Don Lemon: Barack Obama ‘Became the Black President’ at Launch of ‘My Brother’s Keeper’

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Don Lemon: Barack Obama ‘Became the Black President’ at Launch of ‘My Brother’s Keeper’

CNN anchor Don Lemon was visibly emotional on Thursday after President Obama announced a new initiative, “My Brother’s Keeper,” aimed at helping black and Hispanic youths to graduate from high school and train for careers. On Friday, Lemon continued talking about President Obama’s comments, telling fellow CNN anchor Carol Costello that he “became the black president” in that moment.

Costello said, “It sounds like a great program. But Don, as you well know, it takes more than money and programs to solve racism.” She asked, “Do you think the president will continue to be vocal, to be blunt, since his term is ending?””Is this a time to be America’s black president?” she asked.

Don Lemon said he wrote a column Thursday on that theme.  He said the president “has been criticized about this – it came a little bit too late, whatever. That doesn’t matter.” Lemon added, “Yes, he became the black president, and not in a bad way.”

“When the auto industry needed help the most, he bailed them out. That did not mean he was president just for autoworkers. When financiers needed help, it didn’t mean he was just president for Wall Street. He realized at that particular moment that this particular group needs my help. And that’s why I said he became the black president, and that’s not such a bad thing. I think he realized that these young men are ultimately his legacy.”

Don Lemon’s comments come at Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly went in on Valerie Jarrett about the ‘gangsta culture.’ He asked Jarrett to tell ‘gangsta rappers’ like Jay Z and Kanye West to knock it off. He urged her to say their behavior is wrong if the White House really wants to improve minority communities:

“They idolize these guys with the hats on backwards, and the terrible rap lyrics and the drug and all of that,” he continued, adding that high-profile figures need to hammer young people with that message to “reverse the peer pressure.”

O’Reilly also challenged First Lady Michelle Obama to come on “The Factor” and tell teenage girls “You stop having sex. You stop getting pregnant. This is wrong.” Source: Talking Points Memo

Of course, the usual chorus of right wing haters didn’t let this moment pass without giving their two cents. Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin attacked the President’s new initiative saying it was as bad as Arizona’s anti-gay bill, SB 1062, which was vetoed by Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday. Never mind the fact that young black and Hispanic men are disproportionately imprisoned and impoverished. Ms. Rubin accused Obama of “hyping” racial differences that would cause divisions by using “victimhood as a political weapon.” Really? She also wrote “In any event, it’s insipid to suggest one’s ‘brother’ for whom you should look after is defined by skin color or ethnic background.” Um, whatever….

President Obama Slams Bill O’Reilly: ‘You and Your TV Station Push Benghazi, IRS’

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President Obama Slams Bill O’Reilly: ‘You and Your TV Station Push Benghazi, IRS’ (Credit: Donkey Hotey)

Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly got smacked down by President Obama during a 10-minute pre-Super Bowl interview that should have been about his plans for the rest of his term in office. Instead, Bill O’Reilly sought to dredge up old stories — Benghazi, Internal Revenue Service snooping scandal and the Healthcare.gov website problems. Um, OLD NEWS BILLOOO! The rest of the interview will air on Fox News.

O’Reilly grilled President Obama on why he didn’t fire Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius after the healthcare website debacle. He also asked the president if he thought the “If you like your plan you can keep your plan” claim was the “biggest mistake” of his presidency. President Obama responded to both questions, arguing that the implementation of the Affordable Care Act was an ongoing process and he was committed to moving ahead instead of dwelling on past mistakes — “I try to focus not on the fumbles but on the next play.”

O’Reilly also asked him about Benghazi, which has been thoroughly taken apart every way possible by the Republicans and the answer was clear — no cover-up. O’Reilly sniped, “Your detractors believe that you did not tell the world it was a terror attack because your campaign didn’t want that out. That’s what they believe.” Obama responded, “And they believe it because folks like you tell them that.” He also added on the IRS scandal, “These kinds of things keep on surfacing because folks like you will promote them.”

O’REILLY: So you don’t recall seeing Schulman, because what some people are saying is that the IRS was used at a local level in Cincinnati, maybe other places –

OBAMA: Absolutely wrong.

O’REILLY: How do you know that, because we still don’t know what happened?

OBAMA: No, we do — that’s not what happened. Folks have again had multiple hearings on this. These kinds of things keep on surfacing in part because you and your TV station will promote them. But – Source: Think Progress

Um, why was Bill O’Reilly sitting on the edge of his seat and fidgeting while President Obama was calm, cool and collected? This picture says it all:

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Bill O’Reilly Sitting On Edge of Seat During Obama Interview (Credit: Pete Souza)

Watch the Obama-O’Reilly interview:

Bill O’Reilly Slams Oprah Winfrey Critics Over Zurich Racism Incident as “Misguided”

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Bill O’Reilly Slams Oprah Winfrey Critics Over Zurich Racism Incident as “Misguided”

Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly came to talk show diva Oprah Winfrey’s ‘rescue’ over the Zurich handbag race row. He opened his show Wednesday night by defending Winfrey as controversy swirled over her claims of racism at upscale Trois Pommes boutique. O’Reilly slammed her critics as “misguided” and told her that it’s probably best for her to “ignore” racism like this in the future.

O’Reilly said “that was Oprah’s experience and she has every right to express her opinions about it. The truth is there are racists. There are people who don’t like women holding power. There are all kinds of loons running around.”

He said that Oprah Winfrey is now “one of the most powerful human beings on the planet” and that proves being black did not hold her back from success. O’Reilly said, “There is racism in the world,” O’Reilly said. “It’s not going away. And if you can change it, try, but most of the time ignore it. And on’t let it dampen your life.”

While I agree with most of what Bill O’Reilly said, why should Oprah Winfrey ignore what she perceived to be racism?

Bill O’Reilly Goes After ‘The View’ Co-Host Sherri Shepherd During Ongoing ‘Race Feud’

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Bill O’Reilly Goes After ‘The View’ Co-Host Sherri Shepherd During Ongoing ‘Race Feud’

Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly dug in for yet another day on his views of what ails the black community. He tore into ‘racial charlatans’ Rev. Al Sharpton and Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson, who have ripped him over his commentary last week. O’Reilly singled out rapper Jay Z, basically saying he managed to become wealthy in a country he called ‘racist.’

Bill O’Reilly also went after The View’s Sherri Shepherd, who told Don Lemon on Monday that she didn’t like how he appeared to make his comments on race legitimate, since, “O’Reilly didn’t grow up as a young black boy and doesn’t understand the experience.” To that, O’Reilly fired back: “If she’s honest then she would have to keep quiet during 75 percent of the topics on The View, because she’s not a white woman and can’t possibly know that experience. How foolish is this?!”

Bill O’Reilly Lauds Don Lemon as ‘Courageous,’ Tells ‘Race Hustler’ Al Sharpton “Your Day is Done”

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Bill O’Reilly Lauds Don Lemon as ‘Courageous,’ Tells Race Hustler Al Sharpton “Your Day is Done”

Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly lauded CNN host Don Lemon as ‘honest’ and ‘courageous’ for backing him in his scathing but distorted view of what ails the black community. He ripped into Rev. Al Sharpton saying he ‘attacked the messenger, implying I am a racist.’ He also said, “The day of the race hustlers is coming to an end.” O’Reilly said, “Lemon was predictably attacked by the race hustlers, but his courage stands in stark contrast to their ignorance and corruption.” Well, this squabble will live yet another day.

Rev. Al Sharpton hit O’Reilly earlier Monday by playing his infamous  “motherfucking iced tea” moment, which he accused Sharpton of taking it out of context, saying he is being attacked by Rev. Al and other TV pundits are “because I am a threat to them.” Um, I scarcely believe Bill O’Reilly is a threat to anyone in the black community.

I may be in the minority on this, but I agree with Bill O’Reilly about the gangster culture. As far as the black family unit is concerned, President Obama has spoken out about absentee fathers on many occasions, though O’Reilly is quick to say otherwise. Politifact said the CDC statistics back @DonLemonCNN on his statement that 72% of black children are born out of wedlock. True. I know several single parents, both black and white, and their kids are good kids who have never gotten into any trouble.

The entertainment industry values profits over decency. Jay Z, who claims his very presence is ‘charity’ and who loves to drop President Obama’s name as a friend any chance he gets, should be ashamed of himself for spewing such ugly lyrics in his rap songs. His latest album, “Magna Carta…Holy Grail” speaks to the gangster culture. I certainly would not allow my teenager to purchase that album. He calls himself a role model, but for whom?

As for Bill O’Reilly’s sudden admiration of Don Lemon is disingenuous, considering he’s all for denying the LGBT community their right to marry whomever they choose.

Reaction to Don Lemon on Twitter:

Watch Bill O’Reilly ‘eviscerate’ Rev. Al Sharpton:

MSNBC’s Goldie Taylor Calls Don Lemon a ‘Turncoat Mofo’ Over Backing Bill O’Reilly’s Race Comments

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MSNBC’s Goldie Taylor Calls Don Lemon a ‘Turncoat Mofo’ Over Backing Bill O’Reilly’s Race Comments (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Did MSNBC contributor Goldie Taylor call CNN’s Don Lemon a ‘turncoat mofo’ over his comments in which he seemed to back Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly criticizing the black community on black-on-black violence? Why do we have to call people names when we don’t agree with what they are saying? I have been covering black-on-black crime for a long time and I agree with some of what Don Lemon said on CNN Saturday night. Bill O’Reilly made some inaccurate comments during his ‘rage,’ such as President Obama not addressing problems in the black community. He has and on many occasions, including his commencement speech at Morehouse College a few months ago. But the gist of what O’Reilly said wasn’t so far-fetched, but his way of reaching that view was distorted and one-sided. Not all young black men are thugs nor are all young white males mass murderers. Still, we can’t sweep the problems confronting the black community under a rug nor can we beat each other up when we don’t agree. Ted Nugent gets a pass and is dismissed as a wingnut, but Don Lemon comes under blistering criticism for speaking up? Where’s the logic?

Don Lemon was excoriated by Global Grind’s editor-in-chief Michael Skolnik: “I think your comments sounded like a conservative preacher on a Sunday, and certainly Bill O’Reilly should welcome you on his show.”“I’m disappointed in you.” “You’re talking about sagging pants.” “I’ve heard this rap for years. Let’s stop talking about sagging pants, and let’s talk about why we incarcerate 2.2 million people in this country, and why young kids look up to guys who come out of jail. We waged a war against black and brown people forty years ago, the War on Drugs, and it failed miserably, and now we’re reaping the repercussions,” Skolnik added.

While I agree that the justice systems discriminates against black males, we cannot ignore the fact that the ‘gangster culture’ has permeated our community for all the wrong reasons. Sagging pants are a way of life for many young black men and even some white and Hispanic kids are wearing sagging pants too. We have to take responsibility for our actions. There are many variables that have contributed to the plight of the black community, but we can start by having a dialogue without getting mad when black-on-black crime is brought up.

I recently visited High Point, North Carolina, and I was appalled to see the state of the poor black neighborhoods, with trash all over the place, and some houses falling apart. Not because you are poor your home or community has to look rundown and seedy. This is also evident in many inner city communities across the U.S. That’s what Don Lemon addressed and he was lambasted. Lemon also referenced the use of the word ‘nigger’ as a part of the vocabulary of many young black males. Why? The word never had positive implications for us from its inception and throughout history. Why use it like a badge of honor? There’s a thing called personal responsibility and it should be embraced, not shunned.

The cycle of poverty can be broken with finishing school and being serious about getting a career. Not everyone is cut out for a four-year college program, but there are numerous vocational schools and community colleges as viable options. The system must also give non-violent offenders a chance at having a decent life in which he or she can become gainfully employed instead of being blacklisted and forced into a life of crime.

Don Lemon pointed to single parenthood as a big reason for the problems in the black community: “More than 72 percent of children in the African-American community are born out of wedlock. That means absent fathers. And the studies show that lack of a male role model is an express train right to prison and the cycle continues. So, please, black folks, as I said if this doesn’t apply to you, I’m not talking to you. Pay attention to and think about what has been presented in recent history as acceptable behavior. Pay close attention to the hip-hop and rap culture that many of you embrace. A culture that glorifies everything I just mentioned, thug and reprehensible behavior, a culture that is making a lot of people rich, just not you. And it’s not going to. That said, though, the political right is not off the hook.”

I am in no way suggesting that racism isn’t real. It is and it’s evident in many sectors, such as in cases where black applicants with black sounding names are more likely not to be called for an interview than whites or in the housing market with higher interest rates, for example. We have to start the dialogue on race in our own communities and with each other. We can’t get mad because Don Lemon made uncomfortable comments. He told the truth. MSNBC is being as racially polarizing as Fox News. You can’t tell one group of people that the word nigger is off limits to them, and embrace its use in the black community. That’s just a fact. We don’t have to fall for the right wing hypocrisy on what ails the black community every time an unarmed black kid gets killed or arrested. Why not start having that dialogue among ourselves and working towards saving our communities?

Here’s what Goldie Taylor tweeted:

Here’s Don Lemon’s segment on race:

Ford Theatre Says Bill O’Reilly’s New Bestseller “Killing Lincoln,” Riddled with Factual Errors

Bill O’Reilly’s new bestselling book, “Killing Lincoln,” flunked by National Park Service Ford Theatre’s Rae Emerson as being “riddled with factual errors.”

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Ford Theatre Says Bill O'Reilly's New Bestseller "Killing Lincoln," Riddled with Factual Errors

Bill O’Reilly’s new bestselling book, “Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever,” was recently flunked by Rae Emerson, deputy superintendent for the official National Park Service bookstore at Ford’s Theatre, who recommended that the bestseller not be sold at the historic site ‘because of the lack of documentation and the factual errors within the publication.’ Well, I guess Bill O’Reilly kept his word about not wanting to write another “boring history book,” but one interspersed with fiction, in what the Christian Science Monitor calls a “sensationalized, suggestive, and overly simplistic” tale of Lincoln’s life. In the tradition of Fox News’ long history of twisting the truth.

We received a copy of the audio book from Macmillan Audio in October. We found the book to be interesting, but sensational in its account of what led up to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. My 10 year old son listened along with me and it piqued his interest but therein lies the problem. I wanted him to learn more about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the historical context based on factual information, not half-truths, un-truths and sensationalism. I believe that if a book is on the top of the bestseller’s list and it’s not a work of fiction, then it should be truthful and factual, not riddled with factual errors. If there’s fiction, then I must concede that Bill O’Reilly’s “Killing Lincoln” belongs under the title of fiction.

Here are some factual errors recounted by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard & refuted by Rae Emerson:

Chapter 15

“The two warriors will never meet again.”

Fact comment:

On April 10, 1865 Generals Lee and Grant met a second time at Appomattox Court House, Virginia. At that second meeting General Lee requested that his men be given evidence that they were paroled prisoners – to protect them from arrest or harassment. 28,231 parole passes were issued to Confederates.

Chapter 21, 27, etc.

“Grant meets with Lincoln in the Oval Office.”

“Lincoln sitting in his Oval Office . . .”

Fact comment:

Oval Office built in 1909 during Taft’s administration.

Chapter 39

“Booth’s second act of preparation that afternoon was using a pen knife to carve a very small peephole in the back wall of the state box. Now he looks through the hole to get a better view of the president.”

Fact comment:

“Despite all attempts to prove, without success, that the hole in the door to box 7 was bored by Booth that same afternoon, a recent letter from Frank Ford of New York City (to Olszewski, April 13, 1962) may clarify the fact. In part, his letter states:

As I told you on your visit here in New York, I say again and unequivocally that John Wilkes Booth did not bore the hole in the door leading to the box President Lincoln occupied the night of the assassination, April 14, 1865  . . .

The hole was bored by my father, Harry Clay Ford, or rather on his orders, and was bored for the very simple reason it would allow the guard, on Parker, easy opportunity whenever he so desired to look into the box rather than to open the inner door to check on the presidential party . . .. Source: Salon

It should also be noted that Ellen Fitzpatrick, history professor at the University of New Hampshire,also criticized the book in a Washington Post review, saying, that there was “no credible evidence to support such an assertion” that Secretary of War Edwin Stanton “was involved in the plot to kill Lincoln, in the hope that he might ascend to the presidency.” I’m afraid Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard are the “pinheads” he loves to refer to on the “O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News Channel. It’s quite clear that Bill O’Reilly is no historian and should stick to his day job, instead of trying to confuse 10 years old kids like my son with a sensational account of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. It is a sad commentary that Bill O’Reilly’s book is banned from being sold at the very place where Abraham Lincoln was killed because it is nothing more than a sensational bore. Why am I not surprised that someone from Fox News is twisting the truth again……

Joy Behar Slams Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly During Appearance on "Reliable Sources" (VIDEO)

Joy Behar of “The View” and soon-to-be host of her own show on HLN, literally took right wing nutjob Glenn Beck to the backyard shed and gave him a tongue lashing. This all occurred during her appearance on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” this morning. She also slammed Bill O’Reilly, but much of her venom was directed to the network clown, Glenn Beck. Behar said she thinks his past struggles with alcohol and drug addiction could be one of the reasons why he cultivates such outrageous personality:

But I think that he is frequently ridiculous and doesn’t make any sense as far as I’m concerned. But he calls himself a rodeo clown, he’s a clown, he’s on the cover of Time magazine. I mean the media just plays right into his hands… He’s addicted to all of that publicity I think. It took the place of drinking.

Dang, I guess she just read Beck like a tawdry Mills & Boon novel. I can tolerate Bill O’Reilly because he is a far more reasonable person than Glenn Beck. I honestly would not ever label Bill O’Reilly as an extremist, much less a racist. Beck, on the other hand, he’s a hopeless nutcase.

Dissed By President Obama, Fox News’ Chris Wallace Calls White House "Biggest Bunch Of Crybabies I’ve Ever Seen" (VIDEO)


Last night, “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace appeared on Bill O’Reilly’s show to complain about President Obama’s decision to skip Fox News when he embarks on a media blitz on Sunday to push health care reform. POTUS will appear on Al Punto, a public affairs show on Univision instead of Fox News. In case the right wing hasn’t noticed, the Hispanic community, which is growing in leaps and bounds, is commanding a lot of attention, and rightly so.

Wait, wasn’t Chris Wallace the same person who accused the Obama administration of “childishness,” saying: “They are the biggest bunch of crybabies I have dealt with in my 30 years in Washington.” So, Chris, what’s the problem now that the President has dissed you the way Fox News continues to diss him?

It’s time for a reality check Fox News. The President doesn’t have to take what you are dishing up — unfair and unbalanced views and news.

Bill O’Reilly Backs Public Option "If it Provides Working Americans With an Affordable Option to Other Private Insurance Plans"

Call the paramedics! Bill O’Reilly backs public option “if it provides working Americans with an affordable option to other private insurance plans.” Whoa. That’s a bold declaration for anyone coming from Faux News. As noted by DailyKos’ Jed Lewison, O’Reilly had the following exchange with the Heritage Foundation’s Nina Owcharenko:

O’REILLY: The public option now is done. We discussed this, it’s not going to happen. But you say that this little marketplace that they’re going to set up, whereby the federal government would subsidize insurance for some Americans, that is, in your opinion, a public option?

OWCHARENKO: Well, it has massive new federal regulation. So you don’t necessarily need a public option if the federal government is going to control and regulate the type of health insurance that Americans can buy.

O’REILLY: But you know, I want that, Ms. Owcharenko. I want that. I want, not for personally for me, but for working Americans, to have a option, that if they don’t like their health insurance, if it’s too expensive, they can’t afford it, if the government can cobble together a cheaper insurance policy that gives the same benefits, I see that as a plus for the folks. Source: DailyKos

Well, this is indeed a first. Seriously folks, is Mr. O’Reilly ailing? This certainly isn’t typical for anyone at Fox News to agree with President Obama, except Geraldo Rivera, of course.