ASI News 18 October 2009

October 18th, 2009 at 7:04 pm EDT

Cliff Kincaid
America's Survival, Inc.

Dear Friend of America’s Survival, Inc.:

Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corporation, the parent company of Fox News, has announced the firing of Fox News contributor Marc Lamont Hill. This is the left-wing cop-killer apologist that we have written about. I called him the Van Jones of Fox News Channel.

The announcement was made as I was questioning Murdoch at the October 16 News Corporation annual meeting in New York City.  I asked Murdoch why Hill was hired, considering his involvement in “revolutionary” causes such as support for cop-killers. Hill had also spoken before a black racist communist group – something he had proudly listed in his official Curriculum Vitae.

I understand why Fox News wants to appear “fair and balanced,” but this is ridiculous, I told Murdoch. He apparently came to the conclusion that it was ridiculous as well.  And Hill was out.

When I started writing about Hill’s involvement in these activities, including his published support for Khallid Muhammad, the black racist who had given a notorious “Kill the white man” speech, Hill started taking down some of his controversial articles on these topics from his web pages. By then, it was too late. The truth was already out. He had tried to cover his tracks. He had failed.

Giving the channel the benefit of the doubt, Fox News hadn’t taken the time to examine his views before hiring him. That’s why, in a release from Accuracy in Media, I said that Fox News was as bad as the Obama Administration in background checks. This was a comparison to the Van Jones fiasco, in which Jones’ communist background was exposed by blogger Trevor Loudon and then Glenn Beck and Jones was eventually ousted from his White House job. 

It’s far from clear, however, that the Obama Administration was blind-sided by Van Jones’ pro-communist views. By the same token, what did Fox News really know about Hill in advance of his hiring?

Consider the importance of what had happened here. If somebody like Hill showed up on MSNBC, nobody would have paid much attention. Few people take that cable channel seriously. But Fox News is supposed to be a conservative channel. This gave Hill access to millions of people, as if he were a respectable liberal. He was not.  

By the way, world-famous New Zealand blogger Trevor Loudon, who broke the Van Jones story, is coming to town. We will be recording a discussion of communism and the Obama Administration that we will eventually post on our web site Meanwhile, on October 23, Trevor and I will be appearing at the Accuracy in Media conference in Washington, D.C. Please go here for further information. I hope you can attend.

In the final analysis, I think Marc Lamont Hill was hired by Fox News as a well-paid contributor in order to please left-wing critics of the channel and to appear “fair and balanced.” You can see that Fox is currently under strong attack by the Obama Administration for being too conservative. Frankly, I think Fox is not conservative enough.

A professor and expert on “hip-hop” culture, Hill never had any expertise to comment on most of the issues he was brought on the air to talk about. Now, the hiring has blown up in the faces of Fox News and News Corporation. But I give credit to Murdoch for taking decisive action. I was surprised that he made that announcement to me at the annual meeting.  

Bill O’Reilly has the most to answer for, since he had Hill on his show many, many times. Hill says that he was also on Hannity, On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, and Huckabee. But to my knowledge Hill never appeared on the Glenn Beck show.

Bill O’Reilly, who also has a record of pandering to black race hustler Al Sharpton, should be asked to explain what role he had in recommending Hill for his Fox News job.  

Stop the spin, Bill. Tell us the truth.

The firing was belated recognition that Hill never should have been hired in the first place. Indeed, it is still a mystery how he showed up so many times on The O’Reilly Factor, when his expertise on issues other than hip-hop was thin if not non-existent. Hill was in over his head. But he smiled a lot and talked fast. That made him good TV.

But on one such occasion, Hill defended a protest in Oakland, California, in support of a cop-killer named Lovelle Mixon, who had killed four Oakland police officers before he was fatally shot in a gun battle. The protesters were from a communist group upset about what Hill told O’Reilly was “police terrorism.” Hill said the protesters had a point.

O’Reilly should have immediately kicked Hill off the show, never to appear again. Support for cop-killers should not be tolerated in respectable media. But having Hill on the show gave O’Reilly the chance to look “fair and balanced.”   

In addition to being a career criminal and a cop-killer, Mixon was also a suspected rapist, since his DNA had been linked to the rape of a 12-year-old girl. Who in their right mind could have sanctioned a protest in his defense? Marc Lamont Hill did.   

Thanks to all of you who had called or emailed Fox News, asking them to explain how and why Marc Lamont Hill was hired and on the air. You contributions helped make the difference.

Here is an excerpt from one letter I was preparing to read at the News Corporation annual meeting from my friend, retired San Francisco Police Sergeant James Pera:

 I am a retired San Francisco Police sergeant. I served thirty years on the streets.

During my long career, I witnessed the murders of scores of my fellow police officers. They died from gunshot wounds, bombings and other ways that most Americans, who have not been in uniform, during a time of war, can't even imagine. Make no mistake about it, we were in a war. It was an urban war, especially back in the 60s and 70s.

I have also known scores of other officers, too many to even count, who have been maimed and injured, many to the point that they were forced to retire, with lifetime disabilities.

I find it difficult, therefore, to comprehend why Fox, the only source for balanced news and really the only one conservatives have, in a media that is otherwise overrun with left-wing propagandists, would want to hire a paid contributor the likes of Professor Marc Lamont Hill. In my opinion, he is a cop-hating, race-bating, revolutionary-oriented black racist, who hates white Americans. And his comments reflect that perception.

I was about to read Jim’s letter when Rupert Murdoch interrupted to say that he wanted me to know that he appreciated our work on this matter and that Hill had been fired. I said “Congratulations” and took my seat.  

Please understand that I appreciate Fox News. But it must resist the temptation, under White House pressure, to be politically correct. This is the time to intensify the scrutiny of the Obama Administration and its collaborators. This is not the time to back down.

Again, the point is that the channel should be more conservative, not less.  

For America's Survival, Inc.

Cliff Kincaid, President

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