Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Fox News Wadhalilisha Rais Obama na Wageni Wake!

(Eirc Bolling wa Fox News alisema kuwa Rais Obama anakaribisha majangili/wahuni katika White House)

Huyo Mshenzi Bolling wa Fox News kazidi. Anamtukana Rais Obama na wageni wake bila aibu. Je, hao wageni wangekuwa wazungu angewatukana hivyo? Rais anastahili heshima hata kama ni raisi wa nchi ya Afrika, lakini cheki Rais Bongo wa Gabon alivyotukanwa! Khaa! Kuna petition ya kuomba Fox News wamfukuze kazi huyo mshenzi, mbaguzi, Eric Bolling! Sasa kuna habari kuwa Bolling kaomba msamaha! Hakuna msamaha, Bolling alijua anafanya nini!


Nimepata kwa email:

"It's not first time he's had a hoodlum in the hizzouse."

That's what Fox Business host Eric Bolling said on Friday about President Obama's meeting at the White House with the President of Gabon, Ali Bongo, while photoshopping a gold tooth onto the man's image. Then a photo of popular hip-hop artist Common, who participated in a White House poetry event last month (and was later smeared by Fox), appeared on-screen .1

It's just the latest from Bolling, who last month accused President Obama of "chugging a few forties" in Ireland.2 Bolling's attacks are part of a long history of racially-coded language and stereotypes that Fox uses to create a negative perception of the president.

Please join us in demanding that Roger Alies Chariman of Fox News and Fox Business fire Bolling. If enough of us speak out, it will ensure that Fox's leaders face some public accountability for its consistent race-baiting. It only takes a moment:


Fox Business and Fox News continue to be safe havens for commentators who try to whip up race-based fears and peddle racial stereotypes as hard news.

President Ali Bongo currently holds the rotating presidency of the U.N. Security Council and was visiting the White House on official business. While Bongo has a troubling human rights record, past U.S. presidents have met with problematic figures for diplomatic reasons or to get them to change their behavior. Hip hop artist Common is a well-educated cultural and charitable ambassador and a talented musician. We doubt that Fox would ever have referred to the White House as a “hizzouse” while George W. Bush, Bill Clinton or any other president resided there.

But on Friday, Bolling seized an opportunity to race-bait. He opened the segment by asking, "So what's with all the hoods in the hizzy?" Later, when a guest challenged him, asking why Bolling was treating the meeting as a social event rather than an official meeting between two heads of state, Bolling said, "How do you know what they did? Maybe they did have s'mores and watch movies. Maybe they watched a basketball game."

Such obvious promotion of racial stereotypes is nothing new at Fox.4,5 In fact, it's what made Glenn Beck's career at Fox News before he took things too far6 — a move that eventually cost him more than 300 advertisers and his 5pm show on the network. Beck will leave this coveted time slot vacant at the end of this month, and some observers believe Bolling's over-the-top race-baiting last week was an audition for Beck's spot — his attempt to show Ailes and other executives at Fox that he's up to the challenge of stoking Fox viewers' anger at President Obama in a way fitting of Beck's legacy.7

Please join us in demanding that Fox Business Chairman Roger Ailes fire Eric Bolling. Ailes might not care what we think — but he has to care about Fox's public image. If Ailes fires Bolling, it's a step towards accountability. If he refuses, it will make it abundantly clear to the public and the media that stoking racial division is part of Fox's agenda.

Please join us by clicking the link below. And when you do, please ask your family and friends to do the same:


Thanks and Peace,

-- Rashad, James, Gabriel, William, Dani, Matt, Natasha, and the rest of the ColorOfchange.org team
June 14th, 2011

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1. "Fox's Eric Bolling: Obama Is Hosting "Hoodlum[s]" In "The Hizzouse"," Media Matters, 6-11-2011

2. "Bolling: Obama Was "Chugging A Few 40's" Instead Of Responding To Joplin Disaster," Media Matters, 5-24-2011

3. See reference 1

4. "Tell CNN: Stop echoing Fox's race-baiting," ColorOfChange.org, 7-10-2010

5. "An overview: Fox News and its problem with African-Americans," ColorOfChange.org

6. "Call on advertisers to drop sponsorship of Glenn Beck," ColorOfChange.org, 7-30-09

7. "Is Race Baiting Part of Eric Bolling’s Fox News Audition?," Media Matters, 6-13-2011
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/854?akid=2018.1041911.lWqjE9&t=20 --


Anonymous said...

The racism claim comes in to play because Bolling uses stereotypical, hip-hop language and conflates two wildly divergent black men, referring to them with a blanket term like 'hoodlums.' We're not saying that Bolling can't use hip-hop slang, but it is curious that he repeatedly uses hip-hop slang when critiquing President Obama. At best, it's a veiled attempt to marginalize the president as a ghetto stereotype. Cheap shot, Bolling!

Anonymous said...

John Durst, associate professor of sociology at Ohio Wesleyan University, is overseeing a study on race in Columbus, Ohio. He stated in an e-mail after reviewing the comments:

These are all terms more commonly used in poor African-American communities. While not exclusively found in African-American communities, used in such a context for the President of the United States by a national media organization (conservative or not) is clearly painting a picture of Obama as a BLACK MALE who has not made it beyond the ghetto and can be portrayed in such light.

Durst added:,

It's modern stereotyping all the way...not referring to Obama as a [N-word], colored, porch monkey, etc...but playing on code language to make his comments be seen in a race light...and that IS racism.

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