MSNBC protects the meme any way it can

posted at 9:21 am on August 29, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

The cast and management at MSNBC really, really want their viewers — all 20 of them now, I believe — to understand that the Republican Party is raaaaaaaaaaaacist, and that the GOP convention is nothing more than a bunch of white men talking and applauding.  They are so desperate to sell their meme latent Republican racism that they simply averted their eyes every time a speaker that didn’t fit their lone talking point took the stage:

When popular Tea Party candidate Ted Cruz, the GOP nominee for Senate, took the stage, MSNBC cut away from the Republican National Convention and the Hispanic Republican from Texas’ speech.

MSNBC stayed on commercial through former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis’ speech, as well. Davis, who recently became a Republican, is black.

Then, when Puerto Rican Governor Luis Fortuno’s wife Luce’ Vela Fortuño took the stage minutes later, MSNBC hosts Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews opted to talk over the First Lady’s speech.

And Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval? Noticeably missing from MSNBC, too.

Mia Love, a black candidate for Congress in Utah, was also ignored by MSNBC.

Say, wouldn’t the practice of ignoring people of color be considered raaaaaaaaaaaacist?  And what did MSNBC use as a replacement for all of these speakers last night?

In lieu of airing speeches from former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis, a black American; Mia Love, a black candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Utah; and Texas senatorial hopeful Ted Cruz, a Latino American, MSNBC opted to show commentary anchored by Rachel Maddow from Rev. Al Sharpton, Ed Schultz, Chris Matthews, Chris Hayes and Steve Schmidt.

No doubt, they were trying to keep their 20 19 17 viewers up to date with all of the antics of raaaaaaaaaaaacist Republicans, and so had no choice but to block out Republicans like Mia Love, Ted Cruz, and Artur Davis.  I’ve seen news reports from Communist countries that had less Orwellian message control than this.

Why did they just happen to block all of these speakers?  Obviously, it’s not a coincidence.  They’re afraid of two outcomes by showing these speakers, the first of which is the exposure of the intellectual vapidity of their repeated accusations of raaaaaaaaaaaacism.  The second is the possibility of acknowledging that conservatism appeals to a broad, diverse section of the electorate, which might encourage more people of color to consider its policies, especially with the powerful personal stories told by Mia Love and Ted Cruz.  Instead of dealing with that reality, MSNBC chose to deliberately misinform their 15 14 12 viewers.  Fortunately, the MSNBC lineup (with the apparent acquiescence of Comcast) is so busy marginalizing themselves that it really doesn’t matter any more.

Update: I changed “their” in the headline to “the” for grammatical reasons.

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I didn’t watch MSNBC of course and I’m not surprised by who they didn’t cover. Is it safe to say that they did cover all of the others? Christie, Mrs. Romney, etc? I’d like to see a side by side list of who they did cover compared to who they didn’t cover.

exceller on August 29, 2012 at 12:55 PM

CNN aired part of Artur Davis then let Roland Martin blast him.

MaggiePoo on August 29, 2012 at 12:57 PM

How does MSNBC get so much hate on one set?

aposematic on August 29, 2012 at 1:00 PM

“Can we stop with all the distractions and PLEASE get back to what the REAL issue is that is going to sway this election?????

Strike Hornet on August 29, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Outraged Herman Cain Cancels MSNBC Interview After ‘Race Card’ Charge

Herman Cain told BreitbartTV that he decided to cancel his interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews in protest to his charge to the RNC that Romney was playing the “race card” in his campaign. Cain encouraged other Republican guests to do the same.

Flora Duh on August 29, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Actually, if I knew about it in advance I might have watched something on MSNBC for the first time in well over a decade.

I would want to see Herman’s reaction when Tingles called him an Uncle Tom Oreo.

But it’s just as well. Why give Chrissy the ratings and attention. His show is basically Libtard Troll Central.

farsighted on August 29, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Hilarious. White elites invented the notion of “racial differences” in order to transform “skin color” into a justification for life-long enslavement in the New World, maintained the fiction through emancipation and Jim Crow. But the *instant* people of color started to reclaim racial identity as a positive source of group identification white people are like “whoa, “racial difference?” what’s that?” No one is fooled.

libfreeordie on August 29, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Why is skin color a source of pride? You would absolutely abhor any white person making any such claim (and rightly so). Why is it the melanin content of one’s skin cells something to cherish only when it reaches a certain level? If it is evil for a white person to identify with his/her “whiteness” why is it not evil for all people to identify themselves by skin color? Doesn’t this just perpetuate segregationist thinking?

I grew up in a home where it was simply not dwelt upon, one way or the other. I had friends of all ethnicities and races. We never even thought about it.

Lib, you seem to think that dividing on racial lines is perfectly acceptable when it’s done by the right group. I think it’s wrong always.

Also, as to that “history” you speak of, did any “people of color” participate in the slave trade? Did “people of color”, in fact, enslave and subsequently sell other “people of color?” Slavery was and is evil. Race may have been a convenient rationalization for some, but that particular evil did not know racial boundaries. It still does not. Actually, no evil knows any boundary.

I hope you can see one day how insidious this all is and realize that drawing those lines you draw from any perspective is still wrong.

BillyWilly on August 29, 2012 at 1:13 PM


williamg on August 29, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Who the guy to the left in the photo?

Bmore on August 29, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Who= Who’s

Bmore on August 29, 2012 at 1:36 PM

wanna see what desperation does to a crazy liberal? Chris Matthews will cry on air on November 6

burserker on August 29, 2012 at 1:39 PM


Al Franken’s lost a lot of weight.

That is him sitting next to the other two dudes, isn’t it?

bigmacdaddy on August 29, 2012 at 1:50 PM

You think that all these rich white guys would band up and figure out a way to buy a network or two and then clean house.

kens on August 29, 2012 at 2:08 PM

MSNBC needs to call on WLBT another NBC affiliate and get some pointers on how to obscure and hide those pesky black speakers. Where has the art of technical difficulties gone?


mailmars on August 29, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Who the guy to the left in the photo?

Bmore on August 29, 2012 at 1:36 PM


Al Franken’s lost a lot of weight.

That is him sitting next to the other two dudes, isn’t it?

bigmacdaddy on August 29, 2012 at 1:50 PM

I don’t get all the jokes. That’s Kevin McHale, right?

Axe on August 29, 2012 at 2:21 PM

On their front page, Yahoo/ABC News’ panel of talking heads were chattering back ‘n forth while all of these speeches were going on.

They throw up a banner “watch speeches live” then proceed to bore everyone to tears with Cokie Roberts’ inane blabbering.

It was surreal.

The Ugly American on August 29, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Many of US have noticed that those who cry ‘racist’ loudest and most often are as of late the most racist among US. They see race in all things, they gauge every event according to the race of those involved. They parse the levels of guilt/innocence or responsibility/lack there of on race…. ALWAYS.

And as with the recent policy that Obama wants applied to school discipline… it’s all race based at it core with them.

I for one have been turning that race baiting back at the baiters at least since Barry has been president. The answer is to do what Newt did the other day with Tingles, and what this posting does… Point it out clearly that THEY are in fact the true racists, and that we Conservative Americans do not live our lives with race being a major concern.

Race baiting is their oxygen… and too much of that oxygen rammed down their throats will snuff them out.

RalphyBoy on August 29, 2012 at 3:03 PM

I have been listening while bent over laughing to the incredulous lies this administration has had to put out to have a comeback to the RNC last night.

What clowns!!!!

avagreen on August 29, 2012 at 3:10 PM


The person that joked that Republicans were partying while black people drown. Was fired by Yahoo and identified.

But I am sure those two host laughed at this “joke” they should be fired as well.

Steveangell on August 29, 2012 at 4:06 PM

I watched MSNBC for about 10 minutes last night after all the speeches were finished, just to see what kind of crap they were spewing. I almost put my boot through the TV. I have a really good imagination, but I can’t wrap my head around how these idiots can still be on the air. They all reminded me of a bunch of geeks sitting around in high school, snickering and cracking jokes, all the while THEY are the ones who are the fools.

Geronimo on August 29, 2012 at 4:33 PM

La la la. I can’t hear you. Very mature. And legally speaking, possibly actionable by NBC stockholders and their lawyers. Clearly willfully negligent of their fiduciary duty to attract audience.

The second is the possibility of acknowledging…

A third possibility is survival. They’re afraid to expose remaining viewers to the positive messages, the Americanism and the non-freakishness of the players lest they be attracted to it and bolt. An extention of that would be denying themselves access to some dangerous right-thought too. You might imagine, if these commentators watched the petrified looks on their faces, could be be similar to that of George Costanza while he was getting a massage from a masseur. “It moved!”

curved space on August 29, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Have you ever seen a most disgusting and hateful group of people? Look at that pix! Well if it doesn’t make you sick! They can’t stand people with integrity and love for one another. It’s all hate, hate, hate!
Is this what we want for our wonderful country and my adopted country?

Bambi on August 29, 2012 at 6:27 PM

It is time for ComCast to take out the garbage.

Another Drew on August 29, 2012 at 6:46 PM

I’m sure we’ll hear strong words of censure from the NAACP over MSNBC’s racist and exclusionary RNC coverage any minute now …

talkingpoints on August 29, 2012 at 7:23 PM

It is time for ComCast to take out the garbage.

Another Drew on August 29, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Comcast runs E! – they SPECIALIZE in garbage TV.

Myron Falwell on August 29, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Cover pix, which is a girl?

StevC on August 30, 2012 at 12:51 PM