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‘I Forgot Chris Matthews Was White’

Posted on | January 28, 2010 | 27 Comments

Raina Kelley of Newsweek had the blog post title of the day. She’s not the only MSM type noticing Vanilla McTingly’s awkward SOTU moment:

  • Jay Bookman, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “I can sympathize with the risks of talking on national TV for a living, but . . . that’s disturbing. Not said with bad intent, perhaps, but strange that he thought he had to go there with so much else to be said.”
  • Brian Montopoli, CBS News: “Speaking to Rachel Maddow later in the evening, Matthews clarified the comments, saying he was ‘very proud’ he made them.”
  • Steve Padilla, Los Angeles Times: “Well, at least he didn’t say President Obama doesn’t speak with a Negro dialect.”
  • Rachel Netter, ABC News: “Matthews quickly tried to clarify his comments on ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’ by saying he was simply proud that race seemed to have no place in Wednesday’s address, but the initial comment reflects the racial taunts and innuendos that have punctuated Obama’s first year in office.”

“Taunts and innuendos”? Maybe my dog-whistle hearing has failed.  Ta-Nehisi Coates of the Atlantic (whose blog post title is a close second to Raina Kelley’s) plumbs the clogged-up toilet of Matthews’ mind:

But I think it’s most worth noting that “I forgot Obama was black” — in all its iterations — is something that white people should stop saying, if only because it’s really dishonest. . . .
In fact, Chris Matthews didn’t forget Barack Obama was black. Chris Matthews forgot that Chris Matthews was white. . . .
At some point that number of white people who still can’t get their heads around our humanity will have to accept the truth: the president is black, even if you don’t quite know what that means.

Coates strays a bit toward identity-politics indignation in that post, but I can relate to the felt need to represent when dealing with a dishonest insult. It’s the “don’t piss down my back and tell me it’s raining” reaction, and I can certainly sympathize with Coates’ rage at being patronized by the Pillsbury Doughboy.

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  • http://ifyouseekpeace.blogspot.com/2010/01/lieutenant-michael-behenna-modern-day.html Ran / Si Vis pacem

    Please… Matthews is a post-maturity critic. Damn, but for years there I’d forgotten that he’s an adult.

  • http://ifyouseekpeace.blogspot.com/2010/01/lieutenant-michael-behenna-modern-day.html Ran / Si Vis pacem

    Please… Matthews is a post-maturity critic. Damn, but for years there I’d forgotten that he’s an adult.

  • http://isthisblogon.blogspot.com Carin

    He forgot Obama was black, but PTL he remembered!

    Whew. That was a close one.

  • http://isthisblogon.blogspot.com Carin

    He forgot Obama was black, but PTL he remembered!

    Whew. That was a close one.

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  • http://www.valley-of-the-shadow.blogspot.com JSF

    It’s a pity, he used to work for Speaker O’Neill. Tip O’Neill wrote the great book, “All Politics is Local,” and the younger Matthews wrote “Hardball,” Both books talked of building coalitions.

    Even with people who don’t politically agree with you.

    Now he is Olbermann’s (and Obama’s) buttboy, so he acts like Squealer from Orwell’s Animal Farm.

    At this point, it is time for Republicans and Conservatives in the Blogosphere and on the Hill to school Matthews.

    In other words, every Conservative and Republican should say “Chrissy Matthews is a RAAAAACIST!”

    Ad Inifitium.

  • http://www.valley-of-the-shadow.blogspot.com JSF

    It’s a pity, he used to work for Speaker O’Neill. Tip O’Neill wrote the great book, “All Politics is Local,” and the younger Matthews wrote “Hardball,” Both books talked of building coalitions.

    Even with people who don’t politically agree with you.

    Now he is Olbermann’s (and Obama’s) buttboy, so he acts like Squealer from Orwell’s Animal Farm.

    At this point, it is time for Republicans and Conservatives in the Blogosphere and on the Hill to school Matthews.

    In other words, every Conservative and Republican should say “Chrissy Matthews is a RAAAAACIST!”

    Ad Inifitium.

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  • http://supportyourlocalgunfighter.com Wyatt Earp

    I keep trying to forget that Chrissy Matthews is an idiot . . . without success.

  • http://supportyourlocalgunfighter.com Wyatt Earp

    I keep trying to forget that Chrissy Matthews is an idiot . . . without success.

  • http://www.makesmybrainitch.blogspot.com Scratcher

    Obama’s BLACK?! GTFO!

    Even the nuts at DemocraticUnderground are calling Matthews a racist. (Well, most of them…)

    My take:
    http://makesmybrainitch.blogspot.com/2010/01/president-is-black.html

  • http://www.makesmybrainitch.blogspot.com Scratcher

    Obama’s BLACK?! GTFO!

    Even the nuts at DemocraticUnderground are calling Matthews a racist. (Well, most of them…)

    My take:
    http://makesmybrainitch.blogspot.com/2010/01/president-is-black.html

  • http://pandagon.blogsome.com/ Amanda Maracotte

    I forgot Chris Matthews was a man.

    So I hate him.

  • http://pandagon.blogsome.com/ Amanda Maracotte

    I forgot Chris Matthews was a man.

    So I hate him.

  • http://pandagon.blogsome.com/ Amanda Maracotte

    I hate him know that I remember he is a man. Even if his manhood is shrunken and impotent, I do not like it.

  • http://pandagon.blogsome.com/ Amanda Maracotte

    I hate him know that I remember he is a man. Even if his manhood is shrunken and impotent, I do not like it.

  • http://jbyp.tfmostudios.com TFMo

    There is Awesome.

    There is even Be-Awesome.

    This isn’t either one, but it’s a pretty good way to get a chuckle while you’re looking for the better stuff.

    Lil’ O-Bama!

    Starting a brand new miniseries at JBYP!

  • http://jbyp.tfmostudios.com TFMo

    There is Awesome.

    There is even Be-Awesome.

    This isn’t either one, but it’s a pretty good way to get a chuckle while you’re looking for the better stuff.

    Lil’ O-Bama!

    Starting a brand new miniseries at JBYP!

  • http://www.politicalbyline.com Patrick

    She’s not the only MSM type noticing Vanilla McTingly’s awkward SOTU moment…

    Vanilla McTingly…. ROFLMAO!

    Thank you for that laugh and loud snort. I needed it. Even if it was at 5:08 in the morning

    Yes, I am a night owl… :D

  • http://www.politicalbyline.com Patrick

    d’oh! I forgot to close the bold tag… Crap. :roll:

  • http://www.politicalbyline.com Patrick

    She’s not the only MSM type noticing Vanilla McTingly’s awkward SOTU moment…

    Vanilla McTingly…. ROFLMAO!

    Thank you for that laugh and loud snort. I needed it. Even if it was at 5:08 in the morning

    Yes, I am a night owl… :D

  • http://www.politicalbyline.com Patrick

    d’oh! I forgot to close the bold tag… Crap. :roll:

  • molonlabe28

    Well, at least it was on MSNBC, so only a statistically insignificant number of viewers saw Matthews’ predictable gaffe.

  • molonlabe28

    Well, at least it was on MSNBC, so only a statistically insignificant number of viewers saw Matthews’ predictable gaffe.

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