Murdoch and News Corp Up to Their Old Racist Tricks
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Much has been said and written about the NY Post's racist cartoon that likened President Obama to a slain monkey, and rightly so. Jack and Jill Politics blogger Baratunde Thurston posted a must-read article about the connection between Blacks and apes, citing Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff's thoughts on how this cognitive association leads to increased racially motivated violence in our society. (Thurston and Young Turks host Cenk Uygur are holding an ongoing YouTube conversation on the issues of race surrounding this cartoon.) Open Left's Paul Rosenberg has a good piece breaking down " colorblind racism." And Earl Ofari Hutchinson took Rupert Murdoch and New York Post Editor-in-Chief Col Allan to task for the Post's pathetic attempt at an "apology."
But what hasn't been discussed nearly enough is that this is the same type of racially loaded trash we've seen from News Corp time and time again. The Post has a long history of publishing racist, homophobic, xenophobic, misogynistic cartoons, and that's just from the cartoonist who penned last week's gem. Then there's Murdoch's other right-wing mouthpiece, Fox News. It's hard to know where to begin describing the prejudice we've seen from Fox over the last few years, but for a sampler, check out Fox Attacks Obama, Fox Attacks Obama 2, Fox Attacks Michelle Obama, and Fox Attacks Black America.
ZP Heller is the editorial director of Brave New Films. He has written for The American Prospect, AlterNet, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Huffington Post, covering everything from politics to pop culture.