I can remember sitting in the lecture hall of the (then) Memphis State University Journalism Building, listening to Dr. Williams, whom we all swore did the first newscast of KDKA, America’s first radio station, in 1920. The class was “Introduction to Journalism” and Dr. Van Williams was telling us that the ” key to being a good journalist was objectivity”.
Yesterday, some 35 years later, MSNBC traveled as far away from objectivity as Janeane Garafalo is from being a runway model. In an act of blatant Obama sycophancy:
MSNBC daytime anchor Thomas Roberts seizes on Mitt Romney’s use of the phrase “Keep America America.” The network claims the phrase plays homage to the Ku Klux Klan slogan of “Keep America American.” According to left-leaning news outlets, the “Keep America American” expression was apparently used by the KKK in the early 1900s.
Somehow the folks at MSNBC believe Mitt Romney is acknowledging his Klan roots by using a similar phrase in his 2012 campaign for the presidency.
The Ku Klux Klan of the era that the nincompoops at MSNBC were trying to link Mittens to is known as
The second Ku Klux Klan [which] was founded in 1915 by William J. Simmons, an ex-minister and promoter of fraternal orders; its first meeting was held on Stone Mt., Ga. The new Klan had a wider program than its forerunner, for it added to “white supremacy” an intense nativism and anti-Catholicism (it was also anti-Semitic) closely related to that of the Know-Nothing movement of the middle 19th cent. Consequently its appeal was not sectional, and, aided after 1920 by the activities of professional promoters Elizabeth Tyler and Edward Y. Clarke, it spread rapidly throughout the North as well as the South. It furnished an outlet for the militant patriotism aroused by World War I, and it stressed fundamentalism in religion.
Professing itself nonpolitical, the Klan nevertheless controlled politics in many communities and in 1922, 1924, and 1926 elected many state officials and a number of Congressmen. Texas, Oklahoma, Indiana, Oregon, and Maine were particularly under its influence. Its power in the Midwest was broken during the late 1920s when David C. Stephenson, a major Klan leader there, was convicted of second-degree murder, and evidence of corruption came out that led to the indictment of the governor of Indiana and the mayor of Indianapolis, both supporters of the Klan. The Klan frequently took extralegal measures, especially against those whom it considered its enemies. As was the case with the earlier Klan, some of these measures, whether authorized by the central organization or not, were extreme.
At its peak in the mid-1920s its membership was estimated at 4 million to 5 million. Although the actual figures were probably much smaller, the Klan nevertheless declined with amazing rapidity to an estimated 30,000 by 1930.
The phrase used earlier, “according to left-leaning news outlets”, refers to americablog.com, which, in turn, is quoting two books on the subject of the Second Klan, which refer to the use of that phrase in the Klan’s literature that it distributed. Although, I see no copies of that literature presented on the blog, just authors’ opinions.
The closest phrase to the one causing all the consternation which I found in my research is the following:
In an attempt to gain a foothold in education, the Klan in 1921 bought Lanier University, a struggling Baptist university in Atlanta. Nathan Bedford Forrest, grandson of the confederate general by the same name, was appointed business manager, and the school would teach “pure, 100 percent Americanism”. Enrollment was dismal and the school closed after its first year of Klan ownership. Ironically the complex would later be used as a synagogue.
To use a current popular phrase, MSNBC definitely jumped the shark and by yesterday afternoon, they were backing off as quickly as they could:
UPDATE: On tonight’s edition of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” host Chris Matthews apologized for the “irresponsible” and “incendiary” attack on Mitt Romney.
UPDATE: Al Sharpton, on his show tonight, gave his seal of approval for MSNBC to apologize. Sharpton says he believes Romney deserved the apology because he has also been a “victim” of half-truths.
By trying to link Mitt Romney to a racist organization’s past, an organization which remains active even today, MSNBC has made Josef Goebbels proud.
No longer will they be able to falsely claim objectivity in this upcoming Presidential Election. They might as well release all of the Republican pundits they have on retainer and change “Morning Joe” over to “Morning Mika”.
Any self-respecting Republican, no matter how squishy they are, needs to refuse any interview with any NBC Channel, and that includes Mittens, himself.
Let this be a lesson to you “Moderate” Republicans who have been so eager to “reach across the aisle”. The hand behind the back of the Lib’s hand that you are shaking is holding a rhetorical knife.
And, by using a Progressive blog as their source for news, MSNBC has joined the Emperor in parading around in their birthday suit. Their true nature has been exposed for all of America to see.
MSNBC has leaned forward…and stepped in it…Big Time.