THE BLOG
07/15/2010 09:27 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

When Does Fox News' Ugly Race Baiting Become The Story?

Chasing the phony New Black Panther mirage, the conservative movement is now wallowing in the kind of unapologetic race-baiting that mainstream American politics hasn't seen in decades, if not generations.

But the press pretends otherwise.

Fox News (aka the Opposition Party) openly and proudly engages in jaw-dropping episodes of demagogic race-bating, as they depict the president of the United States as a hater of white people who's quietly assembling his progressive army for a "race war," yet the press sits quietly, watching from a distance, and decides uniformly that there's no story there.

You can practically hear the audible justifications: "Well, it's just Fox being Fox." Or, "It's just Rush being Rush."

I'm sorry, but when the most-watched cable news channel relentlessly depicts the president and his administration as being the home to get-whitey racists, it's news. And having the most listened-to radio talk show host in American claim that our first African-American president purposefully keeps the unemployment rate high in order to exact revenge against white America -- that's news too.

Period.

What Fox News, Limbaugh and the rest of the GOP Noise Machine are doing today in terms of unapologetic race-bating is a disgrace. How the press is handling the unfolding story isn't much better.

Read the full Media Matters column, here.