MSNBC Hires ‘Black Mediocrities’ to ‘Race Bait’, Says WSJ Columnist

MSNBC’s Melissa Harris Perry-has apologized profusely for her comments about Mitt Romney’s black grandchild, but one Wall jason_rileyStreet Journal columnist says the problem at MSNBC goes deeper than Melissa Harris-Perry’s fiasco.  The central problem has to do with the kind of black people MSNBC hires and the network’s reasons for hiring them.

WSJ editor Jason Riley told WSJ Live host Mary Kissel that he “didn’t buy” Melissa Harris-Perry’s tweeted apology or her tearful follow-up apology on her MSNBC show.

“She suggested that it was sort of a segment gone awry,” he continued. “I somehow doubt that.”

He added that there was nothing “uplifting” about the segment and that he believed “the segment went exactly as planned.”

“Her apology was really about the blowback,” explained Riley.

“I think there’s a pattern at MSNBC of them hiring black mediocrities like Melissa Harris-Perry, Michael Eric Dyson, Touré, and, of course — the granddaddy of them all — Al Sharpton, simply to race-bait” Riley insisted.

He goes on to say that many such pundits routinely posit the notion that all of the problems black people experience are caused by white people.

There is some truth to Riley’s criticism of who MSNBC hires and what the network expects from the black pundits they hire, but it’s difficult to take Riley seriously considering that he himself is a Fox News pundit. Isn’t that like one puppet telling the other puppet that he has a hand up his back?

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DwayneTillman
DwayneTillman

If that child's father is black then he or she is blessed with blood. Amen.

MorganaLeFay
MorganaLeFay

Haven't we heard the likes of Jason Riley before? I am not siding with MHP, because I am not her biggest fan, but this comment is so asinine, it is unbelievable that this man is beyond the age of ten.


Here is how the game goes: being accused of racism isn't popular anymore. How do you attempt to shield yourself from such nasty accusations- even if you are guilty? Find a House Negro (I don't like to use that term, but our brother Malcolm X knew very well what he was talking about) who doesn't know he is a slave (to paraphrase our sister Harriet Tubman) and shower him with plenty of attention. Then sit back as he happily spouts out a load of nonsense that insults common black intelligence, and glorifies the collective innocence of the white man. And when there is backlash, all the right-wingers need to do is to call their local House Negro and have him spout out the same rubbish all over again.


As a Nigerian living in Britain, I have seen the same kind of thinking in a fellow conservative Nigerian who writes for a Naija paper. In one article, he actually defended a racist proposition by the British government to charge Nigerian (and Pakistani visitors, amongst other targets) £3000 for entering the country. White immigrants were largely untouched. So I am not surprised to see this in America.


Again, I am not for labelling black people, even if I do not agree with them. I also do not hate black conservatives.  However, I see a slight trend between black people denying racism, and having right-wing views. I am not denouncing conservatism entirely- I do not care much for political persuasions or ideologies, but I have to speak the truth.


This is not a rant against white people either. However, when you have a country where black people consistently have the lowest or worst of most economic and social indicators, and white people consistently have the best to a disproportionate degree, regardless of whether the total black population is only around 12-13%- then no black person is doing himself or herself a favour by claiming that people pointing out racism in America are "race-baiting". Facts are facts. They may not be nice facts- they might show white people in the best light, but they are FACTS. End of story.


So Jason, I suggest you pick up a book on African-American history and read the words in the correct order. You might learn something.

bascombeb
bascombeb

WSJ is a murdock/fox operation. they are simply race-baiting msnbc. who is this token to race-bait black people on another venue?

DCox
DCox

"There is some truth to Riley’s criticism of who MSNBC hires and what the network expects from the black pundits they hire, but it’s difficult to take Riley seriously considering that he himself is a Fox News pundit. Isn’t that like one puppet telling the other puppet that he has a hand up his back?"


Priceless!!!

eedan0833
eedan0833

Actually it's another form of slavery! If whitey can't control you one way, he will try another way. Those niggers should know they are being controlled. Crackers never controlled me and I'm too old now!

MichaelLofton
MichaelLofton

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwAioSrD_MQ

YouTube:  "Kwame Kilpatrick: The Rise and Fall"  by wxyztvdetroitJan 7, 2013  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tx06qb9rKgk

YouTube:  "My Problem with the Black Church"  by SpadeProject, Mar 23, 2008  

Treason, selfishness, greed, game playing, etc., etc., namely on the part of our own elected Black leaders, lawyers, numerous sacrilegious individuals, and other Blacks in positions of influence, has made it open season by Caucasians, Koreans, Hispanics, and now millions of illegal aliens from around the world to take full advantage of the opportunities that our no good Black leaders or other misfit Blacks give away at the expense of the future posterity of countless U.S. born Black men, women and children.

Similar activity is also taking place in other jurisdictions across this nation.....so who really is non-caring and racist?

MichaelLofton
MichaelLofton

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5fmUikO6BE

YouTube: "Compton - Corruption, Incompetence, or Just Business As Usual"- uploaded by Skyy Fisher, Compton School Board Member, Apr 1, 2013

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-802037

CNN i-Report: "Black Elected Leaders are Unethical, Inept, Sleazy, and Despotic" uploaded by TheTruth53, June 12, 2012

Treason, selfishness, greed, game playing, etc., etc., namely on the part of our own elected Black leaders, lawyers, and other Blacks in positions of influence, has made it open season by Caucasians, Koreans, Hispanics, and now millions of illegal aliens from around the world to take full advantage of the opportunities that our no good Black leaders or other misfit Blacks give away at the expense of the future posterity of countless U.S. born Black men, women and children.

Similar activity is also taking place in other jurisdictions across this nation.....so who really is non-caring and racist?

MichaelLofton
MichaelLofton

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdTihf2_GGM

YouTube: “Exodus: Inner-City Blacks Abandoning Obama & Democrat's Liberal Agenda" uploaded by Rebel Pundit, Oct 29, 2012

Treason, selfishness, greed, game playing, etc., etc., namely on the part of our own elected Black leaders, lawyers, and other Blacks in positions of influence, has made it open season by Caucasians, Koreans, Hispanics, and now millions of illegal aliens from around the world to take full advantage of the opportunities that our no good Black leaders or other misfit Blacks give away at the expense of the future posterity of countless U.S. born Black men, women and children.

Similar activity is also taking place in other jurisdictions across this nation.....so who really is non-caring and racist?

MrBeavers1129
MrBeavers1129

This WSJ seems to be speaking from experience. Who as ever heard of him and why should is Bill O'Reilly opinion be given a second thought. Crab in a barrel syndrome. 

BlackheywoodHeywood
BlackheywoodHeywood

Not all of our problems are the fault of White people and our historic oppression but over 95% of them are. Especially when you factor in the psychological factor of many Black folks hating each other. The kill with the bullet or assassinate other Black people by doing our detractors work for them.Jason Riley proves that rather well.

CarolParks
CarolParks

BlackheywoodHeywood, if you truly believe that 95% of your problems are caused by White people, then you have defeated yourself before your life has begun. Of course, there are many obstacles, unfairness, racism, and more in this country that needs to be changed so everyone is on the same playing field. But, 95%? You are setting yourself up for failure to think like that. So many African Americans have worked hard, and had great success. One of the worst problems in this country that not only affects the African American community, but anyone who is poor, or brown skinned including Latinos, & others is our UNJUST LEGAL SYSTEM. And many laws such as Stand Your Ground, & others. Add to that the corrupt police, and the prisons for profit, & we have serious problems here. But, while many of us are trying to change this of all colors, including white, don't set yourself up for failure. It may not be easy, but if people are determined they can beat the odds. We have many fine examples of that.

BlackheywoodHeywood
BlackheywoodHeywood

@CarolParksYou and others like you are racist and aren't aware of it. You totally dismiss the long term psychological effects racism has had on Black Americans.It's like you refuse to accept that we are HUMAN BEINGS and that legalized oppression, racism, segregation and intentional disenfranchisement of American Black people have no long term effect on us as a people. Black people have the highest statistics for all type of psychical and mental illness,that is not an accident. Carol tell me when America ever was honest about the Crimes Against Humanity she committed against Black Americans. Surely is someone is ill and not treated their condition only worsens and that's been the case for many American Black folk. There are many successful Black people but many of them suffer from self-hatred, Black people who do become successful more often than not give their newly found wealth back to the grandchildren of our historic oppressors.Who has that much self hatred other than Blacks that's a hold over from slavery.


[ is our UNJUST LEGAL SYSTEM. And many laws such as Stand Your Ground, & others. Add to that the corrupt police, and the prisons for profit, & we have serious problems]

You began to prove my point add to your list institutional racism in banks, housing, education, health and just  breathing while being Black in America.  You see it is 95% and possibly more,

Also I have not set myself "up for failure", I am a middle aged Black man who has seen a lot and I am retired. Your response also proves my point. with your sage advice of not setting myself up for failure, when you don't know me.