Soledad O’Brien: Okay, you can stop tweeting me about Critical Race Theory now

posted at 4:15 pm on March 12, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via the Daily Caller. I sympathize with the Political Math guy’s take on this but this clip is so dumb that you should watch it for the entertainment value, if nothing else. The key bit comes at 2:50. Remember when Joel Pollak described CRT as an argument that “the civil rights movement was a sham and that white supremacy is the order and it must be overthrown,” earning instant sneers from O’Brien? She restates his position here for her guest, Professor Dorothy Brown, as “he said Critical Race Theory is all about white supremacy.” Brown seems taken aback by that, understandably — the way O’Brien phrases it, it sounds as if Pollak was claiming that CRT was itself white supremacist in nature, which is insane. So, good job to everyone involved here in debunking something that no one is claiming. The other possibility is that Brown understood Joel’s point perfectly well despite O’Brien’s mangled attempt to restate it and simply thought his description of the discipline was wrong. If that’s the case, we have an even bigger problem. Go read Jim Treacher’s post to see why, paying special attention to the law review excerpt he found and who the author is. Either Joel’s being sandbagged here by an academic who agrees with him when the cameras aren’t on or the whole conversation’s FUBAR because O’Brien couldn’t get his position right when asking her question.

For the record, National Review checked with Harvard Professor Stephan Thernstrom on Friday to settle the great Pollak/O’Brien CRT dispute and got this response:

Stephan Thernstrom, a professor of social history at Harvard, explains to National Review Online that he sees Pollak’s explanation as “a little crude but essentially right. O’Brien is simply blowing smoke.”

Thernstrom explains that “CRT does boil down to the assumption that white supremacy lives on, only in more subtle ways. Proponents would refer more often to ‘white privilege’ than ‘white supremacy,’ but I’m sure you could find them using the former term as well.”

He notes, however, that Pollak “certainly” went too far in his claims about what CRT proponents think about the civil rights movement: “They admire it greatly because it was a mass movement by blacks and led by blacks. . . . But they would maintain that the actual legislation and court decisions that resulted from it were very minor advances that made hardly a dent in the oppressive structures created by whites to keep blacks down.”

Tom Maguire went dumpster diving through the NYT’s archives and found that their treatment of CRT over the years dovetails with Pollak’s definition too. O’Brien could have conceded the accuracy of his definition during their interview and stuck with the argument that his association with Bell means nothing when assessing Obama’s motives, but she and CNN evidently felt obliged to go the extra mile of trying to make it look like Pollak quite literally didn’t know what he was talking about. Go figure that Joel, a Harvard Law grad, knows what’s being taught at Harvard Law.


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Who Was Derrick Bell? Radical, Racialist and Anti-Semite

Resist We Much on March 12, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Lunatic fringe and wing nut issues are like gasoline and fire. Makes me wonder if Dr. Bell is running for some official position I wasn’t aware of. Perhaps if he wasn’t deceased, God rest his soul, Obama might appoint him to the supreme court or something…

And here I was, thinking this election is going to be about the expansion of government and the economy.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 12, 2012 at 8:24 PM

apocalypse on March 12, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Oren Oracle-is that you?
///

annoyinglittletwerp on March 12, 2012 at 8:31 PM

double down.

We are all Breitbart now.

NoFanofLibs on March 12, 2012 at 4:25 PM

This is the way it should always be handled. No mercy, no pity, and no compassion for these a$$holes. Let her burn.

MooCowBang on March 12, 2012 at 8:40 PM

A simple question to all my conservative fellow Americans.

Can we just give in to the liberal ideology, let it take over, and watch it collapse, just to finally be rid of it?

Painful, but so is we we’re going through right now.

BobMbx on March 12, 2012 at 8:41 PM

And here I was, thinking this election is going to be about the expansion of government and the economy.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 12, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Ah…no. This particular election is going to be about vengence. Its pretty obvious…where have you been?

MooCowBang on March 12, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Can we just give in to the liberal ideology, let it take over, and watch it collapse, just to finally be rid of it?

Painful, but so is we we’re going through right now.

BobMbx on March 12, 2012 at 8:41 PM

As tempting as it sounds to just watch them implode, we would also be caught up in the thermalnuclear holocaust that would obviously ensue from letting them run wild. No, my friend…we have to corral them like wild pigs, and either tame them for fresh eating (mmm mmm pork-ocrat kabobs) or have derpocrat hunting season once a year.

Letting them take over would be too much hassle. Just lookit the OWS crowd. Would you want that level of cockroach infested insanity, 24/7, throughout the entire U.S.?

MooCowBang on March 12, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Has anyone ever had an in depth discussion with a lefty? In my experience, after the bumper sticker runs its course, all that remains are the insults.

Nemesis of Jihad on March 12, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Really…its all they ever had. You just have to pat them on the head and tell them to chew slowly. Otherwise, who knows what they will try to swallow…and choke on.

“Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t so.”
-Ronaldus Maximus, Grand Defender of the Republic.

MooCowBang on March 12, 2012 at 9:01 PM

no, it’s an attempt to change the discussion from the disastrous rollout of breibart’s ‘bombshell,’ but i feel for you guys, i do. i’d probably do the same.

sesquipedalian on March 12, 2012 at 4:48 PM

You mean disastrous like…not knowing what the hell youre talking about, challenging an expert on a subject you know nothing about, babbling like a fool on live tv about something you know nothing about, and making sure the entire world also knows that you dont know what the hell youre babbling about?

Liberals…seriously, lol. Every time…every single time…are always just beyond craptastic, lol.

MooCowBang on March 12, 2012 at 9:06 PM

The suckage of misspelling your own nick is suckage never recovered from.

Just sayin’

MNHawk on March 12, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Hawk, lol…Im still chuckling. +1.

MooCowBang on March 12, 2012 at 9:10 PM

MNHawk on March 12, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Damn bro, you are on fire tonite, lol.

MooCowBang on March 12, 2012 at 9:16 PM

The suckage of misspelling your own nick is suckage never recovered from.

Just sayin’

MNHawk on March 12, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Not true. One thing he could do to recover would be to post something really deranged, like, say,

I bet when Breitbart woke up in hell, he wasn’t too amused that there was no one around that would buy his BS any longer.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 12, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Suicide by ban-hammer.

RINO in Name Only on March 12, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Of course the biggest bombshell in this whole discussion (and was the main thrust of the release of these tapes) hasn’t even been touched on, which is why we are just now discussing this and we didn’t have this discussion 4 years ago!!!

Koa on March 12, 2012 at 4:39 PM

I hear it has been widely available in some Public Broadcasting Archive deep in the bowels of an office in Boston, MA. It’s not their fault you couldn’t be bothered to look for it. /

And here I was, thinking teabaggers being so upset with the incompetence of Obama were actually going to run on his record on the economy and such.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 12, 2012 at 4:40 PM

We can do more than one thing at a time, unlike your closeted homosexual muslim, Obama. Does he have ADHD? I hear he can’t even sit through a National Security Briefing like a big boy.

Night Owl on March 12, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Are you guys following Soledad O’Brien’s twitter since she said “Stop tweeting me!” on the air today? It’s hilarious. Here’s a recent one:

@Soledad_OBrien is so clueless, Debbie Wasserman-Shultz is embarrassed for her

LOL

Rational Thought on March 12, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Are you guys following Soledad O’Brien’s twitter since she said “Stop tweeting me!” on the air today? It’s hilarious. Here’s a recent one:

@Soledad_OBrien is so clueless, Debbie Wasserman-Shultz is embarrassed for her

LOL

Rational Thought on March 12, 2012 at 9:56 PM

she is such a tool (and obviously a dim subsidized bulb) that this is great fun to watch.

screwauger on March 12, 2012 at 9:59 PM

The Book of Obama: The Ganza Megillah

The story of Purim is found in the Book of Esther, a long, detailed story known as the “Megillah.” In Yiddish, the term “Ganza Megillah” has a number of meanings — usually a long story — which is how I am using it now. This week was Purim, the start of the post-mortem releases of the Breitbart tapes on Obama. This is the beginning of the Breitbart effort to force the first open media focus on the racism at the heart of so called Critical Race Studies and an honest examination of who Obama really is.

I think all three — Purim, Breitbart and Obama — are related in this Megillah.

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/03/the_book_of_obama_the_ganza_megillah.html#ixzz1orPUDstC

If you believe in merit, truth , justice and a post racial America you must do everything you can to defeat Obama this year. If you voted for him in 2008, recognize that you were duped by a bunch of fast talking political manipulators, academics and media enablers. If you don’t believe merit, truth, equality of treatment under the law and justice are anything but social constructs to keep the dominant class in power, be ready for more skin- of- your- teeth Purim- like survival tests.

Green eyed Lady on March 12, 2012 at 10:18 PM

No…Soledad, it’s not over until we TELL YOU it’s over.

Now shut up and take your medicine, ya brain dead flack.

SuperCool on March 12, 2012 at 11:26 PM

It would appear “the petals are off the rose” of the next ‘Katie Couric wannabe’.

listens2glenn on March 12, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Are you guys following Soledad O’Brien’s twitter since she said “Stop tweeting me!” on the air today? It’s hilarious. Here’s a recent one:

“@Soledad_OBrien is so clueless, Debbie Wasserman-Shultz is embarrassed for her”

LOL

Rational Thought on March 12, 2012 at 9:56 PM

.
Ooooh, OUCH! : )

listens2glenn on March 12, 2012 at 11:39 PM

“We have moved on, people.”

Onto the floor butt up just waiting for mmmm….mmmm….mmmm.

Just another jouhornolist!

dmann on March 13, 2012 at 12:27 AM

Stop Tweeting @Soledad_OBrien.
I mean it. #StopTweetingSoledad

It’s interesting that Soledad is a Spanish word meaning solitude or loneliness. Soledad isn’t lonely anymore.

Gladtobehere on March 13, 2012 at 12:40 AM

Tweet her some more. Her massive ignorance and unprofessionalism demands it.

rayra on March 13, 2012 at 2:09 AM

In fact, this calls for a whole new sort of twitter campaign, an ‘educate the stupid journalists, one tweet at a time’.
Give them a drip-torture of facts their woefully blinkered and ideologically vapid “educations” completely left out.
Things like:
The 1st Amend. says freedom OF feligion, not freedom FROM.
‘Nazi’ is a contraction of ‘national socialist party’.
Martin Luther King was a Republican, like his father.
Gun Control was started by the Democrat KKK, to make killing blacks easier.
The United States was founded as a representative Republic, not a Democracy.
More (actual) children drown in buckets and toilets than are ‘killed by guns’ each year, according to FBI and CDC stats.
Bill Ayers set actual bombs but calls Brightbart a bomb-thrower.
Josh Sugarmann of VPC/Brady illegally operates his DC FFL out of VA.
Conservatives don’t care that Obama is black, we care that he’s Red.
KGB files released after collapse of the Soviet Union reveal McCarthy was correct about the level of communist infiltration.
Obama won local office as a member of the openly communist ‘New Party’ in Chicago.
Obama has used three different social security numbers.
Barry Sotero held an Indonesian passport.
Valerie Jarrett is a slum queen in Chicago and is facing potential indictment.
Wind power accounts for 0% of the world’s power generation.
(Actual) Machineguns are legal for private ownership in 41 States.
Suppressors (‘Silencers’) are legal for private ownership in 40 States.

Tweet this kind of stuff to every ‘journalist’ fraud out there. Maybe there’s a single one of them with some professionally integrity, whose uninformed stance on an issue might be altered from their progressive groupthink.

rayra on March 13, 2012 at 2:26 AM

‘The Civil Rights Acts passed on more Republican votes than Democrat.’

rayra on March 13, 2012 at 2:30 AM

O’Brian shows how deeply furrowed brows are not always a good indicator of intelligence. In fact, they are not a good indicator at all, although they wannabe!

PS. Hey Jazz Shaw, I want my True Grits back!!

Whatevah!!

Sherman1864 on March 13, 2012 at 3:14 AM

“We have moved on, people.”

Translation: Soledad O’Brien just had her HEAD handed to her on a platter…she is now looking for a place to hide and whimper, hoping her arrogance,shrillness and stupidity will be forgotten… BUT, THEY WON’T !

Tweet Ms Soledad O. .. Remind her that you will never, ever “move on” !

Breitbat lives!

BigSven on March 13, 2012 at 6:06 AM

Given the sad desperation with which the Right is promoting the utterly unexceptional Obama/Bell video,

urban elitist on March 12, 2012 at 7:07 PM

The inner city s**thole resident does have a good point, here. Just because leftists are too utterly ashamed of who they are and what they believe to share with us, doesn’t mean we don’t already recognize a Marxist piece of garbage for being a Marxist piece of garbage, anyway.

Breitbart showing 0bama as a Marxist piece of garbage from way back, to this very day, isn’t news for anyone with an IQ above room temperature.

MNHawk on March 13, 2012 at 7:27 AM

That’s some funny stuff. She’d like her political hackery to disappear? Like, nobody should remember her be-clowing yourself?

I don’t think so, you sh!t your bed, now sleep in it.

FineasFinn on March 13, 2012 at 8:24 AM

is there a way to tweet w/o twitter?

screwauger on March 13, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Hey Soledaddy! Maybe you moved on beyotch but I haven’t. You are so in the tank for Obama, it’s one reason your ratings will never rise. CNN is a joke!

Atlanta Media Guy on March 13, 2012 at 9:04 AM

pulled of soledaddy’s tweet feed, priceless

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=S86RxhZT9zA

screwauger on March 13, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Dorothy Brown says at 4:50 “Professor Bell’s argument is: ‘You know, maybe if we had gotten FULLY FUNDED SEPARATE-BUT-EQUAL, that might have been a better alternative to what we have today.’”
And what do we have today? Integrated and equal.
The Left is in full Octopus mode: they are inking the water to confuse and evade their righteous enemies.

WyattsTorch on March 13, 2012 at 9:57 AM

pulled of soledaddy’s tweet feed, priceless

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=S86RxhZT9zA

screwauger on March 13, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Means nothing, Kira’s is clearly not a real authentic black person. /s

SWalker on March 13, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Looking at federal court decisions in terms of race is NOT a theory, just a technique at best. A theory implies propositions on certain matters. This academic is simply being non-informative to cover for Obama. She was not about to discuss Bell’s ideas and the ineffective interviewer let her get by with it.

Chessplayer on March 13, 2012 at 11:27 AM

But, but, but….O’Brien has the VISION, so it’s unfair to expect her to either have correct ‘facts’ or to listen and be confused by real, correct ‘facts’. lol

I read part of Bell’s book when it came out, and remember a faculty discussion at my U. where Bell’s statement about his mission is life was to harass White Men. That hasn’t changed.

Bell is not dumb, he is just another Black Racist like Rev. Wright. He is so fixated on his hatred for Whites that no other posibilities exist.

dahni on March 13, 2012 at 11:42 AM

So, not only does the interview fail due to O’brien’s egregious “broadstroke” of Pollack’s claim about CRT, but also you have a professor that may know what to do while examining data relevant to the study of CRT but doesn’t actually know and apparently can’t articulate the theory itself.

Obrien ask Ms. Brown what CRT is and she offers up the process of CRT- “it attempts to explain judicial decisions by asking what does race have to do with it. It looks at race in america.”

This does not tell us what the theory is professor!

The Pythagorean theory is not “well, we look at triangles and try to find some relationship between its dimensions.” The theory is what you conclude after looking at all those relationships in a methodical process.

Obrien could’ve saved the interview (but roasted herself) if she would have immediately asked Ms. Brown, “so, what does the CRT community conclude when they look at race in american and ask the question ‘what does race have to do with it’?”

Guaranteed the honest answer is very close to what Pollack proposed- CRT holds that law is bent to the white supremacist perspective on race.

beselfish on March 13, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Picture of annoyinglittletwerp

apocalypse on March 12, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Oren Oracle-is that you? ///

annoyinglittletwerp on March 12, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Annoyinglittletwerp aka the Lisa Murkowski of Hotair

apocalypse on March 13, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Soledad O’Brien would no doubt argue that she was hired only for her exceptional skills and if she is ever fired will fire a lawsuit claiming that the action was taken only because she is an Hispanic woman. Of course, the only reason she was hired was because she is a leftist Hispanic woman who can read a teleprompter, not because of any particular brilliance.

Colony14 on March 13, 2012 at 3:44 PM

I’m waiting for the next Breitbart shoe to drop.

FerdtheMoonCat on March 13, 2012 at 11:54 PM

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