Fox News Correspondent Defends Deen Against ‘Liberal, Anti-South Media’

As Paula Deen continued to face an avalanche of criticism for past racist comments, a Fox News correspondent used social media on Thursday to defend the embattled celebrity chef against what he described as a “liberal, anti-South media.”

Todd Starnes, host of the radio program “Fox News & Commentary,” took to Twitter to assert that the members of the media have it out for Deen “because most of them don’t eat meat.”

Starnes also wrote a post on his Facebook page arguing that the “liberal, anti-South media is trying to crucify Paula Deen.” He claimed that most reporters — with the exception of those at the Associated Press — neglected to mention in its reporting that Deen had used the N-word “when a black guy walked into the bank, stuck a gun in her face and ordered her to hand over the cash.” In fact, many outlets, including TPM, reported on the incident. 

His posts were first reported by the liberal Media Matters for America.



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