Fox News Ticker: "Let's Hope the Magic Negro Does a Good Job"

Crossposted at The Motley Moose.

From The Raw Story this morning comes this gem:

As if Americans needed any more reminders of how closely aligned with the Republican party the Fox News network is, New Year's Eve brings us this new tidbit.

During it's broadcast from New York City, the network encouraged viewers to send in text messages which, if approved by moderators, would scroll across the Fox ticker at the bottom of the screen.

Moderators, however, let this one slip: "HAPPY NEW YEAR AND LET'S HOPE THE MAGIC NEGRO DOES A GOOD JOB. LOVE JEN AND JOHN C."

I realize that it was a viewer comment that "slipped by" a moderator, but still... c'mon, guys. Way to perpetuate your own stereotype!

Tags: Fox News, obama, racism, stereotype (all tags)

Comments

17 Comments

I AM OUTRAGED..........

at myself for not being shocked or surprised by fixed news  

by wellinformed 2009-01-02 05:29AM | 0 recs
I too am appalled...

at my complete non-surprise.

by mtnspirit 2009-01-02 06:13AM | 0 recs
Shut cable off

There is zero reason for having cable. The net is a better source of info, it doesn't put an amber crawler on the bottom of your screen.

Finally, DVD carries everything you want to watch movie-wise. Just shut off your cable TV.

by Trey Rentz 2009-01-03 09:27AM | 0 recs
Re: Fox News Ticker:

Um, how could it just "slip by" the moderator? Surely Fox did not set up a direct line between viewer texts and their ticker, with the moderator acting as a goalie to delete the ones she didn't like. That strikes me as impossible, especially since hundreds of thousands of messages would come in. The moderator must actually have had to select and post each message -- no?

by thesleepthief 2009-01-02 05:50AM | 0 recs
I wondered that myself

but I suspect they just sampled the incoming texts (1 per 100, 1000, etc.) and made him block the results in realtime.

It would be equally unworkable for him to have to take some positive action to allow each message, that would be a crapload of clicking over two hours. Maybe he sneezed and this one got through.

by Neef 2009-01-02 06:12AM | 0 recs
Re: Fox News Ticker

Classic.

by Steve M 2009-01-02 05:58AM | 0 recs
It makes you wonder

About the messages he did block.

by Neef 2009-01-02 06:08AM | 0 recs
Dog bites man?
I expect it on Fox.
But when the phrase "magic negro" goes largely unchallenged on "progressive" sites such as mydd, it excuses / empowers that language.
http://www.mydd.com/story/2008/12/31/152 323/98
I'm white, so I apologize in advance if this sounds wrong, but people need to realize that "I'm black, I can say it" is a lame excuse for normalizing offensive language.  People stopped saying "colored" in the 70's because everyone agreed not to use it.  The n word survives primarily because black people in the media / entertainment world still use it.  "Magic negro"?  Why would anyone, black or white, use and thereby excuse that phrase?
by kosnomore 2009-01-02 06:14AM | 0 recs
Re: Dog bites man?

Good point.

by Bush Bites 2009-01-02 06:20AM | 0 recs
I'll tell you why

it's because words like that can be funny. "Can be", not "always are", but still.

As evidence of their potential funniness, I present the multi-million dollar fortunes of Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle (to name the best examples).

To be fair, Sarah Silverman can make jokes that would sound inappropriate (at best) coming from a non-Jewish comic.

by Neef 2009-01-02 06:26AM | 0 recs
So members of a group
will hurt their own group for money, fame and fortune?
Very old story.  Not one I appreciate listening to.
Let's face it - - for every thousand bucks that Rock or Chappelle made by using the n word, another white racist used Chris or Dave or the rapper du jour to justify his racist use of the n word.
The fact is, shock comedy is easy comedy for stupid people.  Go to you tube and check out any old Andrew Dice Clay routine.  In retrospect, it's boring and substitutes shock for humor.  Once the shock is over, there's no humor.
On the other hand, check out old Bill Cosby or Woody Allen material.  They left no doubt in your mind as to their backgrounds and ethnicity, but never empowered racists or anti semites.
The fact that you can make millions shouting the n word or the b word or demeaning your own people doesn't justify it.  It will simply be an embarrassment to these folks' grandchildren.  Amos'n'Andy?  Rochester?  Molly Goldberg?  I'm sure their grandchild spend a lot of time justifying what grandma and grandpa had to do to survive and make it, but without any pride.  IMHO.
by kosnomore 2009-01-02 07:00AM | 0 recs
The key word is "justify"

The racist is making a false equivalence.

Regardless of whether I smack my wife on the behind, you can't do it. If you do, you will rightfully end up in jail. I, on the other hand, will probably get lucky.

I'm not unaware of your point, but I think it's a drastic oversimplification of a nuanced social issue. language is contextual, and "but you did it too!" is no defense of language that is inappropriate in context.

by Neef 2009-01-02 07:16AM | 0 recs
Re: The key word is "justify"

I think the context issue is especially important. If it weren't for the blow-up over that Rush Limbaugh 'Magic Dragon' spoof, the phrase 'magic negro' wouldn't be bouncing around here and wouldn't be remotely funny. In the context of that spoof and its repercussions, using the phrase has the effect of throwing it back in their faces and highlighting the silliness of the parody.

by RecoveringRepublican 2009-01-02 07:28AM | 0 recs
Has over use of the n word in media
removed its sting?
That was the initial justification for that, too . .
Instead, too many sixteen year old white boys in the suburbs don't get the irony, they just feel free to use the word.
by kosnomore 2009-01-02 08:35AM | 0 recs
Re: Has over use of the n word in media

Well, the sting of the n-word isn't what it once was, although you can argue about whether that's because of Dick Gregory or the fact that white supremacy isn't as powerful as it once was, so there's less backing up that work.  But it's human nature to do that.  Some members of a given minority will always ALWAYS ALWAYS attempt to coopt a slur against them.  I cannot think of a single exception.  

Railing against that is like taking up a cause against general "naughtiness": you can discourage it in your own company, but beyond that it's hopeless.

by Jess81 2009-01-02 09:22PM | 0 recs
Re: Fox News Ticker: "Let's Hope the Magic

Have you read the editorial (which makes fun of white people) or heard the song (which makes fun of Al Sharpton)?  There's way more racist and sexist stuff playing on rock and hip-hop stations every day.  Something tells me the "outrage" over a piece of parody is as faux as Fox News......

by SuperCameron 2009-01-02 08:31AM | 0 recs
Re: Fox News Ticker: "Let's Hope the Magic

Your right: outrage at Fox news calling Barack Obama "the magic negro" is totally hypocritical.




? (are we actually arguing this?)

by Jess81 2009-01-02 09:24PM | 0 recs

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