Fox Contributor: Donald Sterling's Racism Is Terrible, But Not As Terrible As BenghaziApril 30, 2014 1:51 PM EDT ››› ERIC HANANOKI
Fox News' penchant for linking everything to Benghazi has struck again, with Fox contributor Allen West bringing up the 2012 attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities during a discussion of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's racist remarks.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver yesterday fined and banned Sterling from the league for life after Sterling was recorded telling his girlfriend he doesn't like her "associating with black people" and bringing "them to my games."
On Fox News Radio, West strongly criticized Sterling, but lamented that "the outrage of the public seems to be totally focused on Mr. Sterling" when "you've got this thing with Benghazi and we have an even bigger lie, an even bigger deceit, which is even more impactful on the country that no one is really caring about." From the April 30 edition of Kilmeade & Friends:
ALLEN WEST: [Sterling's comments are] disgusting. They're despicable. They're reprehensible. There's no doubt about that. And, you know, there's no place for that type of attitude or behavior. But what is really concerning, as I listen to the sound-bite montage that you played -- where is the outrage of the public? The outrage of the public seems to be totally focused on Mr. Sterling but, you know, you've got this thing with Benghazi and we have an even bigger lie, an even bigger deceit, which is even more impactful on the country that no one is really caring about.
BRIAN KILMEADE: Alright, we'll get to that in a second, and I see the relation there.
Right Wing Watch's Brian Tashman noted that West also connected Sterling to Benghazi in a column on his website. West claimed that "Donald Sterling's behavior is despicable, but so is that of President Barack Hussein Obama -- and whose abhorrent behavior has more impact on our country?" He added that "We know more about Sterling than Benghazi -- or the IRS scandal."
The conservative media, particularly Fox, have frequently invoked the Benghazi attacks while discussing unrelated events such as the missing Malaysian airplane, the Chris Christie bridge scandal, and openly gay NFL prospect Michael Sam.