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MSNBC is constantly apologizing for outrageous behavior
MSNBC

Poorly rated cable network MSNBC has issued yet another apology for offensive behavior after its Way Too Early staff “celebrated” Cinco de Mayo by wearing sombreros, shaking maracas, and drinking tequila on air.

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This has become something of a tradition for the struggling left-wing “news” network. Here’s a (partial) list of outrageous things MSNBC hosts have had to apologize for:

Who Said It: Joe Biden? Or a Racist?

Cliven Bundy (left) and Joe Biden

Check out the following two statements on the subject of illegal immigration. One was said by Vice President Joe Biden, and the other was said by a racist. See if you can tell the difference:

The ‘Othering’ of Ted Cruz

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Liberals don’t like Ted Cruz. Many hate him. But why? Is it his conservative politics? That might have something do with it. The most plausible explanation is that liberals fear any politician who dares to be non-white, non-conformist, and non-complacent, and who challenges their 1940s Rooseveltian worldview.

Whenever someone like Ted Cruz come along, liberals cling to their outdated values, and immediately set out to neutralize this threat via a process known as “othering.” According to Yahoo! Answers:

Diversity, in Context

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As longtime admirers of Ezra Klein and his scrappy gang of Juicebox wunderkinds, we are dismayed to learn that “Project X,” Klein’s broad-based multiplatform transformative new media venture, does not appear to value diversity in the newsroom.

Washington Post media watchdog Erik Wemple reported Wednesday that Richard Prince, a prominent advocate for “Diversifying the Face of American Journalism,” has raised questions about the racial diversity at Project X.

To his credit, Klein’s response should be held as the gold standard of comebacks/apologies for liberals caught in an act of homogeny.

The Cost of Crying Racism? War

Just another racist white dude

As President Barack Obama continues to half-heartedly make the case for war to a Congress and public that aren’t interested, some conservatives have snarked that all the principled anti-war activists so prominent throughout the Bush years—Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, etc.—must have been kidnapped. That’s the only way to account for their silence.

Ed Asner has another explanation, however: They’re all afraid of being called a racist for daring to oppose Barack Obama.

The Cost of Crying Racism, Ctd.

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

Conor Friedersdorf has a good post up today looking at the progressive media’s reaction to the recent New York Times story on the massive fraud committed by hucksters making fake claims of racial discrimination. I just want to hone in one particular point that hearkens back to something I wrote a few weeks back on the story.

In it, I noted that one of the few congressman who stood up to the fraudulent payouts said that almost no one else would join him. “Never underestimate the fear of being called racist,” he said. As Conor writes, leading liberal lights like Adam Serwer were content to level just such charges as the case was bubbling up through the conservative media: “the pervasiveness of conservative anger over the Pigford settlement augurs a new low for conservative anti-anti-racism, in which remedying an exhaustively documented instance of racial discrimination is objectionable not because the claim itself is illegitimate but because it represents a transfer of income from whites to nonwhites.”

In 2010, 2011, and 2012, the lesson was a simple one for conservatives (and, tangentially, members of the media at large):