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Lawrence O’Donnell destroys O’Reilly’s racist rants with actual science

Lawrence O'Donnell blasts O'Reilly's 'narrow, uneducated' comments on Black Americans [MSNBC]

Lawrence O’Donnell blasts O’Reilly’s ‘narrow, uneducated’ comments on Black Americans [MSNBC]


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Citing decades of scholastic research, MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell rebuffed his Fox News counterpart Bill O’Reilly’s attempts to play “amateur sociologist” regarding the circumstances that led to the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012.

“Never mind that Trayvon Martin was the son of a very involved and loving father and never mind that [President] Barack Obama grew up without a father and went on to do rather well for himself and be a credit to his single mother,” O’Donnell said on Monday.

In the wake of the July 13 acquittal of Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman, O’Donnell explained, O’Reilly has used his network platform to sneer at “Hollywood people” and “derelict parents” within the African-American community while insisting that America’s history of slavery and institutional prejudice did nothing to foster the country’s current social climate.

“The struggles of Black America have nothing to do with slavery in Bill O’Reilly’s very narrow and uneducated mind,” O’Donnell said mockingly, before citing not only the 1965 Moynihan Report, but later studies by Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson and Harvard University professor William Julius Wilson.

“Professor Wilson and his friend, the former Harvard Professor [Daniel] Moynihan, would never consider discussing or analyzing family structure in the Black community if that discussion did not begin at slavery and include all the dynamic factors — good and bad — that have shaped the Black American experience since slavery,” O’Donnell said.

Watch O’Donnell take O’Reilly to task, as aired Monday on MSNBC, below.

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“The Soft Bigotry Of Low Expectations”

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The Last Word – Rewriting Washington on the I.R.S.

Lawrence O’Donnell brings up some great points about Speaker Boehner, the Washington Press Corp and more…


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The Last Word- Mitt Romney’s panic attack-filled week- Video

H/t: Democratic Underground

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Lawrence O’Donnell Rips Mitt Romney, Ted Nugent, and the Silent Republican Outrage Machine: VIDEO

This video is a couple of days old, yet note-worthy.  H/t:  View From The Middle Class

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Lawrence O’Donnell And Charles Blow Give George Zimmerman Pal Joe Oliver Epic Grilling

I saw Lawrence O’Donnell’s show last night and was absolutely floored by O’Donnell and Charles Blow (NY Times columnist) ability to dissect Joe Oliver’s story methodically and succinctly.


On Tuesday night’s The Last WordGeorge Zimmerman friend and former news anchor Joe Oliver finally ran into an interviewer who has beenwatching the game films, and the result was an epic two segments of television that left Oliver’s premise, that he knows Zimmerman well enough to know he couldn’t have killed Trayvon Martin in cold blood, in tatters.

This interview, with host Lawrence O’Donnell(possibly still steaming from last night’s walkout by Zimmerman’s lawyer) and The New York Times‘ Charles Blow, is amazing on many levels, and covers many of the points I’ve raised about themisleading, nonsensical things Oliver has been saying, and challenging the closeness of his relationship with Zimmerman. By the second segment, when WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart tagged in, Oliver began to actually dispute the characterization of him as a “close friend,” and told all three that “My role in this just doesn’t make sense.”

Some highlights include Oliver’s weird evasion of O’Donnell’s questions about whether Oliver and Zimmerman were ever co-workers. By the end of the second segment, Oliver acknowledged that “we’re co-workers.” He also made several stunning admissions, including volunteering that “George may have been drinking” the night he was arrested in 2005, then quickly adding that he’s never, ever known Zimmerman to drink.

Aside from the blistering barrage of questions, there were a few unrelated, priceless moments, like when O’Donnell is quizzing Oliver about anger management counseling, and looks like he’s about to slug some guy at the bar. Then, toward the end of the first segment, some of the lights go out in Oliver’s studio, leaving him in a sinister half-light. That should have been a clue to Oliver that things were not going to get better.

To be clear, there’s nothing wrong with a friend trying to help out a friend by attesting to his fine character, but what Oliver was doing went well beyond that.

I can’t figure out, for the life of me, why Oliver hung in there for two whole segments of this, but the result was as compelling as anything I’ve seen on cable news. I’ve seen O’Donnell do the pit bull thing before, with varying results, but tonight, he got a subject he could really sink his teeth into.

Here’s the interview, in two parts.


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Donald Trump Slams Lawrence O’Donnell: You’re A Poor Man’s Ed Schultz And Al Sharpton

Lawrence O’Donnell cannot stand Donald Trump and lets his audience know this as often as he can…


On Thursday, Donald Trump lit into MSNBC’sLawrence O’Donnell on Twitter, going on a lengthy tirade, mocking him that his show will soon be cancelled. “Lawrence O’Donnell will soon have another cancelled show to go along with his three cancelled TV series, “Mister Sterling”, “The Kill Point” and “First Monday”,” Trump tweeted.

RELATED: Lawrence O’Donnell Breaks It To Donald Trump: ‘Romney Knows’ He Is ‘America’s Biggest Loser’

“@lawrence is a poor man’s Ed Schultz (who replaced @Lawrence) and Al Sharpton,” Trump continued. “He was moved to 10PM due to bad ratings and taken off Friday due to being totally irrelevant. He desperately needs to keep making up false statements about me to get attention. Without clips of me, his show would be completely dead and he knows it. As I have said many times before @Lawrence is the dumbest man on television. He is only angry because I would never have wasted my time doing his completely irrelevant show.”

O’Donnell responded humorously that The Donald was wrong:

(h/t HuffPo)

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The Last Word – Ginger White apologizes to Cain’s wife

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Ginger White said Thursday she was “deeply sorry” for any pain she might have caused Gloria Cain or her family.  The Atlanta woman, who alleged carrying on an affair with presidential candidate Herman Cain, made the apology during an exclusive interview with MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell.

“My heart bleeds for this woman because I am a woman and being in a situation like this cannot be fun. And I am deeply, deeply sorry if I have caused any hurt to her and to his kids, to his family,” said White, a mother of two. “I never wanted to hurt anyone and I’m deeply sorry.

“When initially asked if she had a message for Cain’s wife, she replied “no comment.”

White said that’s the first time she was ever asked that question, and it took her “aback.”White, who described Cain as an “intelligent” and “fun-loving” guy, said their relationship offered her a “getaway” from the normal “hustle and bustle” of daily life.

She said the presidential candidate gave her cash payments during their alleged 13-year affair though, she declined to give the exact amount to MSNBC.

White also said she did not take any money to come forward with her story. “This has never been political,” she said. “This has been a very, very difficult situation for me, for my family, his family. It’s been very tough.”

Continued here…

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MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell rips ‘unprovoked police brutality’ at ‘Occupy Wall Street’

Speaking truth to power, the Lawrence O’Donnell way…

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MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell on Monday condemned the “unprovoked police brutality” that occurred at the “Occupy Wall Street” protest over the weekend.

Video recordings showed female protesters being rounded up in an orange-colored mesh pen by police and subsequently sprayed with mace without any provocation, and other protesters beingdragged across the street by police.

“The reason that man is being assaulted by the police is because of what he has in his hand,” O’Donnell said, while showing a video clip of a man with a video camera being tackled by police. “He’s holding a professional grade video camera. Since the Rodney King beating was caught on an amateur video camera, American police officers have known video cameras are their worst enemy. They will do anything they can to stop you from legally videotaping how they handle their responsibility to serve and protect you.”

“Everything those cops did this weekend to those protesters they’ve done to someone else when no video camera was rolling,” he later added.

Watch video, courtesy of MSNBC, below:

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The debt ceiling panic mode

The Last Word

Lawrence explains why the normally disciplined Congressional Republicans are now in all-out panic in the most difficult negotiation they have faced to date with President Obama.

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