While Romney is not my candidate of choice, I will not sit idly by while he gets falsely painted as a “racist” by the race-baiters at MSDNC. Via Newsbusters’ Scott Whitlock:
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Wednesday apologized for his network’s “appalling lack of judgment” in comparing a Mitt Romney campaign slogan to the Ku Klux Klan. The Hardball host conceded, “It was irresponsible and incendiary of us to do this, and it showed an appalling lack of judgment. We apologize, we really do, to the Romney campaign.” [See video below. MP3 audio here.]
In the 11am hour of MSNBC, anchor Thomas Roberts smeared, “…So you might not hear Mitt Romney say ‘keep America American’ anymore. That’s because it was a central theme of the KKK in the 1920s. It was a rallying cry for the group’s campaign of violence and intimidation against blacks, gays and Jews. The progressive blog America blog was the first to catch onto that.”
Here’s the video clip of Chris Matthews apologizing on behalf of MSNBC:
Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher, also in defense of Romney, has a link to the Americablog post in question, which I won’t post here. I will post some of the text of the AB post, though, just to show you the lame “justification” used by the blogger:
He’s said it repeatedly for over a year now. Here is Romney a year ago, using the Klan slogan in a campaign ad.
In an era in which it’s apparently okay for Republicans to accuse President Obama of being a socialist, I guess we now need to ask if Mitt Romney is a Ku Klux Klansman. Not whether Romney inadvertently is using the KKK’s number one slogan from the 1920s on the stump, no, the Republicans would say, if this were a Democrat, that clearly the candidate was a closet member of the KKK. So, is Mitt Romney a closet member of the KKK? Keep in mind, that even Romney is now claiming, between the lines, that President Obama is a socialist. So why shouldnt’ America be asking if Mitt Romney is a Klansman?
Why do some liberals have to be so bleeping stupid sometimes? Let me break this down in little pieces so the clueless wonders on the left – including certain MSDNC daytime “anchors” – can digest it: There is no link between Romney and the KKK. There is no link between Romney and any alleged “racist” past, “secret” or otherwise. There is no trail to trace back to on any supposed “racist roots of Romney” because, as far as we know, there aren’t any. Because of that, it is a shameless, gutter-type smear and one MSNBC rightly apologized for. On the other hand, President Obama’s socialist tendencies are well-known and well-documented, so it’s perfectly reasonable to call him a socialist – even though the definition of word is varies depending on who you are talking to (liberals, in repeated attempts to fool people, typically don’t define socialism as what it actually is).
Get it now, liberals? Probably not, but at least I tried.
As far as Matthews’ apologizing for the smear, it’s good that he did that, but I’m not jumping over the moon about it. Both he and his “network” – an admitted favorite of the Obama administration – have a long, deeply disturbing history of falsely painting Republicans as racists, most notoriously so via selectively edited videos like this one and this one. In my opinion, this “news outlet” should self-censor and not do one more blasted piece on any alleged “racism” within the GOP until they understand that in order to push the charge, they must do it without editing/cropping photos/videos/quotes to make it look like a Republican said something they didn’t. And any editor who pulled the same stunt going forward should be fired. I won’t hold my breath on this happening, though, because the brass at NBC apparently give more a damn about ratings and controversy (not to mention catering to Obama) than they do the actual facts.
Not only that, but they should know better than to rely on left wing bloggers as the sole source for a claim about anything. Unfortunately, they’re not the first liberal news organization to do this and they won’t be the last. Then again, we really can’t expect much more in an industry that is dominated by left-wingers.