Melissa Harris-Perry exemplifies network’s plummeting ratings


MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry exemplified why the network’s ratings continue to plunge when she compared opponents of illegal immigration to advocates of race segregation.

During a segment on her Saturday show, the host likened Texas Governor Rick Perry’s decision to send National Guard troops to the border to Arkansas Governor Orval Faubas’ move to use Guard troops to prevent black children from attending Little Rock Central High School, which was racially segregated, in 1957.

“Rick Perry was preceded in his call to send armed troops to confront children by Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus, and he, of course, called the National Guard to stop the Little Rock Nine from their first day of school at Central High,” said Perry.

“The presence of children on buses integrating Boston schools in 1974 didn’t stop white crowds from confronting them with slurs and threats of violence. Nor did it give pause to the adults who hurled objects and insults at 6-year-old Ruby Bridges on the day she became the first African-Americans child to desegregate an elementary school. And so when we look to children seeking safety at our borders and see instead an invasion to be defended against, a contagion to be contained or a drain on resources that we just don’t want to share – that is a side of history on which we are choosing to stand.”
“Not only is Perry’s comparison between Governor Perry and segregationist Orval Faubas highly offensive but it is historically inaccurate,” writes Jeffrey Meyer. “The Arkansas Democrat deployed the National Guard to prevent African-Americans who were citizens of the United States from accessing public schools. In contrast, Governor Rick Perry called on the National Guard to help stop the flood of non-U.S. citizens from entering the country illegally, which is in no way comparable to the treatment of African Americans during the days of segregation.”

This is by no means the first time that Perry has courted controversy by offering views seen as abhorrent by her ideological adversaries. Last year, the host produced a video promo for the network in which she argued that children no longer belong to their parents and are part of the collective community.

Perry’s rhetoric won’t come as a surprise to those who have tracked MSNBC’s continuous use of race-baiting as a means of demonizing conservatives and libertarians.

Last year, MSNBC pundit Michael Eric Dyson, who previously argued that it is impossible for black people to be racist, said that Americans would not understand racism until white kids were being killed in the same numbers as blacks.

The network’s hosts and contributors have routinely argued that vehement criticism of Barack Obama, including use of words like “socialist,” is code for racism.

Perry herself was forced to apologize last year when members of her show panel mocked Mitt Romney and his family for adopting a black baby.

The network’s reliance on such tactics has not abated despite plummeting ratings. Following the release of figures last year that showed MSNBC had lost over half of its viewers in the previous 12 month period, the network lost a further 24% of its audience.

Networks Censor Coverage of Lois Lerner’s Destroyed Hard Drive, Cover Car Chase on Golf Course, Kate Gosselin Instead

Networks Censor Coverage of Lois Lerner's Destroyed Hard Drive, Cover Car Chase on Golf Course, Kate Gosselin Instead

By Curtis Houck | June 19, 2014 | 15:24

Wednesday night, word came out via Politico that the hard drive to the computer of former IRS official Lois Lerner was destroyed and recycled. This follows the news that emails from Lerner and six other officials that were being investigated for the IRS’ pointed targeting of conservative non-profits were lost. Without a doubt, this revelation is big news. But not in the minds of ABC, CBS, and NBC as all gave no mention to the matter.

Only ABC’s Good Morning America included a brief mention on the scrolling news feed at the bottom of the screen. The small headline read, ‘Computer Hard Drive Belong to Former IRS Official at Center of Targeting Scandal Was Destroyed, According to Politico.’

That was it. NBC’s Today and CBS This Morning refused to mention the news. Also, you know it’s bad when MSNBC made mention of the news, but not any of the networks.

Good Morning America did have time though to devote 37 seconds to a video of computer chair racing in Denmark and 3 minutes and 1 second to talking with reality star Kate Gosselin about a two-part special about her sextuplets turning 10 years old. Meanwhile, Today found time to spend three minutes and 26 seconds on how Kim Kardashian has been since she married rapper Kanye West last month in France.

All three networks covered a viral video of a police chase that included driving across a golf course. While that video may be funny, the fact that hard drive of the official most responsible for the deliberate targeting of conservative non-profits was lost is far from amusing or funny.

As the Media Research Center has reported repeatedly, the coverage has been scant in the months since the scandal first broke. A report from the MRC’s Rich Noyes in May found that after producing 135 stories on the scandal on their morning and evening news shows, ABC, CBS, and NBC produced only 14 more stories from July 2013 to April 2014.

In April, the MRC’s Kyle Drennen found that, while the networks found time last month to cover budget cuts to the IRS, they failed to mention the scandal that has engulfed and deeply damaged the agency’s credibility.

Whether it was the vote to Lerner in contempt of Congress or the House subpoena of Eric Holder on the IRS scandal or the initial report of the lost emails last week, the only mention of any three events came in the form of two stories (both from CBS This Morning) on the Lerner emails and a 15 second mention from Good Morning America on the contempt vote.

5 Things About the Taliban This Democrat Should Know Before Spouting Off That They’re Not Terrorists

By Justen Charters 1 day ago

On Tuesday, California Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier was on MSNBC attempting to counter House Speaker John Boehner’s statement on the White House violating official policy by negotiating with terrorists for Bergdahl’s release. The California lawmaker said:
“The Taliban is part of the fabric of Afghanistan — they were part of the leadership of that country before we engaged there.”
“To say that they are terrorists, at this point, is not necessarily accurate.”
The State Department defines terrorism as premeditated politically motivated violence. Speier could not be further from the truth about the Taliban not being terrorists, and here our five reasons why.
In 1998, they killed an estimated 4,000 – 6,000 Hazara Afghans in an ethnic cleansing campaign.
They provided Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden with safe haven after 9/11
They engage in acts of terrorism against government targets.
The Taliban has ties with several organizations that are designated terror groups by the State Dept.
They are not a legitimate government recognized by two or more states.
In a rational world, the word Taliban is synonymous with terrorism. So, what does it say about our lawmakers when they cannot grasp what kind of enemies the United States is up against?


“Rand Paul supporters, are going to use this as an excuse to basically stop the government from functioning”


GOP Congressman Peter King has perfectly encapsulated the fear running through establishment Republicans following the victory of tea party favorite Dave Brat, who won the Republican primary for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District.

Defeating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Brat’s “miracle” victory has sent a shockwave through Washington DC, and has prompted King to warn that the GOP is in danger of a “take over” from libertarian conservatives and their supporters.

“We can’t allow [Eric Cantor’s] defeat last night allow the Ted Cruzes and the Rand Pauls to take over the party, or their disciples to take over the party,” King said on MSNBC.

“I’m concerned that, for instance, that the Ted Cruz supporters, the Rand Paul supporters, are going to use this as an excuse to basically stop the government from functioning,” King said, adding that the government shutdown in October “alienated the country, which makes it very difficult to us to win in 2016 and for us to be a governing party.”

“What Ted Cruz did last year was suicidal. I hope that doesn’t become party policy… This is not conservatism to me. Shutting down the government is not being conservative.” King continued.

Paul and Cruz supporters would argue that toeing a party line that goes against your principles, while directly funding a big government takeover of the healthcare industry, which is what was at the core of the 2013 shutdown, is anything but conservative.

King said he hopes “the Ted Cruz types” don’t take over from his “friend” Cantor, adding “My concern is that a lot of things are going to be dead and pushed to the side.” King said, referring to legislation leading into the fall midterm elections, such as immigration reform.

“Thank God there’s no debt ceiling vote coming up.” King squawked, revealing the fear establishment Republicans are now feeling.

“Thank god there’s no way to shut the government down in the next few months, because I think we’ll get bogged down in those side issues. I think we’re going to see basically the status quo over in the next six months.”

King, a chair of the House Homeland Security subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, has previously lambasted Rand Paul, labelling the Kentucky Senator as a leading figure in the “hate America crowd”.

King takes issue with Paul’s opposition to the use of unarmed drones, government sanctioned assassination, and the evisceration of the Fourth Amendment via NSA spying. Opposing these policies is now un-American, while supporting them is conservative, according to King.

MSNBC Immigration Expert: Illegal Alien Child Border Crossings Spiking Because of Amnesty Rumors

While discussing on MSNBC the humanitarian crisis of illegal alien children crossing the border in droves, an immigration expert let the cat out of the bag about amnesty rumors driving many to make the long, dangerous trek to America:
“…the mothers that I have been speaking with have told me that there are rumors circulating throughout Latin America, particularly Central America, that if they come through and they give themselves up to U.S. Customs and Border patrol officials that they will be given some kind of immigration relief.”
It doesn’t take a brain surgeon or political analyst to understand that the Obama administration will likely attempt to make it appear that illegal immigrants surge across our borders has nothing to do with the “comprehensive immigration reform” bill being advocated by the left, but as many of us on the right have been saying, when you reward any behavior, you encourage that behavior.
As you hear more calls that we have to pass this bill because of the “humanitarian crisis,” respond by placing the blame where it belongs – Obama’s refusal to enforce our border security. And even if it does have to do with Latin America collapsing, how will legalizing every immigrant help the crisis?