Fox News Guest’s Ugly Racist Remark About President Obama

Fox News continued its pattern — tradition? — of directing attacks with racist undertones at President Barack Obama on Thursday night when Brent Bozell of the conservative Media Research Center said that “you might want to say” that the President is a “skinny, ghetto crackhead.”

The holiday spirit of peace on earth and good will to all humankind is not prevailing at Fox News.

Bozell was making an appearance on Hannity in the the show’s weekly “Media Mash” segment, in which the mainstream media come under fire for their purported failings. Guest host Mark Steyn played a clip of MSNBC’s Chris Matthews referring to Newt Gingrich as someone who “looks like a car bomber.” Steyn then opined that Gingrich looks like nothing of the sort but is rather “big, cuddly, slightly older Winnie the Pooh.” No comment about that remark, which Bozell followed with these words:

“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? Which, by the way, you might want to say that Barack Obama does. Everybody on the left would come forward and demand he be fired within five minutes for being so insulting towards a leader of the United States.”

Media Matters’ Solange Uwimana traces other instances of racially tinged references to the President on Fox News:

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.

Other attacks on Fox News have   questioned the President’s place of birth and also his religion. As Uwimana writes, all are nothing new from Fox News. Susan Madrak at Crooks and Liars notes that ugly remarks like these are rather what one should expect from Bozell, who is on the record for saying that former President Jimmy Carter is “like that proverbial college freshman who spouts neo-Marxist pablum after one too many hits on the bong.”

As someone who teaches and who has taught quite a few first-year college students for two decades around the US, all I can say is, most of them know very well that such statements are inappropriate and wrongheaded. Even more, the students I’ve known would readily recognize that such hateful speech is a troubling sign of how deeply racist attitudes and beliefs are embedded in US society and how much we need to keep challenging those who utter them.

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223 comments

Deborah W.
Deborah W.3 years ago

DANIEL PEARL FREEDOM OF THE PRESS ... May 18, 2010

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener4 years ago

What'd you expect from FOX....

Robby C.
Past Member 4 years ago

Both sides are hypocrites. Race is used from both sides for various reasons. If a minority presidential candidate doesn't win, it's b/c he's a minority. If he does win, it's b/c he's a minority. If he's impeached it's b/c he's a minority. If he's not impeached, it's b/c he's a minority. I'm sick of the whining about Fox news. And saying "faux news" is so clever. Whatever the discussion is, you can be sure, that whomever is speaking, they assume that their news source is the ONLY correct news source. And, anyone arguing w/them; their news source is incorrect. It's really silly. Liberals own almost ALL the media. Fox news is about the ONLY conservative-leaning source available. No one (w/a brain at least) wants either party to run the entire media. Our media is so dishonest to begin with. Reporters are people- interweaving their own opinions into their reports, etc. By the time the "news" reaches the masses, God only knows how badly distorted it is.

In HS, we did an experiment- the teacher whispered something (very clearly but quietly) into a student's ear. That person then did the same to the next student & so on & so forth. By the time it got to the last person, the original phrase was completely different- an entirely different subject. Throw in the fact that reporters have their own agenda, as do editors, bosses, etc, & the expression "take it w/a grain of salt" readily comes to mind.

SeattleAnn S.
Ann S.4 years ago

Unbelievable how hypocritical the conservative right are or in FauxNews' case, pretend to be. They would be the first tossing a fit if anything even half as bad as the stuff they are airing about our current President was said about any of the Teabaggers (I know they changed their name, but their original name just suits them better). For those of you who can appreciate a little sarcasm, I'll just say that Fox"News" is the main contributor to giving backwoods hillbillies a bad name.

Kathryn Edwards
Kathryn Edwards4 years ago

Fox News is not news it is an entertainment program for the uneducated, lazy, and bigoted people that think they know what is going on.

Starlite M.
Starlite M.4 years ago

I lived in a low income area guess what blacks are not the only people that are crack heads, I think it was a put down to President but not racial but then that's me... Because unlike most of the Republicans most of us didn't grow up with a silver spoon in our mouths. If they have their way we can't even work up to it!

Joy Dantine
Joy Dantine4 years ago

I DID FLAG AS INAPPROPRIATE DUE TO "MULTIPLE DUPLICATES". THANK YOU, AND MY APOLOGY ONCE AGAIN.

Joy Dantine
Joy Dantine4 years ago

TO ALL WHOM HAVE NO IDEA OF WHAT I JUST WROTE, MY MOST HUMBLE APOLOGY. PLEASE ALLOW ME TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT.
INTENDED MEANING IS: THERE IS ONLY ONE ADULT ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL AND HE DOES NOT HAVE TO MIMIC THOSE WHOM "DECIDE" TOSLING SLURS AND USE UP PRODUCTIVE AIRTIME.

Joy Dantine
Joy Dantine4 years ago

TO ALL WHOM HAVE NO IDEA OF WHAT I JUST WROTE, MY MOST HUMBLE APOLOGY. PLEASE ALLOW ME TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT.
INTENDED MEANING IS: THERE IS ONLY ONE ADULT ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL AND HE DOES NOT HAVE TO MIMIC THOSE WHOM "DECIDE" TOSLING SLURS AND USE UP PRODUCTIVE AIRTIME.

Joy Dantine
Joy Dantine4 years ago

TO ALL WHOM HAVE NO IDEA OF WHAT I JUST WROTE, MY MOST HUMBLE APOLOGY. PLEASE ALLOW ME TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT.
INTENDED MEANING IS: THERE IS ONLY ONE ADULT ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL AND HE DOES NOT HAVE TO MIMIC THOSE WHOM "DECIDE" TOSLING SLURS AND USE UP PRODUCTIVE AIRTIME.