Knee-Jerk Off: Fox News Hammers Obama’s Remarks On Zimmerman Verdict

President Obama made a surprise appearance in the White House press briefing room this morning to express his thoughts on the Zimmerman verdict and related matters including race and law. Fox News didn’t waste any time to begin smearing the President for having the gall to communicate to the American people his feelings on these subjects.

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Apparently, the all too predictable hate mongers at Fox’s community web site, Fox Nation of Lies, believe it is appropriate for everyone to have an opinion on this case except for the President of the United States. Fox has already published commentaries from professional Obama-haters Sean Hannity, Charles Krauthammer, John Lott, Mark Levin, Rich Lowery, and more. But when the Obama speaks for himself, Fox leaps into full Obama Derangement Mode and speculates that his words alone are making things worse. And that’s after repulsive suggestions from the wingnut crowd that any criticism of the verdict was the work of “race hustlers”; that if anything happened to Zimmerman there would be blood on the hands of Obama, Eric Holder, and Al Sharpton; that advocates for Trayvon Martin were likely to incite riots across America; that Martin was a drug-addicted, thug who was responsible for his own death. And they don’t think that those statements will make things worse?

Obama’s comments demonstrated a breadth of understanding and compassion that these rightist instigators could never imagine. He made the events personal to many Americans at the same time as he reflected on the sort of solutions that should be considered. Here are some excerpts:

“You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago. And when you think about why, in the African American community at least, there’s a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it’s important to recognize that the African American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away.

“There are very few African American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me. There are very few African American men who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me — at least before I was a senator. There are very few African Americans who haven’t had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off. That happens often.”

“I think the African American community is also not naïve in understanding that, statistically, somebody like Trayvon Martin was statistically more likely to be shot by a peer than he was by somebody else. So folks understand the challenges that exist for African American boys. But they get frustrated, I think, if they feel that there’s no context for it and that context is being denied. And that all contributes I think to a sense that if a white male teen was involved in the same kind of scenario, that, from top to bottom, both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different.”

“For those who resist that idea that we should think about something like these “stand your ground” laws, I’d just ask people to consider, if Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk? And do we actually think that he would have been justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman who had followed him in a car because he felt threatened? And if the answer to that question is at least ambiguous, then it seems to me that we might want to examine those kinds of laws.”

The President also spoke about how things have improved over the years, but that there is still more to be done. How anyone could argue with these comments is mystifying. But how Fox can go even further than disagreement to assertions of exacerbating the problem is just plain absurd. It can only be explained by recognizing that Fox is fully vested in disparaging Obama regardless of what he does or says. And that being the case, it is safe to simply disregard anything Fox says about anything. We already know what their opinion is and we know that they are composing their attacks even before the President finishes speaking.

Media Matters has compiled a collection of truly revolting responses to the President’s remarks.


5 thoughts on “Knee-Jerk Off: Fox News Hammers Obama’s Remarks On Zimmerman Verdict

  1. When the President was live in the press room it was covered by CNN and MSNBC. Absent was the other cable network, Fox, they were covering the IRS pseudo-scandal instead. The worst excuse for a news organization since the old Soviet news agencies Tass and Pravda.

  2. This isn’t the first time Obama identified himself with Trayvon, so, of course, most of Fox’s nonsensical attacks were probably on a shelf somewhere waiting for him to speak again on this subject. Typical…

  3. I expect nothing less from FOX network. Not to long ago when the so called I.R.S Gate saga broke that Tea party and conservative groups being targeted. What was FOX cry ” Why isn’t the President speaking out on this” I’m reporting you decide. Who if not this nations first african american president more qualified to speak on the experience of being a black man is this country The “Stand Your Ground Law” I have problems with these types of laws in mostly RED States. I happened to run across an article on “The Letter From Birmingham Jail” by Dr.King here is an excerpt I think is relevant to Stand Your Ground….

    There are some instances when a law is just on itsface and unjust in its
    application. For instance, I was arrested Friday on a charge of parading without a permit. Now, there is nothing wrong with an
    ordinance which requires a permit for a parade, but when the ordinance is used to preserve segregation and to deny citizens the
    First Amendment privilege of peaceful assembly and peaceful protest, then it becomes unjust.
    what is the difference between the two? How does one determine when a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man-made
    code thatsquares with the moral law, or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To
    put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas, an unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal and natural law. Any law that
    uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust. No doubt the rhetoric DR. King use in the letter is brilliant and in my opinion makes an execellent auguement aginst Stand your Ground

  4. My, you people are brainwashed.

    As the president of the USA he should have kept his mouth SHUT! If he felt compelled to say anything at all, it should have been in favor of the justice system and the government.

    You idiots.

    What he did was divide the entire the country into more “us and them”. That is what fox news is trying to get across to you dummies. Pull your head out.

    • Thanks so much for that outstanding example of right-wing dementia.

      Only mentally challenged Tea-publican bigots (and Fox Newsers) could have come up the notion the President keep his mouth shut about such an important issue, particularly with regard to an event that has captured the nations attention.

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