*Fox News has been forced to take action surrounding threatening and racist comments on two separate web posts, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
One incident involved Fox News’ Fox Nation website, which on Friday was forced to close comments on a post about President Obama that referred to his 50th birthday as a “Hip-Hop BBQ.” The post spurred a slew of comments that the network deemed racist.
“We found many of the comments to be offensive and inappropriate, and they have been removed,” Fox News executive vp programming Bill Shine said.
Under the headline “Obama’s Hip-Hop BBQ Didn’t Create Jobs” were photos of the president and, separately, three black celebrities who attended the party, Charles Barkley, Chris Rock and Jay-Z.
Not pictured were any attendees of other racial backgrounds, like the actor Tom Hanks or Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago.
The article, published Friday morning, generated more than 2,000 comments and substantial objections from people who found it to be inaccurate at best and racist at worst. Media Matters for America, a progressive group that campaigns against Fox, asserted that the article was part of a pattern of “race-baiting headlines and content” on the Web site.
No reporter or editor’s name was attached to the “hip-hop BBQ” article.
Also, Fox News was forced to pull a post from Facebook after a guest received multiple death threats from readers, Yahoo’s The Cutline blog reported.
The post centered on Blair Scott, communications director for American Atheists, who appeared on the network’s “America Live” to talk about his group’s lawsuit aiming to stop the use of a crucifix at the World Trade Center Memorial.
But the post received more than 200 comments that the network identified as threatening; they included multiple death threats aimed at Scott. As a result, Fox News later decided to delete the post.
“We make every attempt to keep our Facebook page as safe as possible,” Peter Drace, Fox News vp and creative director of promotion, told The Cutline. “And we take immediate steps to remove all hateful and dangerous language.”
Before the post was deleted, atheist blog One Man’s Blog posted several of the comments, which included:
— “These people are f’ing scum of the earth. can we start killing them now? few groups are filled with more hatred than atheists.”
— “I love Jesus, and the cross and if you dont, I hope someone rapes you”
— “Someone show me where they live&and they will live no mere [sic]!”
— “They’re atheists so it won’t matter if you kill them.”
— “KILL THEM.”