Fox News: Where Protests Against Racial Discrimination Are Anarchy But Armed Protests Against Federal Law Are "Patriotic"

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Fox News supports the right to protest, unless, it seems, the protesters are students of color shining a spotlight on incidents of racial injustice.

Protests against racial discrimination on college campuses across the country are garnering national media attention with students criticizing administration responses to incidents at University of Missouri, Yale, U.C.L.A, University of Oklahoma and other institutions.

Fox News responded to the student protests with disdain and attempts to belittle the protesters' arguments. Primetime host Megyn Kelly called the protesters in Missouri "angry black students," while Bill O'Reilly likened the protests to fascism. When Juan Williams attempted to explain why students of color may feel marginalized on campuses, Fox host Eric Bolling diminished the students' complaints, suggesting they were solely upset "because of two incidences." On the November 12 edition of Fox & Friends, the hosts repeatedly called the country-wide university protests anarchy. In one instance, Fox displayed an on-screen graphic characterizing the protests as "anarchy in the making." Meanwhile, the student protesters at the University of Missouri have actually been threatened with violence, and two suspects have been arrested for threatening black students.

But Fox's coverage of protests has looked drastically different when those protesting have aligned with the network's conservative agenda.

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