Fox Host Worries About New Black Panther Party’s Role In Ferguson Clashes

Fox News host Martha MacCallum expressed concerns on Wednesday night about whether the New Black Panther Party had a role in the escalating conflict in Ferguson, Mo.

“The FBI is now issuing an alert saying that at least one member of the New Black Panther Party is on the ground in this town outside of St. Louis and that he is very vociferously advocating violence against the police there,” MacCallum said while hosting Wednesday’s episode of “The Kelly File.”

The black panther group has been a major topic at Fox News over the years, and particularly with the host that MacCallum was sitting in for, Megyn Kelly. The website Media Matters in 2010 counted 45 segments about the New Black Panther Party that Kelly’s show ran in just two weeks.

On Wednesday night, correspondent Mike Tobin said that Fox’s “local affiliate is confirming the presence of some of these New Black Panther Party members.”

MacCallum hosted a panel of guests and posed the topic to them.

“Let’s start with this, this Black Panther issue because the FBI is very concerned about this and when I went on the Facebook page today of the leader of this group, Chawn Kweli, it was astonishing to me the things that he is saying on his Facebook page,” she said.

MacCallum then read aloud from this post on Chawn Kweli’s Facebook page, dated August 10:

Watch the full interview, courtesy of Media Matters:

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Ahiza Garcia is a newswriter based in New York City. Before joining TPM, Ahiza interned and freelanced for Nightline, Fox Sports, and ESPN the Magazine. She holds a B.A. in psychology from Columbia University and an M.S. in digital journalism from Syracuse University. She can be reached at ahiza@talkingpointsmemo.com.
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