In perhaps one of the most horrid examples of saying the quiet part out loud, retired army Col. and Fox News analyst Douglas Macgregor has been caught spouting off what can only be described as anti-Semitic and xenophobic propaganda.
In a clip that Media Matters’ Matt Gertz shared, Macgregor can be seen talking about South Asian immigrants, claiming that they will “go back to India if an economic crisis occurs.” Following up on that claim, Macgregor asserts that the problem with the United States is that it has “rootless cosmopolitans,” an antisemitic term used in the Soviet Union to refer to Jewish people.
Macgregor’s usage of the term is not only offensive and racist but is part of a continuous pattern of discriminatory behavior that has permeated Fox News staff since its inception. Nor is it the first time that Macgregor has expressed prejudiced ideas.
Unearthed footage by CNN showed that Macgregor repeatedly claimed that Muslim immigrants to Europe would turn the continent into an Islamic State and referred to them as “Muslim invaders.” Macgregor has also made violent and downright dehumanizing comments about immigrants at the border, repeatedly suggesting that martial law should be enforced along the Mexican American border, saying that border security should be able to shoot migrants. He opposed the U.S. intervention in Kosovo because it would “put, essentially, a Muslim drug mafia in charge of that country.”
Needless to say, Macgregor’s prejudiced history is far too extensive to list in its entirety here.
It is worth noting that Tucker Carlson has endorsed Macgregor as their main foreign policy analyst, calling him “our first choice for foreign policy analysis.” Though that is not surprising, Carlson himself has been caught calling Iraqis “semi-literate, primitive monkeys.” It seems that racist minds do think alike.
Of course, none of this is surprising. Racism has a long and repeated history at Fox News. Bill O’Reilly is one example. In a 2010 interview, he told Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, then a professor at Columbia University, that he looked like a cocaine dealer.
He also referred to African Americans as “ill-educated” and said they have “tattoos on their foreheads.”
All of this is to say that Fox News, at its core, has a continuous and unending fight to maintain prejudice. A fight that they are seemingly addicted to despite all the moral failings of said prejudices. And that is by design. 74 percent of Fox News’ viewership in 2019 was white, according to Public Opinion Strategies. There is an audience for that prejudice, and it is central to Fox’s ability to turn a profit in the first place. So long as Fox operates under this framework, statements like the ones made by Macgregor and Carlson will go unchallenged, and their vile ideas will continue to spread. One can only hope somebody buys Fox out and fires these bigots, but I am not holding my breath.