‘Who do they work for?’: Neil Munro, POTUS Interruptus

By Megan Carpentier
Monday, June 18, 2012 15:32 EDT
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Daily Caller reporter Neil Munro’s Friday outburst during President Obama’s statement on immigration reform resulted in a ton of press coverage for Munro and his employer (and provided that employer with the site’s highest number unique visitors since April 25, 2012 and its largest number of pageviews since April 9, 2012 — May was a tough month for the Daily Caller). But what didn’t come up very often was what Munro said to Village Voice reporter Steven Thrasher immediately following the contretemps:

Munro: I wanted an answer! It’s a reasonable thing! Who do they work for?

Munro, who told Thrasher he “used to be Irish,” inadvertently seems to have given voice to a feeling conservatives have oft been accused of harboring: that a government now headed by an African-American doesn’t represent “real” (i.e., white) Americans; that access by previously disprivileged minority groups to earned economic rewards results in unfair losses to previously economically dominant white men; and that anyone making even marginal changes to the current system in ways that benefit “only” minorities is obviously not working for the “right” — i.e., white — people.

“Who do they work for?” Munro asked, as though giving 2-year renewable work permits to a small proportion of young people who grew up here but can’t vote is proof positive that the president isn’t interested in the plight of Sarah Palin’s “real Americans,” a phrase now synonymous with “white Americans.”

And then, having told the Village Voice‘s sole African-American staff writer that he was failing to do his job by interrupting the President in the midst of a statement — and making himself the story — Munro stomped off.

I’m sure Munro’s interruption was, as he’s since sworn, totally inadvertent. Munro, after all, knows for whom he works (if not how to avoid ending sentences in propositions).

Megan Carpentier
Megan Carpentier is the executive editor of Raw Story. She previously served as an associate editor at Talking Points Memo; the editor of news and politics at Air America; an editor at Jezebel.com; and an associate editor at Wonkette. Her published works include pieces for the Washington Post, the Washington Independent, Ms Magazine, RH Reality Check, the Women's Media Center, On the Issues, the New York Press, Bitch and Women's eNews.
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