Conservatives have an easy time of procuring a gig on cable news TV. Promoting uneducated, bigoted, misogynistic and racist ideas is very helpful for gainful employment on the airwaves. David Neiwert tackled CNN's promotion of an organization that
March 8, 2011

Conservatives have an easy time of procuring a gig on cable news TV. Promoting uneducated, bigoted, misogynistic and racist ideas is very helpful for gainful employment on the airwaves. David Neiwert tackled CNN's promotion of an organization that David Duke would be proud of on 03/05.

CNN tries to tackle white anxiety -- by treating white nationalists as credible sources

This was the headline yesterday at CNN:

Are whites racially oppressed?

"We went from being a privileged group to all of a sudden becoming whites, the new victims,'' says Charles Gallagher, a sociologist at La Salle University in Pennsylvania who researches white racial attitudes and was baffled to find that whites see themselves as a minority. "You have this perception out there that whites are no longer in control or the majority. Whites are the new minority group." on

Enter Erick Erickson on CNN, spewing example #1,347,976 of the type of lunacy that lands you a job on CNN:

Supporting a White Male Scholarship

CNN drew criticism last Friday for an article headlined "Are whites racially oppressed?" In addition to legitimizing "pro-White" commentators James Edwards and Peter Brimelow, the article quoted the president of a Texas group called "Former Majority Association for Equality" that exists solely to provide college scholarships to white men. FMAE president Colby Bohannan told CNN, "There was no one for white males until we came around."

As it turns out, that wasn't the first attention CNN gave Bohannan and the Former Majority Association for Equality. On Tuesday, March 1, CNN posted an interview with Bohannan on its web page, then devoted two segments to it during that day's edition of CNN Newsroom. During that coverage, CNN contributor Erick Erickson endorsed the FMAE's white-men-only scholarships:

CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN ANCHOR: What do you think, Erick? Isn't this just another in a multitude of specific scholarships for lots of different kinds of people?

ERICK ERICKSON, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: Oh, absolutely. It is. If we're going to get rid of scholarships for African-Americans and get rid of scholarships for Hispanics and get rid of scholarships for Asians and get rid of scholarships for women, then let's get rid of the scholarships. But if we're not going to get rid of those, then let's keep this one.

Erickson then suggested that women, Hispanics, and Asians have not been historically disadvantaged in America:

ROMANS: But Erick, don't you think --- this is a little bit different. Because we have a history that's tortured and painful in this country that makes, even today when you start talking about a white-male only scholarship it makes people kind of cringe. Because there was a time when white men frankly ruled this country and had all of the access, and the reason why we have all of these --


ERICKSON: Absolutely. But they don't anymore. You can justify that, for example, a scholarship for African-Americans, given the history of this country. But can you for Asians or Hispanics or for women? Now we've reached the point in Texas, at least, where the white men are no longer the majority in Texas.

Pat Buchanan would be proud. This is supposed to be a rational Conservative position. You can deconstruct the lies, but I guess EE sees "brown people" everywhere and it scares him.. And I think he forgot that women had to fight for the right to even vote in this country not too long ago in our history.

Digby writes:

I suppose it's progress that he admits that there has historically been discrimination against African Americans. Haley Barbour would have us believe that Jim Crow wasn't "all that bad.")But evidently he looks around him and sees a world in which Hispanics, Asians and females are in positions of social and professional dominance. That may, in fact, be true on camera at CNN. But if you look at the power structure behind it and every other corporation, university, government agency and elected body, I think he can feel safe in assuming that the white male isn't in any immediate danger of having his power usurped.

It looks like the GOP Congress members have used up their allotment of White Male scholarships for the next 1000 years.

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