Over the weekend, the Houston “chapter” of an “organization” calling itself #WhiteLivesMatter held a protest rally outside the Houston headquarters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) that featured white supremacist trappings like the Confederate flag and signs bearing white power symbols and slogans, Donald Trump hats, as well as open-carry assault weapons. The protest drew media attention and some counter-demonstrations, but not many actual protesters:
We came out here to protest against the NAACP and their failure in speaking out against the atrocities that organizations like Black Lives Matter and other pro-black organizations have caused the attack and killing of white police officers, the burning down of cities and things of that nature.
The TV-ready event may not have been able to attract more than a dozen or so protesters, but that wasn’t for a lack of assistance from the local media. The night before the rally, Houston’s local Fox station had on a very special guest: Ken Reed, that guy you just saw in the Donald Trump hat and the “White Power” t-shirt. Reed was brought on the show for what was ostensibly a “debate” segment with Black Lives Matter member Jerry Ford, but one which was pegged to Reed’s protest the following day, and which included a very unusual sign-off from Fox 26’s Kaitlin Monte.
After Reed lamented how people will just call you a racist when you gather around wearing “White Power” stuff, yet black people get to protest police violence, Monte weirdly encouraged viewers to show up for the protest:
Those of you who are interested, obviously, like you said, tomorrow happening in the afternoon outside of NAACP headquarters.
And what do you know? Fox 26 just happened to be on the scene to cover the protest (and counter-protest) it helped promote. Now that’s some synergy right there.
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