Declaration of War: CBS Ties Fox News, Gingrich, Johnson to Racist Buffalo Shooter

May 18th, 2022 7:20 PM

CBS Mornings kept up its race-baiting campaign Wednesday in reaction to the act of terrorism against the black community of Buffalo, New York with a segment about the great replacement theory that tied Fox News and “many conservative politicians” to the racist alleged gunman and included the fear that black men might now be gunned down at random if they live in the Midwest.

And better yet, the segment ended with a far-left college professor citing the Soros-backed Southern Poverty Law Center, the troubled organization whose map of so-called extremist groups led to the failed 2013 attack on the Family Research Council.



Co-host and Democratic donor Gayle King fretted that the “Buffalo shooting highlights once again how a once-fringe, racist, and anti-Semitic conspiracy theory is accepted by many Americans” with the great replacement theory being the “belief that there is a plot to replace white people with people of color.”

King then painted conservatives and Republicans (of which there’s over 70 million Americans) as riddled with white supremacists: “Now, it was first presented among white supremacists and on extremist websites. Now, many conservative politicians and pundits promoting some form of replacement theory.”

CBS then played clips from Tucker Carlson, Newt Gingrich, and Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) that ranged from talking about the “theory” to merely opposing the Democratic Party’s immigration policies. King noted Fox and Johnson “decline[d] our request for comment” before scoffing at Gingrich’s statement (click “expand”):

CARLSON [on FNC’s Tucker Carlson Tonight, 09/22/21]: This policy is called the great replacement, the replacement of legacy Americans with more obedient people from faraway countries. They brag about it all the time. But if you dare to say it's happening, they will scream with maximum hysteria. 

JOHNSON [on FBN’s Kudlow, 04/15/21]: This administration wants complete open borders, and you have to ask yourself why. Is it really they want to remake the demographics of America to ensure they’re — that they stay in power forever? Is that what's happening here? 

GINGRICH [on FBN’s Mornings with Maria, 08/04/21]: This is their ideal model is to get rid of the rest of us because we believe in George Washington or we believe in the constitution. 

KING: Fox News and Senator Johnson declined our request for comment. On his show, Tucker Carlson defended his claims and is right to express his opinions. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who you just saw there, called the white supremacist idea of replacement theory nuts but he did add this: “There is a legitimate cultural — not racial — fight to be had about the degree to which the left seeks to erode American culture and the historic model of assimilation by allowing our legal immigration system to be totally overwhelmed.” Think about that for just a second...There's a lot to unpack here.

A favorite of MSNBC charlatans, American University professor Cynthia Miller-Idriss was brought in as the head of their Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab and subjected to this first softball from King that “one in three Americans” share the same beliefs as the Buffalo shooter (which could be extrapolated to her claiming a third of the country is a ticking time bombs of violence).

“How did this happen? I don't know if we can just blame the internet when you see it on TV news,” she added.

Miller-Idriss said the growth of such a “fringe” and “false theory” is “one of the greatest tragedies” due in no part to “mainstream news, on — on cable news and to hear Tucker Carlson and politicians that are elected supposed to be the trusted sources of information echo this.”

Like true liberals aiming to censor non-liberals, they argued while Carlson has “a right to express an opinion,” such rights “come with responsibility” and thus vary from “what one should say.”

Later, King projected her personal, psychological struggles with different races onto her millions of viewers, saying she’s “so afraid” of everything due to white supremacy and that she’s scared for her nephew as he could be gunned down at a moment’s notice by a white person because he lives in the Midwest. Miller-Idriss confirmed her “crippling” fears, saying it’s “terroriz[ing]” (click “expand”):

KING: You know, I now sit here, I'm so afraid. I have a nephew who lives in the Midwest, 20 something, black man, who walks his dog who said I was never afraid to walk my dog. Now I'm in the Midwest, just walking around, minding my own business thinking this could happen at any time. I worry about copycats, I worry about black people thinking they need to retaliate, and I just think we live in such a very frightening time. What troubles you most about this? 

MILLER-IDRISS: Yeah. I mean, this is the word terrorism is because it terrorizes, right? 

KING: Yes, it’s crippling to me.

MILLER-IDRISS: It terrorizes everybody.

KING: Yes.

MILLER-IDRISS: It is crippling. But what I worry about most is that we continue to see this as a problem solely or primarily for law enforcement rather than one that has to be one of education, of treating social work, mental health counselors, understanding the literacy needs, the prop — how to counter propaganda. We cannot ban or arrest our way out of this problem. We really have to start intervening from — you know, from really early ages.

King closed by repeating her line from Tuesday about how she’s been irked by those who insist the actions of mass murderers doesn’t represent who we are as a country when, in her view, they perfectly represent us.

Miller-Idriss again confirmed her disdain, lamenting such pride in America “distances the fact that we all have a responsibility to tackle” far-right terrorism “in our own communities.”

It was here going to break that she boasted of a partnership American University has with SPLC on “a guide...that...there are things that people can do and if you just think this isn't who we are, it's like washing our hands of the problem.”

“We’ll put that guide online. We'll link to it for sure,” Dokoupil replied.

This entry in the media-wide campaign to end Fox News was made possible thanks to the support of advertisers such as Neutrogena and Subaru. Follow the links to see their contact information at the MRC’s Conservatives Fight Back page.

To see the relevant CBS transcript from May 18, click here.