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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.

 

President Obama awards Medal of Freedom to Clinton, Oprah, others

USA Today

President Obama paid tribute Wednesday to Democratic predecessor Bill Clinton, and both of them honored a presidential icon: John F. Kennedy.

Obama awarded Clinton and 15 other Americans the Presidential Medal of Freedom, created 50 years ago by Kennedy. Other recipients included television legend Oprah Winfrey, country music artist Loretta Lynn, women’s rights leader Gloria Steinem, baseball great Ernie Banks and pioneering astronaut Sally Ride.

“These are men and women who in their extraordinary lives remind us all of the beauty of the human spirit,” Obama said during a ceremony at the White House.

MORE: The Obama and Clinton relationship over the years

Obama and Clinton later traveled to Arlington National Cemetery for a solemn ceremony at the eternal flame that marks Kennedy’s grave. Friday is the 50th anniversary of the assassination that transformed American politics and culture.

The delegation to the graveside included members of the Kennedy family, as well as a former official who may soon seek the presidency herself: former first lady and secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton.

On a sunny but chilly day, Obama, the Clintons, and first lady Michelle Obama placed a wreath before the twin graves of President Kennedy and wife Jacqueline. The Obamas and the Clintons held their hands over their hearts as a military bugler played Taps.

Obama also pays tribute to JFK at a dinner tonight for current and past Medal of Freedom recipients.

Like their presidential predecessors, Obama and Clinton have often paid homage to the memory of the charismatic Kennedy.

The Kennedy family gave Obama crucial support during his 2008 presidential campaign. The endorsement of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., the late president’s brother, helped Obama win that year’s Democratic primary race — over Hillary Clinton.

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10 things you need to know today: August 10, 2013

President Obama addresses Americans' surveillance fears.

President Obama addresses Americans’ surveillance fears.

The Week

Obama announces NSA reforms, Connecticut grapples with a deadly plane crash, and more

1. OBAMA ANNOUNCES NSA REFORMS
President Barack Obama announced a series of steps meant to quell criticism over the NSA’s electronic surveillance program on Friday. His reforms include appointing an NSA privacy officer, creating an outside advisory panel, and releasing the Justice Department’s rationale for the NSA’s surveillance programs. [The Washington Post]
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2. REBELS ATTACK CONVOY CARRYING SYRIAN PRESIDENT
A convoy carrying Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was believed to be the target of a mortar attack as it made its way to a mosque in Damascus. Assad escaped unharmed. Two separate rebel groups claimed responsibility for the attack. [The Guardian]
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3. SMALL PLANE CRASHES INTO CONNECTICUT HOMES
A small plane plunged into a suburban neighborhood near the Tweed New Haven Airport on Friday. Two homes collapsed and caught fire as a result of the crash, the cause of which remains unknown. Several people are feared dead. [CBS News]
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4. ISRAELI DRONE STRIKE KILLS 5 IN EGYPT
An Israeli drone strike killed five suspected Islamic militants in Egypt on Friday. The attack happened in el-Agra, near the Israeli border, which could signal a new level of cooperation between the two governments. [Associated Press]
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5. TURKISH AIRLINES PILOTS KIDNAPPED IN LEBANON
Gunmen stopped a bus carrying a Turkish Airlines crew near Beirut’s major airport on Friday and kidnapped the pilot and co-pilot, taking them to an unknown location. No group has claimed responsibility. Experts believe it could be related to Turkey’s support of the rebels fighting the Assad regime in Syria, which borders Lebanon. [Los Angeles Times]
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6. MAN ALLEGEDLY KILLS WIFE AND POSTS PICTURE OF HER BODY ON FACEBOOK
Derek Medina, 31, confessed to fatally shooting his wife in their Florida home on his Facebook page. He also shared a photo of what he claimed was his wife’s dead body. Medina is being charged by South Miami police with first-degree murder. [CNN]
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7. MAN SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS FOR TRYING TO BLOW UP FEDERAL RESERVE
Quazi Nafis, 22, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for conspiring with undercover agents to set off a 1,000-pound bomb under the Federal Reserve building last year. Nafis, speaking in a Brooklyn courtroom, apologized, saying, “I’m really ashamed that I believed in radical Islam.” [New York Post]
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8. PUTIN PLANS TO FREE RUSSIA’S ECONOMIC CRIMINALS
Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed offering amnesty to many of the country’s white-collar criminals in jail for “economic crimes,” which include fraud, embezzlement, counterfeiting, and tax evasion. He claims Russia “overreacted” to the threat of organized crime and wants to free entrepreneurs as part of an economic stimulus plan. [The New York Times]
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9. ALEC BALDWIN TO GET SHOW ON MSNBC
Actor Alec Baldwin will get his own show on MSNBC, Mediaite learned from “a senior source in the cable news industry.” Baldwin, an outspoken liberal, will reportedly be taking an open slot in the network’s schedule at 10 p.m. on Friday nights. [Mediaite]
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10. OPRAH CLAIMS SWISS SHOP WAS RACIST
The Swiss Tourism Office apologized after Oprah Winfrey claimed to the media that a shop assistant in Zurich refused to show her a handbag because it was probably “too expensive” for her. While not cheap, the $38,000 handbag was well within Oprah’s price range, as she reportedly made $77 million last year. [ABC News]

‘Evil To Compare These Events’: Glenn Beck Rips Oprah For Linking Trayvon’s Killing To Emmett Till’s

I will always contend that Glenn Beck has no clue about African American culture.  Did he actually hear what Oprah said?  I think not.

Mediaite

This week, Oprah Winfrey revealed that, in her mind, the killing of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent acquittal of George Zimmerman for that alleged crime is the “same thing” as the 1955 murder of Emmett Till. Conservative radio host Glenn Beck called Winfrey’s statement “evil” on Tuesday and observed that “these are two cases that have nothing in common.”

“Oprah Winfrey would get pummeled for this statement if she wasn’t Oprah Winfrey and she wasn’t on the left,” Beck said.

“I can’t think what they have in common, honestly,” he opined. He called Winfrey’s comments a “slap in the face to the memory of Emmett Till and anyone who suffered during segregation and the Civil Rights era.”

Beck recalled that Till was tortured and killed the “crime” of flirting with a white woman. His killers were acquitted by a 1955 Mississippi jury but later bragged to the press about their roles in the killing of the teenage boy.

“Does this sound so far like the Zimmerman case at all?” Beck asked. “Doesn’t to me.”

“How are these stories like each other at all?” he continued. “It’s offensive, and I would go so far as to call it evil to compare these events.”

It’s not the same as torturing and executing a 14-year-old and bragging about it, it’s a disgrace. It diminishes what African-Americans suffered through.

“The truth matters,” Beck concluded. “And this is what we get from the most trusted and biggest celebrity in America.”

Watch the clip via TheBlaze TV

Nugent’s new racist rant: ‘The blacks’ are to blame for their own oppression

Ted Nugent is basically a bigot and a publicity hound.  I get that.

However, there are many outlets that give him a platform to perpetuate his bigotry including Fox News.  Right-wing radio gives him an even wider platform to spew his lies and misinformation about minorities.  I also get that he is pissed off at Barack Obama being elected POTUS.  My reasoning for posting his vitriol is to show that his type of thinking is not unique in our country.  It’s actually wider spread than many realize.

The man has every right to express his feelings but hate speech is hate speech and Nugent,  Limbaugh and their ilk seem to dominate the market on it right now.

Oh, by the way, I have an explicit right to voice my opinion on this issue as well.

See also:  Rush Limbaugh: ‘I Can Now’ Say ‘N—a’ (AUDIO)

The Raw Story

Ex-rocker turned right-wing agitator Ted Nugent called in to Alex Jones’ radio show on Tuesday and unleashed an epic racist tirade, blaming African-Americans for “the black problem” and claiming that all real racism was eliminated from the U.S. in the 1960s.According to Media Matters, the gun and bow-hunting advocate said that African-Americans need to put their “heart and soul into being honest, law-abiding, [and] delivering excellence at every move in your life” and then they’ll be, in his mind, successful.

The “Wang Dang Sweet Poontang” auteur has been on something of a tear since the Zimmerman verdict over the weekend, hurling invective at supporters of Trayvon Martin — including the slain teen’s grieving parents, who he chided for raising a “gangsta wannabe, Skittles hoodie boy.”

On Wednesday, Nugent continued to blame African-Americans for their own oppression, insisting that “(t)he worst racism against blacks is documented and undeniable by blacks” and “The blacks have bought into this lie that somehow they’re oppressed when the President is black, the Attorney General is black, governors are black, senators are black, congressmen are black, mayors are black, Oprah Winfrey, the richest people in the world are black. It is a dirty lie.”

Calling civil rights advocates “race baiters” who are part of a “racist industry” that has supposedly convinced African-Americans that they are helpless and “incapable of independence,” Nugent said African-Americans could “solve the black problem tonight” if only they would put their “heart and soul into being honest, law-abiding, [and] delivering excellence at every move in your life.”

“I would like to reach out to black America,” he continued, “and tell them to absolutely reject the lie of Al ‘Not So’ Sharpton, and Jesse Jackson, and the Black Panthers and Eric Holder and Barack Obama. They are enslaving you and the real shackles on black America, 100 percent of the time come from black America.”

“(R)acism against blacks was gone by the time I started touring the nation in the late [19]60s,” Nugent said, “Nothing of consequence existed to deter or compromise a black American’s dream if they got an alarm clock, if they set it, if they took good care of themselves, they remained clean and sober, if they spoke clearly, and they demanded excellence of themselves and provided excellence to their employers.”

Sarah Palin’s ‘oddly charming’ Today show appearance

First of all I’m still trying to get over the fact that Sarah Palin was participating with the “lamestream media”!

The Week

Mama Grizzly makes her much-hyped debut as co-host of the morning show juggernaut, impressing critics with her poise, energy, and willingness to laugh at herself

Sarah Palin joined the "lamestream media" on Tuesday as guest host of the "Today" show, impressing critics by poking fun at her 2008 struggle to name her favorite newspapers.

Sarah Palin joined the “lamestream media” on Tuesday as guest host of the “Today” show, impressing critics by poking fun at her 2008 struggle to name her favorite newspapers.

Best Opinion:  Newsday, Politico, Atlantic

Sarah Palin’s one-day stint as co-host of the Today show was billed as a showdown of sortsbetween the former vice presidential nominee and Katie Couric, the interviewer who caused Palin endless embarrassment during the ’08 campaign and who was co-hosting rival morning show Good Morning Americaon Tuesday. Sorry, Katie: Palin may have won this round, with critics hailing her performance as “oddly charming,” “magnetic,” and “poised.” During her Todaycameo, Palin predictably blasted President Obama, interviewed Tori Spelling, and weighed in on pop culture issues like Oprah Winfrey’s failing OWN network, Ashton Kutcher’s casting as Steve Jobs, and Jessica Simpson’s pregnancy weight gain. (Watch a video below.) Was her appearance as charming as critics suggest?

Palin was terrific: This was a “slam dunk for Palin,” says Verne Gay at Newsday. She shined with a “natural, born-to-camera ease;” appeared “poised, relaxed (more or less), and confident” next to her more seasoned co-hosts; and peppered the show with just the right amount of political savvy to appease her supporters. It certainly didn’t hurt that she essentially “got a wonderful free ride for two hours,” often serving less as a traditional co-host and more as an honored guest who was encouraged to enjoy herself and crack wise on pop culture.
“Sarah Palin on Today show was a slam dunk”

And she had the right attitude: Palin’s self-deprecating humor stole the show, say MJ Lee and Tim Mak at Politico. In her first shot on set, Palin perused a pile of newspapers, while she was later shown in her dressing room scribbling notes on the back of her hand — tongue-in-cheek nods to two of her most famous political gaffes. Palin later drew roars of laughter when she cracked that a lady on the street saw her entering 30 Rock and giddily told her husband, “Oh honey, I told you, Tina Fey is here.” She played nearly the entire appearance for laughs at her own expense, which was a smart move for the polarizing political star.
“Sarah Palin pokes fun at herself on Today

But the whole thing was so strange: Apparently, “mainstream television will happily subject itself to endless abuse in pursuit of ratings,” says David A. Graham at The Atlantic. How else does one explain the “bizarre spectacle” of Sarah Palin on Today? During her interview with Lauer, Palin blasted the “lamestream media.” The irony that she was voicing these sentiments “while co-hosting a show on one of the Big Three networks” was apparentlly lost on her — leading Lauer to quip that her presence “technically makes you a part of the lamestream media.”

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Oprah On Palin Run: ‘I Believe In The Intelligence Of The American Public’…

…and so do I.

Huffington Post

Oprah spoke to Parade magazine for its latest issue, and one of the subjects that came up was a potential run by Sarah Palin for the presidency.

Oprah has dodged the question about her thoughts on Palin before, most notably in an interview with Barbara Walters, where she pointedly refused to answer whether she thought Palin was qualified. This time, she said the public would “fall in love” with Palin if they watched her reality show. The interviewer then asked if the thought of a Palin run scared her.

Oprah’s response? “It does not scare me because I believe in the intelligence of the American public.”

(H/T Political Wire)

The Mortalizing of Barack Obama

This was one of Time Magazine’s Top 10 Overreported Stories.  It’s relevant enough to uh…report on it. 

Time Magazine

A movement founded on the promise that “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for” was always at risk of landing with a bump. 

 As President Obama himself has noted, the infectious poetry that fuelled his 2008 campaign naturally gave way to the turgid prose of governance and its attendant compromises.

 In order to ensure congressional passage of a legislative foundation for health care reform, he disappointed progressives by choosing not to fight for the public option. And his dreams of post-partisanship were quickly dashed on the jagged rocks of a conservative backlash pressing the Republicans to resist his agenda at every turn.

Still, despite a daily dose of media predictions of doom and gloom for his young presidency, Obama’s Gallup job-approval rating never dipped into the 30% range, as it had done for two-term Presidents Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan during their first two years in office.

 Obama may never have been “the One,” as Oprah Winfrey dubbed him, but he might not be doing quite as badly as his headlines suggest.

Politico’s Politi-Quotes 12-10-10

 

The week’s top 10 quotes in politics:

 “It’s alive! That’s just a joke guys, don’t worry.” – President Barack Obama, joking as he looked into a microscope while visiting a biotech classroom. 

“Ok I’m starting to scream at Obama on tv the way I used to with Bush – not a good sign.” – HBO’s Bill Maher, suddenly souring, via Twitter, on the president. 

“He is whining, and no one likes a whining president.” – Sen. Lindsey Graham, on Obama. 

“Tragedy comes in threes. Pearl Harbor, Elizabeth Edwards’s passing and Barack Obama’s announcement of extending the tax cuts, which is good, but also extending the unemployment benefits.” – Christine O’Donnell, philosophizing. 

“You blowhard!” – David Letterman, to Bill O’Reilly. 

“I’m not going to answer.” – Oprah Winfrey, on whether Sarah Palin is qualified to be president. 

“I have another dead horse to beat.” – A White House reporter, beginning his question to Press Secretary Robert Gibbs during a briefing. 

“I saw him the other day and I was amazed by it, he must be 300-plus, and that’s something he’s just gotta deal with because you’re not going to say, ‘I’m going to cut the budget,’ well, how about starting with supper?” – MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. 

“He’s stubborn.” – Gibbs, explaining how Obama has successfully stayed away from cigarettes. 

“I have heard that the TSA will be handling more packages this Christmas than the UPS.” – British Ambassador Nigel Sheinwald, joking about airport security.