‘Meet the Press’ and the pervasive racism of 1963

So, “Meet the Press” rebroadcast the interview with Martin Luther King Jr. and Roy Wilkins that aired three days before the March on Washington in 1963. Take a look:

Here’s what I got out of it.

The questions for the most part were the fear mongering you’d expect from Fox News. References to “militant Negroes” (with an emphasis on the Southern pronounciation of “nig”), allegations of being communist dupes, a tie in to Puerto Rican terrorism and constant badgering that essentially came down to “how you gonna keep those crazy black people from actin’ up an goin’ wild.”

The questioners are contemptible. The racism in the questioning is off the charts. And the outright dismissal of any effort toward racial equality is an abomination.

People who participated in the March on Washington were gathering to exercise their rights to equality under the Constitution. But these vermin of the establishment press were doing all they could to scare white America and justify the continued oppression of an entire race.

How King and Wilkins managed to get through this interview without saying, “What the hell is your malfunction, dude?”, is beyond me. They exhibit an amazing show of restraint. But then you look at how much the freedom movement went through (people were arrested, assaulted and murdered by state sanctioned bigotry), and it’s obvious the only thing they could do was practice restraint in the face of uncontrolled violence.

And these questioners (all white, all male) never emphasized that the true danger of that time came from those who were against civil rights.

It really is a wonder why NBC ran this at all.


Return of the politically living dead

Back in January, a lot of political experts said Newt Gingrich was dead to the world because he had screwed up so royally in his campaign and he had burned all of his bridges to medialand.

They virtually promised we would never have to hear him again.

But Driftglass, of the Professional Left Podcast, said this:

1. David Gregory will continue to pay the vig on whatever unholy debt he has incurred with Newt Gingrich by letting Newt tread the “Meet the Press” boards whenever he chooses and spout whatever happy-horseshit he wishes under Gregory’s iron-clad guarantee that Newt will NEVER be asked any tricky or embarrassing follow-up questions.

Just to reiterate, here’s the podcast for April 27 of this year. Go to around the 64 minute mark. Driftglass essentially says “Newt shall return,” because the Sunday talk shows are corrupt.

So, guess what the promo was on “Meet the Press” this weekend:

Gingrich and O’Malley discuss 2012 strategies and statistics

This confirms where I should be getting my political analysis from. It’s not from NBC.

Simple answers to unnecessary brain teasers

Ted Koppel asked this unnecessary brain teaser on “Meet the Press” this past weekend:

MR. TED KOPPEL: I don’t think he’s going to be able to answer the central question. You asked the right question in talking about the, the national interest. The question hasn’t yet been answered as to why it is that Libya, of all countries in that region, has won the humanitarian defense sweepstakes of 2011. We have seen many countries, both in that region and throughout the world, where civilian loss and civilian suffering has been much, much greater. Congo for the past 12 years, we’ve lost about five million people. Sudan, three million people, never any talk of military intervention. Take a look at what’s going on in the Ivory Coast today. Secretary Clinton was talking about the number of refugees that might have come out of a Gadhafi attack on Benghazi. You’ve got 700,000 refugees in the Ivory Coast right now–close to a million, in fact. Why, why Libya? Hasn’t been answered.

Simple answer: Oil.

Glad I could clear that up.