Hasselbeck: Oprah shouldn’t call out racists because it ‘undermines racism’

Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck and co-hosts

I always knew Elisabeth Hasselbeck was not the “sharpest tool in the shed” but this is simply astonishing…

The Raw Story

Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Thursday warned Oprah Winfrey that she “undermines racism” by pointing out that some of President Barack Obama’s critics disliked him because of the color of his skin.Now, I knew Hasselbeck was never the brightest tool in the shed, but wow.  How in the world is she gonna clean this one up?

“There is a level of disrespect for the office that occurs,” Winfrey said in a recent interview with BBC. “And that occurs in some cases and maybe even in many cases because he’s African American. There’s no question about that, and it’s the kind of thing that nobody ever says but everybody is thinking it.”

On Thursday, the hosts of Fox & Friends — who are all white — asserted that even Democrats were afraid to criticize the president because they didn’t want to be called racists.

“Do you see racism when Harry Reid called President Bush a loser? Is that respect for the office?” co-host Brian Kilmeade asked. “Bill Clinton was impeached for his actions in the office? Is that racist?”

“I don’t know that Barack Obama could have been elected president if he was living in a racist nation,” co-host Steve Doocy opined. “Are there racists out there? Absolutely. Is it a majority of people? No. A majority of the people, according to the polls, simply don’t like his policies.”

“And certainly throwing around racist accusations, calling someone a racist certainly for disagreeing when they are indeed not, would undermine racism when it does occur,” Hasselbeck chimed in.

“That’s right,” Doocy agreed.

“There’s so much rude stuff toward 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in my lifetime,” Kilmeade said. “Reagan was dumb, remember. George Bush was incompetent and illegitimate. Bill Clinton, we know where he ended up with the Monica Lewinski stuff. Where was the racism there? This, to me, is a situation where you’ve gone six years with almost no criticism of the president.”

“But this is someone as powerful as Oprah instilling fear in those that may come to critique policy under a cloak of racism when it may not be there,” Hasselbeck declared. “So again, it undermines racism when it does occur.”

Since Winfrey actually was hoping to “undermine racism” by calling it out, Hasselbeck most likely meant that she was undermining the struggle against racism with her comments.

Watch this video from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Nov. 20, 2013.



  1. Reblogged this on Reasonably Liberal. and commented:
    This is a re-blog. Odd syntax at Fox and Friends. Not only did the “undermining racism” thing make no sense, but so did the comment “This, to me, is a situation where you’ve gone six years with almost no criticism of the president.”


  2. Hold on, Obama has gotten away with stuff that no other Anmerican President has been able to. People from all sides are afraid to criticize him because you Liberal Sheep will call them a Racist. It is a very dangerous time when we have a leader so focused on becoming a dictator and nobody stands up against it because that wanna-be dictator has the cover of race….. And it’s nice that Oprah is taling this smack these days. If she really had integrity she would have spewed her racism right out in public 30 years ago. Then let’s see how long this bigots show would have lasted. It was White Women who turned Oprah into a billionaire. I wonder how they feel to know all of this time that Oprah hated them behind closed doors?


    1. Spoken like a true Southern Republican Gentlelman and Bigot. Constitutionally aware Americans deserve to hear from haters like you — it makes us feel superior. Understanding and acceptance wins every time. UNFORTUNATELY, I’m sure you have no idea what I’m talking about.


      1. Actually, I am not a Republican or Tea Party Partisan. I lean Libertarian, and my social views would probably make you blush. But, as far as discrimination, even based on something ignorant like race, I have no problem with it at all. It liberty if an individual can not discriminate. I am sure you did your share of discrimination. You rejected people as friends or partners for silly reasons. When you bought a car, you didn’t just let the saleman pick the color. You had dozens of options and discriminated against every one but the one you chose. Isn’t it a great thing that you can do that?… And in your Utopian world, all humans hold hands and smile while rainbows drop gold from the sky. But in my world, I see cultures where every one is the same race, and they still don’t accept each other. But to you, somehow racism is still the issue….

        So, I really don’t care if Oprah is a diehard bigot. That is her right. But if she uses her hate to physically harm another individual, then I would have an issue with that particualr act. Not because she did it out of hatred, but because she infringed on anothers rights at that moment….


      2. Ok, then, Southern Racist Gentleman: I thank you for the lecture. You have as much right to expoise your inner feelings to the world as does Elisabeth Hasselbeck. The two of you could, no doubt, have some interesting philosophical conversations..


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