Thug life.Fox News is a place where you get promoted and given more air time for saying hateful stuff, so it’s not surprising that NPR would fire Juan Williams for doing this on that channel or, say, a black employee would sue the company for people doing this around him. That latter thing has also happened, it turns out. Harmeen Jones is an erstwhile Fox News technician and a continuing black man who says he faced “a daily barrage of offensive remarks about blacks, Arabs, Muslims, Hispanics, women, and Jews.” His specific accusations against his fellow employees are rather interesting.

While watching footage from a Tea Party rally, one colleague allegedly opined, “This is what happens when you mess with white people’s health care.”

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Jones says two of his coworkers said they wouldn’t feel comfortable having a black president. At that point one of men turned to him and allegedly asked, “Am I offending your blackness?”

Jones also claims that on another occasion he was told, “You look like a gangster” and “You look like you’re ready to shoot someone.”

The people who said these things are probably not on-air personalities. But if we had to guess, the first one is Glenn Beck and the second one is Bill O’Reilly. And that third one, of course, is Juan Williams.

This is what Fox News gets for hiring its first black employee. [Gothamist]

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  • I'm SURE that all these comments were meant IRONICALLY. Gosh, stop being so sensitive, black guy. Don't you know it is liberals who are the real racists? Conservatives don't see color.*

    *To be clear, this comment should be read in as sarcastic a voice as possible.

    • CZL

      I'll read your comment how I damn well please. So I'm picking a cheery British old lady voice.

      • anniegetyourfun

        I'm going with the Monty Python French solider ("Your mother was a hamster…", etc.)

    • NotYerGaryBusey

      I'm hearing Tom Hanks as "Woody."

    • ChuckieJesus

      Oh Christ, you sound like what it was like to live in the 703 back in the eighties.

      • Ironically I grew up in the 804 in the eighties, which was split off from the 703 just before I was born.

        • Advn2rgirl

          I'm still in the 804 and you're scaring me.

          • Where I grew up is the 757 now, if that helps.

    • finallyhappy

      OMG- someone just wrote that on Facebook- that she doesn't see color – it is the liberals who do. I wrote something nasty back but I guess I should have asked about her seeing eye dog first.

  • axmxz

    Double-whammy for FOX: they can hire Juan Williams to replace the disgruntled black dude and immediately tape a new segment on job-stealing Messicans!

  • JoeMamased

    Fox News is racistly abusive? Who knew?

    • JMPEsq

      It's about as shocking as when we discovered O'Reilly had no respect for women.

  • once you go Fox, you're surrounded by cocks.

    • Barrelhse

      Thanks! I was trying to rhyme "peckerheads", but couldn't make it work.

  • OK, here's my TV commerical – will someone please make it! (I tried to post it but it was too long, so I had to put it in my stupid blog thing):

  • Truculent

    Hard to believe that a network owned by an ancient closeted Englishman would harbor prejudices against the wogs

    • Limeylizzie

      He's Australian, not to say that we don't have our share of foul racists, but this one is an Aussie.

      • MiniMencken

        And Murdoch is a Scottish family name!

      • Truculent

        Beg your pardon. He's a closeted descendant of a criminal who hates the wogs. I stand corrected

        • hagajim

          You got the closeted part right…those Aussies like it down under – so to speak

    • 7pilesofwisdom

      I'm sure Rupert's Jewish mother would appreciate the anti-Semitic remarks, not. Does Rupie have Oedipal issues, or is the institutional bigotry a runaway train?

  • fuflans

    to be fair “You look like you’re ready to shoot someone" was probably accurate.

    • Lascauxcaveman

      After all, he *was* a cameraman.

  • SayItWithWookies

    His breaking point came when he was sent to Dr. Laura for insensitivity sensitivity training so he'd stop being so prejudiced against people who say the n-word.

  • JMPEsq

    If you have to ask "am I offending your blackness?", that means some part of you must realize that you've gone too far; maybe you should try listening to that part and not being so fucking racist.

  • facehead

    Nice to see that being black is still fun!

    • ChuckieJesus

      non stop party yall

  • Hockey and figure skating have their Zambonis, Faux News has their Samboneedz. Ya gotta watch for black ice on Fox.

  • assistantatlas

    Looks like we're back to black being the new black.

  • SystemError

    Look, I'm not a bigot, but I get nervous whenever this technician is in the control room.

  • Limeylizzie

    That would be excellent!

  • widestanceroman

    Not that I'm unsympathetic to this guy's case, but who did he think he was working for? Had he ever actually watched 2 minutes of Fox News?

    • V572625694

      What? And quit showbusiness?

    • Doglessliberal

      First thing I thought of: Fox's defense "Dude, you worked for FOX NEWS. Assumption of the risk!" (though that is not a defense against Title VII claims, but still).

      On the other hand, his case is "I worked for Fox News. Res ispa loquitur. Summary judgment please."

  • CapnFatback

    At that point one of men turned to him and allegedly asked, “Am I offending your blackness?”

    No no no no no. Jones simply misunderstood that his co-worker was just adressing him with an honorific. What he truly asked was, "Am I offending, Your Blackness?"

    You gotta listen for those commas.

  • Allmighty_Manos

    As I read this post, I found myself transported to a world of loud-talking fat white guys in striped shirts and beach-blond haired bimbos who look like you told them you live in Somalia when you talk about living in DC. Working at Fox News is like Christmas with your in-laws.

  • CapnFatback

    Damn, slow on the draw again.

  • elviouslyqueer

    "a daily barrage of offensive remarks about blacks, Arabs, Muslims, Hispanics, women, and Jews."

    Wait. No gheys? Now I'm offended.

    • Fare la Volpe

      Being only 5% of the pop, 'mos were relegated to mere weekly barrages.

    • chicken_thief

      I'd be offended if all the jokes were as lame as those listed. Christ, is everyone at Fox a dolt?!

      Wait… forget that last question….

  • NorthStarSpanx

    Good old Sarah, defender of the 1st Amendment (unless her Alaskan hand-picked jack-boot whack-job Senate candidate arrests a reporter) Tweets:

    NPR defends 1st Amendment Right, but will fire u if u exercise it. Juan Williams; u got taste of Left's hypocrisy, they screwed up firing you

    Lord help us if NPR didn't forbid all of 'em employees from attending the Rally to Restore Sanity on the 30th.

    • Someone should tell Snowbilly it's a little like what her side said during the "where to build the Ground Zero not-a-mosque" issue: just because you CAN say whatever you want does not mean that you should.

    • Fox n Fiends

      But Rahm Emmanuel is any different? Shut your tweet-hole, Snowbilly.

    • JMPEsq

      Dear Sarah: only one person is allowed to write u in place of you, and you are not Prince. Please stop it.

  • Come here a minute

    Of course they were offending his blackness. They offended my whiteness, too.

  • Not_So_Much

    Probably lucky he wasn't a black/jew/arab/muslin and a woman. Then they would have thrown that loofah shit in on top of it. Which, as we've all experienced, is the point when you do, in fact, shoot someone.

  • And then his coworkers high-fived each other for "totally winning" the debate on racism.

  • GuanoFaucet

    Jones also claims that on another occasion he was told, “You look like a gangster” and “You look like you’re ready to shoot someone.”

    Jones replied:

    "You look like a mouth-breathing moron" and "You look like you're ready to go into diabetic shock and fall off your fucking rascal, you morbidly obese racist asshole."

  • Lost_Teabaggers

    Yes and that all Republicans from the South must prostrate themselves and wait until he says "rise" that would be so fucking cool….Seriously though, the asswipe who opined "this is what you get when you mess with white people's healthcare" actually was ironically, pretty much dead on when you consider the demography and poll responses of the teabaggery; not that I'm defending him or anything. The shitbag just knows who his core audience is, that's all.

  • SheriffRoscoe

    The last straw for Jones was when the FOX canteen wouldn't serve him any motherfucking iced tea.

    • HistoriCat

      I don't know what his problem is- they were quite willing to offer him some fried chicken and watermelon.

  • Lost_Teabaggers

    Nah I'd be satisfied if all the women I've dated referred to me as such, especially when we're doin' the nasty; it's a real ego boost.

  • NorthStarSpanx

    Are we ready to tell all middle-aged and old white folks that they look like Teabaggers and ask if they are going to shoot someone?

    Alaska Valley Trash entrepreneur William Fulton, the head of DropZone Security, denies that he's a member of the Alaska Citizens Militia — though he's referred to as the "supply Sergeant" by the head of the group.

    One of his postings on their cute little Community Organizer Board:

    Thats why I said we all should know our flanks if your in My AOR (Area of Ressponsibility) by all means say hi tell me what area your operating in and how I can identify you same goes for me I will be more than happy to provide that same information to all those on my flanks by doing that before hand we can fix a lot of these issues what I don't agree with is getting involved with what ifs, triggers, internal politics, or communicating tactical information with other groups/units the less technical details we know about each other before the ballon goes up the better that way if one goes down for being stupid or set-up or both, the rest of us are clean. I'm not saying we should hide in the shadows by any means I just think tactical planning should stay within individual groups.

    Get to know the guys and groups around you cut up the land scape like a pie each group having its own AOR it is responsible for. If your a lone operator it may just be your house or block but disseminate that information to the group or groups that butt up against you. Get a map of your area draw boundary lines, but that is all that should be on it. I have no problem sitting down with you or any of the other guys operating out of the Anchorage bowl and hacking out areas that way we all know each other and where everybody will operate the larger issues come when we start sharing plans and other tactical information.

    I also am very glad this conversation sprang out of our meeting this needs to be had better now then later and this bulletin board is a great resource allowing us all to develop our thoughts and really take the time to hammer this out we all owe Norm a thank you for making this venue available to us.

    Dropzone Bill

    • GOPCrusher

      Then why, when they showed his picture in the Yahoo article that I read, did it have him standing proudly showing off his Alaska Citizens Militia badge, sewed on the shoulder of his camoflage shirt?
      Jesus H. Christ! The stupid, it burns.

  • Radiotherapy

    Remember, gentle, humorous people that only 1.38% of blacks watch Föx. And that number is only trending downward.

  • Lost_Teabaggers

    So let me see here…another racist organization run by the far right is being sued for racism? What, the 5% remainders of the black voting populace who still for some reason vote Republican didn't get the memos? I'm sympathetic to this guy and I hope he sues the dickens out of NewsCorp and it stays in the media for as long as possible, but come on people, it's about time to call a Klan hood a Klan hood. A few years ago two black ex-employees of Pat Robertson's CBN sued him for racism and their allegations were more systemic than just bigoted suburbanites living in purposefully segregated communities making racist remarks; these guys were followed around by their fellow employees (and we not allowed to wander the halls alone), intimidated and treated as second class citizens among the white employees and were often made to feel as though they were guilty of stealing with all the scrutiny. I'm just saying, but when you're working for people who think Jim Crowe wasn't so bad for society and that slavery builds character, time to assess who your coworkers and friends are, amiright?

    • GOPCrusher

      I'm still waiting for the threatened Boss Limbaugh lawsuit against all the people that called him a racist and documented his racist remarks. Of course, he also said that he was moving to Costa Rica if health care reform became the law of the land.

  • freakishlywrong

    Today, we are all gangsters, ready to shoot someone.

  • chicken_thief

    Me, too. Even though I'm melanoma-prone white. But in my younger years, I could jump like a mofo so MUST have SOME of teh colored in me from somewhere back in the day.

  • CapeClod

    Bill O'Reilly asking for a shoeshine must have been the last straw.

  • CapnFatback

    Jones was really clued in to the exclusionary behavior when it was suggested that the title of the show he worked on be changed to Fox and Friends and Harmeen.

  • Who knew Fox had more than one black employee?

    • finallyhappy

      yeah, but I' m sure there is JOO bashing somewhere today – I'll check on Mel and Rick

  • Lucidamente1

    it's tough being a (Fox) pimp out here–on air a few years back they were screaming about the War on Christmas; off air their website was selling "holiday gifts."

  • You give them too much credit.

  • That'll teach them to do any diversity hires in the future. If only Mexxican day laborers know how to operate the cameras.

  • CapeClod

    Can you imagine the email forwards he must have gotten from his coworkers?

  • PublicLuxury

    Are you sure this easily offended black person isn't gay too. Everybody knows that teh gay are really oversensitive. They are always bitching about something. There is no pleasing the gay black voting bloc. They want equality, they want to marry, they want to kill muzzies, they want to be in the boy scouts, they want to have kids, they want, they want, they want. Enough already. They should be glad that we don't round up all of the whiny bastards and make them live in the deep south or Midwest or funkin France for chissake.

  • ChuckieJesus

    His herald would have to be James Earl Jones.

    • Advn2rgirl

      The blue-eyed, permed James Earl Jones with the double snakes from Conan? 'Cause that would be effin' awesome.

  • HistoriCat

    No, it makes you observant.

  • loquacioustunes

    While watching footage from a Tea Party rally, one colleague allegedly opined, “This is what happens when you mess with white people’s health care.”

    All right: which Wonkette commenter works at FOX News?

  • the_onceler

    that must be the reason he hasn't been fired yet.

  • DoktorZoom

    I'm not a bigot, but when I find out someone watches Fox News, it makes me nervous.

  • Let's just agree, everyone hates black people.

  • cymchikster

    I didn't think things could get anymore entertaining than when Juan Williams and Mother Jones' David Corn appeared together on NPR's Diane Rehm Show. But I was DEAD WRONG! (Holy fuck, I just bored the crap right out of myself.)

  • Fare la Volpe

    And I wish I didn't.

  • bordo2

    Glad to see a twit like Juan Williams get a fat payday for being a dickhead. He'll fit right in with that crew of amoebas.

  • petehammer

    The interesting thing to me is that usually the quotes sound a little fakey in these cases, in that I have to stretch to think who would phrase something that way or be so obtuse. Here, however, the language sounds spot-on for middle-aged frat republican douches who work at Fox. These people know not to say the N-word in public, but can joke about someone's "blackness."

  • Badonkadonkette

    I can sympathize with this guy's coworkers. I was uncomfortable with the idea of having John McCain as President. And I hope he doesn't read this, because I wouldn't want to offend his opportunistic shit baggedness.

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