Days after President Barack Obama spoke out against the arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr., Glenn Beck of Fox News called him a racist.
The political pundit made the comment during a guest spot on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday while a panel was discussing the president’s initial public reaction to the incident.
At first, Obama said he felt Cambridge police “acted stupidly” for locking Henry up, but he later retracted that statement. In Glenn’s opinion it was too little, too late and said the president showed himself to be a man with “a deep-seated hatred for White people or the White culture.”
The Fox News commentator’s view was immediately countered by one of the show’s hosts who pointed out that most of the president’s cabinet was made up of White people.
“I’m not saying he doesn’t like White people,” Glenn stated. “He has a problem. This guy is, I believe, a racist.”
The White House has declined comment on what Glenn said, but a Fox News exec released the following statement defending his first amendment right to stick his foot in his mouth.
“[Glenn] expressed a personal opinion which represented his own views, not those of the Fox News Channel,” the statement read. “And as with all commentators in the cable news arena, he is given the freedom to express his opinions.”
— Sonya Eskridge