I am not sure which event yesterday is more disturbing. As I wrote yesterday, nine people were shot and killed in an Historic AME Church in Charleston by a white man. I outlined my arguments as to why this should be classified as Domestic Terrorism.
Since I wrote that article, there has been more information about the shooter. This man, whom I refuse to name so he won’t get any ink here, was an avowed racist. He let one woman at the church live so “she could tell the world what happened.” It has also come out that he has been planning this attack for six months and wanted to start a civil war. And, according to a witness he said: “You rape our women and are taking over our country and you have to go.”
Now, after hearing all of this, I don’t know how anyone could classify it as anything but Domestic Terrorism. Well, apparently I was wrong. Yesterday, Fox News tried to call this another case that proves there is a “war on Christianity.” That’s right, the white man who entered a church and killed nine black people because “You rape our women and are taking over our country” was really killing them because he apparently hates Christianity.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t long before such notable Presidential Candidates like Lindsey Graham, Rick Santorum, Ted Cruz, etc., were all chiming in with the same outrageous claims. According to them, the real “hate” in this “hate crime” was a hate towards Christians. Fox News host Hether Childers even said on-air: “Could the shooter have been motivated by pure hatred for religion?”
President Obama spoke about the tragedy yesterday, too. He even lightly brushed over the issue of gun control. That was all the right-wing wackos needed to hear. The outrage about how “one bad apple” is going to be used to “take our guns away” rantings began almost immediately.
Also, Ron Lott at foxnews.com said the main reason for this killing was that it took place in a “gun-free zone.” He blames gun-free zones for all of the mass shootings that have taken place in our country. Crackpots with guns aren’t the problem, gun-free zones are the problem.
Obviously, the most important part of any gun control law would be Universal Background Checks. The purpose of Universal Background Checks is to ensure that everyone who purchases a gun must go through a background check first regardless of where the gun was purchased.
Currently, in most states, you can purchase a gun online, at a gun show, or from a private person and not have to go through a background check. Why a background check? Well, because even the NRA says criminals and people with mental health issues probably shouldn’t be allowed to buy a gun. Without Universal Background Checks, you never will know if the person you are selling a gun to falls into one of these categories.
But, no, not even something as sane at this is allowed to be even talked about after such an incident. The wackos say it is just an attempt to take away their guns. If thousands of people must die in this country each year by gun violence, so be it. Gun ownership is more precious than people’s lives. By the way, have you ever noticed that the people who cry the loudest about background checks always seem to be people who wouldn’t be able to get a gun if they had to pass one?
I checked Fox News website today to see how they are handling the reports of this man being a racist. They have a headline that says he was a racist. The piece that follows is something off the wires though. There is no “opinion” about how racism was the motivation behind this attack. I wonder why? However, they were very happy to report that the President had attempted to pass meaningful gun laws after other mass attacks, but that those efforts failed.
If anyone had any doubts about there being a race issue in this country, Wednesday night’s event should cure you of that problem. On the other hand, when you have news outlets like Fox News slanting the event into something they are trying to push, it is hard to overcome the real problem. Fox News is pushing the war on Christianity as the real reason behind this attack because they want you to believe that there is no race issues in America.
Fox News is nothing more than a propaganda machine for the ultra-conservative movement. Hell, even their Presidential Candidates fall in line very quickly with what Fox News says. There are some people who are waiting for July 1. That is when Rupert Murdoch steps down as head of his empire, which includes Fox News, and hands over control to his two sons.
It is reported that neither of his sons are very happy with Fox News. There was even a report of a “smack down” of Roger Ailes by the sons. Something that never happened before. According to the reports, Ailes told his reporters at Fox Business to report that even though Rupert was stepping down, he – Roger Ailes – would still report directly to Rupert. Later, a report from corporate headquarters at Fox’s empire said that Roger would report to the sons, and NOT Rupert.
I don’t know very much about Murdoch’s two sons. I do know that the Murdoch empire has had some very sleazy news reporting around the world. As a result, I am not as optimistic as others that Fox News will undergo a major change in the near future. In the Murdoch empire, money talks very loudly! I hope I am wrong because without that major change, stupid arguments like the ones being put forth at Fox about this event will not go away.
This is not the first, nor will it be the last attack on a black church. There have been attacks against Mosque’s and Synagogues as well. But you never heard Fox report them as part of an attack on Islam or Judaism. This is the first time they even tried to report an attack on a black church as an attack on Christianity. But, if you are wondering why they would try it now, just look at what Brian Kilmeade had to say in a lead up to this ridiculous claim: “Is it a church that has white congregants as well as black?”
That is the key phrase behind all of this stupidity. If a church has “white congregants” as well as black congregants, the reason for the attack cannot be race related. At least in Kilmeade’s mind. The bosses at Fox News must think the same way. They hired this crackpot.
Fox News was never very good at “reporting” the news. But, it has become more-and-more of a propaganda machine as the years have passed. They don’t even try to hide that fact anymore. The more outrageous the claim, the more they will sink their teeth into it and never let go.
The problem they have created in the Republican Party is exposed with one Presidential Candidate. Lindsey Graham “told off” Fox News one day, and then he mouths the exact script put forth by Fox News another day because it suits his political agenda.
The attack at AME Church in Charleston was simply a domestic terrorist attack carried out by a white supremacist. Nothing more, and nothing less. But, the conversation about how to stop such attacks can not happen when a so-called news organization keeps changing the script about what it really was. Fox News has really sunk to a new low in their reporting of this case.
I would say they should be ashamed of themselves, but in order to be ashamed of your mistakes, you must first have enough of a conscience to admit the mistake in the first place. Since their “reporting” of incidents like this is very deliberate, you can be sure they have no conscience. So none of them will ever be “ashamed” of their false reporting.