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Rachel Maddow Slams Fox News Coverage Of Racist Emails Sent By Ferguson Police

03/11/2015 10:08 am ET | Updated Mar 11, 2015

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow was outraged Tuesday night by the reaction that Fox News had to new revelations about racism and discrimination in Ferguson's police department and municipal court.

Last Wednesday, the Justice Department released a shocking report revealing that high-ranking officials in Ferguson, Missouri, where 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot, have a history of racial bias, stereotyping and violating the rights of black citizens.

The report detailed extremely racist emails sent by Ferguson officials, including an email stating that Barack Obama would not be president for long because "what black man holds a steady job for four years." Another related him to a chimpanzee.

A May 2011 email said: "An African-American woman in New Orleans was admitted into the hospital for a pregnancy termination. Two weeks later she received a check for $5,000. She phoned the hospital to ask who it was from. The hospital said, 'Crimestoppers.'"

The emails also contained a photograph of what appears to be a group of bare-chested women dancing along with the caption, "Michelle Obama's High School Reunion."

But Maddow's issue was not with the report, but rather how her primetime competitors delivered the information to viewers.

"Look at how this story comes out when you see it on the Fox News Channel," she said.

Maddow played back clips of Fox News' Megyn Kelly stating Tuesday night that "there are very few companies in America," where, if you searched their email database, you would not find racist or offensive messages.

"I don't get emails from my colleagues like that!" Maddow burst out. "Maybe those kinds of emails happen where you work."

She went on to mock Fox News in typical Maddow fashion:

"This sort of thing is normal for the American workplace. Very few companies in America are not sending around work emails about lazy, unemployed black people and the black president being a monkey. That's normal! That's American business!"

"Fox News Channel says that's normal," the host concluded.

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