Skip to comments.Dan Rather Stumbles, Chris Matthews Fumbles Over Watermelons and Racism
Posted on 03/12/2010 5:42:08 PM PST by Rhonda Robinson
Im not a slapstick fan. Honestly, much to my familys dismay, I really dont care to watch Americas Funniest Home Videos. Where, I would venture to guess, most of the action is preceded by the phrase, Hey, hold my beeran watch this
Although, I did find it slightly amusing and very telling, to watch Chris Matthews on his Sunday talk show, dive in after Dan Rather in an attempt to save the fallen news icon, from shooting himself in the foot.
Unfortunately for Rather, this is the age of the new media, and making a fool of yourself is highly entertaining to some. Plus we now have the thought police, and they will tweet your name into utter shame for any perceived utterances of racism.
Rather, who once tried to damage former President George W. Bush with forged documents and a misleading news story, has found himself having to write I am not a racist on the Huffington Post wall of atonement.
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If Bush said the same thing, Rather would be the first to pounce, and the last to shut up.
"Where 'da white weman at?"
Bush would never say it. He isn’t a closet racist like Dan Rather.
Personally I thought Matthews attempted rescue was more telling than Rather’s stupid comment.
Sorry but I grew up in rural Texas and never heard the saying. I honestly don’t believe Dan is a racist by any stretch but he would throw around the term about Republicans w/o hesitation.
a fail + another fail = one large fail
How can you prevent a fool from making a fool of himself?
Now to Dan Rather. He went on the air and said the kids at the Dallas school had cheered when they heard about the death of Kennedy and could go home.
I will not mince words. Either cheap shoddy sensationalist journalism, or a best a stupid bigoted conclusion.
"Where 'da white weman at?"
I was talking about Obama and health care and I used the analogy of selling watermelons by the side of the road. Its an expression that stretches to my boyhood roots in Southeast Texas, when country highways were lined with stands manned by sellers of all races.”
“Furthermore, when I suggested that the president might try entertaining us with a verse from, “Camptown Racetrack”, well, I defy anyone to deny that we have no horses in Texas. Here, I’ll start us off: `De Camptown racetrack be five mile long, doo dah, doo dah’
Now how can that be wrong, I ask you.”
“I honestly dont believe Dan is a racist by any stretch but he would throw around the term about Republicans w/o hesitation.”
Dan is not. Nor anyone else in the RAT press. I do not feel sorry for him!
Didn’t Rather get caught on air making some racist joke back in the early 80’s? Something about watermelon and tacos.
We get around to what is racist and what are you just engrained with. It is hard for me to remember the term Brazil nut vs what I grew up with. I had to go look it up to see what the actual name was.
That said, I have sat down with my conservative black friends and I lay it all out. They do as well. Honest conversations make the issues go away. I cannot control what is in my brain but I can control what comes out of my mouth.
Watermelons are a staple crop in Texas. What Rather said is not a surprise from a person from Texas. You won’t see a lot of blacks in Texas picking them (or eating them) since it is done by whites and Hispanics. He could easily have said cantaloupe and people would have understood.