Our Racist Media Undermines Obama Around the World?

On Wednesday's Al Sharpton radio show, they objected to the idea that President Obama would be "undermined" around the world by conservative media "because of his race." The guest was David A. Wilson, executive editor of the NBC-owned black "news" website TheGrio.com.

"We forget as Americans a lot of things we say really has an international reach. We live in a global community now," complained Wilson, utterly forgetting how by this standard, liberal media outlets routinely undermined Republicans like George W. Bush around the world. "It’s very important that we monitor the way in which we talk because, you know, we’re actually criticizing ourselves to the international world. [Sic] We’re not just – and not just criticizing ourselves, but sometimes we’re undermining our own leaders."

Wilson demanded to know:

WILSON: How can we expect and how can we be the country that is as the Republicans like to say, you know, the great shining city on the hill?  And we have people who are saying all sorts of things about our President, a President that by most accounts, most accounts across the world, people are pretty proud of that he is the first African-American president. Yet, you know, the media on the right goes after him because of his race.

What does that say about America to the international community? About – we’re supposed to be the ones who lead on matters of tolerance and matters of, you know, race relations, supposedly, and yet we have a huge portion of our media that goes after the president for his race.

SHARPTON: And does it – goes after him due to his race – but goes after it unchecked.

PS: Earlier, as Wilson and Sharpton discussed how Sarah Palin wasn't smart, Sharpton took after a semi-fictional movie for backup: "After this movie Game Change, I don’t know what she understands. I mean, according to the movie, she didn’t know what the Fed was, and she’s running for vice president of the United States. She didn’t know that North Korea and South Korea were two different countries."

Do conservatives need to remind Sharpton of his presidential campaign when he was mangling debate questions about the Federal Reserve?

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis