Oh, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, you magnificent ignoramus. Just when you thought the cast of Fox & Friends couldn’t possibly sound more out of touch with reality, Hasselbeck asked on Tuesday why #BlackLivesMatter isn’t considered a “hate group.” Seriously.
The answer to her ridiculous question is pretty obvious to anyone with a quasi-functional adult human brain: The whole point behind the message “black lives matter” isn’t to say that other lives don’t matter, but to say that black lives should matter to us as much as any other life does. That black people deserve the right to survival just as much as anyone else, a right that obviously isn’t afforded to the black community, as evidenced by, oh, just about any domestic news story involving people of color today.
Southern Poverty Law Center, an independent nonprofit legal advocacy group, are the leading authority in the United States when it comes to which organizations are classified as hate groups… not Elisabeth Hasselbeck (thank merciful Christ). If she really believes the SPLC should stick #BLM into the same category as the KKK, the Westboro Baptist Church, or any of the countless neo-Nazi organizations in America… well, let’s just say it bodes worse for Hasselbeck herself than it does for #BLM. Her ignorance on this topic is suffering a serious wardrobe malfunction, and now her stupid is dangling out there for all the world to see.
The SPLC defines “hate groups” as having “beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.” After hearing that definition, you might come to the same realization I did, and now, I really want Elisabeth Hasselbeck to answer a question for me…
Why the hell isn’t Fox News classified as a hate group?
You might think I’m joking when I ask that, but I’m not. The SPLC classifies all 784 hate groups in the United States into a number of distinct categories. How many of those categories could you fit Fox News into? Let’s see… Anti-immigrant? Check. Anti-LGBT? Check. Anti-Muslim? Check. Neo-Confederate? Check. White nationalist? Check, check, and check.
You can’t really argue against the notion that Fox News mobilizes hate, either. A quick visit to any website with active comments will prove that within a few minutes. Remember back in May when President Obama launched his official Twitter page, and an army of archetypical Fox News viewers came out of the woodwork to spew racial hatred at him? Whether or not Charleston domestic terrorist Dylann Roof watched Fox News frequently remains a mystery, but there are certainly a few connections to be made there. Likewise, we can’t prove that Louisiana movie theater shooter John Russell Houser watched Fox News, but based on his rambling hate speech targeting liberals, the left-wing media, and gays, I think we can safely guess which cable network he watched more frequently than any other.
So while there’s exactly zero evidence supporting the notion that #BlackLivesMatter is a hate group, and while no one who actually pays attention to that movement and attempts to comprehend their message could possibly argue anything to the contrary, one thing seems pretty obvious to those of us who are keeping score: Fox News is not really a news outlet, but a fully bona fide hate group and a megaphone for all the racist, xenophobic, misogynist propaganda conservative America can stomach. And if Fox News’ ratings are any indication, it looks like they can stomach quite a lot.
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