There’s video (above) to go with the racist comments from Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy that surfaced in today’s New York Times. It was posted by Media Matters for America. The video is useful in light of a posting on the Bundy Ranch Facebook page. It reads:
There are new rumors going around about Cliven. We all know that with the media, words are taken out of context, meanings are twisted, and they can take anything and turn it into what they want it to be. Cliven is a good man, he loves all people, he is not a racist man. He wants what is best for everyone.
Existence of the video now places further pressure on Fox News, which has spent a great deal of (sympathetic) airtime on the Bundy crisis. Now it has not only offensive quotes, but footage to go along with them.
Juxtapose these Bundy comments from the video…
And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy?
…with this exchange on Fox News between host Bill O’Reilly and Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano on April 17:
O’REILLY: All right and you know look, Mr. Bundy is a sincere man. Do you believe?
NAPOLITANO: Yes. I believe — a patriot and a hero. He happens to be at the vortex of this anti-government movement.
O’REILLY: And there have been many heroes throughout history not only in America but other places who’ve broken the law.
Both fellows agreed that Bundy broke the law.
Elsewhere on the Fox News-Bundy front, host Greta Van Susteren made clear in a blog post that she “condemns” Bundy for his remarks.