While I am not spending a moment watching the GOP oozfest this week, I came close to experiencing the interchange that follows.
While tooling through my array of channels I noticed the very naive and inexperienced Chris Hayes sitting with a panel which included one of the nation's most racist members of Congress.
And, yes the Iowa racist lived up to his billing. Two points stand out about what took place. First, the Iowa racist felt very comfortable in his arena (GOP convention) espousing claims that only white people throughout the span of human life have contributed to advancing mankind. (Pat Buchananesque) Second, Hayes will one day learn to leave the garbage outside of camera view and away from a mic. The GOP is on a mission to appeal to the 30 plus percent of voters who historically do not vote with the hope of attracting enough white voters to offset their non-support in minority communities. But, GOP aside networks have a responsibility.
MSNBC's mission to include more conservatives on their air isn't working very well. You really should go to the HUFFINGTON POST piece and read Hayes's dumb ass Tweets. Ultimately, will MSNBC ban King form future broadcast.
One additional point will the GOP address King's declaration of white supremacy? The question is rhetorical; of course, the GOP will nto address the remarks.
Hayes tweeted about the interview shortly afterward, saying that he was “pretty taken aback” by King’s comments, but that arguing over such a statement was “odious”:
Hayes apparently recognized he mishandled the matter while actually providing a racist GOP platform for one of the party's worse. As stated above, there is no way Maddow nor O'Donnell would have sat in a stupor had King offer such remarks. It boils down to experience, a deep core of anti-racism and the strength to stand-up in the face of such remarks. It gets worse!
Hayes would make a great cocktail party discussion partner, but he is very much ill equipped to interact with seasoned GOP operatives and totally unprepared to counter overt racism broadcast internationally via his air-time.