Perhaps it’s time to change MSNBC to MSRBC, with the “R” standing for race. The far-left network has reached a point where every issue is about race no matter what host is ranting. The latest example of this comes from perennial race-baiting anchor Touré who on Nov. 26 attacked Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham as “old, white, establishment folks.”
Toure, the Boston bred, prep school educated Milton Academy graduate, who appears to have ditched his last name to gain street cred, is co-host of the cable channel's "The Cycle."
In Touré’s black-and-white world, McCain is a “bitter” failed candidate who has no right to dare question potential Secretary of State candidate Susan Rice because she is a “much younger black woman.” He also claimed McCain was on a "witchhunt" and "tarring" Rice, another unsubtle code word.
To give Mr. Accent Mark his due, here’s that full quote about McCain in all its finery. “He also gave us the horrible optics of he and Lindsey Graham as old, white, establishment folks wrongly and repeatedly attacking a much younger black woman moments after an election in which blacks and women went strongly blue.” Never one to ignore a chance to paint all Republicans as racist, he added one more dig: “Looks like the GOP is already laying the foundation for losing in 2016.”
The more-than 3 minute rant was mostly just one long bash of McCain. “John McCain is a drowning man, grabbing desperately onto anything he thinks can help save him,” Touré said. “He’s still bitter he lost in ’08, and now his time as a powerful senator is waning.”
If this was the first time Touré played the race card, he might look less silly. But he doesn’t have a race card, he has filled the deck with them – just not a full deck. Everything is about race to him – re-electing Obama, anything involving the GOP or white people in general. Even he admits it. “Part of my job when I speak about politics is to speak up for black people and say things black people need said,” he wrote in a piece called “How To Read Political Racial Code.” Anything that might make Obama look bad -- words like "welfare," "crime," “Muslim" and "socialist" – are all racial code.
Touré again played the race card saying back in September the election was all about America’s view of the races. “But an Obama victory in 2012 would say something even more profound about how far our country has come. Granted, Obama’s election (or not) is merely one of many factors that will tell us where we are on race in America. But it is a big one,” he explained. He then went into a long, convoluted rant involving race, “The Matrix” and whether Obama was a “superhero.”
He dumped the whole deck out, bashing “white people” as a group on Oct. 5, during a spot with equally loony MSNBC anchor Martin Bashir. “If you just have a bunch of white people, you’re gonna come up with alternate realities that don’t make any sense,” Touré said about Republicans.
For Touré, it was just another day fighting The Man, and forgetting that whether it was Martin Luther King Jr. or even Barack Obama, Americans have been told repeatedly we’re trying to get past race. Just not on MSRBC.
Dan Gainor is the Media Research Center's Vice President for Business and Culture. He writes frequently about media for Fox News Opinion. He can also be contacted on Facebook and Twitter as dangainor.