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##Wingnut Week In Review: Saints and Sinners In Black and White

In the world of Fox News, sexual abusers of children get a pass, but African-American youth have to be “saints” to avoid police violence. What gives?

Last week, Fox News broke its silence on the Josh Duggar molestation scandal, with an exclusive interview that made it clear what side Fox News was taking. Megyn Kelly — as promised — didn’t ask any tough questions, but allowed the Duggar family to stay on script. Kelly left unchallenged the family’s talking points that tried to diminish or deny the serious nature of Josh’s self-confessed sexual abuse of four of his sisters and one other girl, as a teenager. Instead Kelly and other Fox personalities became apologists for the Duggars the story they’d worked so hard to cover up. Kelly even suggested that police broke the law when they released records on their investigation. (No law was broken.)

Around the same time, former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was indicted on charges of violating banking laws by illegally structuring $1.7 million in transactions to avoid baking regulations, and lying to the FBI about it. Hastert made the withdrawals in order to pay $3.5 million to an unnamed individual, to cover up allegations of past sexual misconduct, when Hastert was a wrestling coach in Yorkville, Illinois. Since then, a second victim has been identified. Yet, Fox News’ Brit Hume was quick to portray Hastert as the victim, the absurdity of which Larry Wilmore pointed out.

This week, another incident of police using excessive force with African-Americans went viral. Former McKinney, Texas, police office Eric Casebolt was one of a dozen officers responding to a call concerning a fight at a pool party in the gated community of Craig’s Farm. Witnesses said the white residents complained about the number of African-American youth coming to the party, and a fight broke out when a white female adult yelled racial slurs, and slapped the teenage host of the party in the face. A white teenager at the party captured Casebolt on video, grabbing bikini-clad 14-year-old Dajerria Becton by her hair, wrestling her to the ground, and pointing his weapon at several African-American teenagers who rushed to help the young woman. (Case bolt has since resigned from the police force.)

In an interview with former Los Angeles cop Mark Fuhrman, Kelly said in defense of Casebolt that Becton was “no saint either,” for “continuing to linger” when order to move on.

Kelly began the segment by talking to a man named “Sean,” who claims that white residents who complained to a security guard aren’t racist, but just concerned about the presence of teenagers who didn’t look like they belonged in the community. “Sean” is Sean Toon, the Craigs Farm resident who called the police. He is “no saint” either. Toon is a convicted felon, who spent more than nine months in jail for violent behavior and torturing animals.

A host of Fox News talking heads and other conservatives joined Kelly in defending Casebolt, and attacking Becton, and the other African-American teenagers at the party.

Kelly later accused “some in the left-wing press” of taking her remarks “out of context,” and attempted to back that up with heavily edited video that actually disproved her claim.

Kelly’s remarks, and those of her fellow righties are explained by the same thinking that’s at the root of police violence against African-Ameicans.

If you’re wondering why African-American children are disciplined more harshly than their white peers, a couple of educators even got in on the act.

Is it any wonder that African-Americans are 20 times more likely to report serious psychological distress than white people?

GOP Clown Car Update

Here are the latest antics from the current slate of GOP presidential candidates.

Is it any wonder that Voldemorte is more popular than most of these people?

Here’s the rest of the best of the worst in wingnuttery this week:

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