Monday, June 09, 2008

A case in point of why I absolutely abhor Fox News

From Media Matters

Summary: Teasing a segment on the "gesture everyone seems to interpret differently," Fox News' E.D. Hill said: "A fist bump? A pound? A terrorist fist jab? ... We'll show you some interesting body communication and find out what it really says." In the ensuing discussion with a "body language expert," Hill referred to the "Michelle and Barack Obama fist bump or fist pound," but at no point did she explain her earlier reference to "a terrorist fist jab."
Ha ha. Nothing funnier than subtle racism and slimy innuendo that the Democratic presidential candidate is a terrorist.

Update: Jake Tapper on Hill's statement:

Truly unbelievable. Sen. Barack Obama and his wife Michelle do a fist bump-- or as Ta-Nahisi Coates explains, what's actually called “giving a person a dap,” a greeting that you can see Howie Mandell do with contestants on Deal or No Deal -- and Fox News Channel asks if it was a “terrorist fist jab.” But for Fox, the fear factor overrides all others and the fear of brown people and fear of Muslims are the top vote getters – so with Obama, you score a double play. I realize that Hill’s piece was playing to the demographic – but a fist bump ( the newest incarnation of the high-five) as “terrorist?” Have you no shame, Ms. Hill?

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