Fox News is not perfect
They are really just off the cuff when it comes to people of color. In an all too-familiar case of universal Blackness, Fox News “mistakenly” ran video of Representative John Conyers while the segment is describing the legal indictments handed down against Representative Bill Jefferson. Fox knew what they were doing and we do too and for that, I am proud to stand in coalition with Color of Change in praising Conyers for calling Fox out on their relentless “disrespect of people of color.” Conyers was upset of course and had this to say,
“Fox News has a history of inappropriate on-air mistakes that are neither fair, nor balanced. This type of disrespect for people of color should no longer be tolerated. I am personally offended by the network’s complete disregard for accuracy in reporting and lackluster on-air apology.”
Conyers is from Detroit (my hometown) and he has been around the block enough to know that Fox does not have the interests of Black folk at heart. And that is why it was strange for me to read that Conyers was one of the CBC members that signed a letter for Democratic candidates to participate in the CBCI/Fox debate. The irony here is almost funny, if it wasn’t so tragic.
Jack and Jill hit the nail on the head when they wrote,
“My hope is that FINALLY the CBC will understand who their true friends are (that would be us, their constituents) and who has a back-stabbing agenda against them. I hope this is a turning point where they realize those piddling Fox donations to the CBC might have a cost that’s too high for Black elected officials.”
And do you know that Fox news “apologized” for their mistake without even mentioning Conyer’s name? You might as well not have said anything at all!
The problems we have with the media might seem mundane in light of issues like the war and economy but we will never be able to move an agenda in a society that is so brainwashed by outlets like Fox News. We need an Anti-Defamation League for people of color whose sole responsibility is to monitor and call people out for talking out the side of their neck. In the meantime, I guess the bloggers will have to hold it down. Which reminds me, why wasn’t there more of a reaction from the CBC as a whole?
Stay up fam,