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Can MSNBC Drop Tony Blair?

I wonder if Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton might be taking a trip across the pond soon.

Tony Blair yesterday claimed the spate of knife and gun murders in London was not being caused by poverty, but a distinctive black culture. His remarks angered community leaders, who accused him of ignorance and failing to provide support for black-led efforts to tackle the problem.

One accused him of misunderstanding the advice he had been given on the issue at a Downing Street summit.

Black community leaders reacted after Mr Blair said the recent violence should not be treated as part of a general crime wave, but as specific to black youth. He said people had to drop their political correctness and recognise that the violence would not be stopped "by pretending it is not young black kids doing it".

More on Jackson below.


Comments (25)

OK, time to ban those semi-... (Below threshold)
Skul:

OK, time to ban those semi-automatic assault kitchen knives.

lol skulIs ... (Below threshold)

lol skul


Is this any worse than what Bill Cosby said?

Lorie: "Can MSNBC Dro... (Below threshold)
Lee:

Lorie: "Can MSNBC Drop Tony Blair?"

Oh geez -- are bigots still losing sleep over Imus' being smacked for letting his spew loose on the best damn college women's basketball team in the nation? Is his mandatory two vacation just too much for his supporters to bear?

Glad you have your priorities in order, Lorie. Rich racists like Imus just don't have enough people standing up for them when they call talented athletes "whores" these days -- glad to see you and Malkin and up for the task.

Or is this an instance where you aren't in fact supporting Imus, it just appears that way because your hatred of America's most prominent black spokesmen Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson is out of control?

It's so difficult sometimes to see the racism in America... and then sometimes... it isn't.

Lorie, anytime you or Kim p... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Lorie, anytime you or Kim post an article, the lefties attach YOU. I believe they are sexist. They, the lefties probably think you should be in the kitchen and not using your mind. Anyone that can actually defend the actions in total of Jackson and Sharpton is way beyond reason. Those two alone have done more damage for race relations then anyone. Including KKK Byrd. Blairs facts may need to be reviewed for validity. If statistically backed up, thems the facts. ww

It's funny that 'Liberals' ... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

It's funny that 'Liberals' like The Resident Moron (and proven liar), Lee, aren't able to distinguish between race and culture. Funny, but not surprising in the least.

Seems to me that if Imus ge... (Below threshold)
spypeach:

Seems to me that if Imus gets fired so should Rosie. What she says is just as vile and probably does more damage. The only difference seems to be that she hasn't offended a black person yet. I guess anyone can say anything they want as long as it doesn't offend a minority. I'm not going to defend Imus he's an idiot and he got fired because people complained, advertisers left and MSNBC lost money. The bottom line is there is freedom of speech but that doesn't mean it doesn't come without consequences. But I think its money more than politics that dictates who stays and who goes.

Lee doesn't know what racis... (Below threshold)
J.R.:

Lee doesn't know what racism actually is. He just knows that all conservatives are racist, at least in his mind. And why is that, just because that is what he feels.

He also knows next to nothing about athletics apparently because even after multiple clarifications in another thread that Rutgers actually lost, he still claims them to be the best damn college team!

As far as this post goes, its good to see leaders address the problem honestly instead of dancing around it to spare someone's feelings.

Lee apparently also doesn't... (Below threshold)
Tim:

Lee apparently also doesn't know that Rutgers is not the 'best damn college women's basketball team in the nation'. That honor goes to the University of Tennessee, who beat Rutgers 59-46 in the championship game.

"I'm not going to defend... (Below threshold)
Lee:

"I'm not going to defend Imus he's an idiot and he got fired because people complained"

Imus hasn't been fired. MSNBC is no longer simulcasting his show, but his show still is being produced in MSNBC studios, and it actually airs on the CBS radio network. His "punishment" is a mandatory two week vacation imposed by CBS that begins next Monday. CBS is his employer.

J. R. - the "best" don't always win -- just look at the 2000 and 2004 Presidential Elections for graphic evidence of that.

CBS should fire Imus, and Bruce Gordon, a member of the CBS Board of Directors, is now calling on his network to axe Imus.

lee, "the best don't always... (Below threshold)
D-Hoggs:

lee, "the best don't always win"

HAH!!! Typical lib thinking. lee's experience with sports is obviously from his time on PC bullshit teams where "everyone's a winner!!" and all the kids, no matter how shitty, get trophies!! Second place is second place lee, and therefore, not first place, i.e. "The Best".

Getting back on topic (sorr... (Below threshold)

Getting back on topic (sorry), I suggest clicking through to read the whole story, quite eye-opening. For example, witness how quickly 'black community' groups can rally and take action in unity when it comes time to attack someone for pointing out the blisteringly obvious that they don't want to accept. So where exactly is this solidarity and positive impetus when it comes to actually addressing the problem - be it gangs or disproportionate poverty (or whatever it happens to be)? Was that a tumbleweed?

And, as for off-topicness: Lee, your pitiful attempt to cover up for the fact that you had no clue that Rutgers didn't win the championship by lamely trying to spin your erroneous comment into some sort of 'best team doens't always win' nonsense just makes you look, if possible, even stupider...and no one's buying it. An adult would say they screwed up and should have said '2nd best team' or something. Grow up.

Everybody born in the Twent... (Below threshold)
kim:

Everybody born in the Twentieth Century is racist.
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One comment has to do with ... (Below threshold)
sean nyc/aa:

One comment has to do with criminals in England, who happen to be predominantly black.

The other has to do with a women's basketball team who had demonstrated nothing but class and good sportsmanship.

The comparison is really pretty weak.

I agree with Sean, one comm... (Below threshold)
PJ O'Rourke:

I agree with Sean, one comment has nothing to do with the other. Imis is well known for his racist/sexist jokes and this time he picked on young, innocent and exemplary women. He should have been fired years ago.

The comparison is just a kn... (Below threshold)
Lee:

The comparison is just a knee-jerk, racist, apologetic reaction to the understandable and justifiable public outrage over Imus' remarks and the fact that he hasn't been fired (yet).

Judging from Paul's childish post above his knees can't keep still either.

Still waiting for Jay Tea to weigh in on this issue, but I guess the paperboy who delivers Jay''s Boston Globe is running late today, so Jay is at a loss for words.

While the comparison to Imu... (Below threshold)
J.R.:

While the comparison to Imus may be bogus, don't think for a second that if some politician were to say such a thing here in the U.S. (regardless of its validity) that Jackson and Sharpton wouldn't be marching in the streets the next day demanding satisfaction!

Obviously lee doesn't have ... (Below threshold)
D-Hoggs:

Obviously lee doesn't have a problem with Blair's remarks, therefore he believes Imus' remarks were worse than Blair's, therefore, by his own logic he has spelled out for us, lee is defending Blair's remarks.

Tarbaby Ho!========<... (Below threshold)
kim:

Tarbaby Ho!
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Well, you know, race has lo... (Below threshold)
kim:

Well, you know, race has long been a sticky subject to discuss; difficult to engage in debate without getting smeared with invective, and smearing. Right, Br'er Bear?
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J. R. - the "best" don't... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

J. R. - the "best" don't always win -- just look at the 2000 and 2004 Presidential Elections for graphic evidence of that.

The "best" wasn't running in those races, so the least worst won in both cases.

I just made up a new politi... (Below threshold)

I just made up a new politicaly correct dictum:


"Victims of root causes cannot be held responsible for being the root cause of anything else."

Maybe Imus can to go work f... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

Maybe Imus can to go work for Sen. Joe Biden...

"You cannot go to a 7/11 or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I'm not joking."

"I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy"

Bwahahahahahah....Lee doesn... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Bwahahahahahah....Lee doesn't even know who won the basketball championship. Too funny.

And now Imus is asking when is Al Sharpton going to apologize to the Duke Lacrosse players! Combine that with the Tony Blair comments. And it's fun as hell to see Rosie look all worried about censorship!

People are fed up and starting to FIGHT BACK and screw this political correctness!

YEEEEEEHAW!

"Caused by a distintive bla... (Below threshold)
914:

"Caused by a distintive black culture"

Kind of like terrorism is caused by a distinctive muslim culture!

Check this.... Based on the... (Below threshold)
Tyler Goines:

Check this.... Based on the color of my skin I'm guilty of slavery. My family, not the people I look like, but my family had nine members fought in the civil war only five came back. Still the Rev Sharpton ( What church does he hold sermons at?) and Jackson say I may not be guilty of slavery but I should feel bad.
Here's the kicker..... I nor any white person ever got a f***ing THANK YOU for the sacrifices made by us. You know it was the bloodiest war ever fought on American soil, it was white on white, but the white man did nothing for blacks...... Isn't that funny?

Any time a person of color tells you that you need to feel bad about slavery you let them know they are direct descendants of Treasonist turn coats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
During the revolutionary war the British went down south and said if any slave fought for one year they would be granted freedom.... Blacks turned out in droves. Thousands of slaves went and fought AGAINST the Americans. THAT'S TREASON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I know, I know they were fighting for their freedom so that excuses the crime. Wrong... in every country through out time up till today no one excuses Treason...... There is not excuse

Some people will say well America wasn't a country at the time.... We didn't become a country until 1782. Well that great but every American accepts 1776 as our birth of a nation. So any crimes against America starting form July 4,1776 is a crime against America ...... Including Treason.

Whites who fought against slavery, those who made it a crime to have slaves should fell bad about something that was COMPLETELY LEGAL until whites changed that, but blacks are not guilty of Treason, an act that is still punishable by death. Why? Blacks may feel bad? Oh no... the ONLY people who say all the time whites should feel bad....... We can't have those people feel bad about THEIR indiscretions. That would be wrong..... Matter of fact many may call me a racist for pointing out the truth.

REMEMBER whites this is for when you are told to feel bad about slavery. It is not an argument to make blacks feel bad.

We ALL need to stop letting the media divide us along color lines. We need solidarity so we can fight the ones separating us.

A few moons ago the powers that be gave control of two piers along the west side of Manhattan.... Every New Yorker stood up together regardless of race, creed, or color and said WE WILL NOT HAVE THIS. The next day that came to a screeching halt. Proving to me that the power of the American people was still strong.
That is my dream... The power of the American people.

When we all stand up and tell Them (powers that be) WE will not have this anymore. I know as you and They know it will truly be a new day.

Here's your war cry -----------
THIS IS A NEW DAY AND WE WILL NOT BE DEVIDED ANY MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-Tyler Goines
4/14/07




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