Skip to comments.CNN's O'Brien Continues Challenging Attempt to Spin Away 'Chains' Controversy
Posted on 08/16/2012 6:09:42 PM PDT by Kaslin
Cable News Network host Soledad O'Brien has clashed often with conservative guests on her program, but on Thursday, she pressed the liberal chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus when he tried to dismiss Vice President Joe Biden's comment that Republicans wanted to "put y’all back in chains."
During that morning's edition of the Starting Point program, O'Brien showed a clip of Biden's remarks, from his campaign stop in Danville, Virginia, then asked Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) what he thought about his fellow Democrat's comments. The scandal-plagued congressman responded succinctly: “Absolutely nothing.”
“I would never have even paid attention to it but for the fact that campaigns nowadays are waiting for any kind of little nugget to try to create an atmosphere of more and more discord,” he added.
It makes absolutely no sense that some kind of a little throwaway line is now being used to make Vice President Biden appear to have been throwing out these words in order to somehow attract dumb African-Americans who if they hear the word “chains” are going to automatically vote for him and President Obama.
After stating that Cleaver was unfairly “extrapolating” with his “dumb African-American” description, the host made a fascinating comment:
You cannot tell me that if in fact we were talking about Mitt Romney saying a line like that…that people would not be going crazy and crying about race-baiting and talking about tone and tenor and coded language. I think we would, wouldn’t we?
Apparently caught off guard by O'Brien's question, Cleaver clumsily responded that he wasnt sure about her assertion, and that any such remark would depend on the context.
I know Vice President Biden, and when you look at the video .theres only a sprinkling of African-Americans there, clearly in the minority of that crowd.
O'Brien again turned up the heat on Cleaver by noting that press reports had indicated the crowd was about 50 percent black, much like the Danville community.
Why would the vice president go into a setting like that where presumably half the people wouldnt have any understanding or feelings about what was going on? Cleaver asked.
The reality is that the discourse in our politics has become unsophisticated, unpolished, unnecessary, and rather than trying to raise the discord to some degree, both sides look for little things that would remove the discussion from the things that matter to something thats completely asinine.
At that point, The Blazes Will Cain, a contributor to CNN, noted that it was hard to reconcile Cleavers position that our national discourse has gotten out of hand while at the same time dismissing Bidens controversial statement..
I dont understand how you can say our national discourse is poor and then say thats no big deal, Cain asserted.
Ive been black all my life, so that comment I can tell you would have no impact on me, Cleaver replied.
The Congressman then charged that Mitt Romney wants to come in and give those guys carte blanche to do it again, and it would put you back in chains, youd have another Wall Street collapse that would impact the nation and the world.
I'm not here to defend Vice President Biden, he stated. I don't even think that needs to be defended.
I know that that statement by the vice president had absolutely no impact, Cleaver added. Theres not a single black person in this country whos now going to say by golly, Ive got to vote for Obama and Biden because Biden said something about puttin' yall back in chains.'
At the end of the interview, the Congressman said he thought Biden veered from the teleprompter, as he is prone to do, and made comments that he thought might be cute.
As NewsBusters previously reported, this wasn't O'Brien first clash over Biden's remarks. On Tuesday, she shot down the Obama campaign's ridiculous spin that the comment was not meant to be a reference to the enslavement of African-Americans in the past.
On Wednesday, the CNN anchor told The Hollywood Reporter that I don't think I show bias in my TV show. Am I a liberal or conservative? I'm neither.
If O'Brien really wants to be unbiased, her interview on Thursday just might be a good first step toward that goal.
I 100% guarantee Laz would hit it even if it a liberl sound machine.
The chick might also be in play...
1- is that jewelry around her neck or are those chains she’s wearing for effect???
2- wasn’t Cleveland one of the liars who claimed Tea Partiers screamed the N-word at him the Sunday they voted on obamacare??? (correct me if i am wrong)...
yep- i thought so....
“In addition, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a black congressman from Missouri, said he was spit on by someone in the crowd who was later detained.”
“Asked about such claims, Emanuel spokeswoman Mary Petrovic noted that the online videos of the incident are under a minute and so don’t show the entire encounter. She and stood by her boss’ account.
“He heard slurs,” she said.
There’s another oddity about that incident. Cleaver’s office initially claimed that a protester was arrested after spitting on him, but that the congressman decided not to press charges.
However, U.S. Capitol Police said the protester was never arrested. He was only detained and put in handcuffs, then released.”
I'm speechless - the above could have been said by any freeper...and we'd be right. Not what I'd expect to hear on CNN... WOW!
I still can’t get over one thing, what if a Republican had said what Plugs said.
I wonder if my lengthy message to CNN on Tuesday had anything to do with Soledad’s change of heart? She was the main focus of my wrath. I wonder if maybe they received a flood of distressed viewers?
Hmmm... Things that make you go hmmm....
Me and laz makes two. That’s one pretty ding-dong.
Cleaver is just another socialist racist hiding behind black skin.
Meaning that only he can be the final arbitrator of what speech is racist.
His statement that Biden was “off prompter” is not a defense, it is a rank indictment. Biden *needs* a teleprompter to keep him from saying what he really means?
Don’t do it!!!
You’ll hate yourself 10 years from now!!!
(I am on the fence myself)
The next time they piss me off I'll tell them I'm reporting them to you.
LOLOL!!! You win the thread!
Re your pic in Post 11: Now that’s a major tramp stamp!
Yep, Laz would hit it, especially if she showed him her tattoo...
I suggest a blindfold so you aren't stared down by Sole's dad...
If CNN would challenege the left instead of defending them I’d watch CNN much more.
FOX has become triesome wth their establishment guests and having one from each side talking over each other.
OR , ARF, Hanity coward on social issues especially about the homostapo, FOX and friends has Kilmeade and Gretchen who have an IQ of 1 and have become boring.
The five show is just down right awful why anyone gives them ratings astounds me.
Biden said “BACK” in chains. What group in American history has ever been put in chains? Amish? Italians? Eastern Europeans?
I’ll jump right on it too! :)
“...Is that jewelry around her neck or are those chains shes wearing for effect???...”
John Sununu successfully put her back in chains.
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