MSNBC’s Melissa Harris Perry: Star Wars is Racist Because Darth Vader Is a ‘Black Guy’

Melissa-Harris-Perry-e1450114614597-300x197MSNBC host Melissa Harris Perry, in addition to comparing black people to the bestial Wookies, complained Saturday that Star Wars is racist because Darth Vader totally looks like a black guy. “I know why I have feelings — good, bad and otherwise — about Star Wars,” Perry explained. “…I spent the whole day talking about the Darth Vader situation.” “The part where he was totally a black guy, whose name was basically James Earl Jones,” she said. “While he was black he was terrible and bad, awful and used to cut off white men’s hand, and didn’t actually claim his son. But as soon as he claims his son, goes over to the good, takes off his mask and he is white — yes, I have many feelings about that.”
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Did MSNBC Host Just Compare Black Men to Wookiees?

If you’re anything like me, then you are on the edge of your seat waiting for the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (despite the title’s resemblance to an intergalactic Folgers commercial). As we all know, nothing enhances enjoyment of Star Wars quite the way a cable news panel segment can; if George Lucas ruined Star Wars by underthinking the prequels, you can bet cable news pundits can ruin it by overthinking. Enter MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, who was flagged by conservatives Sunday for accusing Star Wars of racism because of Darth Vader:
MHP: I know why I have feelings — good, bad, and otherwise — about Star Wars. And I have a lot. I could spend the whole day talking about the whole Darth Vader situation. Wesley Morris: Really? You could? MHP: Yeah, like, the part where he was totally a black guy whose name basically was Continue reading "Did MSNBC Host Just Compare Black Men to Wookiees?"

Only Fox News Reported Planned Parenthood Was Cleared of ‘Selling Baby Parts’

You might think that, on the heels of a terrorist attack in which the gunman specifically stated he was inspired to act by lies and false accusations, it would be a pretty big deal for the media to find out that those accusations were once again proven false. You would think that after Planned Parenthood clinic mass-shooter Rob Dear cited the lies of Carly Fiorina and scores of elected Republicans that the women’s health organization was “selling baby parts” that a report by a Republican Attorney General completely clearing them of that charge would be worth reporting. You would be wrong unless, surprisingly, you were watching Fox News this week and saw this:
“Ohio’s Republican Attorney General says there is no evidence Planned Parenthood organizations in the state have sold fetal tissue.”
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Orwellian: Award-Winning Journalist Censored After Skepticism of Man-Made Climate Change

quentin letts“When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you’re only telling the world that you fear what he might say.”George R.R. MartinA Clash of Kings Who’s tongue are we referring to? Quentin Letts. Who’s Quentin Letts? A BBC host who, a few months ago, questioned climate change lobbying efforts by the UK’s MET Office (the country’s national weather service), interviewed two members of Parliament who opposed said lobbying efforts and mocked the historical accuracy of the MET’s weather forecasts in general, citing ample data to do so. And lest anyone believe Letts is some kind of extremist: he was named Columnist of the Year by the Press Awards, which is the Oscars of British Journalism. A transcript of the relatively-benign broadcast can be found here. After that show which included his openly wondering aloud if climate change was Continue reading "Orwellian: Award-Winning Journalist Censored After Skepticism of Man-Made Climate Change"

Donald Trump Goes Full Racist on Ted Cruz and Nobody Notices

The Donald Trump phenomenon has exposed many an uncomfortable truth about America in 2015, including the degree to which his message of white resentment and nativist exclusion sells like hotcakes to Republican voters and beyond. The coverage of his Friday night rally in Des Moines, Iowa has further exposed the uncomfortable truth that our mainstream media has a blind spot on race that blots out the sun. The rally was Trump’s first opportunity to publicly address rival Ted Cruz‘s backroom sniping at Trump, even as he desperately makes nice in public. Watching news coverage of the event Saturday morning, you would think that the worst thing Trump did was mock Cruz’s truckling puppy-dog orbit of Trump’s every utterance, and his opposition to ethanol subsidies. Here’s the bit that’s getting all the play:
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BuzzFeed Trolls Trump With American Nazi Party Interview About Proposed Muslim Ban

PicMonkey Collage - TrumpOkay guys, this is getting pretty ridiculous. BuzzFeed News political reporter Andrew Kaczynski decided to take all those jokes about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump being “the new furor” even further by interviewing Rocky Suhayda, chairman of the American Nazi Party. “Unless Trump plans on ruling by Presidential Decree, I don’t see how he would implement ANY of his ‘plans,’ the rest of the sold out ‘mainstream’ political whores would block his every move,” Suhayda told Kaczynski via email. “I seriously doubt if he even believes all what he says, but its nice to have someone like him saying it.” There’s more, of course, and most of what Suhayda had to say regarding Trump’s proposed ban had very little to do with Trump’s proposal. “Look, this phrase ‘muslims’ is simply a PC code word to cover the reality of all these THIRD WORLD peoples invading OUR country,” he said. “Don’t Continue reading "BuzzFeed Trolls Trump With American Nazi Party Interview About Proposed Muslim Ban"

Analysis: If Karl Rove Were Chicago Mayor, Would Coverage of Scandal Be Remotely the Same?

roveSometimes the best way to make a point is to paint a picture in a parallel universe. When doing so, the Bon Jovi/Wanted Dead or Alive rule is simple: It’s all the same… only the names will change. Today’s trip to said universe involves former President George W. Bush and his senior adviser during most of his tenure at 1600, Karl Rove. Here’s how the parallel story goes: After dutifully working with the president for two years and making some enemies inside the Beltway and in the media for being too cold, too divisive, Rahm Emanuel Rove leaves President Obama’s Bush’s side to run for mayor of Chicago Dallas. He seemingly has everything on his side: He’s a Republican in Texas, has plenty of money behind him, and his competition for the office is relatively weak. The stars are obviously aligned nicely and Rahm Rove wins easily. But the Continue reading "Analysis: If Karl Rove Were Chicago Mayor, Would Coverage of Scandal Be Remotely the Same?"