POLITICS
06/18/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Fox News' Hill 'Clarifies' Her 'Terrorist Fist Jab' Comment

UPDATE: Was just looking over at FishbowlNY, where former HuffPo'er Glynnis MacNichol reminds, "...be fair Gawker's [Alex] Pareene saw this coming." And, indeed he did, and deserves some dap of his own, for saying: "You will probably hear that it is a Black Gesture. Some particularly bent people will say even more confused things." Read the rest of Alex's excellent take on the matter right here.

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Fox News' E.D. Hill, who has lost her show amid a Fox News shakeup, today offered viewers a "clarification" of her earlier comments, which characterized the "fist bump" shared by Barack and Michelle Obama on the evening of the South Dakota and Montana primaries as "a terrorist fist jab."

HILL: Want to start the show by clarifying something I said on the show last Friday about an upcoming body language segment. Now, I mentioned various ways the Obamas' fist pump in St. Paul had been characterized in the media. I apologize because unfortunately, some thought I personally had characterized it inappropriately. I regret that. It was not my intention. And I certainly didn't mean to associate the word "terrorist" in any way to Senator Obama and his wife. Now, today, the senator is talking about the economy.

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Of course, when Hill states that she was only mentioning "various ways the Obamas' fist pump in St. Paul had been characterized in the media," I am a bit confused, since it would seem that she was the first member of the "media" to characterize it as such. As previously noted, it would appear that the origin of the terrorist fist-jab meme appears to have stemmed from a now-scrubbed blog comment over at Human Events. Similarly, it seems to me that the easiest way to avoid "associat[ing] the word 'terrorist'...to Senator Obama" is to simply not ascribe "terrorist" motives to Obama in the first place, especially when they are as stupefyingly inane as Hill's example.