Fox News: Black Panthers caused Zimmerman trial
Posted in the Minneapolis Forum
#1 Jul 15, 2013
Fox News guest J. Christian Adams, a right-wing blogger and author who previously worked for the Department of Justice and contributes to Pajamas Media and Breitbart, claimed on Monday morning that the New Black Panthers, and not the body of a teen killed by a gunshot wound, were secretly the real “spark” that kicked off George Zimmerman’s murder trial.
Adams told Congress in April (PDF) that the Obama administration relied upon racial biases when considering a voter intimidation charge against a member of the New Black Panthers who was filmed standing outside a Philadelphia polling place in 2008. Nothing ever came of the incident — even top Republicans began mocking the notion of Obama protecting the New Black Panthers — but Fox News keeps trying to revive it for some reason.
Appearing Monday, Adams continued pushing that narrative, telling the hosts of “Fox & Friends” that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has “teamed up with the New Black Panthers” to lobby for civil rights charges against Zimmerman. Adams added that he’s certain the Zimmerman murder trial would not have taken place if it weren’t for the little known, fringe political group.
“I have a piece at Breitbart today that shows how the New Black Panthers were the spark behind the whole Zimmerman investigation,” he insisted. Amazingly, Fox News host Steve Doocy agreed, seeming riveted by the claim and pressing for more information.“Mr. Adams, why does it seem the Department of Justice is taking their marching orders from the New Black Panther Party?” Doocy asked.
“This is part of a radical, racial agenda that Eric Holder has implemented since he took office,” Adams said, citing the 2008 video of a black activist standing in a public place and the attorney general’s attempts to enforce provisions of The Voting Rights Act against historically racist jurisdictions, among others.
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