Straight out of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Just moments ago, Lou Dobbs guest Chris Farrell (head of Judicial Watch) says Caravan is being funded/directed by the “Soros-occupied State Department”. pic.twitter.com/QBSong7uk1
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) October 27, 2018
Courtesy of CNN:
The Fox Business Network has a Lou Dobbs problem.
On Sunday, the network’s senior vice president for programming, Gary Schreier, released a statement denouncing what many people called an anti-Semitic trope used by a guest on Dobbs’ show earlier in the week.
The remark drew widespread condemnation when the episode in which it was made was rebroadcast Saturday, hours after a gunman walked into a Pittsburgh synagogue and murdered 11 people in what the Anti-Defamation League called the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in US history.
“We condemn the rhetoric by the guest on Lou Dobbs Tonight,” Schreier said in a short statement. “This episode was a repeat which has now been pulled from all future airings.”
The comment in question was made by Chris Farrell, a board member of the right-wing organization Judicial Watch, during Thursday night’s episode of Dobbs’ show. During a segment about the caravan of migrants moving toward the US’ southern border, Farrell called the State Department “Soros-occupied” territory, referring to billionaire and liberal philanthropist George Soros, one of the targets of mail bombs discovered earlier this week.
Critics on Saturday were quick to point out that this language echoes a popular anti-Semitic trope. When reached by phone on Sunday, Farrell told CNN he had no comment and hung up.
The problem is that this Schreier guy lays all of the blame for this episode at the feet of the guest, and gives none to Low Dobbs or the producers of the show.
However this is not new ground for Dobbs to be covering, however, in the past, he has referred to Soros as an “evil SOB” and “insidious.”
And he is really not alone, several other hosts at Fox News have gleefully spread Right Wing memes about the “evil” that George Soros spreads in this country, and his behind the scenes manipulation of American politics.
Fox News is also an unapologetic bullhorn through which Donald Trump spreads lies and misinformation out to their audience.
While most cable networks fact check Donald Trump and correct his lies, Fox just allows what he says to go out unfiltered, and uncorrected, to their millions of viewers.
That results in lunatics like Cesar Sayoc and Pittsburgh synagogue shooter Robert Bowers becoming inflamed by falsehoods and inspired to engage in the domestic terrorism that we witnessed this last week.
So no, Fox News does not have a Lou Dobbs problem. But America most certainly has a serious Fox News problem.