1.28.2010

All You Need To Know About MSNBC's Chris Matthews: "You know, I forgot he was black tonight for an hour." (UPDATED)

Everything that is wrong with whom MSNBC chooses to give airtime too, can be encapsulated in this moment, starring Hardball's Chris Matthews, after the State of the Union.

Via Think Progress:

MATTHEWS: You know, I was trying to think about who he was tonight, and it’s interesting: He is post-racial by all appearances. You know, I forgot he was black tonight for an hour. You know, he’s gone a long way to become a leader of this country and passed so much history in just a year or two. I mean, it’s something we don’t even think about.

I was watching, I said, Wait a minute, he’s an African-American guy in front of a bunch of other white people. And here he is President of the United States and we’ve completely forgotten that tonight — completely forgotten it. I think it was in the scope of his discussion. It was so broad-ranging, so in tune with so many problems, of aspects, and aspects of American life that you don’t think terms of the old tribalism, the old ethnicity. It was astounding in that regard — a very subtle fact. It’s so hard to even talk about; maybe I shouldn’t talk about it, but I am.



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Between Matthews and MSNBC's regular, nearly hourly racist, xenophobic, homophobic, crazy guest, Uncle Pat Buchanan, it's almost impossible to turn on MSNBC at any given point in the day (except for specific shows that refuse to have the asshole on).

UPDATE:

Just saw that he clarified his statement.
"I was trying to think about who he was tonight. It's interesting: he is post-racial, by all appearances. I forgot he was black tonight for an hour. You know, he's gone a long way to become a leader of this country, and passed so much history, in just a year or two. I mean, it's something we don't even think about. I was watching, I said, wait a minute, he's an African-American guy in front of a bunch of other white people. And here he is president of the United States and we've completely forgotten that tonight — completely forgotten it. I think it was in the scope of his discussion. It was so broad-ranging, so in tune with so many problems, of aspects, and aspects of American life that you don't think in terms of the old tribalism, the old ethnicity. It was astounding in that regard. A very subtle fact. It's so hard to talk about. Maybe I shouldn't talk about it, but I am. I thought it was profound that way."
Whatever. No clarification is necessary. Matthews is a putz, and I COMPLETELY disagree with TPM's Josh Marshall.

There was absolutely nothing to admire about Matthew or his comment. People like Chris should keep their mouths shut about racial issue because they're incapable of talking about it without their ignorance shining through.

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