Friday, June 13, 2008

FOX News Obama Baby Mama Drama

Fox News in its quest for hip sensationalism threw black women under the bus.
While its fair to criticize Michelle Obama in her political speeches ,it is not balanced to degrade black women.This occurred this past week in news reports.Michelle Obama by her status as the wife of Democratic presumptive nominee has become a positive symbol to black women in this country .
For Fox to stream on its banner the title "Obama's baby mama" is back handed affront to black women everywhere . The cheap shot in the Fox clip is the term "baby mama". The term denigrates her and relegates her status as a wife ,by implying that she is a woman that who is not married and has children by Barack.This is not the case,in a era when out of wed lock births are epidemic in the black community,the Obama family has become a symbol of black family , much like the Cosby's in years gone by. Fox News execs while choosing to identify Michelle as a "baby's mama" is the epitome of racism and sexism . Fox should stick to the news and not cheapen itself by giving in to certain base instincts. We have already seen this played out on the campaign trail in many ways and forms .Stay tuned if Fox is doing this, wait until the GOP operatives began to "swift boat" with their anti Obama advertising in the fall . Michelle Obama criticism will not be off limits in this campaign, however snide attacks by the press against black women should always be off limits .


Anonymous Fox's Senior Vice President of Programming Bill Shine said...

UPDATE: Politico Reports that
Fox addresses baby mama drama: Producer used "poor judgment"

Since Salon's Alex Koppelman caught Fox News characterizing Michelle Obama as "Obama's Baby Mama," there's been an uproar over use of such an offensive term.

"A producer on the program exercised poor judgment in using this during the segment," said Fox's Senior Vice President of Programming Bill Shine, in a statement to Politico.

June 13, 2008 at 7:06 AM  
Anonymous AOL Poll said...

Poll Results
What do you think of Fox's "baby mama" description of Michelle Obama?
It's offensive 55% 7,528
It's no big deal 45% 6,217

Note on Poll Results
Total Votes: 13,745

June 13, 2008 at 11:47 AM  
Anonymous CNN Political Producer Ed Hornick said...

(CNN) – John McCain said Friday that every candidates' wife "should be treated with respect and if there's any disrespectful conduct on the part of anyone, those people should be rejected.”

June 15, 2008 at 1:32 AM  
Anonymous US News World Report said...

Fox News Takes Flak For Calling Wife Obama's "Baby Mama" The Los Angeles Times reports, "Fresh from its fist bump flap," Fox News "is taking new flak for a screen caption that referred to Michelle Obama as her husband's 'baby mama.'" Even "conservative commentator Michelle Malkin, who was on camera Wednesday afternoon when the line 'OUTRAGED LIBERALS: STOP PICKING ON OBAMA'S BABY MAMA' flashed underneath her, has distanced herself from the phrase." The Wall Street Journal adds that in a campaign "that includes the first viable African-American presidential candidate, the lines of appropriate speech have become fuzzy. News organizations are under pressure from a broad network of self-appointed watchdogs, including organized groups like Media Matters and individuals." These "watchdogs are likely to remain vigilant about gaffes, misstatements and potentially biased language through the November vote."

June 21, 2008 at 10:06 AM  

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