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Friday, April 25, 2008
Fox News Democrat Tammy Bruce's Racist Cartoon
As I have written, there are two kinds of Democrats that Fox News CEO Roger Ailes likes to have on Fox News: 1) The "domesticated," non-threatening type--e.g., Susan Estrich, Kirsten Powers, Alan Colmes, Morton Kondracke, and Juan Williams; and 2) The type of Democrat who has nothing nice to say about the Democratic Party. Examples are Pat Caddell, Zell Miller, and Tammy Bruce.
Tammy Bruce is especially egregious member of the second variant of the Fox News Democrat. She even uses the pejorative term "Democrat [sic] Party." As I pointed out, in Bruce's book The New American Revolution, Bruce unceremoniously lumped DNC head Howard Dean with Ward Churchill and attorney Lynne Stewart who was convicted of aiding and abetting terrorists. In the book, she gives plaudits to Roger Ailes, David Horowitz, and Sun Myung Moon's Washington Times.
Recently, on Bruce's blog, she addressed the Mexican official who was caught stealing Blackberries from White House staffers. She did the post with a Jpeg of the Frito Bandito, the former cartoon mascot for Frito Corn Chips. The Frito Bandito was an offensive cartoon stereotype who spoke broken English with a thick, exaggerated accent. Frito-Lay dropped the Bandito in 1971 after protests from Hispanic groups. The first sentence of Bruce's blog post: "Stealing our stuff and taking things that don't belong to them apparently isn't limited to Mexican illegal aliens, it's also the preferred activity of Mexican government officials. Scum."
This isn't the first time Bruce has endorsed anti-Mexican bigotry. A couple years ago, I wrote about Bruce playing the Frito Bandito theme song on her radio show and supporting the candidacy of Minuteman Project co-founder Jim Gilchrist for a congressional seat (as a member of the American Independent Party) Gilchrist is considering running for president this year as a member of the far-right Constitution Party.