Frequent Fox News contributor Erik Rush got into a Twitter exchange shortly after yesterday’s apparent bombing to declare of Muslims: “Yes, they’re evil. Let’s kill them all.”
Rush is only one of many right-wing commentators to jump to the immediate conclusion that the tragic explosions at the Boston Marathon were the result of Islamic terrorism, but his “Kill them all” comment is so far over the line that Fox must distance itself from Rush’s violent bigotry.
Our thoughts and prayers remain with the victims of yesterday’s violence and their families. It’s a shame that we need to respond to such hate the very next day, but we do -- Rush’s brand of bigotry must be called out and answered.
Erik Rush is a WorldNetDaily columnist and, frankly, this is the kind of thing one would expect from a prominent voice on that site, which is a festering cesspool of right-wing bigotry and fringe conspiracy theories. But Fox News, albeit known for its right-wing bent, is a major news outlet and when it gives a podium to a hatemonger like Rush it legitimizes him and his views.
While the First Amendment protects Rush’s right to spout whatever venomous hate speech he wants, it doesn’t guarantee him a spot on a major news network. Rush has a right to say what he wants, but the public has the right to be outraged and demand action from one of his outlets.
Fox News must be held accountable for any further association with Erik Rush.
After PFAW’s Right Wing Watch called much attention to Rush’s tweet yesterday, Rush responded with a non-apology on Twitter saying that liberals’ “precious Islamists say the same [‘kill them all’] about us EVERY DAY,” and tried to play off his original comment as a type of “sarcasm.”
Speak up! No one should, especially in the immediate aftermath, be exploiting a tragedy like yesterday’s to advance a hateful agenda of bigotry and fear
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-- Ben Betz, Online Strategy Manager