By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media
Fox News contributor Jehmu Greene, a black feminist, says on her Twitter page that “love can build a bridge.” But racism, not love, was on display last Thursday when she called conservative Tucker Carlson a “bow-tying white boy.”
Greene, a Democratic Party operative who was the national director of Project Vote, a group with close ties to the corrupt ACORN organization, has not offered a public apology. There is no indication that her financial relationship with Fox News has suffered as a result of the racial outburst.
“Jehmu apologized to Tucker by phone after the segment,” Irena Briganti, Group Senior Vice President at FOX News Channel & FOX Business Network, tells Accuracy in Media.
This is apparently the end of the matter for Fox News.
Robert Lifson of American Thinker pointed out that if Tucker Carlson had ever called Louis Farrakhan “a bow-tying black boy,” he would be out of a job.
What’s more, Greene said on the air that she had not done anything wrong.
“Hey, hey, hey,” reacted Carlson, at the slur. “You can’t, wait. Whoa, whoa, whoa…You can use name calling all you like, but you’re ignoring the truth.”
“I didn’t call you a name,” replied Greene.
So calling somebody a “white boy” is acceptable to Greene.
As a Fox News Contributor, Greene is on the Fox News payroll and is paid to be a regular commentator on different programs.
At the time she was hired, ACORN whistleblower Anita Moncrief called Greene a Fox News “infiltrator,” saying, “Michelle Malkin, Glenn Beck and other Fox News personalities have been vilified in the mainstream media and threatened in their personal lives for exposing ACORN. It is an insult to them and average Americans to have a former ACORN insider using Fox News to espouse her liberal bias.”
Moncrief asked why black conservatives were not being hired by the channel to be commentators.
Conservative media critics of Fox News were subsequently cheered by the channel’s hiring of Deneen Borelli, a black conservative, as a Fox News Contributor. She wrote the excellent book, Blacklash: How Obama and the Left Are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation, and was recently interviewed by Roger Aronoff of AIM.
But Greene is one of several left-wing commentators also hired by the channel, reflecting what Fox News CEO Roger Ailes has called a “course correction” from the days when it was considered a platform for outspoken conservative opinions.
Other left-wing commentators hired by Ailes include Sally Kohn, a lesbian feminist, and Santita Jackson, daughter of race-baiter Jesse Jackson.
Glenn Beck came under strong criticism when he said on Fox News that he considered President Obama a racist. Beck was forced to apologize and later lost his program on the channel.
Greene’s hiring by Fox News came after sustained criticism by liberal groups such as Media Matters of the conservative programming at Fox. Ironically, one of the Media Matters complaints against the channel was that its commentators too often used “racially charged commentary” and “race-baiting” in criticizing the Obama administration and liberal policies.
“There is an obvious double standard according to which blacks needn’t worry about showing the kind of ‘racial sensitivity’ that is always required of whites,” says Jared Taylor of American Renaissance, an organization that is often criticized by the Left for examining racial issues from the point of view of white self-interest. Taylor’s book, White Identity, argues that whites should not be afraid to exercise the same rights as other racial and groups.
Taylor told AIM that the double-standard that guides media coverage of racial controversies excuses racially-charged comments like those of Jehmu Greene as well as Melissa Harris-Perry of MSNBC. “Last year,” he noted, “Harris-Perry complained that it was ‘racist’ merely for a white person to point out that only 53 percent of Americans pay income taxes.”
“I think that’s just racism,” Harris-Perry had said, arguing that calling attention to such figures is an effort to designate poor black women as the new “welfare queens.”
The Heritage Foundation points out that the percentage of Americans who don’t pay federal income taxes “now accounts for nearly half of the U.S. population” and that “most of that population receives generous federal benefits.”
The explicit racial slur from Greene came during an exchange with Carlson, who sometimes wears a bow tie, about Massachusetts Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren claiming American Indian status at one point in her career but later dropping the designation.
Carlson, co-founder of The Daily Caller and a Fox News Contributor, ridiculed Warren’s claim of being an Indian and came out against racial preferences in hiring, saying, “…no one should gain advantage because of his ethnic background, period.”
Greene responded by saying, in part: “To question this woman [Warren] on her qualifications is going to be something that does appeal to…folks like you, voters like you, bow-tying white boys. But at the end of the day it is going to backfire…”
Fox News host Megyn Kelley said Greene’s slur was “an inappropriate name,” after the exchange on her show “America Live.” She said, “I want to apologize to Tucker and to our viewers for that. I wasn’t sure I heard what I thought I heard. And now I have confirmed—it was that. It wasn’t consistent with our standards and I do apologize on behalf of the program.”
AIM had asked Fox News spokesperson Irena Briganti if Greene would be fired for making the racist remark. That is when Briganti informed us about the private apology, which is apparently supposed to suffice.
Greene learned the art of public speaking and punditry at the Women’s Media Center founded by “Hanoi Jane” Fonda. Greene is the former president of the organization, which is said to be “devoted to making women visible and powerful in the media.”
She has accomplished that goal, with the help of Fox News, which is sticking by her.
Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at email@example.com.
6 thoughts on “Fox News Won’t Fire Black Racist Commentator”
I too am so disappointed in FOX. I have to switch channels when these radicals start spouting their talking points which are always the same. FOX is making a big mistake by hiring these people who are rude and talk over the other guests. By doing this they will lose viewers and turn into just another left wing media outlet. I will be getting my new from the internet. I have enjoyed FOX & FBN in the past so sorry to see them cave to the left.
What I can’t understand is why Conservatives continue to bring the fact up that Liberals say things that Conservatives can’t get away with, saying.
We ALL know this fact, so why continue to bring it up? Tucker is a big boy and if he was on target when he was called a name, he could have shot back in favor, but NO…He becomes indignant with the comment made toward him by Ms. Greene.
Just let it go I say! Make NO mention of the act. Everything, conservatives bring this issue up the look and sound like little minons with snotty noses needing a wipe.
I say, if the conservatives can’t fend these little annoyances of the Liberals off, then get out of the business where you are working with them everyday.
No, I disagree! Conservatives and whites and Christians have turned the other cheek to be swatted for too long. We are being poked and prodded and taunted by these black racists on tv, in print, to our faces. It is to provoke a ‘situation’ where the white recipient/group is called out and labeled as haters, racists and supremicists. White society is being cowered by these people/groups and we allow it. Why?..ask yourselves. “We shall overcome..” is in full display and not in a civil manner as perhaps originally meant. Exercise your free right to express your objection to these taunts and racisist proddings or it will only grow and thereby lead to a very damaging outcome for all sides.
To fire this Liberal racist would be a mistake. She is doing a great job exposing her twisted hatred while using the word love on her Twitter site. Let her talk, she will self destruct.
Fox may go down with her though.
I too turn off Fox everytime this sorry excuse of a contributor is on. She never has anything of relavance to say. She is really little more than a walking Obama billboard, and now we know she is a hard core racist.
I noticed her first time she was on Fox. I thought Oh boy, here’s the turning of the fox tide. They are starting to cater to less conservative viewers. I turn off Ms. Greene. Don’t like seeing her on Varney either. Don’t want to listen to her spin and pontificating.
I was offended by her bow tying white boy comment. How about a black feather tuck tied in the middle? She’s always wearing something which appears to be painted on her it’s so tight.
The addition of Ms. Jackson is the same thing. She’s a leftie placation too. Don’t want to watch/listen to her either…