Ace is right. The flat-out deception that happened Tuesday on MS-NBC should not be allowed to stand.
I know I’m burying the lede and if you’re in a hurry, you can hit the links and get the story faster, but hang with me. This is better with some setup.
Here’s the short version of the story. Contessa Brewer gave a brief report about people openly carrying firearms to anti-Obamacare rallies. The specific “kicker” example she used was that of a man who carried a pistol and a rifle to the rally outside the President’s VFW speech in Arizona, complete with closeup footage of the man’s weapons. Brewer then closed with this:
And the reason we’re talking about this, a lot of talk here, Dylan, because people feel like, yes, there are Second Amendment rights for sure but also there are questions about whether this has racial overtones. I mean, here you have a man of color in the presidency and white people showing up with guns strapped to their waists or to their legs.
Pretty scary stuff, no?
The whole “when will the angry white people take a pop at the brave black president” commentary went on for a couple of minutes. I’m pretty sure that more than a couple people walked away from the report honestly thinking that the anti-Obamacare protesters are a bunch of insane, racist would-be assassins.
As it happens, that’s exactly what MS-NBC wanted. No, I’m not being hyperbolic. Take a look at the video for yourself.
Did you notice how the shot of the guy with the guns is so tight? That’s because it it had to be.
You see, the guy carrying the guns was a well-dressed black man. The entire racial element of the story was an outright lie created on purpose by MS-NBC. Take a look at the CNN report in this post. MS-NBC had to crop the shot tightly, to the point where you could barely make out that there was a gun in the picture at all, so that you wouldn’t be able to tell that the entire story was contrived.
What I want to know is what in the name of all that’s holy was MS-NBC trying to do? Their lying heads claimed not to want more racial tension, but they deliberately made up a story about growing racist anger to…what? Bring tensions down? How, exactly does that work?
It doesn’t, of course. What it does do is slander the anti-Obamacare movement, who by the way are mostly decent and ordinary Americans (gun-toters included), and drive yet another wedge between white and black folks. I can’t imagine why any sane person would want to do either one, but there it is.
If you’re inclined to do so, I suggest you hit Ace’s link and make a phone call or two to the network to let them know that you know they’re a bunch of lying crapweasels. You might demand an immediate retraction and apology. Calling for a couple resignations wouldn’t be out of the question either.
UPDATE: “I usually don’t say this sort of thing all that often, but this is one of those times: this is inexcusable. THIS. WAS. DELIBERATE.”
UPDATE 2: It’s been pointed out to me by a friend on Twitter that it’s possible the two actual journalists were uneasy about the hints that the President might get shot. The transcript (which link I posted) makes it clear that’s not true. However, because I do want to be clear that the hosts were in complete agreement with Toure, here’s the very end of the segment.
TOURE: I mean, look, there’s no – I mean, you just know that there is a significant swath of the country that is still angry about there being a black person as president and will do whatever they have to do to show their anger.
BREWER: I do.
RATIGAN: But, again, there are different items that come together that can be a bad combination.
Notice that neither of them attempted to slap a quick disclaimer on the end of the segment and neither of them so much as challenged Toure’s belief, even a little bit.
UPDATE 3: Duane Lester has more, including a helpful link to General Electric if you happen to own a little stock in the company.