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Hannity accused MSNBC of ’playing the race card’ in its post debate coverage, and played a clip of the always overheated Chris Matthews saying republicans “want him [Obama] out of the White House more than they want to destroy al Qaeda.”
Matthews may’ve gone a bit too far, but who is Sean Hannity – of all people – to call him on it? And no one can deny the role that racism has played in this election and the many ways in which Fox News has fanned the flames of race hatred. But since Fox is, as The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart calls it , Bullsh*t Mountain, Hannity and Cain put the blame on MSNBC.
Cain and Hannity say Republican opposition to President Obama is based on “the failure of Obama” and the fact that “the drop in median family income for a black family was 11 percent in the last four years, which is twice the rate for an average white middle-income family,” and that “the unemployment rate amongst black people is nearly twice what that so-called national unemployment rate of 7.8 percent.”
Wait. Now Republicans are taking an interest in black unemployment?
The most peculiar thing about playing the race card is that any mention of race leads the accusation that you’re somehow playing the race card. That reframing, designed by right wingers, has made it tough to talk about race without being accused of using race to win a battle. And Fox News feigns outrage better than any other news outlet.