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Fox News questions whether calling Michael Brown an 'unarmed teen' is evidence of media bias

A Fox News segment this morning was critical of Attorney General Eric Holder's recent remarks on the ongoing unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, in which Holder said he understood why Ferguson residents were mistrustful of the police. Contributor Linda Chavez said the remarks were evidence that Holder and the White House were "playing the race card" and conducting "an exploitation of the black community." She added that "this mantra of the unarmed black teenager shot by a white cop" was only exacerbating racial tensions.

"You know, that description in and of itself actually colors the way in which we look at this story," she continued, according to a transcript by Media Matters. "We're talking about an 18-year-old man who is six foot four and weighs almost three hundred pounds, who is videotaped just moments before the confrontation with a police officer strong arming an employee and robbing a convenience store."

Chavez, of course, was referring to Michael Brown, a black teenager who was unarmed when he was shot to death by a white police officer, Darren Wilson.