One of my favorite things about MSNBC (“Lean FORWARD”) is their vertigo-inducing programming (since when did “forward” mean “left”? their grasp of cardinal directions would make Sacagawea cringe).
And at the mast of their “forward” ship is none other than Chris “THRILLER” Matthews, who moonlights as MJ coincidentally only while Obama speaks (SHAMONA).
The sensitivity of the race-o-meters at MSNBC would make the USGS seismometers at Parkfield seem inadequate. Asking for “black coffee” would likely result in an hour-long harangue of African-American socioeconomic issues in the Antebellum Era.
So it’s fascinating how, with his noted Obamafatuation, Matthews manages to use it as a cover to make some statements that one would consider…racist.
On a recent episode of Hardball live from the Republican National Convention, Matthews takes Newt Gingrich (of all people) to task for calling Obama a “food stamp president”, claiming that he has received e-mails from African-Americans saying that they consider the phrase “food stamp president” to be “racial talk”.
1) Apparently Matthews receives “e-mails from African-Americans”. I’m sure that Gmail appreciates having folders for separate races. Every name ending in an “ez” or “os/as” must go into a special Latino file. Separate but equal? I report, you decide!
2) Note how Matthews separates himself one-degree from such loony sentiment. By saying “well I didn’t say it, but my black friend did!” he attempts to cloak himself in some sort of credibility, in a way that’s akin to Harry Potter covering himself with an ordinary bedsheet, claiming it’s the Invisibility Cloak. The only difference is that Chris Matthews’s bedsheet has eyeholes.
I have no love for Newt, but his contempt for the media and subsequent trolling/takedown of them is nothing short of masterful. His reply to Matthews follows:
“A food stamp president is a guy whose policies are so destructive, that he creates the longest unemployment since the Great Depression and he puts more people on food stamps, most of them white, than anybody else. Why do you assume food stamp refers to black? What kind of racist thinking do you have?”
Naturally, Matthews has no response, sputtering that Reagan’s use of the phrase “welfare queen” was racist (Gingrich rightfully pointed out it wasn’t) and that hilariously saying that people use food stamps to buy booze is also racist (because as you know, white people clearly never drink alcohol).
So this is the sort of stuff PMSNBC considers reporting, and they still manage to have a channel listed as “News” and not “Entertainment/Comedy”.
The Left has issues with divinizing racism from absolutely nothing. Without even going into “niggardly” or “tar baby” (spoiler alert: they’re not racist!) here’s a great example of such.
Chris Matthews mentions that Reagan’s use of the term “welfare queen” is racist. Here’s what Reagan said in a 1976 presidential campaign speech before the New Hampshire primary:
“She has eighty names, thirty addresses, twelve Social Security cards and is collecting veteran’s benefits on four non-existing deceased husbands. And she is collecting Social Security on her cards. She’s got Medicaid, getting food stamps, and she is collecting welfare under each of her names. Her tax-free cash income is over $150,000.”
Note the fact that Reagan never once mentioned the race of this woman. As can be seen from this photo from JET magazine, Dec. 19, 1974 edition, she was very well-known at the time.
Not to mention that there were plenty of other similar offenders like Dorothy Woods, Arlens Otis, and Barbara Williams. In fact, Reagan was prescient in noting that this was happening all around the country.
This welfare+queen=racist meme has bounced across the Left for years, even reaching Bill Clinton, who recently said, “President Reagan had a good story about a welfare queen and a Cadillac who didn’t exist.”
Even though the New York Times article agreed entirely with Reagan:
“Linda Taylor, who came to notice when Ronald Reagan, in his Presidential campaign, cited her as an example of an alleged welfare abuser, has had her Cadillac limousine seized by the police here.”
Noted perjurer/liar Bill Clinton calling someone else a liar?
Talk about the pot calling the kettle…
This isn’t MSNBC’s first rodeo, however (likely pronounced “Ro-DAY-oh” by Tod’s-wearing Lawrence “Larry” O’Donnell)
Recently, MSNBC’s (see, we have BLACK friends!) panelist Toure characterized Mitt Romney’s response to Biden’s racist comments (Romney: Obama should take his “campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago”) as such:
“You notice he said anger twice. He’s really trying to use racial coding and access some really deep stereotypes about the angry black man. This is part of the playbook against Obama, the ‘otherization,’ he’s not like us. I know it’s a heavy thing, I don’t say it lightly, but this is ‘niggerization,’. You are not one of us, you are like the scary black man who we’ve been trained to fear.”
That’s right folks. Use the word “anger” in a sentence twice, and you’re a capital-R racist. Use a word like “niggerization”, get off scot-free due to your melanin content.
Of course, S.E. Cupp dissolves this argument like a tab of Alka-Seltzer in a lake:
“Certainly you were implying that Mitt Romney and the base will respond to this dog-whistle, racially-charged coding, and hate Obama, the angry black man?…Joe Biden made the overtly racial comment and has a history of making bigoted remarks. Mitt Romney was responding to the comment. Yet he is the one responsible for the whole Republican history of racism in politics?”
And Toure had no response, instead hiding behind cohost Krystal Ball (seriously, that’s her name), before mumbling that “[Romney’s] using the playbook Republicans have been using for decades now.”
I don’t know where one obtains this racism playbook, but please sign me up. Not only will it, Allah willing, keep me from having a racist slipup, but it sounds like good entertainment.
If there were a secret “racism playbook”, there would likely be a chapter devoted to Willie Horton. The left loves to use an anti-Dukakis Bush advertisement from the 1988 campaign that shows a photo of Willie Horton, a murderer and robber let go under the Massachusetts Dukakis-supported furlough program who raped and murdered a woman upon release (surprise!)
Had he been white, there would’ve been no issue. But he’s black, so naturally, any mention, image, advertisement, or statement that includes any reference to him is racist by the Left’s standards. He’s the original dogwhistle (secretly racist phrase or image that conjures up secret racism amongst secret white folk, secretly).
The only actual dogwhistle is on the Left, and it’s to cry “RAAAAACISM” where none exists, or bring out old tropes (Wille Horton, welfare queen, etc) which have been thoroughly debunked.
What role does MSNBC play in all this?
The director of their new “Lean FORWARD” campaign, Spike Lee, recently went on air to invoke Willie Horton (with anti-Semitic Crown Heights riots-stoker Al Sharpton, no less):
“When you start using code words like ‘welfare’—next you’re going to call up Willie Horton’s brother. When people get desperate, they’re going to do anything they can to win.”
There’s that “code word” talk again! Why won’t anyone tell me the damn code?
“Welfare” is a word that stretches back to the Constitution, “promote the general welfare”. Better not tell that to Spike Lee, otherwise he’ll begin slamming our founding documents as #racist.
The only true code words are the ones that the left uses to smear Republicans with. The real dogwhistles. The standards are ever-changing.
I’ve devised a little cheat sheet for the folks playing at home. It’s time for:
RACIST…OR NOT RACIST!
Let’s get started with some basic words and phrases:
RACIST, because “Chicago has a lot of black people”,
– [bonafide cracker and MSNBC contributor John Heilemann]
- Actually, Chicago is majority white!
Tell someone that it’s okay if they head out, you’ll “hold down the fort”?
RACIST, because it refers to American soldiers confiscating and “holding down” Cherokee lands
– [State Dept!! Chief Diversity Officer!!! John M. Robinson]
- Actually, Robinson admits, “Much has been written about whether the etymologies below are true or merely folklore, but this isn’t about their historical validity.”
Concern over Obama playing too much golf on the job?
RACIST, because like Tiger Woods, Obama is also half black and Tiger Woods had affairs with countless women
–[Lawrence O’Donnell, loafer wearer/MSNBC contrib]
- Actually, I have no explanation for this. It makes my gray matter ache.
So naturally, with a checkered history like this (checkered probably = racist, because checkerboards are black and white and so is Obama) MSNBC would lean FORWARD into their convention coverage with respect and dignity.
Roland Martin’s take? “I’m a black man at a Republican convention. Of course I stand out.”
Clearly he wasn’t looking at the stage, where Artur Davis, African-American and former Democrat Obama campaign director, was speaking.
The network was so concerned about the number of minorities on stage that they actually chose to cut coverage of them speaking (thought the network did include Governor Nikki Haley, who is Indian American), like a modern day Stalin photoshopper.
The blackout (RACIST) extended most notably during Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuno’s speech, where the network’s hastily-applied makeup job consisted of harassing Jan Brewer over immigration instead.
We come full circle to our friend Chris Matthews again, who summarized the Republican party platform thusly: “to a lot of Americans, if you get back to where we were, there were slaves, if we got back to where we were, women weren’t voting.”
…in the wake of Condoleezza Rice’s speech.
And for the coup d’etat, he blows the dogwhistle again, claiming that Paul Ryan’s mentioning of our third president, Thomas Jefferson, as well as the rights our country was founded upon, was racist because he was “ignoring the people for whom the rights only came in the 1960s.”
A quiz for Matthews: which party was founded on an anti-slavery platform, passed the Civil Rights Act of 1960, and sent the first African-Americans to Congress long before the Congressional Black Caucus was even a thought?
*Chris Matthews, to the white courtesy phone please. Chris Matthews, white courtesy phone.*