The Fox News Channel has been the bête noire of the Left for the past two decades. But Salon columnist David Palumbo-Liu, who is also a Professor of Comparative Literature at Stanford University, takes the cake in his “critique” of FNC’s coverage of last week’s Charleston shooting:
But while we might wonder about Roof, there is no doubt at all that for its commentary on this horrific, hate-filled crime Fox News should be indicted in the court of public opinion for its role in this and other racist acts. The network surely was conscious of what it was doing in aiding and abetting; it surely planned to furnish Roof with an alibi regarding the exact nature of his heinous crime.
Indeed, if Roof is convicted I suggest we regard Fox as an accessory after the fact: someone who assists another 1) who has committed a felony, 2) after the person has committed the felony, 3) with knowledge that the person committed the felony, and 4) with the intent to help the person avoid arrest or punishment. An accessory after the fact may be held liable for, inter alia, obstruction of justice.
The idea that Fox News is providing any assistance to Dylann Roof much less help him “avoid arrest or punishment” is just plain stupid. Such a comment could only be uttered by someone who does not watch Fox News. While one might disagree with Steve Doocy’s take on the shooting, I don’t think his view is representative of those who appear on the network.
Palumbo-Liu’s view is emblematic of those on The Left who wish to excise not only conservative thought, but any thought that deviates from their own in the public square. How else does one explain Harry Reid’s attempt to change the Constitution last year to abridge the Kochs’ freedom of speech? How else does one explain Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s desire to punish those who do not toe the party line on global warming/climate change? Indeed, Palumbo-Liu is an active supporter of the BDS movement against Israel which, among other things, seek to punish Israeli academics just for being Israeli even if they oppose the policies of the Netanyahu government. Palumbo-Liu decries Israel’s “collective punishment” of the Palestinians, but has utterly no qualms about engaging in collective punishment against Israel.
If Palumbo-Liu really wants the Fox News Channel to be punished then the best remedy for that is to get people to stop watching it. But as Charles Krauthammer, one of FNC’s most popular contributors, has long argued, “What I’ve always said about the genius of Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch is that they found a niche… that is half the American people.”
So long as Palumbo-Liu and the Left insist on engaging in hyperbole by claiming that Fox News, and by extension half the American people, aided and abetted the likes of Dylan Roof, the last thing its audience will do is abandon it. In which case, the Fox News Channel should send Palumbo-Liu some flowers.