ABC, CBS, and NBC have set aside over 146 minutes of air time on their morning and evening newscasts to the controversy surrounding a racist tirade by L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling. However, as of the morning of 30 April 2014, the Big Three networks have yet to pick up on a Tuesday scoop from Buzzfeed's Andrew Kaczynski, who discovered "shocking racial comments" by a sitting Democratic congressman.
Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson unleashed on Senator Mitch McConnell and Clarence Thomas, and Republicans in general, during a segment on a radio program of the New Nation of Islam, a sect that holds that "intermarriage or race mixing should be prohibited" and that blacks should be "allowed to establish a separate state or territory of their own - either on this continent or elsewhere." Fox News Channel's Fox and Friends on Wednesday devoted a full report Congressman Thompson's bigoted remarks:
BRIAN KILMEADE: One congressman, [Bennie] Thompson, said, you know what? We've got to give the players more power – and the owners more power – to oust this guy, and to have more control over what happens in this league – because you do need a two-thirds vote to get rid of a guy like Donald Sterling in this case.
Meanwhile, you have to wonder if Congressman Thompson is asking for a double standard when it comes to freedom of speech, and saying things that are flat out, in my mind, offensive.
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STEVE DOOCY: Yeah. He was on Nation of Islam radio. This is a Democrat congressman from the great state of Mississippi. He says that Clarence Thomas, the African-American justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, is an 'Uncle Tom.' He says Mitch McConnell is a racist. He says Republicans are anti-ObamaCare because the President is black.
No, that's not true. A lot of people don't like ObamaCare because it's expensive, and they lost their doctor and things like that.
Anyway, here is the congressman from Mississippi saying stuff like that.
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REP. BENNIE THOMPSON (D), MISSISSIPPI (from New Nation of Islam radio program, April 27): Mitch McConnell would have the audacity to tell the President of the United States – not just the chief executive, but the commander-in-chief – that 'I don't care what you come up with, we're going to be against it.' Now, if that's not a racist statement, I don't know what is.
There is Uncle Tom Clarence Thomas – this man doesn't even like black people. He doesn't like being black because every decision where color has something to do with it, he went against it.
KILMEADE: He also says he worked under three presidents – Clinton and Bush – and they were never treated like this. Really? George Bush's intellect was slapped around every day. The majority leader [Senator Harry Reid] called him a loser, and I can't believe – Bill Clinton, in particular, was impeached! And you saw the way bill Clinton was treated, in many respects. Forget about the way they're looked at now. I don't think any of them had an easy time.
ANNA KOOIMAN: Yeah. Congressman Thompson goes on to say that this anti-government attitude is completely new just because we have an African-American president. That's the only reason why. We did reach out to his office, and haven't heard back for a comment.