MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell on Friday went too far for even her colleagues at the liberal cable channel, receiving mockery for her assertion that Newt Gingrich made racially charged remarks about Barack Obama. At the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, Thursday, the former House Speaker commented that “shooting three-point shots may be clever, but it doesn’t put anybody to work.”No doubt her mentor Krazy Keith would be disappointed at this lame attempt to paint Gingrich as "RACIST!" Back to Race Card School Norah.
Speaking of the President’s basketball skills, Gingrich continued: "What we need is a President, not an athlete. We need somebody who actually focuses on getting people back to work.” After the clip was played, Morning Joe guest host O’Donnell lobbed her accusation at Gingrich:
But I’m not sure what he means by this particular soundbite and I think it’s open to some criticism because it suggests that the President is an athlete and some people may suggest, you know, because all black people are good athletes. I mean that’s what it sort of sounds like to me.
The rest of the Morning Joe panel scoffed at O’Donnell’s claim, erupting in a flurry of dismissiveness.
“Oh, I didn’t see that at all,” claimed Guthrie.
“I didn’t get that (impression),” asserted Barnicle.
“That went right by me!” proclaimed Pat Buchanan, laughing.
While the rest of panel laughed it off, O’Donnell pressed on with her criticism, asking, “Well what’s this suggestion about him playing basketball? That he’s not doing his job?”
But the panel continued to ignore O’Donnell, electing instead to joke about Obama’s athletic abilities.
“You can easily disprove that President Obama is an athlete by showing his first pitch,” sneered Barnicle. “You can show that clip. He is not an athlete.”
“You can show him at the bowling alley in Pennsylvania!” suggested Buchanan.