August 25, 2013

(h/t Heather at VideoCafe)

It's inevitable, with the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, that the Sunday shows would do obligatory remembrances of the fight for civil rights. Rep. John Lewis, the youngest and the only surviving speaker that day 50 years ago, made the rounds of the Sunday shows to remind people that the fight continues. Meet the Press asked various people to complete Dr. King's "I have a dream..." statement (although it appeared to me to be a complete thought unto itself and did not require others to fill in the blank).

So MTP viewers are treated to the odd and jarring juxtaposition of rapper Snoop Lion asking for safe communities with no guns to failed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney asking for kids to be "great".

Not to put too fine a point on it, but WTF??? The figures that Meet the Press think can best speak to the civil rights fight are Snoop Lion and Mitt Romney?

The Mitt Romney who lied about seeing his dad march with MLK?

The Mitt Romney who claimed that Obama support was high because black people wanted more free stuff?

The Mitt Romney whose campaign was filled with racist dog-whistles?

The Mitt Romney who pandered to the racist birther movement?

The Mitt Romney who was a prominent member of a church that for the first 31 years of his life taught that black people were "cursed" and barred from the priesthood?

The mind reels, NBC.

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