Accuracy in Media

Thursday night on MSNBC’s Hardball, Chris Matthews continued to beat the drum that the Republican Party’s goal during the election was to suppress the black and Hispanic vote. He accused the party’s leadership of using “dog whistles” to tell voters that “we don’t like black presidents.”

After playing a montage of clips featuring Newt Gingrich, Donald Trump and John Sununu, Matthews turned to former Congressman J.C. Watts to try and get him to admit that the Republican Party doesn’t like Obama because he is black.

Matthews: Do you agree that these are dog whistles? These are signals to people; we don’t like black presidents?

Watts: I think it’s unfair to paint with a broad brush and say that all Republicans agree with John Sununu.

Watts told Matthews that in his opinion, the Romney campaign lacked diversity, but he refused to go along with his with assertion that the Republican Party was sending some sort of secret message to voters on race.

This is the second time this week that Matthews has trotted out the race card in attacking the GOP. Unfortunately, it’s not likely to be the last time he does so this year.


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