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Unbelievable.

a live interview, FOX Contributor Liz Trotta jokingly wished for the assassination of Sen. Barack Obama.

This latest incident from FOX News continues the trend in violent rhetoric about Sen. Obama from pundits, politicians, and entertainers.

Grinning While Joking About Killing A Candidate
The incident happen in an exchange with the FOX News anchor. When asked her opinion of the recent scandal surrounding some comments made by Sen. Hillary Clinton, which Trotta described by saying that, “some are reading [it] as a suggestion that somebody knock off Osama.” Hemmer quickly corrected Trotta, having noticed that she had said “Osama” when she meant “Obama.” At this point, Trotta said, “Obama. Well…both if we could!” Trotta then laughed gleefully.

Not only does she refer to him as Osama, but she jokingly suggests that he be assassinated along with Bin Laden. Oh my word.

It’s bad enough that there is so much hate in the world, but to have to put up with this kind of blatantly racist and violent rhetoric from a news network, is beyond comprehension.

If a news anchor or anybody in any kind of official role had made those same remarks in Britain, they’d have to resign. No ifs, no buts. Thank God I live in England, that’s all I can say.

Thanks to Jane, for the Huffington Post link.

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  • Emmy
    May 27
    9:31 am

    I actually saw that live, and was insanely annoyed at the time.

    Almost as annoyed as I’ve been by getting spam emails saying Obama is a Muslim extremist. Oh, and the text message “joke” about how Obama might not be able to officially fix the economy, but he knows how to ni**er rig it. That one was just special.

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  • wendy
    May 27
    9:32 am

    The mind boggles. I have tried to avoid reading commentary on the campaigns due to the hatred spouted by so-called news people. Oh well, people who watch that channel like this sort of thing.

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  • Robin F
    May 27
    11:19 am

    I am an American who has been living in the UK and Australia for the past 9 years or so and I have to say when we first moved to overseas I was very struck by the differences in the way the media handled politicians. I remember watching Tony Blair answering questions from the public just before the Iraq war began and really being grilled by all kinds of people. In the US this never happens politicians are deferred to and and the tough questions are never asked. It is infuriating and depressing and colors the way the politicians act. There is a great video of George Bush being questioned by an Irish journalist and being flabbergasted that she actual was daring to seriously question him that speaks volumes about the American media.

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  • sallahdog
    May 27
    1:11 pm

    Another reason I don’t watch the Fox network…and I am not a democrat (ok, not a republican either)….

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  • Now that is just wrong.

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  • Anon76
    May 27
    4:09 pm

    Wow.

    Over the last many years in the U.S., the shock-jock attitude has moved into major media. I have no problem with politicians being called on their rhetoric, but these hate attacks have no place in what is supposed to be a “decent” society.

    Sadly though, I am not surprised. My community is racist/sexist beyond means. A small town environment I moved to years ago when relocating from a big city with no knowledge I was walking into a nuthouse. There are very few people I associate with because I don’t want their continued insanity/intolerance rubbing off on me.

    While I may not agree with all of the politics of Obama and Clinton, I fear for their physical safety if either reaches the Whitehouse. And I fear the repercussions in the country if anything would happen to them.

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  • That turns my stomach.

    Anon76, I fear for every person who makes it to the White house. Both Republicans and Democrats, Liberals and Conservatives have been targeted for assassination. I suppose it’s the price one pays for power, but I can’t help respect anyone who is willing to go that far.

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  • Barbara B.
    May 27
    4:18 pm

    “I have no problem with politicians being called on their rhetoric, but these hate attacks have no place in what is supposed to be a “decent” society.”

    At no point in its history has America ever been a “decent” society. Never.

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  • Jenns
    May 27
    4:41 pm

    Absolutely disgusting. That whole thing leaves me sick to my stomach.

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  • Anon76
    May 27
    5:14 pm

    “Anon76, I fear for every person who makes it to the White house. Both Republicans and Democrats, Liberals and Conservatives have been targeted for assassination. I suppose it’s the price one pays for power, but I can’t help respect anyone who is willing to go that far.”

    Oh, yeah, Julie, I am totally with you on that. But…breaking new ground always poses a higher level of danger. And the new ground used to involve ethnicity, religion and money. Now it’s branching out to involve “race” and “sex”, coupled with all the old hoohaws.

    God bless all with the guts to take the monster on.

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  • Anon76
    May 27
    5:18 pm

    “At no point in its history has America ever been a “decent” society. Never.”

    Barb, I can understand how you feel that way. But then I have to ask the question “when has any society that involves human interaction ever been “decent”?

    Basically, we all suck.

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  • Alexandra
    May 27
    6:29 pm

    I was very struck by the differences in the way the media handled politicians. I remember watching Tony Blair answering questions from the public just before the Iraq war began and really being grilled by all kinds of people.

    I dared to point this out in an English class when we were having a civilized debate about the government (kind of an exercise in presenting both sides of an argument in a paper) and one student said I was disloyal and insulting to the US government.

    I wish we had the UK system–it might make us more interested in politics, and make our leaders more accountable. I certainly take more interest in UK government because I know the leaders have to answer for their actions.

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  • Throwmearope
    May 27
    9:12 pm

    Rush Limbaugh has been calling for bombs, riots and fires in Denver for the Democratic National Convention here. He had to stop because if they happened in close proximity to his (well, I’ll be polite and say) rhetoric, he could be accused of inciting a riot.

    As a Democrat who is a native Denverite and still lives in a nearby suburb, let me tell you how happy I am with Rush Limbaugh, drug addict extraordinaire.

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  • *sigh*
    What’s interesting to me is that I mentioned I got a cold feeling in my gut when I heard some of the rhetoric out of the Hilary campaign six months ago. It’s always been my fear that someone would assassinate Obama because of his status as the first African American to have a chance at the whitehouse.
    To make a joke of it is appalling.

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  • anon_again
    May 27
    10:15 pm

    I dared to point this out in an English class when we were having a civilized debate about the government…and one student said I was disloyal and insulting to the US government.

    Freedom of speech doesn’t do a damn bit of good when the people to whom it belongs don’t respect, understand, or exercise it. We can talk all we want about “the system” but the fact is, every democracy depends on an informed, interested electorate, which we haven’t had for a long time.

    As a nation, we too often treat information as passive entertainment, and are thus easily distracted by every flash-in-the pan scandal and shiny, silly sound byte the corporate media outlets throw at us. I still can’t believe Obama got asked that stupid question about the fucking flag pin during a nationally televised debate.

    There’s an old saying, “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.” These days, it seems like nobody can loose an election that way, either.

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  • Vicky
    May 27
    11:57 pm

    I hate Fox news. They’re a bunch of right wing nutjobs. I hope she gets fired for this but that’s not likely to happen.

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  • It’s really no surprise considering it came from Fox News. That network is so ridiculously slanted it’s pretty hard to watch, but the sad thing is, her comment isn’t the worst thing that’s been said on there. Watch Sean Hannity sometimes and you’ll think what she said was nothing compared to the stuff he spews.

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  • loonigrrl
    May 28
    5:36 am

    Fox News is just one big disgusting joke. That woman should be fired.

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  • bam
    May 28
    7:04 am

    oh, hey, at least Liz Trotta apologized for it, no matter how half-hearted. Did Hillz apologize for this:

    Primary contests used to last a lot longer. We all remember the great tragedy of Bobby Kennedy being assassinated in June in L.A. My husband didn’t wrap up the nomination in 1992 until June. Having a primary contest go through June is nothing particularly unusual.

    no. it was more like, “eh, you know… i was tired. been campaigning a lot. Boy, it’s warm out here…” and then her camp had the audacity to blame Barry’s camp for the whole kerfuffle when Barry was all, “dude, it’s cool. we all say dumb things when we’re tired.”

    Stay classy, Hilz!

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  • Trotta’s comment was in very poor taste. However I do feel she was attempting to be humorous (as subjective a thing as humor may be). I am more angered by media insinuations that Obama is a Muslim extremist, just as I am still furious with Gloria Steinem getting on her pulpit to belittle John McCain’s former POW experience. No matter who the target is, spite and the deliberate twisting of facts serves no purpose but to cloud the real issues.

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  • Thank you for giving me one more reason (even though I didn’t need it) to DESPISE Fox “News”, aka The Official Network Propaganda Machine for the Ultra-conservative Right Wing.

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