Fox News Raises Specter Of New Black Panthers To Stoke Fears Of Racial Violence In Missouri

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from Media Matters,

Fox News host Martha MacCallum hyped fears that the New Black Panther Party is pushing racial violence following an FBI report that one member of the group was on the ground in Ferguson, Missouri following the tragic shooting death of an unarmed black teenager.

Michael Brown, an 18-year-old unarmed African American, was killed at the hands of a Ferguson police officer after an alleged confrontation with the officer. Following Brown’s death, a series of tense protests broke out in the town. According to the LA Times, the largest protests have been peaceful, but some looting and vandalism has occurred at night.

On the August 13 edition of The Kelly File, Fox News correspondent Mike Tobin explained that while “demonstrations remain[ed] peaceful” throughout the day, New Black Panther Party members were seen in Ferguson. Ignoring the reports of peaceful protests, MacCallum highlighted a tweet and Facebook posts from one New Black Panther Party member in particular who she claimed “is very vociferously advocating violence against the police.”

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