Fox News Draws Anger For Calling Democratic Candidate 'Grandson Of Terrorist'
Ammar Campa-Najjar is a young small business owner of Mexican and Palestinian descent, who previously worked in President Barack Obama's Department of Labor.
He is also the Democratic candidate for California's 50th Congressional District, a deeply red district just outside San Diego, and has Obama's endorsement. After months in relative obscurity, he is suddenly considered a strong contender for flipping the seat, now that longtime Congressman Duncan Hunter is under indictment for spectacular misuse of campaign funds.
But in their headline about him, Fox News chose to lead with a much more inflammatory point: that he is the grandson of a Black September terrorist who helped plot the 1972 Munich Olympic attack.
Grandson of Munich terrorist rises in race against indicted Rep. Hunter, disavows dark family past https://t.co/P9L7IDNEGg— Fox News (@Fox News) 1535141527.0
Numerous commentators immediately responded with outrage.
@FoxNews Fox News is officially #FakeNews ... no one should be judged on what their parents or grandparents do in l… https://t.co/aMVVK1NvtJ— Jonni Martinez (@Jonni Martinez ) 1535150145.0
@FoxNews What a deceptive title. Ammar didn't even know his grandfather. FoxNews should be ashamed....each and ev… https://t.co/7PszmB9zgU— AMERICA🇺🇸STRONG (@AMERICA🇺🇸STRONG) 1535143398.0
@FoxNews "White supremacist news outlet and corrupt Trump administration mouthpiece @FoxNews , whose key leaders an… https://t.co/UQNgMAWLxq— Jeff 😷 #WearAMask (@Jeff 😷 #WearAMask) 1535151657.0
We do not support the candidacy of @ACampaNajjar but one does not have to support him to know that this @FoxNews he… https://t.co/d9NKDgQL7a— Reagan Battalion (@Reagan Battalion) 1535151040.0