CNN reports that Fox News and the Daily Caller, owned by Fox News host Tucker Carlson, have both removed articles that encouraged people to drive through groups of protesters in the wake of the murder of Heather Heyer at the Nazi rally in Virginia.
Months before a man allegedly turned his vehicle into a weapon and plowed through a group of protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, an article that made the rounds in conservative media encouraged readers to do something similar.
Originally published by The Daily Caller and later syndicated or aggregated by several other websites, including Fox Nation, an offshoot of Fox News’ website, it carried an unsubtle headline: “Here’s A Reel Of Cars Plowing Through Protesters Trying To Block The Road.” Embedded in the article was a minute-and-a-half long video showing one vehicle after another driving through demonstrations. The footage was set to a cover of Ludacris’ “Move Bitch.”
The article was published in January, but it drew renewed attention on Tuesday following this weekend’s deadly incident in Charlottesville. As the outrage grew on Twitter, Fox News took action, deleting the version Fox Nation had published.“The item was inappropriate and we’ve taken it down. We regret posting it in January,” Noah Kotch, the editor-in-chief of Fox News Digital, said in a statement provided to CNNMoney.
Such sincerity. They weren’t the least bit bothered by it for the last 8 months when they thought it was aimed only at Black Lives Matter or DAPL protesters. But once someone actually followed that advice and it became a big national story, suddenly they have regrets. How convenient for them. The North Carolina legislature was one of several that were considering a bill that would have protected drivers who drove through protesters blocking roads. Six months ago, those bills were all the rage among Republicans. Now they’d like everyone to please quietly forget that and they’ve shelved the bill. But five other states have also had such bills proposed, all by Republicans, of course.