When Colin Kaepernick wore a tee shirt featuring the bearded mug of Fidel Castro as he explained why he won’t stand for the National Anthem before games in which he may not play, he didn’t help his cause, and undercut a brilliant game plan.
Those who continue to bitterly cling to the notion that the press is fair and balanced won't be able to explain this one away.
In covering Colin Kaepernick's Sunday comments about his decision to sit through the National Anthem just before the beginning of National Football League games, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback called GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump "openly racist." He immediately followed by stating that "any other person" would "be in prison" for having "done (the) things illegally" that Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton has done. The press has frequently mentioned what Kaepernick said about Trump, but has almost completely ignored what he said about Mrs. Clinton.
Appearing as a guest on Monday's CNN Tonight, liberal CNN political commentator and New York Times columnist Charles Blow charged that Republicans as a party are trying to "suppress" and take away the rights of America's black population as he argued against an African-American guest who suggested blacks should consider voting for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. Blow: "These are not the same kinds of parties. These are just not -- trying to pretend that they are, and to pretend to pretend that 'the Democrats have failed you and therefore you need to turn away from that,' it takes away from the fact that the Republicans are actively engaged in trying to take away your rights, actively engaged in trying to suppress you right now."
The liberal commentator also repeated the tired charge that efforts from the right to restrict welfare are rooted in racism, as he acknowledged that more whites than blacks receive welfare, because most of the conservative base allegedly believe incorrectly that more blacks receive welfare.
Appearing as a guest on Tuesday's New Day on CNN to defend NFL player Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand for the National Anthem, comedian and former CNN host D.L. Hughley griped about veterans and white athletes who have criticized Kaepernick but have not condemned "brutality" against black Americans, and charged that their "protest" is a protest "in agreement of" violence. Hughley: "When will a white NFL player say something about police brutality? Ever? We've stood with veterans. When will they say something about police brutality? They won't. These things exist because America is silent, much like Kaepernick's protest. His protest is to protest violence; theirs is in agreement of it."
In what must be at least the twentieth media installment of "I can't be objective about this," MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski brought out her death stare as she reacted on Friday's Morning Joe show to Donald Trump's characterization of Hillary Clinton as a bigot — after several months during which Mrs. Clinton, her campaign and the press (but I repeat myself) have routinely called Trump or his rhetoric "racist."
Apparently unaware that we heard her the first time, Brzezinski addressed Mr. Trump as if there, saying "You have no idea" three separate times, and also said, "I can't pretend and sort of try to cover this fairly and put it in a veil of objectivity." Why don't you tell us something we didn't already know?
CNN's Marc Lamont Hill sided with Colin Kaepernick on Monday's New Day, after the NFL quarterback used the national anthem to protest the apparent oppression of blacks in the U.S.: "When black people...critique America, a certain label gets put on that doesn't get put on other people." Hill also played up how the anthem was written before the abolition of slavery, and derided criticism of Kaepernick as "another example of white people defining for black people what's most important."
While all three network morning shows on Monday acknowledged the “controversy” and “outrage” swirling around 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick refusing to stand during the National Anthem, the broadcasts still framed the disrespectful act as him taking a “stand” to “protest racism in America.”
On Sunday's New Day on CNN, during a discussion of the NFL's Colin Kaepernick refusing to stand during the National Anthem, and his subsequent statement accusing the U.S. of being a nation that "oppresses black people," citing violence by police, both guests expressed support for him in the aftermath of his expression of anti-U.S. sentiment. CNN political commentator Errol Louis lauded the NFL star's decision as "weighty" and sympathetically concluded that "we should wish him the best of luck in getting through this."
MSNBC’s Joy Reid was back at it again, Saturday, shouting down a conservative guest when they talked about the facts she wants to remain hidden. This time she shouted down Alfonso Aguilar, the President of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, for daring to mention Planned Parenthood and Founder Margaret Sanger’s entrenched past in the eugenics movement. “Planned Parenthood is not a eugenicist organization,” Reid exclaimed loudly on AM Joy, “I think that is incredibly offensive.”
In a pre-recorded report shown on Friday's Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN, correspondent Gary Tuchman recalled examples of "dirty campaigning" in presidential elections going back 200 years, but, when he got to more recent elections, he focused on negative campaigning from the Republican side -- citing Richard Nixon, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Donald Trump -- while ignoring infamous examples from the left except for current candidate Hillary Clinton.
Plenty of journalists saw Hillary Clinton’s Thursday speech on Donald Trump and white nationalists as an attempt to further separate the GOP nominee from Republicans who aren’t #NeverTrump but are leery of voting for him. Kevin Drum of Mother Jones “propose[d] a different explanation”: that Hillary “was giving the press permission to talk about Donald Trump's racism." But Esquire’s Charles Pierce has no confidence that pundits and reporters will deal properly with the racism issue. The media, Pierce says, have "normalized [the] candidate" who "normalized hate groups."
Appearing as a guest on Friday's Wolf show, liberal CNN presidential historian Douglas Brinkley tagged Donald Trump as the "kingpin" of "dog whistles and innuendo about race," charging that the GOP presidential candidate is "looking for racist votes." He also worked in a dig at Richard Nixon as he accused the former Republican President of campaigning on the term "law and order" as a "clever way to be a bigot."