Fox News Highlights Nazi Signs in Wisconsin Pension Debate, Networks Skip Controversy
Published: 2/17/2011 7:10 PM ET
The network morning shows on Thursday failed to find controversy in union protests from Wisconsin, ignoring the signs comparing Scott Walker, the state's Republican governor, to the Taliban, the Nazis and Hitler. Fox News, on the other hand, highlighted the attacks on "Mullah Walker."
Wisconsin radio talk show host Vicki McKenna appeared on Your World With Neil Cavuto to discuss the battle over whether state employees will have to pay more for their pension and health care. Citing the attacks by liberals, she informed, "I have been called the Taliban, Hitler...I mean, anything that involves dictator, tyrants or genocide, historical references to slavery."
In comparison, Good Morning News anchor Juju Chang spun the story: "Well, a bill seen as the most aggressive anti-union proposal in the country goes up for a vote in Wisconsin today." She simply claimed that state workers are "swarming the capitol in protest."
Early Show news anchor Jeff Glor defined the protest as "a dramatic showdown between state workers and the Governor." Yet, CBS didn't inform viewers that many of the marchers were holding signs with targets over the Governor or comparing him to Egypt's dictator Hosni Mubarak.
On the Today show, Ann Curry blandly explained, "Wisconsin lawmakers could vote today on a bill that drew thousands of protesters at their state house last night. The measure would strip government workers, except police and firefighters, of nearly all union bargaining rights and make them pay more for pensions and health coverage."
On Your World, McKenna told guest host Chris Cotter, "There is a different side out there you are not hearing because, you know, those folks are paid for, bought and paid for protesters."
As Fox News played clips of some of the more offensive signs, McKenna asserted that signs including swastikas have been "absolutely typical" during the ongoing debate.
Video of the hateful signs can be found here.
As this story continues to grow, will the same journalists who condemned the Tea Party for violent and hateful signs do the same for liberal, pro-union protesters?
A transcript of the February 17 Your World segment, which aired at 4:03pm EST, follows: