I’ve got your “terrorist fist jab” right here lady, and I know just where to put it.
Please excuse the coarse language.
I am more than just a bit agitated.
On June 6 on that “Fair and Balanced” Fox News network’s “America’s Pulse,” host E.D. Hill promoted an upcoming discussion on the gesture Sen. Barack Obama shared with his wife Michelle after clinching the Democratic nomination. They touched fists. It’s the “Cliff’s Notes” version, it’s what has become of the “Soul Handshake.”
And so there was an actual prime time, network cable television news discussion about that gesture!? Let me get this straight. We also have to pay in order to watch cable news networks? Right?
“America’s Pulse” host E.D. Hill teased: “A fist bump? A pound? A terrorist fist jab? The gesture everyone seems to interpret differently.”
“A terrorist fist jab?” have you lost your mind lady? What’s next, a collard greens joke? Maybe a “Watermelon Jihad” reference, or a “Fried Chicken Hostage?”
What in heaven’s name made the word “terrorist” come out that Fox News Network anchor’s mouth?
I join with all those who have already signed the online petition at www.mediamatters.org in saying with my full throat: to Fox News, to Roger Ailes to Rupert Murdoch, to Junebug Jabbo Smith; and to Lottie, Dottie, and Everybody: that racist, xenophobic comment by E.D. Hill on the Fox News Network is appalling and unacceptable, and I demand an apology from E.D. Hill!
What did she mean, “a terrorist fist jab?” anyway?
I’ll tell you what she meant. She was planting the seed of an idea, that this particular candidate for President of the United States, is secretly a terrorist! When he becomes President, he’ll quickly be accused of hiding a Muslim terrorist behind every desk in the entire U.S. Government. Vintage. Straight from the Joe McCarthy, J. Edgar Hoover dirty tricks book.
“A terrorist fist jab,” by a potential or future President of the United States? Spare me the drama?
Then what do you call the gymnastics performed by President George W. (for Worst in history) Bush at the U.S. Air Force Academy commencement recently with one of the graduating cadets? What do you call that? “An Imperialist Chest Thump?” “A Bombardier’s War Dance?” “Caveman Congratulations?”
Maybe it was “The George Custer Bottom-of-the-Class Boogie?” (Gen. Custer finished dead last in his class at West Point. Sen. John McCain finished 894th in a class of 899 at the Naval Academy. And of course Pres. Bush was at best a mediocre “C” student at Yale and a virtual no-show for duty in the Air National Guard. On the other hand, Pres. Dwight Eisenhower finished 61st in his class of 164 at West Point. But I digress.)
Does it seem a tad contemptuous to speak of a sitting President, and a War Hero like that? Even though it’s all true? Maybe it’s because the tone of those descriptions of the President and Sen. McCain are beyond simply “sharp” when spoken by a Black man about those White men. It sounds like some more Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Father Micahel Phleger rhetoric. It sounds like Barbershop-only talk.
But, at the same time, it’s fine for a seven-figure-salaried network TV anchor to joke in prime time, that a Black man, who is subject to become the next President of these United States, and is in every rank the equal of the President and Sen. McCain, it’s okay to make a “terrorist fist jab” joke about him? Huh? Because he’s Black?
A terrorist fist jab?
Yeah. I’ve got your “terrorist fist jab” right here, Ms. E.D. Hill of Fox News Network’s “America’s Pulse,” and I’d like to show you exactly where you should put it!