In a November 22 tweet, Fox's Todd Starnes suggested that the Occupy Wall Street protesters are "domestic terrorists:"
Right-wing media recently pushed the discredited attack that President Obama called Americans "lazy." But right-wing media figures themselves have a history of suggesting that Americans -- particularly the poor, the unemployed, and union workers, among others -- are lazy or lack work ethic.
Fox News, looking to manufacture a new controversy, is reporting that President Obama warned that the United States has "fallen behind" in math and science education and claiming that Obama "bad-mouthed" the U.S. with those comments. But President Bush also warned that the U.S. was falling behind in math and science when launching the American Competitiveness Initiative in 2006.
The right-wing media have attacked President Obama for commenting at a conference that "we've been a little bit lazy" about attracting foreign investment in America, claiming that he is "attacking Americans." However, several independent analysts have said that this line of attack takes Obama's comments out of context and that the president "wasn't calling Americans lazy."
In a March 24 tweet, Fox News Radio reporter and anchor Todd Starnes wrote, "Blacks riot at Burger King":
Starnes links to a WJHG story about a cell phone camera capturing a brawl at a Panama City Beach Burger King. Unlike Starnes, the WJHG story does not mention or discuss the race of the participants.
After Starnes' tweet, Fox Nation posted the video under the headline, "Bikini Brawler Starts Riot at Burger King." Starnes' profile identifies him as "a contributor on FOX & Friends, Hannity and FOX Nation." Media Matters has documented that Fox Nation has frequently race-baited.
Starnes also has a history of bashing Muslims on his Twitter:
Update (4:25pm E.T.): Starnes has now restricted public access to his Twitter feed:
Update (3/28): Starnes has now made his account public, but deleted the tweet in question.
From February 6 posts to Fox News Radio reporter Todd Starnes' twitter account:
Fox News' Todd Starnes objected to President Obama's words of support for "the people of Tunisia" during the State of the Union address. Starnes wrote on his Twitter account: "I thought this was the State of our Union?" However, Presidents Reagan and George W. Bush also referenced democratic movements in foreign countries during State of the Union addresses.
Fox News appears to have another "birther" on its payroll. On his Twitter and Facebook pages, Fox News Radio anchor and reporter Todd Starnes has cast doubt on the validity of President Barack Obama's birth certificate. Starnes also attacks liberals, Democratic politicians and Muslims on his pages.
From Fox News Radio reporter Todd Starnes' Twitter account: