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MSNBC’s Matthews Injects Phony Race Talking Point Into His Program AGAIN

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Steve Watson
Thursday, Nov 19, 2009

In what is fast becoming a regular feature on MSNBC programming, Hardball anchor Chris Matthews once again injected the issue of race into a segment last night with no context whatsoever.

Reporting on a large turnout at a Sarah Palin book signing event in Michigan, Matthews’ guests Norah O’Donnell and Joan Walsh of Salon took umbrage that the crowd was overwhelmingly “white”.

“This is a largely white — almost no minorities in this crowd,” O’Donnell, who was at the signing, dutifully stated.

“Well, they look like a white crowd to me,” Matthews responded, adding, “I think there is a tribal aspect to this thing, in other words, white vs. other people.”

Walsh then added “I think you`ve got that same kind of paranoid tea party, maybe even birther crowd that talks about the Constitution, without really understanding what they are talking about”

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We have regularly highlighted the fact that the establishment media is continually using a phony race card as a divisive technique in an attempt to alienate anyone who questions government policy or President Obama.

MSNBC in particular has continually claimed that any public display of discontent with the current president is nothing more than racial hatred.

Matthews previously injected the same talking point when discussing criticism of Michelle Obama’s use of 26 aides:

“It seems to be that when I hear people going after the first lady and the number of staff people they have, it sounds racist to me.” Matthews stated on the edition aired September 1.

Previous to this, Matthews stated during a segment on the healthcare debate that opponents of Obamacare should be injected with Sodium Pentothal until they admit they are racists.

“Put 100 of these people in a room. Strap them into gurneys. Inject them with sodium pentathol. How many of them would say ‘I don’t like the idea of having a black president”? What percentage?'” Matthews stated.

Matthews has also attempted to smear the Oath Keepers group as rightwing extremists connected with white supremacists. Without any evidence whatsoever, Matthews accused the group’s founder Stewart Rhodes of stockpiling weapons to be used in a plot to attack the federal government. This exact claim was made this week by the Anti-Defamation League in a shocking report portraying the Oath Keepers, tea party protesters and Alex Jones, among others, as violent extremists.

In another example of playing the phony race card, back in August, MSNBC’s Carlos Watson introduced a segment on his show by wondering whether calling Obama a “socialist” was “becoming a code word, whether or not socialist is becoming the new n-word for some angry upset birthers and others.”

Watson then said there was a “line of responsibility” that had to be drawn which extended to “the words we choose, including how we use even legitimate words like socialist.”

MSNBC’s coverage of the tea party protests this summer was also overwhelmingly laden with race insinuations.

It was on MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann that Jeanane Garofalo called tea party protesters “a bunch of tea bagging rednecks”, contending that the frustration expressed over the direction of the country was code for racism.

It is no coincidence that such constant demonization of the tea party protests by the establishment media has coincided with violent attacks on protesters.

On last night’s Countdown, Olbermann smirked and giggled his way through a celebration of the fact that the word “teabagger” has entered popular lexicon.

For the benefit of those still languishing within the false left right paradigm I must point out Fox News has also been employing such divisive talking points for years.

This injection of race into news segments with no context whatsoever is exactly the kind of irresponsible media display that allows groups such as the ADL to stir up the notion that legitimate political protest in America is nothing more than an explosion of intolerable racist rage.

Injecting the idea of discrimination in an effort to polarize a group of people is no different to actually engaging in the act of discrimination.

This article was posted: Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 12:07 pm

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