Accuracy in Media

Fox News contributor Jehmu Greene, a black feminist, says on her Twitter page that “love can build a bridge.” But racism, not love, was on display last Thursday when she called conservative Tucker Carlson a “bow-tying white boy.”

Greene, a Democratic Party operative who was the national director of Project Vote, a group with close ties to the corrupt ACORN organization, has not offered a public apology. There is no indication that her financial relationship with Fox News has suffered as a result of the racial outburst.

“Jehmu apologized to Tucker by phone after the segment,” Irena Briganti, Group Senior Vice President at FOX News Channel & FOX Business Network, tells Accuracy in Media.

This is apparently the end of the matter for Fox News.

Robert Lifson of American Thinker pointed out that if Tucker Carlson had ever called Louis Farrakhan “a bow-tying black boy,” he would be out of a job.

What’s more, Greene said on the air that she had not done anything wrong.

“Hey, hey, hey,” reacted Carlson, at the slur. “You can’t, wait. Whoa, whoa, whoa…You can use name calling all you like, but you’re ignoring the truth.”

“I didn’t call you a name,” replied Greene.

So calling somebody a “white boy” is acceptable to Greene.

As a Fox News Contributor, Greene is on the Fox News payroll and is paid to be a regular commentator on different programs.

At the time she was hired, ACORN whistleblower Anita Moncrief called Greene a Fox News “infiltrator,” saying, “Michelle Malkin, Glenn Beck and other Fox News personalities have been vilified in the mainstream media and threatened in their personal lives for exposing ACORN. It is an insult to them and average Americans to have a former ACORN insider using Fox News to espouse her liberal bias.”

Moncrief asked why black conservatives were not being hired by the channel to be commentators.

Conservative media critics of Fox News were subsequently cheered by the channel’s hiring of Deneen Borelli, a black conservative, as a Fox News Contributor. She wrote the excellent book, Blacklash: How Obama and the Left Are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation, and was recently interviewed by Roger Aronoff of AIM.

But Greene is one of several left-wing commentators also hired by the channel, reflecting what Fox News CEO Roger Ailes has called a “course correction” from the days when it was considered a platform for outspoken conservative opinions.

Other left-wing commentators hired by Ailes include Sally Kohn, a lesbian feminist, and Santita Jackson, daughter of race-baiter Jesse Jackson.

Glenn Beck came under strong criticism when he said on Fox News that he considered President Obama a racist. Beck was forced to apologize and later lost his program on the channel.

Greene’s hiring by Fox News came after sustained criticism by liberal groups such as Media Matters of the conservative programming at Fox. Ironically, one of the Media Matters complaints against the channel was that its commentators too often used “racially charged commentary” and “race-baiting” in criticizing the Obama administration and liberal policies.

“There is an obvious double standard according to which blacks needn’t worry about showing the kind of ‘racial sensitivity’ that is always required of whites,” says Jared Taylor of American Renaissance, an organization that is often criticized by the Left for examining racial issues from the point of view of white self-interest. Taylor’s book, White Identity, argues that whites should not be afraid to exercise the same rights as other racial and groups.

Taylor told AIM that the double-standard that guides media coverage of racial controversies excuses racially-charged comments like those of Jehmu Greene as well as Melissa Harris-Perry of MSNBC. “Last year,” he noted, “Harris-Perry complained that it was ‘racist’ merely for a white person to point out that only 53 percent of Americans pay income taxes.”

“I think that’s just racism,” Harris-Perry had said, arguing that calling attention to such figures is an effort to designate poor black women as the new “welfare queens.”

The Heritage Foundation points out that the percentage of Americans who don’t pay federal income taxes “now accounts for nearly half of the U.S. population” and that “most of that population receives generous federal benefits.”

The explicit racial slur from Greene came during an exchange with Carlson, who sometimes wears a bow tie, about Massachusetts Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren claiming American Indian status at one point in her career but later dropping the designation.

Carlson, co-founder of The Daily Caller and a Fox News Contributor, ridiculed Warren’s claim of being an Indian and came out against racial preferences in hiring, saying, “…no one should gain advantage because of his ethnic background, period.”

Greene responded by saying, in part: “To question this woman [Warren] on her qualifications is going to be something that does appeal to…folks like you, voters like you, bow-tying white boys. But at the end of the day it is going to backfire…”
Fox News host Megyn Kelley said Greene’s slur was “an inappropriate name,” after the exchange on her show “America Live.” She said, “I want to apologize to Tucker and to our viewers for that. I wasn’t sure I heard what I thought I heard. And now I have confirmed—it was that. It wasn’t consistent with our standards and I do apologize on behalf of the program.”

AIM had asked Fox News spokesperson Irena Briganti if Greene would be fired for making the racist remark. That is when Briganti informed us about the private apology, which is apparently supposed to suffice.

Greene learned the art of public speaking and punditry at the Women’s Media Center founded by “Hanoi Jane” Fonda. Greene is the former president of the organization, which is said to be “devoted to making women visible and powerful in the media.”

She has accomplished that goal, with the help of Fox News, which is sticking by her.

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  • Dan

    If you are offended by any word in any language, it’s probably because your parents were unfit to raise you. Is it a double standard? Of course. But who cares. It’s just a sound.

  • Tucker CArlson is one of the few decent journalists/commentators on
    Fox today. Forx sure has changed from a few years ago. They should
    remember that it is ‘we the voters’ that made them what they are today.

  • Ron Zielinski

    Don’t you know: Blacks can’t be racist only whites? Black don’t do hate crimes only whites!

  • alan

    From the then member of the FCC, Newton Minnow, “Television is a wasterland”, an observation made many years ago, which unfortunately remains all to true, to this very day.

  • Les Legato

    Lets make it simple.

    Everyone promise to call up the Fox News advertiser whose ad appears immediately after Ms. Collard Greens (WHOOPS) does her appearance.

    “Dear Advertiser, this woman is a racist, and your ads are paying for her to be on the air.

    In my mind, I now associate your product with her racism, and I can’t be buying from any company that I associate with racism.

    I’ll buy your products again when I hear that you have told Fox not to run your ads round her appearance.”

  • Rich

    Someting is terribly wrong at Fox. Obama has something on Murdock and Murdock is like a wimpering dog. It is so sad to see a great station being infiltrated by traitors and communists.

    I have decided to watch much less of fox. Maybe drop it all together.

  • Tony

    Meh. In the heat of arguments sometimes things get said–and yes I know sometimes the “truth” sometimes slips. I didn’t freak out over Beckel’s f bomb, nor do I when I hear others on Fox make mistakes. I say let it go. Happens again, then do something.

  • Brujo Blanco

    Name calling and race baiting is inappropriate for any public figure but this conduct is permitted when perpetrated by the left. Fox should not give up their fair and balanced reputation when it comes to this type of conduct. There are those non-whites that are fed up with this type of conduct and hopefully they will speak up.

  • Tray

    Jehmu Greene’s biggest sin? Her racist put-down dredges up scum like Jacobite.

  • Joe

    What she said is racist pure and simple. It was not only and insult to Mr. Carlton but to white people in general. I’m not calling for a boycott and I will continue to watch FNC but will change the channel when she is on.

  • Mack

    Can you release the dates & times that she will be on Fox? That way I will make sure I will not watch the program.

  • Christian

    It is impossible for a black woman to be racist towards a white male. Reverse racism does not exist on a scale that actually has the potential to cause damage. America has arguably the most vicious history in the entire world with the slave trade where blacks are still being colonized within the U.S. This article and most of the comments here are disgustingly ignorant. Please educate yourselves, learn the true history of our so called great nation.

  • Josh


    Are you serious? I hope that was tongue and cheek. I guess England never used slaves. Or how about the Africans who sold their own people.Or any of the other many countries that participated in the slave trade. You better educate yourself as well.

  • Herman


    Could you please educate us? How is it impossible for a black woman to be racist. And how is black racism not as harmful as white racism? And dont say its okay for black women to be racist because of slavery. Not all blacks have slave ancestry and not all whites were slave owners.

    I am dying to know.


  • Had Tucker been the one slinging slurs Fox would have severed ties with him immediately. Since it was Jehmu Greene committing the racist foul Fox withheld any punishment out of fear of rainbow picketing or protests from the other “good” Reverend… probably…most likely…possibly allegedly or allegedly possible.

    Did I cover my assets in a vague but legal enough manner? I wouldn’t want to condemn anyone’s racial on-air leakage unjustly by pointing to their obvious behavior.

  • Cliff Kincaid is citing the decidedly racist Jared Taylor to weigh in on this? Really?

  • ACORN Insider

    Since Greene, ran Project Vote why don’t you ask her about ACORN Vote Tampering? All this jumping up and down about Project Vote why not ask the person who knows it best the boss not the
    helper. If anybody knows-Green knows why hasn’t anyone asked her? And if they asked her why did they let her get away without answering?

  • Christian

    @Josh and @Herman

    I am completely serious. It is not my job to educate you that lies on your own shoulders. However I will say that Africans were stolen and forcibly put into slavery, in all reality who would be willing to sell off their kin, their loving family and friends? Also are you saying that because other countries had similar forms of slavery that lets America off the hook?

    Blacks being racist in America won’t result in massive job loss for whites, economic hardships or being incarcerated. Black males live on average 7 years less than white males because the racist system we live doesn’t give blacks the same access of healthcare. That is millions of blacks dying younger than they should simply because of their color. Black females still only make 62 cents to the dollar that white males make. Black and Latinos males are 3 times more likely to have their cars stopped and stripped while white males are 5 times more likely to actually have drugs in their cars. This is published data, law enforcement know this too. The war on drugs goal is to keep nonwhites locked up. If we live in a “post racial” society with Obama why are there still such immense inequalities?

    It’s called white privilege. It’s like an invisible weightless knapsack of special provisions, maps, passports, codebooks, visas, clothes, tools and blank checks. Racism works as such, power + privilege= oppression, blacks in our country do not have the power to create oppression on a systemic level. Black racism does not have the powerful punch behind it that white racism does. How many whites have been lynched in this country? How many have been denied treated as inferior and subjugated to severe discrimination from birth?

    No this was not an act of racism on Jehmu Greene’s part, calling Tucker Carlson a “bow-tying white boy” was simply pointing out the vast privilege he receives simply for being white in America.

  • Gerald Martin

    If FOX NEWS enforced the same standards on black commentators as they do whites, most of the blacks would soon be fired – name-calling and “racially-charged” language is something they do almost every day. Blacks, liberal blacks that is, do this because they lose everytime if the debate centers around facts, around statistics, and around what is actually happening out on the streets, where whites are being attacked more and more often, in unprovoked, race-based violent crimes.

    Here’s an idea for FOX: don’t fire any blacks for saying what they say. But hire Jared Taylor, the editor of AMERICAN RENAISSANCE, who was quoted in this story. He doesn’t use name calling, or charged language, but he does point out how black pathologies harm not only blacks, but whites. He does this in cool, articulate, factual terms. Compared to the current cast of blatherers, left and right, black and white, on FOX, Taylor would be a refreshing change.

  • LL

    @Christian – you really need to get out into the fresh air dude. Your “white privilege’ excuse is laughable. If that’s the best you can cling to then I pity you. And in case you’ve missed it, slavery continues to happen in the world – right before your very own eyes. Go look at Africa where they still sell their own people for money. You need to get rid of that huge racist chip on your shoulder and start becoming a productive member of society, instead of sitting in the corner thinking that all whites are out to get you with their invisible coat. White privilege indeed! Goodness, what a fool.

  • Herman


    Slavery WAS a horrible practice. I never said that it wasnt. You told us that the U.S. was the worst perpetrator without stating any reasons why. I just want to know how the U.S. was the worst.

    Lots of things have changed since then. Yes there are still racists, both black and white. However, there are plenty of African Americans who have moved on. They do not use slavery and racism as an excuse as to why they cannot live the American Dream. Do you think Eli Whitney, George Washington Carver, Martin Luther King, and a slew of other successful African Americans became successful by having an “oh woes me!” attitude? Do you think Denzel Washington, Herman Cain, and others sit at home waiting for handouts because they are owed them? If you do not like your life, get off your ass and do something about it! Or just sit there and let people like Al Sharpton tell you that you cant do anything because white folks wont let you.

  • ParadiseLostAgain

    Regardless of all the hype and the hysterical charges of racism,we ARE a post-racial America. A man of racially mixed heritage who calls himself an African-American sits in the White House. The only people who in the year 2012 of the 21st century resort to pulling the race card are those who seek advantage of some kind from doing so,usually when they can’t rebut the arguments of their adversaries using logic and reason. It is a sign of intellectual weakness or, at the least, laziness. And ANYONE working for any news outlet who resorts to racist slurs instead of arguing the issue at hand in a competent manner as they are being paid to do should be required to apologize publicly to the aggrieved person and the viewing audience or be fired. This should be done on an ‘equal opportunity’ basis regardless of who they are or what they call themselves. If Fox News wants to prove it is indeed Fair and Balanced,then it should deal with Ms Greene accordingly.

  • Maggie

    Fox touts fair and balanced. In order to be fair and balanced they must have some Democrats/Progressives available to present their side.Now they probably have picked the best of the best Dems,but lets face it folks,there is not much to pick from.

  • anna

    Jehmu called Carlson a White Boy, what if Carlson had called Jehmu a coloured girl? Goes to show there is a double standard in American! Carlson would have been fired ASAP! Blacks get away with murder!

  • CarlaJD

    Unless ppl like Jehmu Greene aren’t taken to tasks and FIRED they will continue to prove themselves to be lowly liberal tools Sick of hearing blacks who are associated with corrupt groups like ACORN, Project Vote & others defaming whites & others who are just stating facts. Seems Blacks, including Obama are the ones who have put RACISM back in the news… no wonder the USA is heading to the toilet faster than ever before… sure wasn’t like this until Obama came on the scene

  • Dave McFarland

    Let it be said that no progressive liberal Marxist democrat will ever let a truth or fact stand in their way of promoting ignorance and hatred for “The Right”. There is a reason it is called “The Right”.

  • alaine deBreaux

    At least Tucker Carlson wears a tie…….and a suit……..which is class — neater and cleaner than the typical Black man’s sloppy, hangin’ from the butt crack balloon pants and sloppy shirt topped with a baseball cap of some kind, and sitting all slouched over with their legs spread wide enough to drive a bulldozer through and big ‘ol $500 sneakers, waving their arms around making “gang” signs with their hands. Big mouths they have but class they don’t. This woman on Fox seriously believed she had the right to call Carlson a name……yet she didn’t think it was a name. If it had been reversed, all hell would have broken loose, with Jackson and Sharpton showing their fangs and claws all over cable. Greene only apologized “on behalf of the program,” NOT for her Black nasty standards…….if you can call them standards. She’s a joke but Fox keeps here on to placate the Black community. They could dump her and nobody would miss her….Blacks don’t watch Fox.

  • alaine deBreaux

    America was not the worst perpetrators of slavery. First, the captives who were traded by their tribal neighbors in Africa didn’t become slaves until the slave-runner ships from England dumped them wherever they could get good money for them. America was just being settled but England had a multi-year history of using slaves in their territories in and outside Great Britain. France had slaves. Rome made slaves of people from every country they invaded. They even fed them to the lions. Egypt had slaves and even neutered them. How did America get to be the big bad slavers?? America gets blamed because Black people don’t go to school and don’t read history; they only know what they hear from people like Sharpton and Jackson and this mini-brain Farrakhan. They could care less about the TRUTH.

  • alaine deBreaux

    Not all Black people are from Africa, have ever been there, or were born there. Very few true Africans come to America because they have made successful and prosperous lives in Africa and prefer to stay there. Blacks in America are as far removed from Africa as Americans who claim heritage from Germany, Ireland, France. Blacks in the United States are not African-Americans……..that is their battle cry for sympathy. If I did the same, I would have to claim that I am a Danish (Viking)-French- Belgium- German- English- Scotch- Irish- Welsh American. I find that a bit excessive. When one has a constricted, narrow mind, its difficult to stretch it from the outside….Racist Black people need to find a way to do that and take control of their true heritage……its one of their own contrivance/invention.

  • me

    I grew up in the bronx. If they wanted to get rid of racism they would have to fire most of the black staff.

    Racism is alive and well in black America but they will tell you only white ppl can be racist. Which is a prefect example of racism.

  • Patty Rogers

    I am truly shocked because prior to this I believed that only white people were the ones slinging racist slurs. I am corrected.

  • Patty Rogers

    Whoa, you sound like an uneducated person.

  • Patty Rogers

    wow, you are woefully ignorant. I think that, or else this comments are intended as satire.

  • GJ

    You said it, you could say we are getting pay back for slavery; but 250 years worth and most of the Blacks consider themselves Christian. Its all for the dimming down of America