Racism

By Noel Sheppard | October 25, 2013 | 6:22 PM EDT

As NewsBusters reported Wednesday, Congressman Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) this week sent out a fundraising email equating Tea Party members to the Ku Klux Klan.

On Friday, MSNBC’s Martin Bashir actually called Grayson out for doing this only to have the Congressman accuse him of collaborating with the Tea Party (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Paul Bremmer | October 23, 2013 | 6:00 PM EDT

Some media figures just can’t let go of the idea that opposition to ObamaCare is fueled by hatred of the president himself. On Wednesday’s The Cycle, co-host Toure engaged in some Matthewsian ranting against opponents of the health care law.

Near the end of a roundtable discussion about the failures of Healthcare.gov, Toure redirected everyone’s attention to what he saw as the major issue: [See video below the break.]
 

By Ken Shepherd | October 23, 2013 | 11:15 AM EDT

Wrapping up the Tuesday, October 22 edition of The Ed Show, fill-in host Michael Eric Dyson chose to "Punch Out" of the program by giving a platform for his guest, Ohio Democrat Nina Turner, to argue that the photo ID voting law in Texas is some devious, sexist plot to thwart the 2014 gubernatorial candidacy of State Senator Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth).

At no point did Dyson seriously question Ohio Democrat Nina Turner's absurd accusations. Indeed, the Georgetown professor wholeheartedly endorsed them, proposing that conservative Republicans like Gov. Rick Perry only want "white men of means" to cast a ballot [WATCH the video embedded below the page break; LISTEN to MP3 audio excerpt here].:

By Randy Hall | October 20, 2013 | 10:34 PM EDT

Just when you think you've seen it all, along comes a political cartoon in the New York Daily News attempting to change the name of a National Football League team that's not even in their city.

The illustration posted on Thursday featured three flags, the first containing the swastika symbol of the Nazis, then the star-filled banner of the Confederates from the Civil War, and finally the logo of the Washington Redskins with a caption that read: “Archaic Symbols of Pride and Heritage.”

By Matthew Balan | October 9, 2013 | 4:26 PM EDT

Salon.com, which attacked Disney earlier in 2013 for its apparent lack of LGBT characters, plunged into a new depth of left-wing wackiness in a Saturday post that targeted a 15-year-old video game. Writer Jon Hochschartner unleashed against "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time" for its supposedly "deeply problematic" handling of "class, race, gender and animal rights".

The website identified Hochschartner as a "freelance writer from upstate New York", but it failed to disclose that he took part in Occupy Wall Street's 2011 encampment in New York City, and he was among the hundreds who got arrested when the NYPD forced the far-left activists from Zuccotti Park.

By Brad Wilmouth | October 8, 2013 | 5:40 PM EDT

Appearing as a guest on the Monday, October 7, All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC to promote the film, 12 Years a Slave, screenwriter John Ridley seemed to blame America for taking slavery and making it even worse than it previously had been by introducing "concepts of racial inferiority," and went on to assert that Americans have "all been indoctrinated in these thoughts" and need to "understand that history" in order to "get past some of the notions we have."

Host Chris Hayes posed the question:

By Paul Bremmer | October 8, 2013 | 5:26 PM EDT

It’s been 25 years since a grand jury concluded that young Tawana Brawley falsely accused a group of white men of raping her, but the Rev. Al Sharpton still believes he did the right thing by supporting Brawley back then. Sharpton was on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Tuesday to talk about his new book when co-host Mika Brzezinski brought up the infamous Brawley rape case, in which Sharpton played a major advisory role to the 15-year-old. The Politics Nation host claimed that the case had taught him to conduct himself in a more dignified manner when representing alleged victims of discrimination so the public would be more sympathetic to his cause.

However, Sharpton did not express any particular regret that Brawley’s claims were ruled false, so Willie Geist prodded him on the matter: “Do you regret at all, Rev, what you put some of the men through in that case, though, the guys who turned out to be innocent?” Sharpton was unapologetic: [See video below.]

By Tom Blumer | October 5, 2013 | 4:04 PM EDT

Never mind the government shutdown. What's really important in Obamaland is apparently whether football's Washington Redskins keep their Redskins team nickname.

The Associated Press's Julie Pace, with help from Joseph White and Darlene Superville, has an 880-word writeup on this breathtakingly important subject. Too bad the entire premise — that Indians "feel pretty strongly" about mascots and team names that depict negative stereotypes about their heritage," and that the "Redskins name is one such negative stereotype — is false, based on results reported by ESPN columnist Rick Reilly in September. First, a few AP excerpts (bolds are mine):

By Ken Shepherd | October 3, 2013 | 3:48 PM EDT

When you have to toss out in the midst of your race-baiting article that you are in no way insisting that conservatives are racists, well, that's pretty good evidence that you're doing just that.

"No, this is not a convoluted way of calling Republicans racists,"Jamelle Bouie insisted -- and which editors placed into a pull quote -- in his October 3 story "How the South Blocked Health Care for Those Who Need It Most."   "Thanks to Republican legislators in old Confederate states, universal health-care won’t be so universal" laments a front-page caption accompanying a stock image of a black girl being attended to by two black medical personnel in surgical scrubs. [see image below the page break] Here's how Bouie opened his story on the lack of Southern states participating in a Medicaid expansion available to them under ObamaCare:

By Paul Bremmer | September 25, 2013 | 1:30 PM EDT

Veteran journalist Cokie Roberts repeated a tired liberal media critique of the Tea Party on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Wednesday. While discussing Hillary Clinton’s presidential chances in 2016, Roberts declared, “But I also think and, you know, just calling it, that some of this Tea Party anger is racist and that having a non-black person on the ticket will diffuse it to some degree.

Host Joe Scarborough immediately disagreed, saying that he and his fellow congressional Republicans in 1993 and 1994 said similar, if not worse, things about then-President Bill Clinton. Scarborough declared, “And there is nothing I have heard said about Barack Obama that we didn't take about 10 degrees further.”

By Amy Ridenour | September 16, 2013 | 11:45 PM EDT

How frightened is the Washington Post of being accused of racism? Apparently, very.

As the Washington Navy Yard shootings story was still breaking mid-day Monday, the Post hastened to assure its readers that a witness who identified a shooter as a black man is black himself:  "He was a tall black guy," said her co-worker, Todd Brundage, who is black.  "He didn't say a word." The Post is basically saying it's okay to say it, you see, because they found a black man to say the word.

By Jack Coleman | September 16, 2013 | 4:52 PM EDT

Further proof that purported academic and occasional hip-hop recording artist Cornel West has no intention of ever again being taken seriously.

On the weekend podcast he shares with Tavis Smiley, West talked about the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., which occurred 50 years ago yesterday. (Audio after the jump)