As NewsBusters reported, MSNBC's Chris Matthews on Wednesday said Sarah Palin's recent "shuck and jive" comments about Barack Obama's ever-changing story on the attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, were a racist "dog whistle."
Palin responded on Facebook Wednesday evening:
For the record, there was nothing remotely racist in my use of the phrase "shuck and jive" – a phrase which many people have used, including Chris Matthews, Andrew Cuomo, and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney to name a few off the top of my head. In fact, Andrew Cuomo also used the phrase in reference to Barack Obama, and the fact that Mr. Cuomo and I used the phrase in relation to President Obama signifies nothing out of the ordinary. I would have used the exact same expression if I had been writing about President Carter, whose foreign policy rivaled Obama’s in its ineptitude, or about the Nixon administration, which was also famously rocked by a cover-up.
As NewsBusters’ Scott Whitlock pointed out, Matthews used this phrase himself while talking to Rachel Maddow on July 7, 2010.
On top of this, in 2008, then-New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said of Obama, "You can't shuck and jive at a press conference."
Adding insult to injury, on September 7, 2011, Jay Carney, a spokesman for Matthews' beloved President, told the press corps, "Sorry. I'm going to shuck and jive! Time to shuck and jive."
To put even a finer point on the hypocrisy on display, Matthews has said "shuck and jive" on the air at least two additional times:
MATTHEWS: So to speak. But the fact is, those propositions aside, the fact is that Gore has always been one of several political figures in this city. He's been one of the senators. I don't think of him as a celebrity guy. I mean, the poor guy, I said this before earlier in the show. Not poor guy, they can all handle it, but it must drive him crazy to sit next to Clinton as these fund-raisers and see Clinton shuck and jive with the people and dance around there on the stage, loving it and loving the crowd, and Gore is very artificial. - June 2, 2000 Hardball
MATTHEWS: Have you seen her operate under pressure where she`s done something that`s really spontaneously smart, like the way the president handle 9/11 on 9/14, when he went down in the rubble and said we`re going to get the people that knocked down these buildings, reacting to the crowd? Can she do that, can she shuck and jive, can she move with the crowd? - February 27, 2006 Hardball
What's that you were saying about dog whistles, Chris?