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Fox News made a boo-boo. A really big boo-boo. One so big that other mainstream outlets that average over a dozen boo-boos a week are now aghast that Fox News has dared to accidentally make its own egregious boo-boo.
In fact, Fox News host Bret Baier was forced to issue an official retraction and apology statement Saturday afternoon.
FOX NEWS CHANNEL:
“The infographic used on FOX News Channel’s Special Report to illustrate market reactions to historic periods of civil unrest should have never aired on television without full context.We apologize for the insensitivity of the image & take this issue seriously.”
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) June 6, 2020
During a segment of Fox News’ “Special Report With Bret Baier” the night before, he’d briefly thrown the program to Fox Business Network correspondent Susan Li for some economic analysis.
After speaking briefly about the latest jobs report and its effect on the already booming stock market, Li then contrasted the market’s gains with other notable historical events.
Listen (disable your adblocker if the video doesn’t appear):
“Stock markets hitting new highs despite the nationwide protest this week,” she said. “Historically, there has been a disconnect between what investors focus on and what happens across the rest of the country.”
“For instance, in 1968, the week after the tragedy of Martin Luther King, the S&P 500 rose over two percent. Also up the week after the Rodney King ruling, and Wall Street trading on the reopening instead this year in 2020.”
To convey this point, FNC featured the following graphic:
(Source: Fox News)
The graphic was factually accurate in denoting the bizarre but inexorable stock market gains that have seemingly always followed certain historical events.
Moreover, the graphic was based on facts that had already been laid out in a report published at The Wall Street Journal days earlier.
Nevertheless, the graphic was found to be highly distasteful and insensitive, to the point that congressional Democrats and their media allies joined in screaming pure fury and indicting Fox News for not having a soul and being a home to white supremacy.
This is a horrific graphic to have put up on air.
My god. pic.twitter.com/HoDof1AN9l
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) June 5, 2020
Fox News bares what is has in place of a soul: https://t.co/uDFkpiOHsc
— Karen Tumulty (@ktumulty) June 6, 2020
— Bobby L. Rush (@RepBobbyRush) June 6, 2020
— Michael Steele (@MichaelSteele) June 6, 2020
I appeared on Fox a couple years ago & quickly vowed to never appear there again. People have been asking how can any Black person work or appear on this network given this 👇🏽But truthfully, this question shouldn’t be specific to us. We should ask this of EVERYONE. #AbolishFox https://t.co/NyRYeayoea
— @tiffanydcross (@TiffanyDCross) June 6, 2020
“Daddy, what white supremacy? And what do you mean when you say it is structural?”
“Good questions, daughter. Watch this.” https://t.co/zlPLGew4A4
— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) June 6, 2020
I am a professional word having person and I have no words to describe the people at Fox who thought this was okay. https://t.co/9D7dBvr299
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) June 6, 2020
The gaslighting was astounding coming from these people. Fox News made a boo-boo for which it has since apologized. These people, on the other hand, regularly and unrepentantly publish hateful diatribes and then never apologize for them.
The latter media figure seen above, Elie Mystal, is a frequent MSNBC talking head who’s said white Trump supporters must be “destroyed,” claimed “white America likes its killer cops” and repeatedly complained about “white people” on Twitter.
This might be the White people news that finally breaks me. https://t.co/DXVw48aP7i
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) June 6, 2020
White people no longer surprise me.
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) May 26, 2020
White people are freaking undefeated. https://t.co/8THoBdHY9a
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) June 4, 2020
White people want to vote like black women until it’s time to vote.
Then they want to vote like white people.
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) February 11, 2020
This isn’t some random person on the street. He’s a celebrated, recognized media figure purposefully and unremorsefully behaving like a bigot. But because he’s a far-leftist whose views align with the mainstream, he’s never held accountable.
Similarly, among the media figures who’re now aiming fury and condemnation at Fox News are plenty who’d smeared Republican governors like Brian Kemp and Ron DeSantis only months earlier. And FYI, none of them have apologized.
Nor has anyone in the mainstream establishment media apologized yet for smearing President Donald Trump twice this week alone.
First, they smeared him over the St. John’s Church incident, and then they smeared him over an economic news press conference he held Friday. As of Saturday afternoon, the only outlet to apologize for the briefing smear was The Washington Post.
Also keep in mind that these aren’t one-time mistakes. They’re habitual, arguably intentional ones that have been happening on a near-daily basis since the day President Donald Trump stepped off the escalator at Trump Tower five years ago.
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