Farrakhan was ‘front and center’ at Aretha funeral, but networks made him magically disappear

Aretha Franklin’s funeral was filled with family, friends, celebrities and even a former president but the presence of Louis Farrakhan at the service raised many eyebrows.

Fox News’ Martha MacCallum kept finding herself “distracted” by the anti-Semitic leader of the Nation of Islam, who had a front row seat at Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple on Friday to honor the “Queen of Soul” who died last month at the age of 76 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

The tributes were “amazing” MacCallum said to her panel on Fox News’ “The Story” Friday. “But I did keep finding myself distracted by Louis Farrakhan who was in every single shot. I’m thinking, ‘What was he doing there?’”

The Weekly Standard’s Kelly Jane Torrance noted that several outlets had cut the controversial figure out of pictures they published on their websites, obviously having the same question as MacCallum about why he was there and why he was in the front row seated next to Revs. Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and former Pres. Bill Clinton.

Many of the mainstream liberal media sites appear to have intentionally cropped the man who blamed Jews for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks out of their photos.

A wider shot of the front row tells a different story than what the liberal media sites were reporting.

“Why was he so front and center?” MacCallum asked. “It’s something that’s supposed to be about Aretha Franklin became, I thought, in many ways about some of these gentlemen who were right behind.”

“We forget that she was really at the head of the liberation movement for years,” Kylie Patterson of the New Leaders Council said, noting that Farrakhan was also part of that movement.

“This is her funeral,” Patterson said. “I mean, it’s her choice- who she wants there, how she wants people sitting.”

“I just wonder how much jockeying there was for prime position,” MacCallum said.

“I saw that he was kind of pushing his website and all of this on Twitter. And I thought, ‘Gee, that’s kind of a little bit unfortunate’ that it was distracting in that way,” she added.

“He, you know, has said awful things about Jewish people, about white people, about gay people and I thought it was never the message that I heard in Aretha Franklin’s music,” MacCallum said.

Others seemed to agree with MacCallum on Twitter which recently revoked Farrakhan’s “blue check” verification on his official Twitter page after he posted an anti-Semitic rant.


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