Racism

By Noel Sheppard | September 8, 2013 | 10:06 AM EDT

NewsBusters reported Saturday that the trustee of the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, is trying to get an asteroid named after Trayvon Martin.

At roughly the same time Saturday, the Alabama State University marching band paid tribute to Martin during halftime festivities of a football game in Jackson, Mississippi, which included actually spelling "Trayvon":

By Noel Sheppard | September 7, 2013 | 6:50 PM EDT

Can you imagine the outrage if a news organization published a headline reading "FINALLY! A Show Without All Those Old Black Guys Getting In The Way?"

I guess the folks at the Huffington Post didn't consider that when they put the following headline atop their media page:

FINALLY! A Show Without All Those Old White Guys Getting In The Way

By Noel Sheppard | September 7, 2013 | 3:27 PM EDT

The race-baiting media are going to be put to a serious challenge in the coming days following a tragic hate crime committed in New York City's Union Square Wednesday.

As CBS's New York affiliate reported late Friday evening, a retired train conductor was left brain dead when an African-American man unknown to him attacked him after shouting "I hate white people" (video follows with commentary):

By Brad Wilmouth | September 4, 2013 | 2:26 PM EDT

On Tuesday's PoliticsNation on MSNBC, Dana Milbank of the Washington Post and MSNBC contributor Goldie Taylor joined host Al Sharpton to lambast the GOP for suffering from "Obama Derangement Syndrome," picking up on criticism of President Obama putting his foot on his desk in the Oval Office, without noting any of the visceral hatred felt toward George W. Bush by the Democratic base during his time as President.

At one point, Milbank may have been vaguely hinting at hatred coming from Democrats in the past, although the Washington Post columnist accused the GOP of greater transgression as he claimed that Republicans "have taken it to an entirely different level" in going after Obama.

Sharpton complained of President Obama being "disrespected" as if it were unprecedented during Republican presidencies:

By Brad Wilmouth | September 3, 2013 | 4:52 PM EDT

On Friday's PoliticsNation, MSNBC's Al Sharpton used Bill O'Reilly's recent retraction and apology to mock the FNC host by suggesting that The O'Reilly Factor generally lacks accuracy.

After a clip of O'Reilly asserting that "I know you guys watch the Factor for accuracy," Sharpton cracked:

By Tom Blumer | September 1, 2013 | 8:31 PM EDT

Earlier this evening at NewsBusters, Tim Graham noted that the Washington Post gave space, in an item entitled "Reagan Historians to Decry 'Ahistorical Caricature' as Racist in 'The Butler' Movie," to refute the false portrayal of the Gipper in that film.

One more anecdote should be added in rebuttal to counter the "Reagan was a racist" lie. I'm referring to an event in 1982. Note that the related the unbylined AP report couldn't resist getting in a gratuitous dig (both reports at this post are reproduced in full for fair use and discussion purposes):

By Noel Sheppard | August 31, 2013 | 12:02 AM EDT

Cornel West had some harsh comments for MSNBC's Al Sharpton and Michael Eric Dyson Friday.

Early in the radio show "Smiley and West," West said of the previous day's commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington, "We saw of course the coronation of the bonafide house negro of the Obama plantation, our dear brother Al Sharpton, supported by the Michael Dysons and others who’ve really prostituted themselves intellectually in a very ugly and vicious way" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Brad Wilmouth | August 30, 2013 | 5:10 PM EDT

On Thursday's PoliticsNation on MSNBC, liberal talk radio host Joe Madison referred to Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh as "Jim Crow's grandson" and "Jim Crow Esquire" during a discussion of the absence of Republican figures at the Martin Luther King, Jr., 50-year commemoration.

After a couple of clips of O'Reilly critiquing the social problems of some poor Americans, MSNBC contributor Goldie Taylor accused the FNC host of "wholesale maligning of an entire race and class of people" that is "simply unconscionable," even though O'Reilly specified no racial group as he responded to a clip of President Obama in which the President complained that some Americans, "regardless of color," are still having economic difficulties.

After host Al Sharpton asked if O'Reilly is "somebody we ought to be taking seriously," Taylor began her response:

By Ken Shepherd | August 30, 2013 | 12:12 PM EDT

It doesn't take a special occasion for Chris Matthews to smear conservatives as racist, but the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior's "I Have a Dream" speech was too good for the Hardball host to pass up. During special coverage of Wednesday's festivities, Matthews smeared "half the country" as opposing the chief executive because of the color of his skin, not the political and philosophical content of his governance.

"Let's try to follow the logic of Dr. Matthews here," NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell told Fox News host Sean Hannity on the August 29 edition of his eponymous program. "First he says if you're a Republican or a conservative" who dares to oppose any of Obama's policies, "you're a racist" but yet "if you can't find any evidence of any Republican or conservative saying anything racist, well, that means they're just not being honest about their racism." [watch the full segment below the page break]

By Matthew Sheffield | August 29, 2013 | 6:48 PM EDT

In remarks that are sure to dismay the race-baiting crew at MSNBC, President Obama admitted in an interview yesterday that he does not think that his conservative critics are racially motivated.

Obama made those remarks in a very flattering discussion with PBS NewsHour hosts Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff after he gave an address commemorating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

By Noel Sheppard | August 29, 2013 | 3:39 PM EDT

Numerous commentators have noted that Wednesday's celebration of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington seemed like a Democratic campaign rally.

Adding to the criticism was Fox News's Howard Kurtz writing Thursday, "[A]t times it seemed to be a production of MSNBC":

By Brad Wilmouth | August 29, 2013 | 2:46 PM EDT

Appearing on MSNBC's All In show on Wednesday, August 28, MSNBC's Chris Matthews called it a "great irony" that only two Republican Senators opposed the 1965 Voting Rights Act, an implicit suggestion that the modern GOP opposes voting rights.

The MSNBC host's observation came as he recounted that many Democratic politicians in the 1960s, including friends of President Kennedy, were segregationists. Matthews began: