A Fox News panel on the show “Outnumbered” left no stone unturned on Friday investigating the causes of the deadly shooting in Charleston, S.C., blaming everything from moral relativism to crying racism.
Despite the widely reported circumstances of the case, such as suspect Dylann Roof’s enthusiasm for white supremacist ideas and the site of the attack, a historically black church, the panel did not spend much time talking about the suspect’s motives.
Special guest and Fox News contributor Pete Snyder thought he’d found an overlooked problem: too much tolerance.
He noted that the suspect’s roommate told reporters that Roof had been planning the attack for six months.
“Moral relativism in this country is so rampant that you look at a racist who you’re living with for six months who wants to start a civil war and race war and you don’t do anything about it?” he said. “I have a problem with that.”
Co-host Andrea Tantaros pushed the question further, apparently blaming pervasive tolerance for Roof’s roommate neglecting to inform law enforcement about his plans to carry out an attack.
“I think that is the issue,” she said. “When does it become an issue of tolerating someone’s insane beliefs and really crazy intolerant beliefs, and when does it become an issue where you go, ‘We should to talk to the authorities.'”
When they did get around to racism, the panel turned the issue on its head.
“People have become numb to real racist statements because we cried wolf on a lot of other issues when it comes to saying certain things are, in fact, racist,” Fox contributor and author Katie Pavlich said.
Pavlich went on to blame the distractions that “politically correct notions” and “microaggressions” apparently cause for law enforcement. She made sure to put the word “racism” in scare-quotes with her fingers.
Tantaros, similarly, blamed a whiny and decadent society.
“So many people are crying wolf and we spend so much energy in this crybaby society trying to search for and stretch instances of racism,” Tantaros said.
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