Sunday, April 08, 2012

Fox: Neo-Nazis Are a Civil Rights Group

You have probably heard that Nazis have been patrolling the streets of Sanford, Florida, where young Trayvon Martin was killed by the local neighborhood watch patrol. It is not surprising that they would be attracted to a spot where racial hostility has the potential to boil over, they are trouble looking for trouble. But I was not really prepared to see how sympathetically the local Fox News channel would play it.

[ Update 7PM: Now the same story, unedited, has been renamed: White rights group patrolling Sanford ].

Here is the embedded video. There is a good chance they will take this down, but in the meantime I am linking to it, with the transcription following. The reporter is an African-American woman, standing outside the community where Martin was murdered. The story includes quotes from Jeff Schoep, leader of the National Socialist Movement.

Announcer: Group says it's stepping in now because people in Sanford concerned for their safety have asked them to come in. Fox 35's Jennifer Bisram live in Sanford now, Jen, you spoke to a member of this group, what are they saying tonight?

JB: Keith they say they're not a violent group but they are willing to fight for their people should a race riot break out here in Sanford. They actually tell us tonight that they've been patrolling certain areas in the city of Sanford since last week, including this community here where seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman.

Voice of Jeff Schoep: Now we're in the Seminole County area currently, doing patrol in the wake of the Trayvon, ah, shooting down there.

JB: There's another civil rights group in town, the National Socialist Movement.

JS: A lot of people in the community, in the white community down there have been contacting us out of concern for their safety, just because of racial tensions.

JB: Racial tensions after a seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman [screen shows smiling face of Zimmerman in a coat and tie]. Zimmerman is claiming self-defense and has been in hiding now for weeks.

JS: We're a white civil rights organization and, you know, we go into areas where we're needed, where white citizens need our help.

JB: The white rights organization is based in Detroit and have been around since the seventies. They say they're concerned for Sanford's citizens should a race riot break out.

JS: If they're going to get racially charged incidents going, we have to be down there to represent white people.

JB: At least ten Florida-based members, armed and dressed in all black, will patrol the city of Sanford every every day, everywhere from the retreated Twin Lakes community to city hall.

JS: Blacks have Al Sharpton, you know, the whites have an actual socialist movement similar. White Americans don't seem to have very many spokespeople, and whenever they do have spokespeople it's quite often you see the media refers to them as racists or bigots or hate-mongers.

JB: They say they're just a civil rights group trying to protect people in case things get out of hand.

[ Camera shot of frowning JB, long pause, waiting for cue ]

JB: They say that they intend to follow all the Florida laws while patrolling and they, most of them will be dressed in black military style uniforms. Reporting to you live tonight in Sanford, I'm Jennifer Brisram, Fox thirty five News.

It kind of takes your breath away. No mention that this is a neo-Nazi group, Fox News -- even a black reporter -- refers to them as a "civil rights group." American political rhetoric has drifted so far to the right that Barry Goldwater would now be a liberal and the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement can be described in the media as a civil rights group.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

the Trayvon Martin case was a tragedy but also an anomaly

it's not indicative of anything going on in the larger population and tens of millions of black youth in America who are not scared of whites

extreme liberals in America, like TTFers, are trying to turn this into a movement, bit they face once inconvenient truth:

black teens in America are much more afraid of other black teens than they are of white racists

April 09, 2012 11:24 AM  
Anonymous David S. Fishback said...

It may be that this report is more a function of ignorance on the part of the local Fox outlet and its reporter. Maybe they simply do not know that the name "National Socialist Movement" is what the Nazis call themselves. Let's hope so.

If this group is to be reported on at all (a dubious proposition), the failure to note that this is a Nazi group, and the failure to interview those who might point out that the Nazis' incendiary presence may be an attempt to foment racial violence seems to me to be bad journalism.

It is unfortunate that the epithet "Nazi" is sometimes thrown around too loosely. But when it is literally accurate, no one should shrink from it.

April 09, 2012 12:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one should be surprised. Afterall, we already know Fox News followers are the most misinformed of all!

"....a number of cases where greater exposure to a news source increased misinformation on a specific issue.

Those who watched Fox News almost daily were significantly more likely than those who never watched it to believe that:

␣ most economists estimate the stimulus caused job
losses (8 points more likely)
␣ most economists have estimated the health care law will worsen the deficit (31 points)
␣ the economy is getting worse (26 points)
␣ most scientists do not agree that climate change is occurring (30 points)
␣ the stimulus legislation did not include any tax cuts (14 points)
␣ their own income taxes have gone up (14 points)
␣ the auto bailout only occurred under Obama (13 points)
␣ when TARP came up for a vote most Republicans opposed it (12 points)
␣ and that it is not clear that Obama was born in the United States (31 points)

These effects increased incrementally with increasing levels of exposure and all were statistically significant."

April 09, 2012 2:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

all loaded questions

point is, recessions in the last three decades have been short-lived until Obama arrived and expanded government spending significantly

right now, unemployment is only down to the significantly high level it's at because millions have given up

meanwhile, CNBC viewers, which are a fraction of FOXNews viewers, believe the Supreme Court shouldn't overturn entitlements passed by Congress, regardless of whether they are constitutional

they heard that lie from a former professor of constitutional law who happens to reside on Pennsylvania Avenue and they believed it

somebody thought of it, and someone believed it

they're like a bunch of Kermit the Frogs

April 09, 2012 7:16 PM  

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