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  • Donald Trump: Black Political Pundit Tavis Smiley is ‘Racist’

    01/12/2016 7:57:53 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 31 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 1/12/16 | Lindsey Ellefson
    Republican front-running presidential candidate Donald Trump hit back at prolific talk-show host Tavis Smiley, who called him “an unrepentant, irascible, religious and racial arsonist” on a recent episode of This Week on ABC. That Smiley would discuss Trump’s perceived racial arson is not surprising considering he was appearing on George Stephanopoulos‘s show to discuss his latest book, The Covenant With Black America: Ten Years Later. As Smiley’s book tour rolls on, Trump’s history publicly pursuing his detractors indicates that this battle will see more airtime very soon.
  • Killer Mike Talks Racism, Reconciliation & Reparations With Tavis Smiley (VIDEO)

    07/02/2015 4:22:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    AllHipHop News ^ | July 2, 2015 | Yohance Kyles
    Killer Mike has become a vital Hip Hop representative when it comes to discussions about injustice, police brutality, and racism. The Atlanta-based rapper has addressed those topics as one half of Run The Jewels, a guest on CNN, a lecturer at M.I.T, and a columnist for Vox. Mike returned to television to once again speak on relevant social topics. He stopped by the PBS program The Tavis Smiley Show. The conversation included Mike and Smiley debating the idea of African-Americans offering forgiveness for racial discrimination. After we reconcile, why dont I own any of the land? Why does De Beers...
  • Smiley: Uprisings, Riots New Normal, Inner City Poverty a Matter of Natl Security

    05/03/2015 12:13:28 PM PDT · by Pacothecat · 42 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 5/3/2015 | Pam Key
    Sunday on CBSs Face the Nation, PBS host Tavis Smiley said uprisings and riots are the new normal and will happen a lot more unless America addresses poverty in the inner city which he said is becoming a national security problem. Smiley said, What do we see in Baltimore and Ferguson and beyond, racism, poverty and militarism. So Poverty is clearly connected to this. My sense is that this is going to become the new normal. These kinds of uprisings and riots will happen a lot more if we cant get serious about jobs, jobs, jobs with a living wage...
  • Ethnic Cleansing At Air America Radio

    04/15/2005 10:09:05 AM PDT · by natelivingston · 111 replies · 3,514+ views
    The Cincinnati Black Blog ^ | April 13, 2005 | Nate Livingston
    I guess this should be filed in the "Washington Politics" thread ... I'm an African American registered Democrat. I don't mind giving conservative Republicans hell when they deserve it. But unlike many conservative, I don't mind speaking out against my Party when I think they are wrong and encouraging them to do the right thing. Anyway, white liberals are having fits about the article posted below, which was written by me and published on my blog, in Black newspapers across the country, and at the liberal Daily Kos blog. I'm posting the article here because I'd like to have some...
  • Tavis Smiley: 'Black People Will Have Lost Ground in Every Single Economic Indicator' Under Obama

    10/11/2013 6:24:02 PM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 42 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | October 11, 2013 | Noel Sheppard
    PBS's Tavis Smiley made a comment Thursday that every African-American as well as liberal media member should sit up and take notice. Appearing on Fox News's Hannity, Smiley said, "The data is going to indicate sadly that when the Obama administration is over, black people will have lost ground in every single leading economic indicator category" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
  • Cornel West: Blacks 'Being Pushed to the Back of the Bus'

    07/03/2013 4:01:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    The Root ^ | July 3, 2013 | Lynette Holloway
    While speaking on Smiley & West, his radio show with co-host Tavis Smiley, Cornel West praised the Supreme Court's ruling last week on gay marriage but complained that "we black folk are just being pushed to the back of the bus in terms of our visibility," the Washington Times reports.
  • Tavis Smiley: White House Pressured Sponsors to Pull Support

    05/25/2013 3:59:02 PM PDT · by kristinn · 15 replies
    The Root ^ | Saturday, May 25, 2013 | Hillary Crosley
    On Friday, television and radio host Tavis Smiley celebrated the 10th anniversary of his Tavis Smiley show on PBS and defended his right to critique President Obama, reports the Huffington Post (sic The AP). But Smiley says freedom of speech hasn't come without its price.Smiley contends that members of the Obama administration, whom he didn't identify, have pressured sponsors to drop their support of his projects, including his anti-poverty initiatives. The White House had no comment, said a spokesman, Kevin Lewis. Smiley declined to identify the companies, saying he wasn't authorized to disclose their names. SNIP (More from the AP...
  • Cornell West On Sandy Hook: We Cant Just Shed Tears For Those On The Vanilla Side Of Town

    12/27/2012 5:30:28 PM PST · by drewh · 62 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | 5:30 pm, December 27th, 2012 | Noah Rothman
    Princeton University Professor Dr. Cornel West appeared on the Tavis Smiley radio show on Thursday where he weighed in with his thoughts on how the media and lawmakers are responding to the tragic massacre of teachers and children in Newtown, Connecticut. West expressed his frustration over how eagerly the media demanded a conversation about gun laws after Newtown, but seems unmoved by endemic gun violence in Americas cities where the victims are primarily minorities. We cant just shed tears for those on the vanilla side of town, West said. They are precious, but they are no less or more precious...
  • Cornel West Calls Obama a Rockefeller Republican in Blackface

    11/13/2012 7:52:58 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies
    Non Profit Quarterly ^ | November 13, 2012 | Rick Cohen
    Despite some commentators giddy excitement about President Barack Obamas reelection, Tavis Smiley and Cornel West took a different stand, calling out the president for some of the shortcomings of his administration and his reelection campaign on the issue of poverty. Of course, Smiley and West have their own critics, in part due to Wests occasional propensity to use highly charged language, such as his 2010 contention that Obamas policies led to racist effects. Speaking on Amy Goodmans Democracy Now! show, Smiley and West tore into the president. Calling Obama a Rockefeller Republican in blackface, West charged that its morally obscene...
  • PBS Star Tavis Smiley Slams Obama For Having No 'Genuine Love' for Black Journalists

    07/03/2012 3:33:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    NewsBuster.org ^ | July 3, 2012 | Tim Graham
    Brian Maloney at Radio Equalizer found that on his Sunday public-radio show with socialist professor Cornel West, PBS host Tavis Smiley thumped Obama chief of staff Valerie Jarrett for an apparently rude speech at the National Association of Black Journalists Convention in New Orleans on  June 23. She came to describe Obama's "genuine love for black people," which Smiley thought was ridiculous since Obama did not show up. Several NABJ vets did complain to blogger Richard Prince about Jarrett reading a list of Obama accomplishments: "Why not just send a [campaign] video?" one said. "That was out of line," said...
  • PBS Host Singles Out GOP Candidates for Hostility to Poor, 'We're In a World of Trouble'

    01/15/2012 3:54:47 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 29 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 12 Jan 2012 | Matt Hadro
    PBS host and leftist activist Tavis Smiley called out Republican candidates for their hostility to the poor in America, on Thursday morning on MSNBC. Appearing during the 7 a.m. hour of Morning Joe, he singled out four candidates by name and warned that "we're in a world of trouble" due to their campaign trail rhetoric. As a PBS host, Smiley benefits from public funding. That has not stopped him in the past for making outrageous liberal remarks, and it didn't stop him on Thursday when he railed against a Congressional "bipartisan consensus that the poor just don't matter." Smiley predictably...
  • Tavis & West Radio Show Edits Out Harry Belafonte Criticism of Obama on Satellite Re-Feed

    01/10/2012 3:31:10 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 11 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | January 10, 2012 | P.J. Gladnick
    How do you get a liberal talk radio host to do your bidding? Easy. Just threaten his future invitations to White House events if you are a Democrat president. Such was apparently the case with Tavis Smiley of the Smiley & West radio show which he co-hosts with Cornell West. According to Politico, Smiley was recently ousted as the speaker of the upcoming Martin Luther King luncheon. Tavis Smiley, the PBS talk show host who has criticized President Barack Obama for not doing enough for the African-American community, says he was ousted as the speaker at a Martin Luther King...
  • Tavis and Cornell, My New Reaction Guys (Comic)

    10/12/2011 1:41:23 PM PDT · by Bodhi1 · 1 replies
    All American Blogger ^ | 10-12-11 | Duane Lester
    The reaction guys are a meme based comic that is featured on a lot of different websites, but you can get the whole story here.I just finished watching this interview from The O'Reilly Factor and I'll be darned if I wasn't able to pull some screencaps from it: I am now happy to debut the All American Blogger "Reaction Guys!" Enjoy! I think you get how this works now.
  • Tavis Smiley To Obama: Blacks "Ought To Be Looked Out For" (video)

    09/15/2011 9:12:10 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 37 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | September 15, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    Tavis Smiley says the President is ignoring blacks, the "most loyal" part of his base who "ought to be looked out for." Smiley spoke to NBC's Lester Holt. In April, Smiley said the 2012 elections will be "the most racist in the history of this Republic. "It's just not that black folks are hurting the most now. It's that there's no sign that it's going to get any better. There really are two questions in black America, I think, Lester, have to wrestle with. At least two questions. Number one: what is the pain threshold in black America? What is...
  • Morning Joe Skirmish As Smiley Recycles 'Bush Lied'

    09/12/2011 5:40:11 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    A skirmish broke out on Morning Joe today as Tavis Smiley claimed President George W. Bush "lied" the USA into the war in Iraq. Joe Scarborough and--surprisingly--Jon Meacham forcefully refuted Smiley's slur. Scarborough unwittingly provoked the incident when, commenting on yesterday's 9-11 observances, he called for a Kumbaya moment in which Americans would put aside politics and thank presidents Bush and Obama for keeping the country safe. That set Smiley off: "the reality is that one of those guys lied to the American people"--and the fight was on. View video here.
  • PBS's Tavis Smiley and Guest: Republicans Don't Want to Help Jobless

    09/09/2011 1:12:00 PM PDT · by lbryce · 22 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | September 9, 2011 | Tim Graham
    A taxpayer who doesnt favor Barack Obama might not mind subsidizing a show where hes attacked as unserious about the countrys problems. But with PBS talk-show host Tavis Smiley, its been a relentless attack on Obama from the left. Everything hes done isnt half-socialist enough. On Wednesday, Smiley welcomed fellow leftist and former New York Times columnist Bob Herbert to his show to denounce Republicans for keeping Obama from passing a woefully insufficient second stimulus attempt. Herbert thinks Obama's new spending proposal is about one-tenth of what's needed. We need a four-trillion-dollar plan. SMILEY: To your point now, then, whose...
  • PBS Hosts Blast Obama on Poverty Tour (Smiley & West hit the road)

    08/13/2011 12:56:05 PM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 8/12/11 | Stephanie Samuel
    PBS Hosts Blast Obama on Poverty TourBy Stephanie Samuel | Christian Post Reporter Fri, Aug. 12 2011 10:23 AM EDT PBS hosts Tavis Smiley and Cornel West, once strong supporters of Barack Obama, are traveling the country criticizing the president for failing to protect the poor during the debt talks. Noted African-American evangelical Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr. agrees that the president has done little to help the poor, but says systemic changes, not more wasteful spending, are necessary to lift Americans out of poverty. Radio and television hosts Smiley and his PBS Princeton University co-host West, have taken to the...
  • Smiley and West Take Obama Critique on the Road (Poverty Tour)

    07/24/2011 8:12:09 AM PDT · by kristinn · 22 replies
    AP via CBS News ^ | Friday, July 22, 2011 | Jesse Washington
    Black activists Cornel West and Tavis Smiley are planning a 15-city "Poverty Tour" to bring attention to the needy and to what they say are the failings of President Barack Obama. West, a Princeton University professor, and Smiley, host of a PBS talk show, expect to begin the bus trip Aug. 5 at a Native American reservation in Wisconsin. With visits to soup kitchens, housing projects, farms, families and low-wage workers, they say they hope to create momentum for large-scale job creation programs and put poverty on the 2012 election agenda. SNIP Although their tour does not have a specific...
  • Tavis Smiley: 2012 Will Be "The Most Racist" Election Ever

    04/27/2011 5:41:39 AM PDT · by SES1066 · 60 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 04/26/2011 | Real Clear Politics / MSNBC
    "I said over a year ago that this was going to be, this presidential race, Lawrence, was going to be the ugliest, the nastiest, the most divisive, and the most racist in the history of this Republic," PBS host Tavis Smiley said on MSNBC.
  • The Year of Right-Wing Terrorists?

    12/22/2010 12:50:55 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies · 4+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 22, 2010 | Brent Bozell
    There is some very dangerous -- as in red-hot incendiary -- hatred going on, and it's being advanced by the national news media directly. The panel of judges for the Media Research Center's Best Notable Quotables of 2010 found that theme time and time again while selecting the year's worst reporting and punditry. PBS talk-show host Tavis Smiley won "The Poison Tea Pot Award for Smearing the Anti-Obama Rabble." On May 25, he was interviewing author Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a bold critic of radical Muslims -- at the risk of a fatwa against her own life since 2004. Ali said...
  • On CNN, Tavis Smiley Sees Racism in Rangel, Waters Probes; Actress Trashes Limbaugh

    PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley guest-hosted on CNN's Larry King Live on Tuesday night, and perhaps unsurprisingly, encouraged the view that there's racism in the congressional ethics investigations of Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters. "Facts are facts. The names that keep coming out happen to be members of the Congressional Black Caucus." Smiley never seemed to consider whether the charges had merit -- on the content of these politicians' character -- only on the color of their skin.
  • PBS: More Christian Terrorists Than Muslim Terrorists

    06/03/2010 4:52:36 PM PDT · by Cindy · 26 replies · 670+ views
    HUMAN EVENTS.com ^ | June 1, 2010 | Robert Spencer
    SNIPPET: "PBSs Tavis Smiley recently claimed that every single day in this country Christians commit terrorist acts. Interviewing the heroic ex-Muslim freedom fighter Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Smiley repeated common leftist dogmas about how Christian terrorists are more numerous and violent than Muslim terrorists, and have committed more terrorist acts inside the U.S. than Muslims have. Smileys views are silly, but theyre also ultimately misleading and dangerous, as they divert attention from the genuine threat from Islamic jihadists and, by sapping our civilizational self-confidence, weaken our ability and will to resist those jihadists. On the show, Hirsi Ali was speaking about...
  • Do More Christians Than Muslims Blow Up People Every Single Day? Tavis Smiley Weighs In

    05/31/2010 7:42:50 AM PDT · by MarianoApologeticus · 15 replies · 691+ views
    True Freethinker ^ | 2010-05-25 | Mariano Grinbank
    ...Tavis Smiley mentions Columbine and yet, there is no indication in the least bit that Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were Christians and very much evidence that they were not. On the day of the massacre Harris wore a t-shirt which read, Natural Selection and this was no mere t-shit but indicative of their atheistic/Darwinian worldview. Eric Harris wrote, YOU KNOW WHAT I LOVE??? Natural SELECTION! It's the best thing that ever happened to the earth. Getting rid of all of the stupid and weak organisms. Dylan Klebold wrote the following in reference to a football player, He doesn't deserve...
  • Tavis Smiley on PBS: Many More Examples Of Christians Killing Americans Than Muslims

    05/28/2010 8:48:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies · 976+ views
    Mediaite ^ | 05/28/2010 | Colby Hall
    Tavis Smiley: Many More Examples Of Christians Killing Americans Than Muslims» 83 commentsby Colby Hall | 7:39 am, May 28th, 2010 video Earlier this week Ayaan Hirsi Ali was on Tavis Smiley’s PBS show to discuss her new book, Nomad: From Islam To America, A Personal Journey Through The Clash Of Civilizations. In a back and forth about Islamic extremists, Hirsi Ali mentioned how some Muslims believe that “killing other people is a great thing to do,” to which Smiley shot back that Christians are more violent, saying “Oh, Christians, every day, people walk into post offices, they walk into...
  • Tavis Smiley: More Christians Than Muslims Blow Up People Every Single Day

    05/28/2010 6:25:47 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 51 replies · 1,279+ views
    Townhall ^ | May 27, 2010 | Greg Hengler
    Not only does this man of the Left believe what he is saying, but he does it with passion and conviction. Smiley--a so-called Christian--is the product of a liberal education. Liberalism in America has triumphed. Its disciples use the Christian label only for leftist political means. The label is a badge of authenticity and authority in order to destroy the foundation of the structure they claim to live in. For liberal "Christians" like Smiley, the old America was a concentration camp where blacks, Indians, women, and homosexuals were persecuted, while the America-to-come--always just a little beyond the horizon--is a Marxist...
  • Obama to meet at the White House with black church leaders

    04/06/2010 3:41:00 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 54 replies · 1,231+ views
    washington post ^ | 4/6/2010 | Hamil R. Harris and Krissah Thompson
    President Obama will sit down Tuesday with about 20 black religious leaders, including representatives of the major African American denominations, in the second White House meeting in three months to discuss the needs of the black community. The president has faced growing questions about whether he has done enough to help African Americans deal with the nation's economic downturn. Blacks have been hurt more than other communities by the lack of jobs and the difficulty in obtaining bank financing, among other issues, and some -- including political commentator Tavis Smiley and some members of the Congressional Black Caucus -- say...
  • Should President Obama have a Black Agenda for America?

    03/08/2010 6:04:32 AM PST · by Kfobbs · 41 replies · 206+ views
    Ann Arbor Examiner ^ | March 8, 2010 | Kevin Fobbs
    Does PBS host Tavis Smiley have it right in stressing that President Obama should launch a Black Agenda for America? Or is Rev. Al Sharpton, a civil rights activist and one not known for backing away from controversy, correct in proclaiming that Smiley has it all wrong? Smiley seems more than a little perturbed that some black leaders feel that with the election of the nations first black president coupled with the civil rights anthem of the 1960s We Shall Overcome Someday means Black America has largely overcome. America particularly African Americans has to focus not on race...
  • PBS host Smiley calls meeting to urge black agenda

    03/03/2010 6:14:23 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 24 replies · 770+ views
    AP ^ | 3 March 2010 | JESSE WASHINGTON
    Two months after ending his annual State of the Black Union conference, Tavis Smiley is gathering African-American advocates to press the case for a "black agenda." The decision was motivated by what Smiley called recent statements from some black leaders downplaying the need for President Barack Obama to specifically help African-Americans. "I was compelled to do it because of this debate," the activist and PBS talk show host said Wednesday. The panel discussion will be March 20 at Chicago State University. Panelists include advertising pioneer Tom Burrell, professors Michael Eric Dyson and Cornel West, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan,...
  • Van Jones Goes Back To School

    03/02/2010 5:09:55 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies · 330+ views
    Investors.com ^ | March 2, 2010 | INVESTMENT BUSINESS DAILY staff
    Academia: The former green jobs czar in the Obama administration and self-avowed communist has landed a job at an Ivy League school, where he'll be teaching your children why America is racist, capitalism is bad, and redistribution of wealth is good. We have often commented on how academia leans far to the left and how nutty professors like the infamous Ward Churchill can find acceptance for their wacky philosophies. So it was not a total surprise last week when Princeton University announced that Van Jones will be teaching environmental policy at the prestigious school. Jones has been appointed a visiting...
  • On PBS, Tavis Smiley Tells Van Jones He Loves Him, Would Take a Bullet for Him

    02/28/2010 5:36:38 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 20 replies · 706+ views
    newsbusters.org ^ | Feb. 28, 2010 | Tim Graham
    How often does a network interviewer declare to the interviewee that he loves him and "would take a bullet" for him? On his self-titled PBS show on Thursday night, Tavis Smiley declared his love for radical 9-11 truther/Obama adviser Van Jones: "I believe in supporting friends and you know I love you, would do anything - would take a bullet for Van Jones." He concluded the interview by oozing "Van Jones is among the best our community has ever produced." Worse yet, Smiley attacked the Obama White House for not fighting the "absolute lies" that sunk Jones without ever...
  • Suit Alleges Trusted Blacks Drew Minorities to High-Rate Loans

    09/18/2009 8:54:15 PM PDT · by Saije · 21 replies · 1,648+ views
    Washington Independent ^ | 9/17/2009 | Mary Kane
    As the housing market began booming in mid-2000, Wells Fargo & Co. teamed up with prominent African American commentator and PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley and financial author Kelvin Boston, the host of Moneywise,...to host something called Wealth Building seminars in black neighborhoods. Smiley was the keynote speaker, and the big draw...Smiley would charge up the audience and rattle the Wells Fargo executives in attendance by launching into a story about how he hated banks, and how they used to refuse to lend him money for his real estate projects in Compton, Calif., and elsewhere. After Hurricane...
  • Suddenly, They Dont Want Us To Snark

    02/14/2009 6:06:29 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 48 replies · 1,867+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Over the last eight years, when the MSM was engaged in one, long Chimpy-Bush-Hitler-Darth Vader of a sneer, do you recall any liberal media member writing to complain of the coarsening of dialogue? Neither do I. But now that Barack Obama is occupying the White House, David Denby of the New Yorker has written Snark. Suddenly, its a shame were so sarcastic. Denby appeared on Tavis Smileys PBS show last night to lament the decline of civility. But the only politicians he cited as victims of over-the-top snarkiness were Democrats: Barack Obama, Hillary and Al Gore. At one point, it...
  • First Chris Matthews, Now Tavis Smiley - "We All Work For Barack Obama"

    01/11/2009 1:25:13 PM PST · by Bill Dupray · 15 replies · 443+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | January 11, 2009 | Bill Dupray
    Another MSM lib abandons all pretense of objectivity. First, Chris Matthews' man-crush on Obama burst on the scene in the form of a thrill up his leg. Just to be sure everyone got the point, he announced that he would professionally, as a sweaty schoolgirl journalist, help Obama succeed as president. To which, one might ask, who will do the job of the press, keeping the public in the know about all the good, the bad, and the shady things Obama does? Now PBS's Tavis Smiley works himself up into a lather about how "we are all working for Barack...
  • Tavis Smiley of PBS: 'We're All Working For Barack Obama'

    01/09/2009 7:39:14 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 77 replies · 1,663+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Chris Matthews won't be working alone. Back in November, the Hardball host said it was his job to make Barack Obama's presidency a success. Today, another TV journalist expressed a similar sentiment. Tavis Smiley has declared that "we're all working for Barack Obama" and that "we have to help make Obama a great president." [H/t reader dronetek.] The host of Late Night on PBS was a guest on Morning Joe. Reacting to Harry Reid's claim last week that he doesn't work for Barack Obama, Smiley said Reid should "put down the crack pipe." Smiley added "we're all working for Barack...
  • Smiley doesn't expect an Obama interview soon

    10/23/2008 10:16:20 PM PDT · by seastay · 4 replies · 400+ views
    MarketWatch ^ | Oct. 24, 2008 | Jon Friedman
    Tavis Smiley doesn't expect presidential candidate Barack Obama to agree to come on his PBS late-night talk show before the election."The odds are slim to none -- and slim is out of town," He reminded me that he has received his share of flak from some African-Americans because they were unhappy with his professional posture toward Obama. Smiley said that to the consternation of a number of Obama supporters, he hasn't given the Democrat a free pass during the campaign. Smiley said he has acted like an objective, probing journalist. It makes no difference to an ethical journalist -- whether...
  • Black Commenter, Criticizing Obama, Causes Firestorm

    02/16/2008 4:53:50 PM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 39 replies · 156+ views
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 02/16/08 | Darryl Fears
    Tavis Smiley, the bestselling author of the "Covenant With Black America," is in a world turned upside down. He said he's being "hammered," "barbecued," and is "catching hell" from black Americans for suggesting that Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) made a major mistake by declining to speak at the State of the Black Union event that Smiley plans to host next week in New Orleans. "There's all this talk of hater, sellout and traitor," Smiley said to me in a telephone interview. Smiley even mentioned getting death threats, but wouldn't elaborate. He said his office has been flooded with angry e-mails....
  • Old Glory loses out to multicultural map

    09/30/2007 4:27:58 PM PDT · by radar101 · 13 replies · 62+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 30 SEPT 2007 | Michelle Malkin
    <p>Republican front-runners werent the only things missing from the presidential debate stage. The American flag was AWOL, too.</p> <p>The backdrop to the All-American Presidential Forum, brought to you by Tavis Smiley and PBS, was a map of the United States, superimposed with a checkerboard of multicultural faces.</p>
  • No room for Old Glory at Presidential Debate?

    09/30/2007 4:06:10 PM PDT · by jeffq73 · 6 replies · 172+ views
    Inside Charm City ^ | 9/30/2007 | Jeff Quinton
    Most of the attention devoted to Thursday night's GOP presidential debate at Morgan State centered on the four frontrunners (Giuliani, McCain, Romney and Thompson) skipping it and the reactions to the no-shows by everyone under the sun including members of the media, bloggers, former Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, and debate host Tavis Smiley. However, columnist Laura Vozzella of the Baltimore Sun reports that another controversy arose the night of the debate. After mentioning there was no flag on stage, Vozella describes the set, "The backdrop to the 'All-American Presidential Forum,' brought to you by Tavis Smiley and PBS, was a...
  • Tavis Smiley Misleads When Confronted About 'Serial Killer' Bush Remarks [by FR's RatherBiased.com]

    09/28/2007 12:02:19 PM PDT · by RatherBiased.com · 20 replies · 95+ views
    NewsBusters.org ^ | Matthew Sheffield
    Last night's GOP presidential forum was marked by a lack of attendence from the top candidates who said they couldn't come due to "scheduling conflicts."Could the real reason they didn't come was that the debate moderator, liberal PBS host Tavis Smiley, has a long history of making offensive remarks about Republicans?We decided to ask that question to Smiley, specifically about his remark that he considered then-Texas-governor George W. Bush to be a "serial killer" for his enforcement of that state's capital punishment laws. His answer was both misleading and evasive."I have never called President Bush a serial killer," Smiley asserted....
  • Why Doesn't Carlson Dare Name Dem Consultants Who Call Republicans Racist?

    09/27/2007 7:30:40 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 22 replies · 109+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On this afternoon's "Tucker," the eponymous host was discussing with Dem strategist Peter Fenn and former Dem congressman Tom Andrews [a grown-up among liberals, IMHO] the unwillingness of the leading GOP presidential contenders to participate in the debate moderated by Tavis Smiley, billed as addressing issues of concern to black Americans. On the one hand, Carlson criticized the Republicans' reticence. On the other, he flashed anger at the way Dems play the race card. He concluded with a particularly tantalizing comment.View video here.TUCKER CARLSON: I do think the Democrats ought to stop calling everybody who disagrees with them racists. I...
  • Republican Debate #7 Baltimore, MD 09/27/07 - Brownback, Huckabee, Hunter, Keyes, Paul, Tancredo

    09/27/2007 5:26:47 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 379 replies · 1,007+ views
    Republican Presidential Candidate Debate #7 Baltimore, Maryland 09/27/07 - Official Discussion Thread All-American Presidential Forum on PBS Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland September 27, 2007, 9:00 pm-10:30 pm ET (check your local PBS listings) Moderated by Tavis Smiley. Candidates participating: Sam Brownback Mike Huckabee Duncan Hunter Alan Keyes Ron Paul Tom Tancredo Journalists involved... Ray Suarez is a Washington-based Senior Correspondent who joined The NewsHour in October 1999. Suarez has thirty years of varied experience in the news business. Cynthia Tucker is the editorial page editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist whose work appears in...
  • Get real, Tavis Smiley: Parker explains to debate host why his event is waste of Republicans' time

    09/22/2007 1:26:16 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 13 replies · 281+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | 9/22/07 | Star Parker
    Tavis Smiley, black journalist and TV host, is hosting a debate, and the leading Republican candidates aren't coming. The top four Republican candidates have announced they won't make it to his PBS-sponsored debate at Morgan State University Sept. 27. Now Smiley is using the occasion to assert that Republicans feel it's OK to "ignore people of color" and to call out black Republicans as disingenuous in claiming that their party can really be a home for blacks. To those black Republicans, Smiley says: "I don't wanna hear it anymore. If you want black folks to take your party seriously, then...
  • Tavis Smiley's State Of African-American Union

    02/28/2006 8:51:57 PM PST · by BillyDee53 · 9 replies · 785+ views
    ABlackConservative.com ^ | February 28 | Garry Cobb
    Arts, Culture And Media: Garry Cobb - What A Sad State Of The African-American Union Posted by: admin on Tuesday, February 28, 2006 - 04:32 PM [ Edit ] [ Delete ] I approached C-Span's production of Tavis Smiley's yearly State Of The African-American Union with positive anticipation. I was hoping that unlike the past events which were nothing but blame Bush and bash Bush showcases, this year's would be about tangible moves that individuals, families and groups could make to improve the lives of black Americans nationwide. Thankfully I did hear some encouraging comments from former Congressman Rev. Floyd...
  • PBS's Tavis Smiley sandbagged NYT's Krugman

    12/30/2005 7:29:40 PM PST · by flowerplough · 30 replies · 1,896+ views
    Tavis Smiley's PBS show (hope not a rerun) | 30 Dec | self
    "...Ubb, ...dub, well, I'd raise taxes..., umm...". Krugman sounded a little like Ted Kennedy without the Brahmin when Smiley, smiling, asked him something like, "Well, you're the New York Times' columnist, the heavy hitter, but any one of us can write a column and put it out there. Anyone can tell us what's wrong. What would you do if you could, Mr. Princeton Professor of Economics, how would you fix our government?" Don't watch enough TV to know if this interview was stale, and searched "Krugman" here before posting- if it ain't news to you, it is to me. I...
  • Black forum targets health as top priority; 'Blueprint' for progress proposed

    02/27/2005 3:01:57 PM PST · by mhking · 22 replies · 477+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 2.27.05 | PATRICIA GUTHRIE
    Taking more personal responsibility for individual health and the well-being of the African-American community emerged as a lead strategy Saturday at the sixth annual "State of the Black Union" symposium. Presented by PBS television talk show host Tavis Smiley, the all-day forum focused on how to improve health among blacks and how to create a national "African-American contract" to address political, economic, health and other concerns. "It would be a document, a blueprint for carrying our community forward," Smiley explained to about 6,000 people who attended the free event at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia. The contract would...
  • Tavis Smiley Hijacks C-span Again (State Of Black America)

    02/26/2005 1:13:49 PM PST · by withteeth · 28 replies · 2,213+ views
    C-span ^ | 2-26-05 | vanity
    I believe these seminars go on for eight hours, and then they are replayed tonight. Washington Journal was cut short by two hours. It would be nice if Smiley could post-pone at least until that is over. How often do they have these forums? Seems like last week. But of course my main complaint is how each one of these seminars is just one liberal speaker after another, and most of these people are such tragic, transparent frauds with absolute nothing of any substance to say. It's mystifying. It's embarrassing. Half an hour of this and you'll see what I...
  • Broadcast All Over (Tavis Smiley's NPR Show Is History, but the Talk Lives On)

    01/17/2005 12:47:09 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 787+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Monday, January 17, 2005 | Howard Kurtz
    When Tavis Smiley walked away from his National Public Radio show last month, he did not go quietly. In a series of interviews, he cast aspersions on his former employer, telling Time: "It is ironic that a Republican president has an administration that is more inclusive and more diverse than a so-called liberal-media-elite network."
  • NPR really blew it with Tavis Smiley

    12/10/2004 3:02:31 PM PST · by Drango · 62 replies · 2,228+ views
    newsday ^ | 12/10/04 | LEAH SAMUEL
    Tavis Smiley's departure from National Public Radio will be a loss not only to blacks but also to all NPR listeners. For its part, NPR issued a vague statement that is long on happy talk about Smiley helping to "jump start" its effort at reaching blacks.Smiley's departing letter to local stations asserts that NPR has "failed to meaningfully reach out to a broad spectrum of Americans who would benefit from public radio."
  • 10 Questions For Tavis Smiley

    12/05/2004 5:39:28 PM PST · by Pikamax · 18 replies · 1,299+ views
    10 Questions For Tavis Smiley By CHRISTOPHER JOHN FARLEY; TAVIS SMILEY The host of National Public Radio's three-year-old Tavis Smiley Show said last week that he will be quitting on Dec. 16, criticizing NPR for not doing enough to reach minority listeners. In his first interview since his announcement, Smiley, 40, whose show drew nearly 900,000 listeners a week but alienated some longtime subscribers, spoke to TIME's Christopher John Farley. WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO LEAVE NPR? We had agreed on the destination we were to arrive at, but somewhere along the line NPR wavered in the journey. Our show...
  • Tavis Smiley to Leave NPR After Three Years

    11/29/2004 6:21:56 PM PST · by wagglebee · 72 replies · 3,389+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 11/29/04 | Carl Limbacher
    WASHINGTON - Talk-show host Tavis Smiley said Monday he will be leaving National Public Radio, which he said has tried hard but fallen short of reaching "a broad spectrum of Americans who would benefit from public radio." Smiley, 40, said Monday that Dec. 16 will be his last day as host of "The Tavis Smiley Show." Launched in January 2002, the show is a daily, one-hour program, a collaboration between NPR and public radio stations with predominantly black audiences. Smiley said he decided against renewing his contract, which is up at the end of the year. In a statement, he...