Linda Chavez, Asshole of the Day for August 25, 2014
by TeaPartyCat ()
When I heard that Fox News had a segment suggesting that referring to Michael Brown as an “unarmed teen” was misleading and “playing the race card”, I thought it was a joke. I expected to see that it was on The Onion or Borowitz.
But then I saw the screenshot:
Yep, Fox News is objecting to “unarmed” for a man who had no weapon:
A Fox News segment asked whether the “unarmed teen” description of Michael Brown is misleading and featured Fox contributor Linda Chavez arguing that such a description enhances racial fears and is an attempt to play the “race card.”
CHAVEZ: I think that what is happening is really not calming racial fears but is actually enhancing them by acting as if, you know, this mantra of the unarmed black teenager shot by a white cop. You know, that description in and of itself actually colors the way in which we look at this story. We’re talking about an 18-year-old man who is six foot four and weighs almost three hundred pounds, who is videotaped just moments before the confrontation with a police officer strong arming an employee and robbing a convenience store.
Sorry, Ms. Chavez, but the cop who shot him didn’t know about the robbery. Even the Ferguson police chief admits this.
So to the cop who shot him, Michael Brown was an unarmed teen.
Now, sure, there’s still a struggle involved, but even then, even if you buy the police story hook, line and sinker, how did the officer get into a struggle over jaywalking? Is the town of Ferguson that worried about jaywalking that the police are willing to get in a fight over it? And why did he need six shots? Six? Does that sound like a reasonable response to jaywalking?
But rather than entertain questions about how a police officer gets into a position where he’s firing six shots at an unarmed man over jaywalking, Linda Chavez is more concerned that the media isn’t portraying Michael Brown as a scary black man. And for that, she is the Asshole of the Day.
It is Linda Chavez’s first time as Asshole of the Day, joining the many, many assholes featured here from Fox News.
Full story: Media Matters.