Left-wing activist/actress Janeane Garofalo, now starring on Fox's '24', went on a wild rant Thursday night, on MSNBC's Countdown, impugning those who attended the Wednesday tea parties as racists and denigrating the brain power of anyone who watches the Fox News Channel. (In his Thursday night post, “Garofalo: Tea Party Goers Are Racists Who Hate Black President,” Noel Sheppard provided an embedded video of the entire segment with Keith Olbermann as well as a full transcript.)
Here, however, is an edited video (matching MP3 audio), just over two-minutes in length, of her most-outrageous smears uttered on the April 16 program.
“This is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism, straight up. That is nothing but a bunch of tea-bagging rednecks. And there is no way around that,” she scurrilously charged. After comparing conservatives to “white power activists,” she continued: “This is about racism. It could be any issue, any port in a storm. These guys hate that a black guy is in the White House.”
Denigrating the Fox News Channel, she asserted the right-wing has “no shortage of the natural resources of ignorance, apathy, hate, fear” which FNC has exploited: “Fox News loves to foment this anti-intellectualism because that's their bread and butter. If you have a cerebral electorate, Fox News goes down the toilet, very, very fast.” FNC, she stumbled into alleging, has cornered the “Klan with a k demo.”
The MRC's Brad Wilmouth noticed that she seemed to be trying to set a record for how many times she could accuse conservatives of being racist as she made cracks about “racism,” “white power,” and “hating a black man” ten times during a discussion of less than five and a half minutes.
Several of those scurrilous slams are in the four-parts I excerpted and combined into the video and audio above in which you can watch and hear this from Garofalo:
♦ Let's be very honest about what this is about. It's not about bashing Democrats, it's not about taxes, they have no idea what the Boston tea party was about, they don't know their history at all. This is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up. That is nothing but a bunch of tea-bagging rednecks. And there is no way around that.
And you know, you can tell these type of right wingers anything and they'll believe it, except the truth. You tell them the truth and they become -- it's like showing Frankenstein's monster fire. They become confused, and angry and highly volatile. That guy, causing them feelings they don't know, because their limbic brain, we've discussed this before, the limbic brain inside a right-winger or Republican or conservative or your average white power activist, the limbic brain is much larger in their head space than in a reasonable person, and it's pushing against the frontal lobe. So their synapses are misfiring. Is Bernie Goldberg listening?...
[“That guy” referred to a man at the rally in Pensacola who inspired boos when he blamed high taxes and spending on the Republican Congress.]
♦ It's almost pathological or elevated to a philosophy or a lifestyle. And again, this is about racism. It could be any issue, any port in a storm. These guys hate that a black guy is in the White House. But they immigrant-bash, they pretend it's taxes and tea bags, and like I said, most of them probably couldn't probably tell you thing one about taxation without representation, the Boston tea party, the British imperialism, whatever the history lesson has to be. But these people, all white for the most part, unless there's some people with Stockholm syndrome there....
♦ And Fox News loves to foment this anti-intellectualism because that's their bread and butter. If you have a cerebral electorate, Fox News goes down the toilet, you know, very, very fast....
♦ Here's what the right-wing has in, there's no shortage of the natural resources of ignorance, apathy, hate, fear. As long as those things are in the collective conscious and unconscious, the Republicans will have some votes. Fox News will have some viewers. But what else have they got? If they didn't do that, who's going to watch -- you know what I mean? They have tackled that elusive clam -- clam, klan, I said clam, you know the clam demo, the 18 to 35 clam demo -- klan. Klan with a k demo....
On the bright side, at least Garofalo didn't force us to see any of her many tattoos. Check the jpg to the right and another here, both from a February Countdown appearance documented in a NB item by Brad Wilmouth: “Olbermann & Garofalo See 'Self-Loathing' 'Black Guy' Michael Steele, Limbaugh Compared to Hitler.”
Brad also detailed Garofalo's anti-conservative hatred in a March 17 post, “On MSNBC Garofalo Paints Conservatives as Angry Racists Who Inspire Murder,” which quoted Garofalo's sleazy charge:
The right wing has a way of always having an enemy, whether it be immigrants or Arabs or brown-skinned people, black-skinned people, homosexuals, women. They all, kind of, rally around an enemy, an other, that they can get mad at. And death does occur.