Fox's Brit Hume: Obama Uses Race As "A Sword" To "Attack Others"
Fox News Continues To Lack Diversity In Discussions Of Race
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From the April 13 edition of Fox News' Fox News Sunday:
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CHRIS WALLACE, HOST: Attorney General Eric Holder complaining about treatment of him and also the president after another testy exchange with House Republicans on Capitol Hill, and we're back now with the panel. Well Attorney General Holder said the Obama administration has faced, his words, unprecedented, ugly opposition and speaking to Al Sharpton's National Action Network he clearly implied it's because of race. Brit, does he have a point?
BRIT HUME, FOX NEWS SENIOR POLITICAL ANALYST: I don't think so. And I think, you know -- first of all, it's false that no attorney general, no president have been subjected to this kind of treatment. After all, Bill Clinton was impeached, think about that for a moment. [Nixon administration Attorney General] John Mitchell went to jail. I mean the list is long of attorneys general and other officials who have been subjected to some very rough treatment on Capitol Hill and elsewhere.
And this strikes me as kind of crybaby stuff from Holder. My sense about this is that both Eric Holder and Barack Obama have benefited politically enormously from the fact that they are African-American and the first to hold the jobs that they hold and this -- I don't know if he specifically meant race or not, I suspect perhaps he did. But to those two men race has been both a shield and a sword that they have used effectively to defend themselves and to attack others. And I think it is depressing at this stage in our national life after all we've been through on this issue and given the overwhelming consensus on the issue of civil rights that this kind of stuff is still going on.
WALLACE: We asked you for questions from the panel, for the panel rather, and we got this on Twitter from Michael Daigeaun. Why is it that if you oppose their position and you're white, you are branded a racist? Both AG Holder and POTUS -- President of the United States -- race bait. George, is that what's going on here?
GEORGE WILL, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: Sure. Look, liberalism has a kind of Tourette Syndrome these days, it just [is] constantly saying the word racism and racist. There is an old saying in the law. If you have the law on your side, argue the law. If you have the facts on your side, argue the facts. If you have neither, pound the table. This is pounding the table.
There is kind of intellectual poverty now. Liberalism hasn't had a new idea since the 1960s, except Obamacare and the country doesn't like it. Foreign policy is a shambles from Russia to Iran to Syria to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. And the recovery is unprecedentedly bad. So what do you do? You say anyone who criticizes us is a racist. It's become a joke among young people. You go to a campus where this kind of political correctness reigns and some young person will say, "Looks like it's going to rain," and a person looks and says, "You're a racist." I mean, it's so inappropriate, the constant invocation of this, that I think it's becoming a national mirth [emphasis added].