The Fox News channel has been strongly defending reality TV family, the Duggars in light of the family's molestation scandal, but coming down hard on some black teens in McKinney, Texas, who were recently held at gun point and manhandled by a white police officer.
Fox News host Megyn Kelly interviewed 2016 Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on June 8 during a segment in which they both defended the Duggar family, noted Mediate.com (video below).
Huckabee, who was endorsed by the Duggars earlier this year, claimed the family "went voluntarily to the police," but failed to mention that Jim Bob Duggar waited over a year to do so and only told one Arkansas State Trooper, Jim Hutchens, who recently told In Touch Weekly that Jim Bob withheld facts.
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Fox News host Sean Hannity made a similar "police" claim on June 5, while his guest, Pastor Robert Jeffress, called the Duggars a "wonderful family."
Huckabee also claimed on June 8, "Opening this whole thing up publicly violated Arkansas law," which has been a Duggar family talking point, noted The Daily Beast.
The Washington Post recently reported, "The alleged crimes occurred in 2002 and 2003, but the police investigation did not occur until 2006. By that time, Josh Duggar was already an adult at age 18, so the state code covering the confidentiality of juvenile records would not apply to this case, legal experts have said."
Huckabee also complained about the media exploiting the victims, but he failed to mention that the victims' names were never released by the media.
During the same program, in a different segment, Kelly criticized Dajerria Becton, a black teen who was yanked to the ground by McKinney, Texas police officer Eric Casebolt, who also pulled a gun on several black teens.
"Listen, the girl was no saint, either. He had told her to leave, and she continued to linger. And you know, when the cop tells you to leave, get out. I'm not defending his actions, let me make that clear," Kelly stated, reports MediaMatters.org.
RawStory.com noted that Becton told a local news station she was leaving when she was grabbed by Casebolt.
Fox News host Steve Doocy worried aloud on June 9 on "Fox and Friends" about outrage over the police tactics: "Why the rush to judgment? Let's just figure out what happened, and then let the cards fall where they may," reports MediaMatters.org.
Todd Starnes, a Fox News radio host, recently wrote on Facebook:
"You've probably seen the video of what happened in McKinney, Texas. Groups of teenage thugs (that's what one black homeowner called them) invade a neighborhood, terrorize neighbors and when the police arrive — the teenage thugs disobey orders.
"One homeowner wrote on Facebook that neighbors are being threatened — cars and property have been vandalized — and people are now living in fear.
"Those who defended the police are getting death threats. Death threats!
"As expected — both conservative and liberal media personalities are portraying the cops and homeowners as the bad guys.
"Apparently — if you object to teenagers terrorizing your neighborhood — you're a racist.
"Folks, we are on a slippery slope to anarchy."