Keith Olbermann Defends MSNBC’s Diversity

Keith Olbermann used his quick comment on his MSNBC program Countdown tonight to answer a video put out by the Dallas Tea Party in response to his questioning of the diversity of the Tea Party movement. Olbermann pointed out that in the entire Dallas Tea Party organization there appears to be nine minorities. I guess in today’s conservative movement any group with nine non whites is considered diverse.

Here is the tea party video:

Here is the Olbermann video:

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Olbermann said, “So the Dallas Tea Party has one representative of diversity on its steering committee, and there appears to be six minority people besides her speaking or shown in its own video and a diarist at the Daily Kos examined photos of the Dallas Tea Parties and identified three others. This mind you is out of the hundreds, or thousands, or tens of thousands the Dallas group claims to represent, so once again, and this time directed to the Dallas group, where are the people of color?”

At its base, there is something offensive about this argument. Olbermann calls the Tea Partiers racist, so they make a video where they trot out all of their minorities. Olbermann’s retort is to refer to all of MSNBC’s minorities. The truth is that the tea party movement does cater to the angry white crowd, but they have do have a point in this case. Cable news as a whole is woefully lacking in terms of minority representation. There is also a lack of minorities in executive positions.

The Tea Partiers have attracted the racial fringe as part of their support, but I also think that a cable news network would be one of the last institutions I would hold up as an example of diversity. By the way, I think CNN is probably the most diverse network in cable news. It isn’t a matter of right or wrong. The fact that it is necessary to even have this argument in the first place is the most troubling conclusion of all.

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4 Replies to “Keith Olbermann Defends MSNBC’s Diversity”

  1. Excellent point. The entertainment business as a whole and the extensions thereof (e.g., cable news) are not exactly multicultural melting pots.

    What’s offensive is that they are even having this discussion. They wouldn’t be having it at all if racial, gender, etc inequality did not exist. The debate itself is proof of the issue.

    The Teabaggers trying to showcase the few minority members is disgraceful evidence of racism in and of itself….but try to have that debate with people who think that whites are the minorities suffering inequality in America today.


  2. It must be very hard for MSNBC to compete with Fox news. Having this Olbermann guy doing nothing but bashing Beck,Limbaugh, Hannity, O’Rielly. It’s very sad. FOX NEWS IS THE BEST & it’s so sad because he can’t figure out why?? It’s because they tell the truth to the public. Did you ever think of that??? Mr. Olbermann you are a man with a lost concept and the sooner the station gets rid of you and the bunch that follow with their nonsense the better. OBAMA IS A DISASTER!! REALIZE IT ,GET OVER IT. Stop making more mistakes with your foolish nonsense.
    Hopefully you will read this… but I doubt it.

  3. if you were to read news sources from outside the United States, you would laugh at Fox news all day long.

  4. @Rosanne Fisher, but of course on the other hand you have Beck, Limbaugh, Hannity and O’Reilly who spend their time bashing others. But of course that’s fine

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