This Line of Questioning About Ferguson Tells You Everything You Need to Know About MSNBC

There’s been a pattern at MSNBC over the past week of attempting to get viewers (and by extension, protesters) fired up over the fact that white people are in charge of the majority-black community in Ferguson, Missouri. That trend has continued non-stop throughout every block of programming, including shows hosted by Andrea Mitchell, Ronan Farrow, Alex Wagner, Joy Reid, Chris Hayes, and others, all questioning why African-Americans have not been represented in Ferguson’s local government. While that may be statistically true, I have a big problem with these dopes constantly reminding people about this at a time when the focus should really be on calming things down. Instead, MSNBC would rather play up racial divisions.

Well, if you didn’t think the coverage was blatantly provocative enough before, check out the video above. That’s MSNBC’s Tamron Hall, who decided to challenge her white guest, Michael Tomasky — whom she insisted she is “friends” with — to explain to her how his own white friends could possibly understand what the community of Ferguson is going through, since they haven’t walked in a black person’s shoes.

How is this helpful? Who does Tamron think she’s bringing together? To me, this just reeked of a petty attempt to pull people apart over race, and she should have been ashamed for even asking the question.

But hey, at least Joe Klein was on hand over at Morning Joe to proclaim that Ferguson is a “melanin-deprived government in a 67 percent black town“:

A “melanin-deprived government”? Wow, how incredibly un-racist was that?

Klein also declared, “It’s as if the community were cryogenically frozen in the era before the Voting Rights Act passed,” solidifying the notion that everyone on this cable network is not-so-subtly hoping the protests will continue, so that they can all teach Whitey a lesson.

If that weren’t enough, Joe Scarborough went on to question why black kids in Harlem aren’t able to attend the same schools as “rich white people”:

Glad to see everyone is “leaning forward” over at MSNBC.


Matt Fox

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Fox has history in broadcasting that spans two decades. From his early days as an FM host and club DJ in the mid-90′s to his later experiences in political talk radio, he has always had a knack for combining topical news with his love for popular culture. Those experiences culminated in his position as executive producer for several radio shows featured in the TALKERS Heavy 100. Originally from New York, Fox has made the great pilgrimage down to sunny south Florida.

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