Fox News has had quite a few instances where they have had to apologize for overtly racist remarks. Now, it seems that there are internal conversations regarding that very matter. In particular on the part of Doug McKelway.
McKelway had a rather interesting Twitter reaction when news broke that one of his fellow Fox employees called him out for sounding like he was into white nationalism. Andrew Kirell of The Daily Beast was the catalyst for McKelway’s Twitter antics.
Kirell plays the harmonica aside from his main job as a reporter. It seems that McKelway took issue with Kirell’s musical skills. He wrote a tweet that read:
“Andrew, Andrew, Andrew. Really? You’re proud of this? Tell you what. I’ll give you a free guitar lesson if you report that Joe Biden voted to re-instate Robert E. Lee’s citizenship. I’ll even throw in a free harmonica lesson. I don’t play, but from available evidence, neither do you.”
The Fox News reporter from this story: https://t.co/icGowMCPt8 … is having a full-blown meltdown over the reporting, by attacking my… music? This is hilarious but also really, really sad. pic.twitter.com/GzwJHSw5Ve
— Andrew Kirell (@AndrewKirell) April 29, 2019
This Twitter fight, though, does not seem to be about music. It turns out that Kirell wrote an article where he posted the text from emails regarding the aforementioned fact that McKelray’s colleagues had called him out for sounding like a white supremacist when he was defending Trump’s “very fine people” comment regarding the white supremacist marchers in Charlottesville.
Fox News employee Jon Decker said of McKelray’s comments:
“Based upon the slew of emails that I’ve received today, both of you should send an apology to your Fox News colleagues — many of whom are hurt and infuriated by your respective posts. Your posts read like something you’d read on a White Supremacist chat room.”
This is surprising, considering Fox’s friendliness to the White House. However, it seems that identification with white nationalism is too far for them.
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Shannon Barber is a progressive queer feminist and budding political scientist. She is passionate about issues of social justice, including but not limited to racial equality, criminal justice reform, pro-Black politics, and LGBTQ equality. She hopes to change the world, one mind at a time.