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Chris Matthews: No One Would Ever Question How a White President Got Into Harvard (Besides Matthews)

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 2:05 pm

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So as you might have noticed the Donald has moved from demanding Obama’s birth certificate to demanding Obama’s transcripts, saying at one point that he wanted to know how Obama got into these good school given he was allegedly not a great student.  Now bear in mind, Combover also claimed that the long-form birth certificate was missing or destroyed, so whatever his sources are, they are unreliable.

But as Ace pointed out, Chris Matthews sees racism in all of this.  From his transcript last night:

MATTHEWS:  Here‘s Trump yesterday.  Let him talk.  We will let him talk from New Hampshire.  It won‘t be too informative, but here he is.  Let‘s listen to Donald Trump.


DONALD TRUMP, TRUMP ORGANIZATION:  I think if he wants to release it, that‘s fine.  And if he doesn‘t want to release it, that‘s fine, too.  But the word is—you know, you think you‘d want to release it, actually, because the word is he wasn‘t a good student and he ended up getting into Columbia and Harvard.

QUESTION:  Whose word?

TRUMP:  And I‘d like to know—I‘d like to know—well, this is what I read written by some of the people in this room.  I‘d like to know, how does he get into Harvard, how does he get into Columbia if he isn‘t a good student?  It‘s an interesting thing.


MATTHEWS:  How do you take that, Clarence?

PAGE:  I think he‘s got his presidents mixed up.  He‘s talking about George Bush.



PAGE:  But no, I‘ll tell you how black folks feel about it.  It sounds like he‘s saying he‘s an Affirmative Action baby.


And they go on.  But not fifteen minutes later, he says this, when talking with Jonathan Alter:

MATTHEWS:  Well, what about Trump?  What about—Trump…


MATTHEWS:  … saying now, Donald Trump is now questioning his application to Harvard…

ALTER:  Well, of course.

MATTHEWS:  … and Harvard Law and to Columbia, that he didn‘t really deserve to get in.  You would never say that about a white person.  Right off the street, you wouldn‘t say it.

ALTER:  Right.  This is race.  This is race, Chris.

You got that?  No one would ever question how a white president got into a good school.  I mean besides Clarence Page and Chris Matthews earlier that evening.

Hey do you want to see Matthews do this?  Click on the image and it will take you to the Right Scoop, which put together the video:


Sockpuppet Friday—The Bill Maher is Pwned Edition!

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 12:35 pm

[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here.  Or by Twitter @AaronWorthing.]

As usual, you are positively encouraged to engage in sock puppetry in this thread. The usual rules apply.

Please, be sure to switch back to your regular handle when commenting on other threads. I have made that mistake myself, a lot.

And remember: the worst sin you can commit on this thread is not being funny.


And for this week’s Friday frivolity, we have the Bill Maher accusing the Onion of ripping him off and getting pwned* in the process.  But I will put it under the fold, because some of the jokes are mildly not safe for work.


“I would have paid more attention to it if I had had any sense of it;” Lara Logan Breaks Her Silence

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 7:21 am

[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here.  Or by Twitter @AaronWorthing.]

About two months ago, on the night the Mubarak regime fell in Egypt, Lara Logan “suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers.”  As I pointed out at the time, that vague description was too sparse.  Well, in yesterday’s New York Times, Mrs. Logan finally spoke out about what happened and plans to talk more on 60 minutes.  I had said—and received a lot of flak for saying—that we should know more than that.  It even led some people to imagine I wanted a pornographic blow-by-blow when all I was looking for was to know generally what the hell happened.  Like was it rape or what?  I think what she says in the Times article is for the most part more than adequate and indeed harrowing.  My only criticism is I would have liked to see her address the claim that the crowd kept shouting “Jew! Jew!” as they did it, either to confirm or deny it.

But what is interesting is how much this article also demonstrates that we were not being told nearly enough about this sort of thing:


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