MSNBC’s Melissa Harris Perry-has apologized profusely for her comments about Mitt Romney’s black grandchild, but one Wall Street 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?