Fox’s Eric Bolling came under fire for his racially charged criticisms of Obama, including his claims that Obama was “chugging 40’s in IRE while tornadoes ravage MO” (which he latertried to amend), and that Obama was hosting “hoodlum[s] in the hizzouse” when he welcomed Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondimba and rapper Common to the White House.
Since April of this year when Obama announced he would be running for reelection, attacks haveranged from false claims about the president’s place of birth and religion to claiming Obama has “black nationalist sympathies.” Fox’s Monica Crowley, for example, derided Obama as a “committed wealth redistributionist” for the apparent benefit of African-Americans.
But this is nothing new. Fox News and its personalities have a long history of aggressive race-baiting and racially charged commentary. Moreover, Fox News’ news-aggregation website, Fox Nation, has ahabit of prominently featuring race-baiting headlines and content in an apparent effort to attract and encourage racist commenters. One memorable headline read: “Obama’s Hip-Hop BBQ Didn’t Create Jobs.”