Right Wing Media Comes Out Against the Civil Rights Act
The crazy train is accelerating.
Last week radio host Rush Limbaugh used Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s praise for former Justice Thurgood Marshall whom she clerked for in 1988 to attack Marshall for his view that the original U.S. Constitution was “defective” because it sanctioned slavery and gender inequality. Furthermore, Limbaugh said Kagan and Marshall look at “me and people like me as the oppressors.”
He wasn’t alone.
The very same day, Michael Savage (née Weiner) — the third highest rated radio host in America — said “Marshall was an outright communist” who “almost destroyed America” while radio host Monica Crowley said on Fox Business that Kagan’s praise of Marshall should raise “red flags.”
Why folks like Limbaugh would be defending slavery is anyone’s guess.
The attacks on Marshall were followed this week with broadsides against the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Fox Business’ John Stossel today called for a repeal of the public accommodations section of the Act in an interview on Fox News about Kentucky GOP Senate candidate Rand Paul’s recent comments on the issue.
Stossel further claimed that eventually free markets would have prevailed over discrimination saying, “competition would have cleaned the clocks of the people who didn’t serve most customers.” It was a notion soundly rejected by Andrew Grant-Thomas, deputy director of the Ohio State’s Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, who characterized Stossel’s comments as “silly,” adding, “Market forces hadn’t exactly made anti-black discrimination disappear during the several centuries before the Civil Rights Act.”
Such is the sad state of the conservative media.