Fox News Didn’t Air That Amazing Speech By The Father Of A Fallen Muslim Soldier
- Created on 30 July 2016
It’s being called the “most powerful speech”of the Democratic National Convention, something that is “going to be remembered for decades.” Even prominent Republicans were moved, with one calling it a “dignified, damning indictment” of the party’s presidential nominee, Donald Trump.
But had you turned on Fox News at 9 p.m. on Thursday ― during primetime coverage of the final night of the convention ― you wouldn’t have seen Khizr Khan, the Pakistani-born father of a Muslim American war hero killed in Iraq, deliver ablistering condemnation of Trump’s anti-Muslim presidential campaign.
You wouldn’t have seen Khan standing next to his wife, who was wearing a hijab, describe how honored they felt to be able to speak at the convention “as patriotic American Muslims with undivided loyalty to our country.” And you wouldn’t have seen Khan directly address Trump, who has called for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S.
“Let me ask you, have you even read the U.S. Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy,” Khan said, pulling a copy of the document from his jacket pocket to thunderous applause and cheers.
“Look for the words ‘liberty’ and ‘equal protection of law.’ Have you ever been to Arlington National Cemetery? Go look at the graves of the brave patriots who died defending this country,” Khan said. “You have sacrificed nothing, and no one.”
Unlike competitors CNN and MSNBC, Fox News only showed Khan’s speech for two minutes ― without audio, in a small window at the bottom of the screen ― while the network aired commercials, including a Benghazi-themed attack ad against Hillary Clinton. During the rest of the address, the channel opted to show host Megyn Kelly interview commentator Brit Hume.
At the end of Kelly’s show, she interrupted her guests to cut to a shot of pop star Katy Perry performing at the convention.
Fox News is typically eager to feature displays of American patriotism and sacrifice, and to praise and honor people in the U.S armed forces. But the network also has awell-documented history of Islamophobia, often featuring guests who are members of anti-Muslim hate groups.
Khan’s speech, covered widely elsewhere, appears to have been mentioned just twice across Fox News’ expansive digital properties. There was a Fox Business Channel video featuring two Muslim Trump supporters reacting to Khan’s speech, and clips of Khan’s speech were posted to the network’s Facebook page.
“We reported on the speeches and cited them throughout the evening and into today, as well,” Jay Wallace, the executive vice president of news editorial, said Friday in a statement.
U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan was killed in action in Iraq in 2004. When a vehicle packed with explosives drove toward his compound, the 27-year-old, who was born in the United Arab Emirates, ordered his unit to seek cover as he ran toward the vehicle, saving their lives. The vehicle exploded, killing the soldier.
He was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. His tombstone in Arlington National Cemetery is among many bearing the star and crescent symbol of the Islamic faith.
Khizr Khan pauses at the grave of his son in Arlington National Cemetery.
In addition to wanting a ban on all Muslims coming to the U.S., Trump has called for a national database of Muslims. He has also said that Muslims should be racially profiled, that mosques should be surveilled, and that “Islam hates us.”
“Hillary Clinton was right when she called my son the best of America,” Khan said during his speech. “If it was up to Donald Trump, he never would have been in America.”
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In speech of her life, Clinton promises a 'clear-eyed' vision
- Created on 29 July 2016
U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Thursday Americans faced challenges at home and abroad that demand steady leadership and a collective spirit, and attacked Republican Donald Trump for sowing fear and divisiveness. In the biggest speech of her more than 25-year-old career in the public eye, Clinton accepted the Democratic presidential nomination for the Nov. 8 election with a promise to make the United States a country that worked for everyone.
"We are clear-eyed about what our country is up against. But we are not afraid," she said.
She presented a sharply more upbeat view of the country than the dark vision Trump offered at last week's Republican convention, and even turned one of Republican hero Ronald Reagan's signature phrases against the real estate developer.
"He's taken the Republican Party a long way, from 'Morning in America' to 'Midnight in America,'" Clinton said. "He wants to divide us - from the rest of the world, and from each other. He's betting that the perils of today's world will blind us to its unlimited promise."
The speech was Clinton's turn in the spotlight after three days of electrifying appearances by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and first lady Michelle Obama, and Clinton acknowledged that some people still do not know her well.
"I get it that some people just don't know what to make of me. So let me tell you. The family I'm from, well no one had their name on big buildings," Clinton said in a reference to Trump. She said her family were builders of a better life and a better future for their children, using whatever tools they had and "whatever God gave them."
As she prepared to deliver her speech, people familiar with the matter said the FBI is investigating a cyber attack against another Democratic Party group, which may be related to an earlier hack against the Democratic National Committee.
The previously unreported incident at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, or DCCC, and its potential ties to Russian hackers, are likely to heighten accusations, so far unproven, that Moscow is trying to meddle in the U.S. election to help Trump.
Clinton said it would be her "primary mission" to create more opportunities and more good jobs with rising wages, and to confront stark choices in battling determined enemies and "threats and turbulence" around the world and at home.
"America is once again at a moment of reckoning. Powerful forces are threatening to pull us apart. Bonds of trust and respect are fraying," said Clinton, a former secretary of state. "No wonder people are anxious and looking for reassurance - looking for steady leadership."
Clinton, who is vying to be the first woman elected U.S. president, called her nomination "a milestone" and said she was happy for grandmothers and little girls and "everyone in between."
"When any barrier falls in America, it clears the way for everyone," the 68-year-old Clinton said in a speech that capped the four-day nominating convention.
Trump, a 70-year-old reality TV show host who has never held political office, is running just ahead of Clinton in a RealClearPolitics average of recent national opinion polls. They both garner high "unpopularity" ratings.
At a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Trump said he was being criticized at the Democratic convention by people who had been friendly to him before.
"I think we'll stay here all night because I don't really want to go home and watch that crap," he said.
Inside the arena, it sounded at times more like a traditional Republican convention than a Democratic one. During retired General John Allen's remarks, chants of "USA!" filled the hall and large flags were brought in to be waved. Speakers, some of whom included military and police officers, made frequent mentions of religion and patriotism.
"I certainly know that with her as our commander-in-chief, our foreign relations will not be reduced to a business transaction, I also know that our armed forces will not become an instrument of torture," said Allen.
Trump has portrayed the country as being under siege from illegal immigrants, crime and terrorism and as losing influence in the world. He has proposed a temporary ban on Muslims entering the country and a wall along the border with Mexico to keep illegal immigrants out.
Khizr Kahn, a Muslim whose son was one of 14 Muslims killed while serving in the military since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, drew cheers when he pulled out a pocket copy of the U.S. Constitution and said he wanted to show it to Trump.
"Hillary Clinton was right when she called my son the best of America. If it was up to Donald Trump he never would have been in America. Donald Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims," he said.
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio called Trump a hypocrite who talked about opposing free trade deals to protect American workers but had the products sold by his companies made overseas.
"Now I've been fighting for a trade agenda for more than 20 years that puts American workers first and I can tell you that in all those years I've never ever seen Donald Trump," said Brown, one of the most liberal members of the Senate.
"The only thing I've seen Donald Trump do when it comes to U.S. trade policy is run his mouth and line his pockets," Brown said.
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President Obama to DNC crowd: 'Don't boo, vote'
- Created on 28 July 2016
President Barack Obama painted an optimistic picture of America's future in a rousing speech on Wednesday that offered full-hearted support to Hillary Clinton in her campaign to defeat Republican Donald Trump and become the first woman elected U.S. president. "There has never been a man or woman, not me, not Bill (Clinton) - nobody more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States," Obama said to cheers at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
"Tonight, I ask you to do for Hillary Clinton what you did for me. I ask you to carry her the same way you carried me."
After Obama's speech, Clinton joined him on stage where they hugged, clasped hands and waved to the crowd.
Obama and Clinton were rivals in the hard-fought campaign for the 2008 Democratic nomination. After winning that election to become America's first black president, he appointed her his secretary of state.
Speaking to delegates, Obama offered an alternative to businessman Trump's vision of the United States as being under siege from illegal immigrants, crime and terrorism and losing its way in the world.
"I am more optimistic about the future of America than ever before," Obama said at the Wells Fargo Center.
When the crowd began to boo the GOP nominee, the president quickly responded, "Don't boo, vote."
Clinton made history on Tuesday when she became the first woman to secure the presidential nomination from a major party.
When she formally accepts it on Thursday, she will become the Democratic standard-bearer against Republican nominee Trump in the Nov. 8 election.
Obama took aim at Trump's campaign slogan and promise to "Make America Great Again."
"America is already great. America is already strong. And I promise you, our strength, our greatness, does not depend on Donald Trump," he said.
"Preach!" members of the crowd shouted. "Best president ever," someone screamed.
Obama listed what he described as a series of advances during his two terms in office, such as recovery from economic recession, the Obamacare healthcare reform and the 2011 killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
Nodding to voters' concerns, Obama said he understood frustrations "with political gridlock, worry about racial divisions" and the slow pace of economic growth.
"There are pockets of America that never recovered from factory closures, men who took pride in hard work and providing for their families who now feel forgotten," Obama said.
Democrats have buttressed Clinton with a star gathering of current and past party notables at this week's convention.
By contrast, many prominent Republicans were absent from the party convention that nominated Trump for the White House last week.
But Trump got a boost in opinion polls from his convention. He had a 2-point lead over Clinton in a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Tuesday, the first time he has been ahead since early May.
At the convention on Wednesday, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Clinton's running mate, described billionaire Trump as "a one-man wrecking crew" who cannot be trusted in the Oval Office.
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Michelle Obama: Who Do You Want As Your Children’s Role Model?
- Created on 26 July 2016
First lady Michelle Obama on Monday asked Americans to decide who they want serving as a role model for their children ― Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. This election, Obama said during her speech at the Democratic National Convention, “is about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives.”
The crowd waved purple signs that simply read “Michelle.”
Obama made clear that this election will determine who will give hope to, or instill fear in, the next generation.
“Every word we utter, every action we take, we know they are watching,” Obama said. “We as parents are their most important role models.”
That responsibility, Obama said, carries into her role as first lady, and her husband’s job as president.
“We know that our words and actions matter not just to our girls, but to children across this country,” she said.
Taking a jab at Trump and others who have questioned the president’s citizenship and his faith, Obama repeated the advice she and her husband have shared with their children.
“When someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level,” she said. “No, our motto is: ‘When they go low, we go high.’”
In order to illustrate the point that the election should transcend the party divisions currently stirring Democrats, Obama recalled a simple but telling moment her husband shared with a little boy.
“Kids like the little black boy who looked up at my husband with eyes wide, and he wondered, ‘Is my hair like yours?’” Obama said. “Make no mistake about it, this November when we go to the polls, that is what we are deciding. Not Democrat or Republican. Not left or right.”
And the only person she trusts with the future of her daughters and other American children is Hillary Clinton.
“I want a president who will teach our children that everyone in this country matters,” she said. “I want a president with a record of public service, someone whose life work shows our children that we don’t seek fame and fortune for ourselves.”
A president “can’t have a thin skin or a tendency to lash out,” she said. “You need to be steady and measured and well informed.”
In a nod to disgruntled Bernie Sanders supporters, Obama recalled how Clinton swallowed her pride and joined the Obama administration after losing in 2008.
“Hillary knows this is so much bigger than her own desires and disappointments,” Obama said, adding that she decided to come back to put “cracks in the highest and hardest glass ceiling” and take the country along.
It’s that story of America, Obama said, that brought her to Philadelphia to deliver her speech. It’s the story of generations who lived their lives in the U.S. feeling the “lash of bondage ... the sting of segregation,” but who kept “striving and hoping and doing what needed to be done so that today, I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves.
“And I watch my daughters, two beautiful and intelligent black young women, playing with their dogs on the White House lawn,” she added.
Now, because of Clinton, Obama said her daughters will “take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States.”
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Florida man lies down, puts his hands up before being shot by police
- Created on 21 July 2016
Florida man Charles Kinsey claims he was shot in the leg by police while lying on the ground with his hands in the air. And now, local news station WSVN is airing cell phone footage, which seems to back up Kinsey's claims.
Kinsey told WSVN: "When he shot me, it was so surprising. It was like a mosquito bite."
The cell phone video doesn't show the actual shooting, but it captures Kinsey lying down, arms in the air, telling the officers there is no need for lethal force. He also tries to calm his patient down, and tells the officers he is a behavioral therapist.
North Miami police said they were responding to reports of an armed man threatening suicide in the middle of the street. Kinsey, a behavioral therapist, says that man was a patient of his with autism who was playing with a toy truck. Kinsey says he tried to convince the officers neither himself nor his patient was a threat.
Kinsey is currently recovering at a nearby hospital. His lawyer told WPLGthe officers cuffed Kinsey and left him lying on the ground after he was shot.
Kinsey's lawyer, Hilton Napoleon, said: "My client asked the police, 'Why did he shoot me?' And the officer said, 'I don't know.'"
Kinsey's wife told WSVN, "I am just grateful that he is alive, and he is able to tell his story."
The police department says the officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave. The state attorney's office is involved in the investigation into this shooting.
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