Make no mistake here, I am not an Al Sharpton fan, but this blatant misrepresentation of the facts is very dangerous territory but Fox News has done it for years with impunity.
Fox’s Clayton Morris: Al Sharpton Is “Calling To Kill Cops”
But the footage of protesters chanting anti-police slogans was not from Sharpton’s December 13 march, whichThe Washington Post described as a “peaceful civil rights march led by families of the slain and organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network.”
In a later segment flagged by liberal news site Raw Story, Fox sandwiched — without explanation — a clip of the “dead cops” chant in between two clips of Sharpton speaking at the “Justice for All” rally, conflating the two events.
Although an on-screen graphic identified the “dead cop” chant as coming from the New York City protest, co-host Tucker Carlson strongly implied that all the footage shown was from Sharpton’s event, stating, “Huh. So the first clip you heard people are saying, ‘We want the cops dead.’ And the second you heard Al Sharpton say ‘We’re not against the police.'”
Co-host Clayton Morris later questioned Sharpton’s claim not to oppose law enforcement and suggested that Sharpton was “calling to kill cops.”
MORRIS: But Al Sharpton says, “Wait, wait, wait a sec, you are blowing this out of proportion. We’re not anti-police at all.” Listen to Reverend Sharpton.
SHARPTON (CLIP): We’re not saying all police are bad. We’re not even saying most are bad. We’re not anti-police. But we’re anti-brutality and the federal government must have a threshold to protect that. Second, the Justice Department must have a division funded to deal with this. Thirdly, we must have the power of special prosecutors, not the local prosecutors.
MORRIS: So does that square with you? You’re not anti-police, but you’re calling to kill cops.
CARLSON: Well the guy has no idea what he is talking about.
MORRIS: And you’re anti-brutality too.
CARLSON: If you take seriously what he said, you can’t even understand it. It just doesn’t make any sense