By Tom Johnson | July 23, 2016 | 1:17 PM EDT

The debate rages on as to whether Donald Trump has remodeled or vandalized the Republican party. In any event, left-wing pundits spent the week gaping at, and writing about, what they viewed as the grotesque spectacle of the RNC. For example, Daily Kos’s Hunter opined that the convention was "was barely one step up from an internet-peddled snuff film,” and Salon’s Heather Digby Parton declared that “all that’s left of the ‘three-legged stool’ of conservatism is the seat — racism, nativism and xenophobia.”

By Tom Blumer | July 22, 2016 | 11:01 PM EDT

Early this week, in an MSNBC interview, Tavis Smiley said that there's far too much attention being paid to "cop killers" and not enough to "killer cops."

Then, in a Tuesday USA Today column, he cast his sympathetic lot with Gavin Long, who killed three Baton Rouge police offices on Sunday before a police sharpshooter killed him. Smiley told readers that we should "Listen to the Baton Rouge police killer." Later in the week, he interviewed Corine Woodley, Long's mother, on his PBS show. Woodley's own words indicated that what caused her son to snap was that he bought into both the lies of the violent Black Lives Matter movement and the left's obsession with "the one percent."

By Tom Johnson | July 22, 2016 | 9:01 PM EDT

President Obama isn’t making relations between black and white Americans worse. Reality is making them worse, contends Bouie, who wrote in a July 15, 2016 piece that “black Americans—and Americans writ large—are reacting to facts on the ground, killings, and other incidents that put racial inequality into stark relief.” Bouie claimed that on racial matters, Obama has consistently urged “reconciliation and unity,” and that beliefs to the contrary are “nonsense” resulting from “a deliberate miscasting of Obama’s rhetoric.”

By Curtis Houck | July 22, 2016 | 2:03 AM EDT

After her MSNBC colleagues determined that Donald Trump’s convention speech Thursday night was a message derived from talk radio to “white America” that he would “protect” them, convention co-host Rachel Maddow stated just after the midnight Eastern mark that Trump serves as “a gateway drug” to transforming the GOP into one featuring people like David Duke (and by extension the KKK).

By Curtis Houck | July 22, 2016 | 1:04 AM EDT

Reacting to Donald Trump’s nomination acceptance speech to conclude the Republican National Convention (RNC), Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and MSNBC’s AM Joy host Joy Reid ruled late Thursday that Trump channeled a “conservative talk radio” culture in pledging “to white America” that he would “protect” them from illegal immigrants and secularists. 

By Clay Waters | July 21, 2016 | 3:19 PM EDT

In Thursday’s New York Times, reporter Alexander Burns brought in Walter Mondale, failed presidential candidate in 1984, to bash Trump as a “hate advocate” in “Trump May Break Mold, but He Fits a Pattern, Too.” (A Nazi one.) Another aggrieved reporter defended Hillary Clinton from GOP “venom” that had a “strikingly sinister tone that makes the days of Swift-boating and Bush-bashing at past conventions seem tame.”

By Sarah Stites | July 21, 2016 | 11:30 AM EDT

Hollywood Oscar-winner Charlize Theron was selected as the opening ceremony speaker at the 2016 International AIDS Conference this week. In front of thousands of attendees, the South African actress and founder of the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project shared a pretty astounding fact – bigotry is the reason AIDS is still ravaging the globe.

By Curtis Houck | July 20, 2016 | 8:10 PM EDT

Two days after a tense exchange on MSNBC involving race and American history, American Urban Radio Networks correspondent April Ryan returned to the network’s set on Wednesday night to declare her opponent from Monday in Republican Congressman Steve King (Iowa) is “stunted mentally to be honest with you.”

By Maggie McKneely | July 20, 2016 | 3:10 PM EDT

Some folks, like Cosmopolitan writer Brittany Cooper, see racism everywhere. Melania Trump’s Monday night speech sparked ridicule and outrage from people on both sides of the aisle. Plagiarism is stupid and dishonest, and denying it in the face of evidence is…stupid and dishonest. But for the unhinged Brittany Cooper, any defense of Melania is just another example of white privilege. 

By Sarah Stites | July 20, 2016 | 3:04 PM EDT

The news about the first all-female Ghostbusters team was shortly overshadowed by the Twitter abuse black actress Leslie Jones received following the film’s debut. Then, the movie’s Executive Producer Dan Aykroyd said the offensive social media trolls would surely vote Republican. Great.

By Tom Blumer | July 19, 2016 | 8:42 PM EDT

Former New Black Panther leader Malik Shabazz, whose incendiary, racist remarks could fill a very long book, was interviewed by Megyn Kelly at Fox News Monday night.

Shabazz has had a long history of establishment media indulgence, which explains how he can now meritlessly present himself as the supposedly respectable head and co-founder of "Black Lawyers for Justice." Fox's choice to give him air time was questionable, but at least Kelly gave him no quarter.

By Karen Townsend | July 19, 2016 | 3:12 PM EDT

At the beginning of “Ambush,” Lifetime’s UnREAL warned last night’s episode contained imagery and dialogue related to gun violence, race, and law enforcement. After claiming the network’s “hearts are with those families affected by gun violence,” Lifetime proceeded to run an episode of UnREAL, a show about the fictional behind-the-scenes workings of a reality show similar to The Bachelor, that exploited a situation involving the show’s black “suitor” and white police officers.