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.

sammy123456
sammy123456

@BlackheywoodHeywood @CarolParks  Dude you are stupid. I am a Nigerian in the US. And yes I acknowledge that some racism exists, but you are extremely stupid if you think it is the reason you are not successful. Problem is that black people stuck in the ghetto do not want an education and do not want to work for it. All this psychological trauma talk is a bullshit excuse for laziness. I am not a US citizen but I have accomplished a Masters in Engineering and would be going for a PhD. And as someone that is not a citizen I get less scholarship opportunities than African americans that are born citizens of the united states. carol Parks is not a racist, you are. Check out the proportion of Nigerian americans that are doctors, engineers, and college graduates. very comparable to Asians if not better. so all this racism talk is nonsense. I share the same skin pigmentation as you, so maybe its time you got over the whole slavery argument. Do I agree there needs to be more mental health awareness in the black community absolutely. but stop using past wrongs as an excuse for laziness.

CarolParks
CarolParks

@Sammy123456,

First, welcome to the U.S.! And Congratulations on your huge success! It's nice to know that the U.S., is doing something right every once in awhile.

Mr. Heywood, is correct about the ugly racism that is still pervasive in this country. I wish this were not true, but it can't be denied. Most of this racism is due to a lack of a good education, & the faulty history that is taught in most of the schools here.

But, you are correct, that if you want to succeed you absolutely can. There are many American Black Drs., Scientists, Engineers, Judges, etc. also. And Nigerian Drs. are doing well here in the Bay Area.

Education is the key I believe to erase all racism. We are all just people, & of the human race. I personally do not believe in different races, just different cultures.

Again, your positive post was like a breath of fresh air on here! And I think it was sorely needed amongst the doom, & gloom. You can do so much more with a positive attitude I believe.

Have a wonderful day! :-D

BlackheywoodHeywood
BlackheywoodHeywood

@sammy123456 @BlackheywoodHeywood @CarolParks


Who told you or where did you read where I wrote that I wasn't successful. The ONLY REASON YOU ARE IN THE USA is because of the struggles of my AMERICAN BLACK people that this government allowed people like you a visa. Secondly why is that everyone else can remember ,celebrate and discuss their past accept American Black citizens .Lastly since you're a GUEST in MY COUNTRY then use common sense and courtesy by behaving as one and don't opine about issues that neither concern you or you DID NOT PARTICIPATE in. Good Day.

CarolParks
CarolParks

@sammy123456,

My thoughts on racism:

Racism is absurdity. There is no such thing as "race" under the microscope. Human dna is human dna. Racism is a ludicrous, fear-based perception problem. So sad that education has declined so badly in our country and ignorance reigns supreme.

The American Anthropological Association says no such biological race exists, cultures exist - this moves to the point about 'race' and anything, no race no link to biology and behavior, cultural links to behavior - and so no racists, just people who are not learning the AAA.

http://www.aaanet.org/stmts/racepp.htm

BlackheywoodHeywood
BlackheywoodHeywood

@CarolParks funny how YOU get on here and tell the Victims of racism that's it's an absurdity. Do you tell that to White people who created,benefited and profited from racism to this very day.


What I find absurd are the folks who tell us Black people that race doesn't matter, we can overcome it and be successful but the same people (including the visitor from Nigeria) never chide, condemn or speak against the White people. I find it odd how its become a Right of passage for Black people to "overcome" an injustice opposed to facing the evil people who created this system. 


My thoughts on those who blame Black  people for White racism.

sammy123456
sammy123456

@BlackheywoodHeywood @CarolParks 

Dude you are ridiculous. I never said that Nigerian folk should not or don't call white people out on their racism. What I am saying is that racism does not stop us from succeeding. and you say we overcome. We didn't overcome crap because there is nothing to overcome. We work hard and get an education while idiots like you keep on giving excuses. You are annoying. there are a ton of scholarships out there and even scholarships specially for minorities, and you are sitting on your ass talking about overcoming. there is nothing to overcome in regards to getting an education. get over this victimization nonsense. I am not saying that some racism doesn't exist. But I am definitely saying that no racism got in the way and would ever get in the way of me getting an education. You need to stop looking for excuses. heck even as a Nigerian I get less benefits than you that are a US citizen because I am an international student, well was an international student. and I have achieved way more than you that are the US citizen. that is total NONSENSE. Stop giving excuses.

CarolParks
CarolParks

@BlackheywoodHeywood,

One more thing. Yes, the system favors whites, that I agree with. But, there are more whites in poverty, & suffering then Blacks, & yes that is because there are more whites in this country. But, you make it sound like all whites are living the good life, they are not.

And when it comes to our legal system, being poor, & not being able to afford a lawyer affects the poor whites also. It's more about money, then "color" in court. Because without money you will lose, no matter what color you are. And yes if you are poor, & brown skinned, it's a double whammy in court. Life is unjust for many, even for some whites, & maybe unjust for everyone at one time or another in their lifetime.

CarolParks
CarolParks

@BlackheywoodHeywood,

Can you not comprehend what I wrote? I have commented many, many times, the problems that still exist today. Anyone reading my posts understands that I am not denying that racism exists, or that with the history being taught in our schools, the legal system, etc., is all preventing true equality. You twist what I am saying, & anyone with reading comprehension skills, would not buy into your version, of my posts.

And if you click onto the link about " races", it will clearly educate you or anyone why that cannot be true. DNA supports that there is the Human Race, & different Cultures. I agree with science backed facts. Now you are free to believe whatever, but that doesn't make it true. Like I said, education is sorely needed in this country. But, despite the facts, people are bigoted based on the color of skin which when you think about it, shows such a lack of intelligence, & by that I am mainly talking about white people, but it really applies to everyone.

Judging someone purely based on what color, or culture they are is completely ignorant. Judging people as individuals, because each person is unique, is intelligent. If your father was a serial killer, am I to assume you too are one? Of course not. Go ahead and keep your blinders on, but it only hurts you.

BlackheywoodHeywood
BlackheywoodHeywood

@sammy123456 @BlackheywoodHeywood @CarolParks

Sammy I am no child I am RETIRED BLACK MAN  who is  Father, father in law and grandfather. You have no idea who you're responding to.Yes BLACK AMERICANS SOMETHING YOU ARE NOT ARE Victims of  a Racist, Immoral, hypocritical America.  When you an AFRICAN can become an American Black man with our history in America and walk in our shoes, then perhaps your opinion will matter to me, until then have a fuckin seat and be GRATEFUL to American Black people that you were ALLOWED to immigrate here. Good Day.

BlackheywoodHeywood
BlackheywoodHeywood

@CarolParks White people are in poverty because of THEIR OWN PERSONAL FAILURES. This nation and system was created for them to succeed for generations at the expense of American Black citizens. Welfare, Food Stamps and other government handouts were created for White folks and Legally denied to Blacks for decades. The New Deal the Largest Socialist HANDOUT and Creator of generational White wealth was denied to Blacks FHA WPA GI loans all created and advanced White Americans and denied to Black people, logically there is no excuse for White poverty. They had more than a leg up and head start above Black Americans. Things would still be the same if White racism was not made illegal .

BlackheywoodHeywood
BlackheywoodHeywood

@CarolParks You are PREACHING to the choir my dear, can you not understand what I am saying to YOU . I suggested you take your message to the people who practice and profit from racism.  That is my point to you. 

sammy123456
sammy123456

@BlackheywoodHeywood @sammy123456 @CarolParks  Dude I never said racism does not exist. I keep on telling you that it has nothing to do with getting an education and making something of yourself NOW. This isn't 1964, it is 2014. I keep on telling you that there are many scholarship opportunities out there just specially for minorities in fields that minorities are under-represented in. How is that racist to black folk. And that is my problem with you. You keep on citing HISTORY. And that is why African immigrants do better. Do you think that a white person that is a racist gives a damn if im African American or not. NO. But I make it and Nigerian immigrants do better than white people.  So you need to get over the damn history. And no, I have nothing to be grateful for. So called American black people are meaner to African immigrants at the customs office at airports. white people treat us better. You fought for the civil rights movement in the 60s. That is appreciated. But that is about all I owe you. I came to the US in 2005 at 17. Many African immigrants that came before me do well. But I can show you many African americans that were my age in 2005 that have not made great decisions, and subscribe to your victimization bs. You need to get over it. I have been here since 2005, are you telling me that white people treated me differently. No. But you are not going to tell me that they had any power what so ever in impeding my success. And no I did not overcome, because there was nothing to overcome. I keep on telling you that you have more rights as a US citizen because you qualify for all scholarships and jobs. There were many scholarships and jobs I could not qualify for because I was an international student. So it sounds oxymoronic when you talk of overcoming. You have more rights than African immigrants and we do better than you, and you are giving me a speech about overcoming. That does not make any damn sense

CarolParks
CarolParks

@BlackheywoodHeywood,

I absolutely do all the time. I write on many different publications. And I am very involved with inner

city children, & trying to bring better schools, & education.

Have a great day! I'm off to work. :-)