Fox News calls Obama’s wife “baby mama”

June 13, 2008

Fox News Channel has raised the ire of Barack Obama supporters again, this time for referring to the Democratic candidate’s wife Michelle as his “baby mama.”

Fox ran a graphic reading “Outraged liberals: Stop picking on Obama’s baby mama!” during a June 11 segment about planned Republican attacks on the candidate’s outspoken spouse.

According to the Urban Dictionary, “baby mama” is slang for the unmarried mother of a man’s children.

Fox has had other Obama-related gaffes in recent weeks.

Anchor E.D. Hill apologized for referring to Obama’s fist bump with wife Michelle during a rally as a “terrorist fist jab,” while commentator Liz Trotta apologized for joking about an Obama assassination.


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This is absolutely pathetic. Is it too much to ask of this branch of our “mainstream” media that they try to act like mature adults and not a bunch of juvenile middle-school brats? At this point I’d rather take my chances with the 13-year-olds than waste my time listening to what FOX news has to say – about ANYTHING. How horribly sad. GROW UP PEOPLE!!!!!!

Posted by Cheryl | Report as abusive

I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner. People like this can’t help themselves. When you lack basic common decency and basic common sense you don’t know how to keep your foot out of your mouth, morestill you don’t realise it’s there until it’s pointed out to you AND you get embarassed. Fox is just showing the world how professional their employees really and their view on certain topics. There is always other news broadcasters with a little more intelligence (we hope) to listen to.

Posted by Conscientious Observer | Report as abusive

Reminiscent of the sort of sneering, degrading comments you used to hear in 1930s Germany from people wearing brown shirts. Fox is a journalistic toilet, kind of like the rags you find at checkout counters, perhaps banking on outrageous comments to build ratings.

Posted by Geoff | Report as abusive

It is no surprise that these types of comments are coming from the Fox News commentators. Any news organization that has to promote themselves as “fair and balanced” is probably not fair and has no balance (in the mental arena unstable).

After all, why would the commentators make provocative statements in one breath and them apologize for those same statements in the next? When you build your news organization on “entertainment values” you are going to comments like these.

Rupert Murdoch and his minions have dumbing down the American public for years. They apparently think it is easy enough to do.

Posted by Anne Arkey | Report as abusive

Not only was that comment pathetic and racist, but it’s also inaccurate. The term “Baby’s Mamma” is used to describe the mother of a man’s illegitimate, and usually accidental, baby. Since Obama is clearly married, that term wouldn’t apply at all.

Posted by Gerald Shields | Report as abusive

Fox News = right wing non-stop propaganda. Who is dumb enought to listen to them?

Posted by Jimmy Jenius | Report as abusive

It’s both revealing and disappointing how this campaign has forced all the hidden bigotry and disrespect to come to the surface. Usually it’s kept just on this side of subtle, but now people just can’t help themselves. They think they’re taking Obama down a notch, or maybe they think they’re just making a harmless joke (but jokes can reveal the true nature of the jokester, yes?), instead they’re just identifying themselves as obsolete in any serious political discussion. As vile as I find these insults, put-downs and insinuations, I can’t help but relish finding out all these real feelings and being able to dismiss these characters (journalists,regular citizens, whoever, even so-called democrats) as irrelevant once and for all.
Stuck on his middle name, Hussein? You deserve no credit for your ethnic bias.
Think he’s a Muslim, and think that should even matter if he was? Move to Vatican City or some other religiously controlled territory of your choice. You certainly don’t understand the greatness of this country.
Don’t get why calling his wife his baby’s mama isn’t derogatory, bigoted and disrespectful? Let’s make stereotypical jokes about you and your family based wholly on your race. Better yet, let’s make important decisions, like giving you a job, promotion, a loan, a friendly smile, based wholly on your race and see how long you sit for that.

Posted by Penny | Report as abusive