MSNBC daytime anchor Thomas Roberts seizes on Mitt Romney’s use of the phrase “Keep America American.” The network claims the phrase plays homage to the Ku Klux Klan slogan of “Keep America American.” According to left-leaning news outlets, the “Keep America American” expression was apparently used by the KKK in the early 1900s.
Somehow the folks at MSNBC believe Mitt Romney is acknowledging his Klan roots by using a similar phrase in his 2012 campaign for the presidency.
UPDATE: On tonight’s edition of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” host Chris Matthews apologized for the “irresponsible” and “incendiary” attack on Mitt Romney.
UPDATE: Al Sharpton, on his show tonight, gave his seal of approval for MSNBC to apologize. Sharpton says he believes Romney deserved the apology because he has also been a “victim” of half-truths.
Okay, here’s the deal:
MSNBC does it’s usual schtick and finds a tenuous (at best) connection between a Republican and racism, then pushes the story. Normally they don’t walk it back or apologize, but this time they did. They did it toot sweet too, and had one of their big guns make the apology on the air.
What’s wrong with this picture?
All year long Mitt Romney has been the presumptive front-runner and the GOP establishment candidate. The GOP has an interest in protecting their favored candidate so it would not be surprising if FOX News behaved that way.
But this is MSNBO – The Obama network. Normally, part of their job is sliming those who oppose Obama. Except they aren’t really loyal to Obama, they are part of the corporatist oligarchy and are loyal to their employers. They helped make Obama POTUS because that’s what their employers wanted.
Their employers want a Potemkin election next year. If the two candidates are Obama and Romney (aka Oromneybama) the corporatists can’t lose.
That’s why all candidates except Oromneybama are fair game. It’s been “pile-on Newt” for the past couple weeks. Before Newt it was Herman Cain. If Ron Paul does well in Iowa you can expect to see some of his old racist newsletters making headlines.
Four years ago Barack Obama was the media favorite. This year Romney is the other media favorite.