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FoxNews ticker: "Let's hope the magic negro does a good job"

From The Raw Story this morning comes this gem:

As if Americans needed any more reminders of how closely aligned with the Republican party the Fox News network is, New Year’s Eve brings us this new tidbit.

During it’s broadcast from New York City, the network encouraged viewers to send in text messages which, if approved by moderators, would scroll across the Fox ticker at the bottom of the screen.


I realize that it was a viewer comment that “slipped by” a moderator, but still… c’mon, guys. Way to perpetuate your own stereotype!


  1. HappyinVT

    in a new year than to watch FOX”News.”

    And, slightly OT, but I’ve had Puff, the Magic Dragon stuck in my head for days now, and I only know about 10 words.

  2. I kind off fell out of love with Paul Krugman during the primaries (for obvious reasons) but I’m a forgiving person, and he wrote a terrific editorial about this the other day.

    Forty years ago the G.O.P. decided, in effect, to make itself the party of racial backlash…. In 1981 Lee Atwater, the famed Republican political consultant, explained the evolution of the G.O.P.’s “Southern strategy,” which originally focused on opposition to the Voting Rights Act but eventually took a more coded form: “You’re getting so abstract now you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is blacks get hurt worse than whites.” In other words, government is the problem because it takes your money and gives it to Those People.

    Oh, and the racial element isn’t all that abstract, even now: Chip Saltsman, currently a candidate for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee, sent committee members a CD including a song titled “Barack the Magic Negro” – and according to some reports, the controversy over his action has actually helped his chances.

    So the reign of George W. Bush, the first true Southern Republican president since Reconstruction, was the culmination of a long process.

    This is what I’ve always sensed about the Republican attitudes to ‘big government’ – the antipathy wasn’t Friedmanite or Hayekian (except for the academic upper echelons) it was an attack on ‘those people’, welfare mums etc and their ways.

    As Krugman says at the end, whatever happens to Obama’s administration in the next four to eight years, one kind of hegemony is over…

    Will the Republicans eventually stage a comeback? Yes, of course. But barring some huge missteps by Mr. Obama, that will not happen until they stop whining and look at what really went wrong. And when they do, they will discover that they need to get in touch with the real “real America,” a country that is more diverse, more tolerant, and more demanding of effective government than is dreamt of in their political philosophy.


    you guys.  🙁

    Happy Rest of the New Year!!!!!

    Can’t wait to do my happy dance on January 20th.

    fogiv — Could you do a graphic of a moose doing his happy dance?

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