Dancing with the Devil

Here's the message we sent to our members, encouraging them to call on the Congressional Black Caucus Institute to demand abandon talks with Fox News and find a real news partner for hosting debates.

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Fox News continues to attack Black America

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Dear ColorOfChange.org member,

Fox News has a horrible record of attacking Black people, leaders, and cultural institutions. But at this very moment, the Congressional Black Caucus Institute is negotiating to partner with Fox to host presidential debates prior to the 2008 elections.

For the CBC Institute to partner with an organization like Fox News—given its hostility to Black political interests—would be shameful. You can help prevent them from making this serious mistake by calling on them to drop negotiations with Fox:


The CBC Institute, an organization led by Black members of Congress, claims to share our goal of politically empowering Black America, and we'd like to give them the benefit of the doubt. But for weeks they've continued to entertain Fox's proposal, even after being presented with the case against Fox1. We expected that they would recognize the obvious: that validating Fox as legitimate source of news hurts Black America, and undermines the CBC's credibility.

We've spoken several times with the Institute's executive director, and she says that she and the board welcome public comment. So we wanted to invite you to do exactly that. The Institute hasn't made a final decision, but they'll make an announcement in the next few days.

Fox's record is horrible. Their on-air personalities and regular guests consistently marginalize Black leaders, culture, and institutions. In fact, Sen. Obama has stopped giving interviews to Fox reporters because of repeated attacks on his character and intimations that he has connections to terrorism. Even the Democratic Party in Nevada backed out of doing a debate with Fox2 because of remarks about Obama, but the CBC Institute hasn't moved.

And it's not just Obama. Here's a sampling of the kind of offensive messages put out on Fox,3 and you can check out a short video compilation of such material from Robert Greenwald of foxattacks.com, here:

  • Commenting on Hannity & Colmes about the speakers at Coretta Scott King's funeral, featured guest Mary Matalin said, "I think these civil rights leaders are nothing more than racists" who are keeping "their African-American brothers enslaved."
  • Jesse Lee Peterson, a regular guest who is Black said: "Kwanzaa is a racist, pagan, Marxist holiday" and then claimed that the "so-called seven principles of Kwanzaa are socialist, Marxist, separatist ideas... if a white man started a white holiday, seven-day white holiday, black folks would be burning down America."
  • Erik Rush, another Black guest, labeled Sen. Obama's church as cultish and separatist for espousing values of black unity and black empowerment (Fox regularly selects Black guests it knows will undermine Black causes). Rush said he replaced the word "black" with "white" in the church's mission statement and "Suddenly, I was looking at this really scary doctrine. You know, it was something that you'd see in more like a cult or an Aryan Brethren church - I would go beyond saying they're Afrocentric. They're African centric. They refer to themselves as an African people and that somewhat disturbs me from the viewpoint of well, do they consider themselves Americans? Do they consider themselves Christians?"
  • On Hannity and Colmes, David Horowitz said: "The only lynch mob in America that is allowed to exist in America is a black lynch mob."
Given its record, Fox News shouldn't enjoy the support of Black political or cultural institutions connected to the Congressional Black Caucus. We believe the CBC Institute will change course once it realizes that Black America, if not all of America, is watching. Please join us in making sure they hear us, loud and clear:


Thank You and Peace,

-- James, Van, Clarissa, Gabriel, Liat, and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team
   March 14th, 2007


1. Letter to the Executive Director of the CBCI, March 1, 2007

2. "Nevada Democracts cancel presidential debate co-hosted by Fox News," Los Angeles Times, March 10, 2007

3. Summary on Fox News and coverage relating to Black Americans