Racism

By Matthew Balan | November 6, 2014 | 4:53 PM EST

Comedy Central's double standard on humor was glaring on late Wednesday/early Thursday, after it dropped comedian Artie Lange from its @midnight program for his disturbing, racially-tinged sex fantasy about an ESPN host (which he tried to explain away as "comedy"). However, the same episode of the game show-style show featured a beyond sacrilegious round that slimed Catholic priests, along with Jesus; and even made an anti-Semitic joke.

By Jeffrey Meyer | November 4, 2014 | 12:16 PM EST

On Sunday, actor and political commentator Ben Stein appeared on Fox News and made some highly controversial remarks about President Obama, accusing him of being “the most racist president there has ever been in America.” Following Stein’s offensive comments, on Tuesday, all four co-hosts on The View rightly criticized the actor, and unsurprisingly Rosie O'Donnell took her condemnation to a whole new level. Rosie proclaimed that “it was on Fox News which I think just likes to incite a lot of hate and is not always factually correct." 

By Tom Blumer | October 31, 2014 | 9:26 PM EDT

Curtis Houck at NewsBusters noted late Thursday that on that evening’s NBC Nightly News, incumbent Louisiana Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu told NBC's Chuck Todd that President Barack Obama is unpopular in the South because the region “has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans” and thus “[i]t’s been a difficult time for the President to present himself in a very positive light as a leader." Landrieu also said that "It’s not always been a good place for women to present ourselves. It’s more of a conservative place."

Houck described the race-based portion of Landrieu's lament as a "gaffe." The Senator apparently disagrees, as she doubled down on both aspects of her "woe is me" remarks in a statement today. Politico's James Hohmann waited an incredible 11 paragraphs to get into her embarrassing double-down:

By Curtis Houck | October 30, 2014 | 11:37 PM EDT

On Thursday’s NBC Nightly News, Louisiana Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu told NBC News political director and Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd that President Barack Obama is unpopular in the South because the region “has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans” and thus “[i]t’s been a difficult time for the President to present himself in a very positive light as a leader.”

Prior to Landrieu’s remarks, Todd emphasized that the one thing he learned while on a bus tour meeting voters was “that the most omnipresent person on the campaign trail is somebody you don't see on the campaign trail” in President Barack Obama.

By Mark Finkelstein | October 30, 2014 | 5:26 PM EDT

Could this be the most cynical statement of the campaign season?  The woman whose recent wedding President Obama attended is okay with stoking the racial fears of black Americans—if that's what it takes to drive them to the polls and secure Dem victories. Alex Wagner devoted a segment of her MSNBC show today to the naked appeals to the racial fears of black Americans that Democrats are making in campaign ads.  Wagner discussed Dem ads that seek to stoke black fear toward Republicans by invoking Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.

You might think Wagner would have condemned these ugly tactics, explicitly aimed at driving Americans apart based on their race.  Think again. To the contrary, Wagner concluded the segment by saying that it shouldn't have to be the kind of threats contained in these ads that get people to vote, "but if it does, so much stronger the party is for it."

By Tom Johnson | October 28, 2014 | 9:42 PM EDT

A blogger tells DKos readers that even if they’re disappointed that Democrats aren’t farther to the left, it’s vital for them to vote in the midterms against racist ultra-right-wing GOPers.

By Ken Shepherd | October 22, 2014 | 4:33 PM EDT

Last month, African-American actress Daniele Watts -- best known for her role in Django Unchained -- and her boyfriend, who happens to be white, were investigated by a Los Angeles police officer who responded to a call from a bystander filing a complaint about lewd misconduct. Ms. Watts went to the media with complaints of racial profiling and insisted she was merely making out with her boyfriend. Photographic and eyewitness evidence, however, attested to more intense sexual activity going on. Still, MSNBC.com portrays Ms. Watts -- who was formally charged on Tuesday with misdemeanor lewd conduct -- as the victim of racism.

By Ken Shepherd | October 21, 2014 | 9:28 PM EDT

The October 21 edition of MSNBC's Hardball conveniently failed to pick up on a damning scoop published Tuesday by the Washington Free Beacon regarding Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor (Arkansas) and a college thesis he wrote in the mid-1980s slamming the federal government's role in desegregating the South. Instead, Matthews and his liberal guests spent the lion's share of the program blasting the GOP as racist for pursuing voter ID laws, with guest panelist Michelle Bernard going so far as to charge they were an effort at keeping blacks a "permanent underclass" in America.

By Jack Coleman | October 16, 2014 | 7:25 PM EDT

Cable giants Bill O'Reilly and Jon Stewart enjoy squaring off against each other, as they occasionally do when one is a guest on the other's show, and it often makes for great TV.

Last night's slugfest was no disappointment as O'Reilly appeared on "The Daily Show" for the ostensible purpose of discussing his new book, "Killing Patton." Stewart quickly dispatched with that and steered toward a single topic -- white privilege. The conversation soon turned into a heated confrontation.

By Tom Johnson | October 13, 2014 | 12:50 PM EDT

Leftist rock critic Greil Marcus claims that ever since Obama was elected, there’s been a widespread racist “loathing…that seeks out its targets.”

He even claimed "I don’t think it’s nuts that in a certain way, when that cop killed Michael Brown, and when George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin, they were killing Barack Obama."

By Clay Waters | October 12, 2014 | 9:49 PM EDT

New York Times reporters Monica Davey and Alan Blinder used protests over the weekend in St. Louis, which targeted the controversial shooting death of a young black man by a police officer in nearby Ferguson, to recreate its fawning coverage of the left-wing Occupy Wall Street movement.

By Mark Finkelstein | October 11, 2014 | 12:43 PM EDT

Melissa Harris-Perry proudly portrays her MSNBC show as "Nerdland."  But has it devolved from a cozy academic coffee klatsch for lefties into something else?

To discuss the issue of relations between police and black Americans, with the backdrop of Ferguson and a shooting this week in St. Louis, Harris-Perry had as a member of her panel Mychal Denzel Smith. On the one hand, Denzel Smith would appear, as a writer for The Nation, to fit the Nerdland bill.  But a review of his Twitter feed reveals that two days ago Denzel Smith tweeted: 'F---.The.Police." And late last month he tweeted "I'm for prison abolition."