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MSNBC silent on contributor’s Clarence Thomas/Holocaust analogy – UPDATED

posted at 1:15 pm on July 1, 2013 by

Is there a suspension in the offing for MSNBC contributor and Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson as a result of his repulsive on-air remarks about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas late last week?  I contacted the network’s publicist on Friday and requested comment one way or the other.  Here is the verbatim email I sent at 1:15 pm ET on June 28th (which was a follow-up to a previous phone call):

Hello XXXX,

My name is Guy Benson, and I’m the Political Editor of Townhall.com in Washington, DC.  I was hoping to get a comment from MSNBC management about whether or not contributor Michael Eric Dyson will face any disciplinary action or sanctions for a statement he made on Thursday’s Martin Bashir show regarding Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas:

“A symbolic Jew has invited a metaphoric Hitler to commit holocaust and genocide upon his own people.

I recall that the network suspended Mark Halperin in 2011 for referring to the president as “kind of a dick” on air.  Is Dyson’s remark considered less inappropriate? Thank you for your assistance with this.

Three days later, I haven’t received any response from MSNBC.  To my knowledge, Dyson has not been disciplined in any way.  I remain keen on discovering why Halperin’s 2011 comment was deemed worthy of an indefinite suspension, whereas Dyson has apparently gotten off scot free here.  It couldn’t have anything to do with MSNBC’s documented and overt bias, or its aggressive descent into non-news, could it?

UPDATE – Twitter points out that NBC News effectively did render a judgment on Dyson’s performance.  He was rewarded with a plum panelist slot on the network’s signature Sunday news program, Meet the Press.  His appearance was vintage Dyson, natch.

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Hey, according to Twitchy, CNN just flashed all of Zimmerman’s personal info on a broadcast (social & birth date), you have to “admire” the Left, if they can’t get you one way they won’t hesitate to try others.

Cindy Munford on July 1, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Imagine if someone on Fox had said that about a liberal.

joekenha on July 1, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Cindy Munford on July 1, 2013 at 2:23 PM

If that’s true, Cindy, I would like to know where they got them. The most likely source is a government document. In which case someone is in violation of the Privacy Act and several regulations regarding Personal Identifying Information (PII). Might be a good time to investigate a leak, and maybe use pressure on a journalist to do so……..

GWB on July 1, 2013 at 2:42 PM

You got your answer Guy.
It was “Go bleep yourself bagger”.
MSNBC is in the business of shaming the wrong type of black.

NeoKong on July 1, 2013 at 2:45 PM

So was Anita Hill a metaphoric Mussolini, or Churchill, or Anne Frank? I’m getting lost in the allegories.

DarthBrooks on July 1, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Got to remember, free speech is only for liberals.

ultracon on July 1, 2013 at 2:56 PM

GWB on July 1, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Someone mentioned it was from the prosecution in the trial but I don’t know it for a fact.

Cindy Munford on July 1, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Dyson is historical. I’m trying to figure out how he keeps his job at Georgetown.

Cindy Munford on July 1, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Dyson is historical. I’m trying to figure out how he keeps his job at Georgetown.

Cindy Munford on July 1, 2013 at 3:09 PM

He’s an active, public, visible, and ardent opponent of Catholic moral teaching.

Of course he’s keeping his job at Georgetown.

BKennedy on July 1, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Anita Hill was a metaphoric Delilah.

Or in Ebonics spelling: DeeLieLa

thgrant on July 1, 2013 at 3:32 PM

BKennedy on July 1, 2013 at 3:23 PM

What? No sarc tag?

Cindy Munford on July 1, 2013 at 3:33 PM

One has to give MSNBC some credit. They are the best when it comes to “playing to their audience” (all 500 of them).

teejk on July 1, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Feral garbage servicing feral garbage.

MNHawk on July 1, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Might be a good time to investigate a leak, and maybe use pressure on a journalist to do so……..

GWB on July 1, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Not unless he’s a journalist from Fox, or he’s investigating Fast and Furious.

psrch on July 1, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Dyson is historical. I’m trying to figure out how he keeps his job at Georgetown.

Cindy Munford on July 1, 2013 at 3:09 PM

He’s an active, public, visible, and ardent opponent of Catholic moral teaching.

Of course he’s keeping his job at Georgetown.

BKennedy on July 1, 2013 at 3:23 PM

He was a member of Jeremiah Wright’s church at one time. I believe that’s where he first met Obama. He stands by Obama, whereas Cornel West has given up on him.

rickv404 on July 1, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Its hypocritical how the left behaves regarding speech but I would still rather not get into the “gotcha” game.

JR on July 1, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Dyson has made a career out of accusing others of appropriating black culture.

I’m a real, not symbolic, Jew and Dyson’s attempt to appropriate Jewish suffering for the purposes of denigrating Justice Thomas is not just hypocritical and offensive, it’s disgusting.

rokemronnie on July 1, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Is there a lawyer in the house? It seems to me a case can be made with the FEC against MSNBC. As I understand it, political contributions have dollar limits. Messnbc can be easily shown to have violated those limits with “contributions in kind” to the D party and many, many individuals in that party.

Sounds like there could be a lot of publicity and moolah in a successful suit. Might even sink that cesspool of “information”.

FOWG1 on July 1, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Three days later, I haven’t received any response from MSNBC

…they’re being dicks!

KOOLAID2 on July 1, 2013 at 9:29 PM

referring to the president as “kind of a dick” on air.

…like on air all the time… MSLSD

KOOLAID2 on July 1, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Bill Cosby WAS right.

bmmg39 on July 1, 2013 at 11:09 PM

I work in college academia settings and see clowns of Tyson’s ilk everyday. They binge on thesauruses and barf up a bunch of big words to hide their utter intellectual dishonesty and moral decay. As a catholic, shame on Georgetown for paying this guy.

Huckabye-Romney on July 1, 2013 at 11:46 PM

That thing Dyson is typical of academia and the MFM. He is one of their typical radical go-to guys who spew hatred toward everyone with whom they disagree. It’s what they DO.
I’m sure that LSDNBC considers him both “educated” and “edgy”.
Or is that “edgeekated”?
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on July 2, 2013 at 7:21 AM

Is there ANY contributor from the left on MSNBCRAZY that ISN’T a hateful lying piece of work?

From Olbermann to Bashier, they are a vile bunch.. occasionally one drops off, but never for the right reasons. That there target audience is so small speaks volumes about ideology over profit. They’d rather feel self righteously smug, than attract a mainstream audience.

mark81150 on July 2, 2013 at 8:37 AM


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