Craig Crawford announced on his blog that he is leaving MSNBC because he is sick and tired of being a "cartoon player for lefty games" demanded of him by the ideologues who run the channel of Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews.
Aside from the obvious lack of journalistic standards at MSNBC, Crawford pointed to the attempt by Matthews to smear Crawford as a racist. Matthews made the insinuation in typical Matthews fashion, by claiming that anyone who is against Obama must have a racial motivation.
During the 2008 primary, Matthews perceived Crawford as being too willing to defend Hillary Clinton, hence the insinuation that Crawford must be a racist (emphasis mine):
I haven’t felt like a good fit for MSNBC since the presidential campaign, and the hard turn toward point-of-view programming. No particular event brought this on, just my desire to try other outlets and have more fun. As far as Chris is concerned, on Morning Joe after the West Virginia primary he accused me of always defending Clinton and what he claimed to be her racially motivated campaigning. That’s the problem. Trying to be fair became seen as bias in the new thinking over there. But I do wish my many pals at MSNBC nothing but good things.In comments to his blog post, Crawford responded to a reader as follows (emphasis mine):
thanks bethy, i have never and never will forgive Chris for calling me a racist after the West Virginia primary (the last time I will ever go on air with him). Probably should have resigned then and there, but better late than never.I completely understand Crawford's sentiments. The use of the race card by liberals and those who call themselves liberal is one of if not the most vile aspects of modern politics.
The race card is a tactic which was perfected by Obama supporters in the fight with Hillary Clinton, and it is used every single day against conservative bloggers.
Sometimes the accusation is up front, but more often it is an insinuation based on a crowd being too "white" or someone supposedly caring only about what white voters think, and so on.
Here is an MSNBC clip showing Matthews harping on the supposedly all white crowds greeting Sarah Palin (via Newsbusters), suggesting that the color of the crowd reflected racism:
More damage has been done to race relations in this country in the last several years by the use of the race card than by almost any other factor.
Hence the reason I have developed the Saturday Night Card Game series, and have devoted many dozens of posts to exposing this tactic.
The morally bankrupt people who use the race card deserve to be called out for it.
And tonight, it's Chris Matthews being called out by his former colleague, Craig Crawford.
Saturday Night Card Game
An Allergic Reaction To The Race Card
"Race" As Political Weapon
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