Fox News Affiliate Calls Neo-Nazis A “Civil Rights Group”

Sanford police say that they have “no indication” of neo-Nazis patrolling the town where 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was killed on February 26 by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, says Mediaite. But a Fox Orlando affiliate, WOFL, has aired an uncritical report of the Detroit-based National Socialist Movement (NSM) doing just that and interviewed the group’s leader, Jeff Schoep; the segment is on Little Green Footballs.

Even more, not only does the Fox reporter not question Schoep’s claims. She introduces the NSM by saying “There’s another civil rights group in town.”

As Judd Legum on Think Progress notes, a brief summary of that Fox news segment was posted online with the title “Civil rights group patrolling Sanford.” This summary was removed and a new story with the title “Neo-Nazi group patrolling Sanford” posted. The video is the same but an Editor’s Note now says:

The report originally published Saturday inadvertently referred to the National Socialist Movement as a civil rights group. We intended to refer to them as a “self-proclaimed” civil rights group.

Schoep had described the NSM as a “white civil rights organization” in the Miami New Times blog post that first mentioned the neo-Nazis were patrolling Sanford’s streets.

Again, Sanford police dispute that such patrols are going on, as  Mediaite takes care to point out with reference to a post on the blog Legal Insurrection by William Jacobson, a professor at Cornell Law School. But Fox News, or at least Fox’s Orlando affiliate, is not so concerned about getting the details — the facts — right.


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Alan Lambert
Alan Lambert4 years ago

Close, but not quite, the Neo-Nazis are actually a "civil WRONGS group"

Joseph B.
Joseph B4 years ago

From some of these posts slamming Republicans and the Tea Party and white folks I would say despotism and intolerance is rife right here! Perhaps racism! Hitler would be proud of you!
The hate mongering and just flat out ignorance of these posts is amazing and shocking!
For example- To single out Fox news as something less than a snakes belly and not doing the same for the likes of Chris Matthews and Ed Schultz ( they routinely spew out hate and rage against folks they don't agree with) is arrogance of the highest order!
Absolute arrogance!
A lesson on the hated Tea Party-
It was a spontainous response to a out of control Federal Government that spent us into oblivion and ignored the constution and the restrictions it places on what Government can and CAN"t do!
They are not racist heathen but loyal Americans to America as it was founded- A constutrional Republic instead of the out of control Government we have now!
It oposes Obama on his policies that are leading us to the path of financial insolvency- His policies and unconstutional actions, Not the man!
I will bet those that hated George Bush PERSONALLY are the same intolerants that hate the tea party because they stand opposed to big out of control Government!
Malicious malcontents! Dump the hate while you still can- You will NOT silence us!
I pitty MSNBC, Chris Matthews, Ed Schultz and those that hate any opinions except their own- You must be very unhappy in life!
In regard to the NeoNazis, They

Linda Gilbert
Gregory Gilbert4 years ago

Well, for some there is no greater injustice than for white males not to have all the power and all the advantages. I think this notion, although expressed in different ways, is the energizing force behind the rage of the tea party. (Not to be confused with those republican strategists and network talking heads who merely cash in on it)

Duane B.
.4 years ago

Calling a neo-Nazi group a Civil Rights group is like calling Fox Media a news group. It's an oxymoron!

Shirley B.
Shirley B5 years ago

Dan B. You summed it up perfectly, Kudos.

Dan B.
Dan Brook5 years ago

Boycott Fox and the GOP!

The regressive Republican Party of No is obstructionist, mean-spirited, thuggish, religiously fanatical, scientifically ignorant, untrustworthy, xenophobic, racist, sexist, homophobic, evolution & global warming denying, oily, anti-environment, anti-health, anti-consumer, anti-choice, anti-birth control, anti-education, anti-student loans, anti-equal pay, pro-banks, pro-big corporations, pro-billionaire, pro-voter suppression, union busting, Medicare mashing & Social Security slashing, fiscally irresponsible, misleading, authoritarian, selfish, greedy, out-of-touch, dishonest, lacking compassion, warmongering, and otherwise dangerous.

NEVER vote for Republicans!

Dale Overall

Thank you Alice L for also explaining the original meaning, had no seen all the comments for posting. Did not know about some of the American Natives used it also.

Watching Fox 'News' leads to loss of brain cells. It is particularly toxic when the Democrats are in office as Fox goes into overdrive with even more endless drivel. It can become addictive to the right who often use it as their their only source of 'news.'

Dale Overall

Sadly the Nazi destroyers swiped the symbol and destroyed its original meaning for Western culture. Seeing a swastika leaves me cold. Yes Julie K is correct these originally came from cultures thousands of years old and their intent iwas peace. Today, that symbol is now seen as the personification of terror /evil. Sometimes this results in misunderstanding, one manufacturer over a decade ago put swastikas on Santa Clauses destined for Canada and obviously this didn't go over too well as in Canada the swastika is seen as a Nazi symbol. Most people have no idea that it originally was intended as a peaceful symbol. Was shocked when looking up a Janism site and there was a swastika as for me being educated in the West thought that it only meant Nazism. Had no idea of the historical context as it is also from India, China, ancient Europe before the Nazi period but to me the swastika denotes evil since my bias is western and it takes awhile to remember that it had another meaning prior to Nazism.

Lawrence Travers
Lawrence Travers5 years ago

Hey, maybe they will gas the Fox newsers and we will be better off.

Bertha Smith
Bertha Smith5 years ago

Sharon B,
More listening to Fox News than the other two combined. I think we all know that.