Leaked Fox News Emails Show Internal Debate Over White Supremacy
A recent squabble in an email chain between Fox News journalists highlights the continuing differing opinions and takes of a white nationalist event that took place almost two years ago.
The emails, which were obtained and described by The Daily Beast, began as criticisms from Fox reporter Doug McKelway. McKelway took issue with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden for using footage, in his announcement of his campaign, of President Donald Trump arguing that “both sides” were to blame for the violence that took place at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017.
“Putting this Biden statement out there, next to Trump’s original presser, and a live interview I did in C-ville with ‘good people on both sides,'” he wrote in the emails.
McKelway seemingly argued on the president’s behalf, that Trump’s words were merely taken out of context. He also cited interviews of white supremacists who were at the rally, arguing that not all of them did something wrong.
McKelway, for instance, quoted Brian Lambert, an attendee of the white nationalist march. Lambert expressed being upset with supposedly being denied the right to free speech by counter-protesters at the event.
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“They’re denying people their right to assemble. They’re denying their right to speak freely, however hateful their views may be,” Lambert said.
Cody Derespina, another Fox employee, also jumped on the bandwagon, citing quotes from another white supremacist, Jared Kuhn, to defend the president against Biden’s attacks.
Fox News Radio White House correspondent Jon Decker took issue with these characterizations, however, stating that the email chain was starting to sound “like a White Supremacist chat room” with all of the quotes from bigots being included.
“I really don’t understand the point you are making,” Decker wrote. “Jarrod Kuhn was one of those individuals in Charlottesville holding a tiki torch while the mob chanted ‘Jews will not replace us.'”
According to polling taken just after Trump’s “both sides” comments, 56 percent of Americans said they disapproved of his response to the deadly rally that took place in 2017, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll at that time.