FOX News commentator Brit Hume remarked on the controversy surrounding Rep. Steve King and how the word racist is easily hurled.
"It is the kind of thing that we in the news media need to stay out of the middle of. We shouldn't be getting involved in this. We shouldn't be throwing the word 'racist' around with abandon. We should be very careful with how we use it," Hume told FOX News' Martha MacCallum on Tuesday.
BRIT HUME, FOX NEWS: He is not going to get any awards for being a civil rights leader. But 'The New York Times' did somewhat the same thing today. They had a big piece that said, his long history of racist comments. I read every one of them. Some of them weren't even about race, some were about Islam. Islam is not a race, it's a faith.
Many of them might be considered insensitive, but they weren't racist. Racism is a very specific thing. It means the belief in the superiority of one race over another. And it is taboo in the United States as well it should be. But we need to be careful flinging this term around because what happened to this tragically is this great triumph of the civil rights movement making racism indefensible and intolerable has been weaponized. And the term now, the adjective racist, is hurled around with abandon.
It is the kind of thing that we in the news media need to stay out of the middle of. We shouldn't be getting involved in this. We shouldn't be throwing the word 'racist' around with abandon. We should be very careful with how we use it.
What NBC said to do the first place was to leave it to others to characterize it as racist was the right call. The second call, in my opinion, was the wrong call. 'The New York Times' piece was completely bogus. Those comments -- look, I don't agree with them. I'm no fan of Steve King. But, I am sorry, they did not amount to racism.