Fox host: RNC protesters should just be left in jail
The hosts of Fox & Friends were predictably irate on Tuesday about the alleged anarchists who have been witnessed causing disruptions during the Republican National Convention, while ignoring questionable police tactics and seemingly indiscriminate arrests directed against peaceful protesters and journalists.
Gretchen Carlson even appeared to believe that there was no difference between the thousands of orderly protesters and the few dozen individuals who appear in Fox video breaking windows and overturning park benches and litter baskets. "'Peaceful, family-friendly march' -- is that why I was running for cover into Walmart?" she asked.
Steve Doocy explained to her that there was a distinction. "These are some of the protesters, and in a moment you'll see them start to run," he said, narrating the video he had shot earlier. "Apparently some of the nitwits, these anarchists behind there, are throwing stuff at some of the police."
The Fox hosts continued watching the video and making negative remarks. "Do you know anybody that would grab a cop's bicycle with them on it and try to take it away?" Brian Kilmeade asked.
"They do it on Labor Day because a lot of people have the day off -- even though they do not have jobs," speculated Doocy.
"They've got to put them in jail and leave them in jail," Kilmeade suggested angrily. "Just leave them there for a week. ... Just say the paperwork got messed up."
"You can't do that, Brian!" objected Steve Doocy.
"Yes you can," Kilmeade claimed.
"They've got rights," insisted Doocy. "They've got a right to free speech."
"They don't have a right to jump on top of police cars and destroy them and scare the jeepers out of all the other people," Gretchen Carlson concluded.
Police in St. Paul arrested 163 people at the protest march, including alleged vandals, peaceful protesters, and several journalists, among them Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, who was seized when she questioned the detention of two of her producers.
According to a press release, "Kouddous and Salazar face pending charges of suspicion of felony riot, while Goodman has been officially charged with obstruction of a legal process and interference with a 'peace officer.' Democracy Now! forcefully rejects all of these charges as false and an attempt at intimidation of these journalists. We demand that the charges be immediately and completely dropped."
This video is from Fox's Fox & Friends, broadcast September 2, 2008.