Eboni Williams stabbed Fox News in the back after they gave her a show which didn’t do well and was cancelled.
She went on a radio show to explain how Roger Ailes created the cable news network to serve up racialism to the masses. [Fixed]
Hmmm. It’s really worth listening to every word she says – she’s careful not to straight out call the network racist like everyone else. It’s clear that she is at least trying to have a more nuanced position, and she is specifically trying to let political opponents of Fox News know that they need to understand the motivation behind the channel instead of just condemning it.
Update: Here’s part of the transcript so you can read it:
“To understand Fox News, you have to understand a man by the name of Roger Ailes. In his book, In Plain Sight, he says that he is forming a network to speak to one thing, and one thing only, the demonizing of the ‘other.’ That is literally the purpose of why it was founded. I don’t know what his beliefs are, but he knew it would be very profitable,” she said.
“When you find a fear-based thing like that, and can capitalize on it in a unique way, nobody had ever done this before. At the time, it was CNN, MSNBC, it was regular network news. There was no conservative news outlet speaking directly to the fear of the intrinsic devaluation of whiteness in this country. Roger saw a void, and like any smart businessperson, you fill it. Fox News was born in 1996.”
She kinda tries to defend Roger Ailes too, saying all he did was fill a niche in the market that wasn’t being met, which is what smart businessmen do.
“I’m here to tell you that a lot of people have questions about what the rise — the economic, political, just presence and being more visible — of Black and brown Americans in this country, mean for me and mine. This country was built on the notion of white expectancy. As those norms start to shift and we see them shifting and nothing was a greater example of that shift than a man named Barack Hussein Obama being in the White House for 8 years,” she told the morning radio hosts.
I have to admit, in a certain respect she’s right. You get a very specific worldview when you watch Fox News, especially some of the worst shows like Hannity and others, and you don’t really get an honest appraisal of the other side. They’re just as bad as some of the shows on MSNBC. But, it’s unfair to broadbrush the whole network. The news side does a pretty damn good job of challenging Republicans fairly. That’s why clips of Chris Matthews and others regularly appear on liberal websites when he presses them.
SO. Yeah. Problematic at best.