September 1st, 2011
(PaulWatson) – MSNBC has yet again implied that political criticism of Obama is racist after talking head Richard Wolffe mused that Republican opposition to Obama making a speech on a date that clashed with a presidential debate was down to “the color of his skin”.
During an appearance on MSNBC’s The Last Word, a vehemently statist broadcast hosted by Lawrence O’Donnell, who previously attempted to portray Ron Paul as a Ku Klux Klan-supporting bigot, Wolffe played the race card in explaining why people have lost respect for Obama.
“The interesting question is: What is it about this president that has stripped away the veneer of respect that normally accompanies the Office of the President? Why do Republicans think this president is unpresidential and should dare to request this kind of thing? It strikes me that it could be the economic times, it could be that he won so big in 2008 or it could be, let’s face it, the color of his skin. This is an extraordinary reaction to a normal sequence of events,” he stated.
Wolffe is an MSNBC regular, having appeared numerous times on Chris Matthews’ Hardball and previously filling in as a guest host for Keith Olbermann.
MSNBC has a history of race-baiting and attempting to characterize legitimate political criticism of Barack Obama as racist.
Back during the Obama Joker poster era, when depictions of the President as the fictional character out of Batman were deemed racist by the establishment media despite identical images being produced of Bush as the Joker for years before, MSNBC host Carlos Watson insinuated that calling Obama a “socialist” was secret code for a racist slur.
Responding to those questioning Obama’s big government agenda by labeling him a socialist, Watson wondered whether the term was “becoming a code word, whether or not socialist is becoming the new n-word for some angry upset birthers and others.”
Of course, playing the race card is a dirty and underhanded means of silencing dissent and it always has been. Disagreeing with when Obama times his speeches or his big government agenda has nothing to do with skin color.
The federal government has done everything in its power to portray ideological adversaries of the Obama administration as dangerous extremists, most recently by characterizing white middle class people as the most likely terrorists, so it’s unsurprising that MSNBC is following suit.
The network is part-owned (49% to Comcast’s 51%) by one of Obama’s biggest campaign contributors, General Electric, which itself received $16 billion in federal bailout money, a story MSNBC’s hosts were keen to avoid.
MSNBC hosts who do dare to challenge the status quo are quickly dispatched. Young Turks presenter Cenk Uygur was forced to leave the network despite excellent ratings after he was told by company bosses to “tone it down” because “we are the establishment.”
I’m no fan of blowhard neo-con Rush Limbaugh, but he nailed it in his response today to Wolffe’s comments.
“If they ever do a colonoscopy on Obama, they’re going to find Richard Wolffe’s head there,” said Limbaugh.