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'Fox & Friends' Hosts: Oprah Winfrey Played 'Race Card' Defending Obama

Elisabeth Hasselbeck says TV host's comments “undermines racism”

The team at “Fox & Friends” isn't buying Oprah Winfrey‘s theory that the fury over President Barack Obama's policies and the bumpy roll-out of his healthcare law is partly rooted in racism.

They argued Thursday that the talk show icon was playing the race card when she said in an interview with the BBC last week, ”I think that there's a level of disrespect for the office that occurs and that occurs in some cases and maybe even many cases because he's African-American.”

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Winfrey was responding to a direct question from her interviewer about whether the president's race riled his critics, but the Fox News morning team believe her comments crossed a line. They fretted that fear of seeming racist might be silencing opponents of the Obama administration from speaking up.

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“This is someone as powerful as Oprah instilling fear in those who may come to critique policy under a cloak of racism when it may not be there,” co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck said. “It undermines racism when it does occur.”

“It's so disappointing,” co-host Brian Kilmeade added. “She's one of the most accomplished Americans, period. She's come over unbelievably hard times as a child to become, as even President Obama cited last night, the first African-American female billionaire in the country, has her own network, and she sees racism in the criticism of the president!”

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Kilmeade argued that the president has more or less gotten a free pass for much of his time at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

“This to me is a situation where you've gone six years with almost no criticism of the president,” Kilmeade said, noting people denigrated Ronald Reagan's intelligence and Bill Clinton's wandering eye in the wake of the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Co-host Steve Doocy postulated that it was Obama's policies, not the color of his skin that was antagonizing conservatives.

“I don't know that Barack Obama could have been elected president if he was living in a racist nation,” co-host Steve Doocy said. “Are there racists out there? Absolutely. Is it a majority of people? No.”

  • Lynn

    You've got to be kidding me. President Obama wasn't criticized during his first 6years?!–what country have you been living in? He has faced nothing but criticism since he entered office, including that birth certificate BS, which continued until recently. This is another case of Fox news having it's head in the sand and totally distorting (lying about) what they themselves have been broadcasting for the last 6 years. No matter how times you say it, it still doesn't make it true.

  • Jimmy

    There is no doubt there are people out there who have honest policy disagreements with Obama, but you would have to have your head in the sand not see some of truly horrific things said about this president that are a direct result of racism. Instead of having an honest discussion the people at Fox choose instead to attack and blame. Of course, nothing new there.

  • Iblis

    So where was Oprah when Bush was being hanged and burned in effigy, when they were making assassination porn about killing him, when replicas of his head were being put on pikes in movies and tv shows? Where was her outrage then? If America is so racist, why is a black woman like her a. a billionaire, b. one of the most powerful women in media? How would that even be possible in a “racist” country.

    • Naftul Zvi

      Because there are two america's still, like the states who won't pass medicare expansion, places like Oklahoma, its governor wouldn't allow gay couples to receive military benefits from the state, they have to go to one of the few federal buildings, so her solution to not look homophobic was to reject everyone's; gay and straight couples military benefits (Texas did this too, but just for homosexuals). Backwards ass states like these is what Oprah is referring to, like Texas who have been duped into hating Obama while 800k people don't have health insurance and rick perry won't accept the medicare expansion.

      • annoyed

        Really, stick to what you know. Do you live in Texas? Do you know what it's like? Do you know that it is illegal to deny someone medical care because they can't pay? And yes, here's the old standard, if you don't like the way things are done in Texas, don't live here. If you don't vote in this state, your opinion means nothing.

    • Sara James

      Rush was defending Bush at that time.

    • Ronnie

      George Bush was on Oprah's show during her last season when he was promoting his book and she did ask him some tough questions about his image and how he was viewed by the public and the press.

  • Sara James

    Elizabeth Hasslebeck is a joke as a person and a journalist.

  • brussell2952

    Oprah… Living proof that cattle can talk..

  • K. Ward

    Of course she used the race card because that's exactly what's happening and one reason why the government won't get along. It's just that no one wants to admit it. It's called Covert Racism, or Let's pretend it's not happening or denial, denial, denial.

  • Kent Maxwell

    Oprah Soapra, If I was a Billionaire, Id think I would have plenty to do other then complain about how the white people wronged her an Obama…

  • http://cypheravenue.com/ BlackPegasus

    Whenever I hear the term “race card” being thrown around, I automatically assume the person saying that term is indeed a RACIST. Conservative whites have adopted this silent whistle of bigoted terms and statements in our media. The fact that they are allowed to get away with it is repulsing.