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Maher: Conservative disrespect for President Obama is rooted in racism

By David Ferguson
Saturday, June 16, 2012 10:54 EDT
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On Friday night’s edition of “Real Time with Bill Maher,” host Bill Maher and his panel discussed racism in the U.S. and its role in the blatant disrespect some conservatives show for President Barack Obama.

This discussion began with what Maher called “this week’s installment of ‘Let’s Get Outraged!’”. On Twitter, actress Gwyneth Paltrow posted a picture of herself on stage with Kanye West and Jay-Z with the caption “N****z in Paris,” the name of the song the two rappers were performing at the time. Naturally, the Twitter-sphere erupted in outrage, feigned and otherwise.

Maher said that the whole controversy is essentially a waste of time. “I would just like to say, the problem with racism is not Gwyneth Paltrow,” he said, “The problem with racism is Matt Drudge.”

Matt Drudge is, of course, the internet-famous, race-obsessed recluse who has been called “America’s assignment editor” by Politico and the CNN’s Howard Kurtz. For a time in the late 90′s and early part of this century, Drudge’s blog, The Drudge Report was the place to get breaking news ahead of the news networks and newspapers.

Drudge’s relevance has declined steeply in recent years and Maher gave us a quick demonstration as to why. A quick tour of some recent cover photos from Drudge’s website revealed “Mike Tyson, looking like he’s going to eat your head,” said Maher, “Oh, yes, Louis Farrakhan, because he’s so relevant now. Oh and Marion Barry, he’s in the news every day also.” It was a depressing parade of glowering, angry-looking African American men, who Drudge appears to feel are the greatest threat facing our society.

The point Maher made is that ultimately, this is the only way a lot of conservatives are capable of seeing the president, and it’s at the root of the blatant disrespect some of them have shown him since he took office. From South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson (R), who shouted “You lie!” at Obama during his first State of the Union address to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) pointing her finger in his face on an airport tarmac to yesterday’s incident wherein a staff member from Tucker Carlson’s blog “The Daily Caller” heckled the president during a Rose Garden signing ceremony, conservatives apparently only respect authority when it’s being wielded by white people.

Watch the clip, embedded via Mediaite, below:

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
 
 
 
 
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