Fox News Claims 'Magic Negro' Text Was 'Inadvertently Cleared for Air'
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As ThinkProgress recently noted, Fox News allowed at least one racist message directed toward President-elect Obama to make it on the air during its New Years broadcast. In a statement to TVNewser yesterday, Fox News VP of programming Suzanne Scott defended the incident, claiming that the text message referring to Rush Limbaugh's "Barack the Magic Negro" song was " inadvertently cleared for air." Instead of offering an apology, Scott took the opportunity to attack Fox's rivals:
Fox News VP of programming Suzanne Scott explains, "We received tens of thousands of text message submissions during our New Years Eve special, and this particular viewer submission was inadvertently cleared for air. At FOX we recognize our error as opposed to networks who allow their hosts to utter crude vulgarities to the public."
Matt Corley is a Research Associate for The Progress Report and ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress.