Fox News begins election day with ‘alert’ over New Black Panthers

By David Edwards
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 8:55 EDT
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"Fox News Alert" about New Black Panther Party
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The Fox News Channel began election day on Tuesday by warning viewers about an alleged member of the New Black Panthers Party at one Pennsylvania polling place.

“This is a member of the Black Panthers standing guard outside a polling place in Philadelphia,” co-host Gretchen Carlson noted following the blaring “Fox News Alert” graphic.

“Does it look reminiscent?” she asked. “Remember this from four years ago. The organization said it was thinking about monitoring the elections. Critics say it’s more like intimidation. The Black Panthers also stood guard outside polling places, as I just mentioned, in 2008 in Philly, the group’s leader with a nightstick in his hand. It looks very similar.”

“If he’s a registered poll watcher then I’d like to see his poll watching card,” Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson Jr. added during the next “Fox News Alert” segment. “That’s not the norm in America. This is a great, great day in the United States.”

Fox News mentioned the New Black Panther Party over 95 times in less than two weeks in 2010 after the Department of Justice declined to pursue charges against a member of the New Black Panther Party for carrying a billy club to a polling place.

Watch this video from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Nov. 6, 2012.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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