Fox News levied a series of complaints and attacks against a Black History Month video by the African American Policy Forum that portrays the barriers of institutional and historical anti-black racism. Fox ignored the substance of the video, which was shown to students at a Virginia high school, and instead focused on complaints that the video is "trying to make students feel guilty for being white." Fox's diatribe against the video underscores a long-standing pattern of shortsighted race coverage at Fox and in mainstream media.
You'll recall that's the grand pronouncement Time's Mark Halperin recently made. And yes, he made it without pointing to any actual evidence to back up his claim.
The latest findings from Gallup regarding Obama's approval rating among Democrats and blacks though, undercut Halperin's GOP-friendly analysis:
Last week, when Gallup announced that Republicans held a ten-point lead over Democrats when respondents were asked their congressional voting preference, and that the ten-point gap (51-41%) marked an all-time height for a GOP advantage, the Beltway and right-wing media exploded with commentary.
But oops, this week's Gallup survey finds that the Republican ten-point "generic poll" advantage has evaporated. It's gone. Adiós. Democrats and Republicans are suddenly tied in the generic poll. (And yes, that's precisely what the latest Newsweek poll also found.)
But good luck finding the non-stop commentary and reporting in the mainstream and right-wing press about the latest Gallup results. They just don't fit the preferred storyline.