A #Meaculpa (and Question) for Jake Tapper and a Touch of Irony

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A #Meaculpa (and Question) for Jake Tapper and a Touch of Irony

Lionel: Yeah man just once I’d like for you to talk to me like I’m Lionel Jef­fer­son and not a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the whole black race.
Mike: Oh C’mon Lionel I don’t do that.
Lionel: Sure man what’s the first thing you say when­ever I see you, some­thing about the “black” prob­lem right?
Mike: C’mon Lionel, What do you want me to talk about the weather?
Lionel: Some­times yeah. Black peo­ple have weather too. We get rained on and everything.

All in the Fam­ily The Games Bunkers Play 1973

On Sun­day Jake Tap­per had GOP Con­greswoman Mia Love on and the topic was (as Hotair pre­dicted it would be) how bad is trump for his com­ments on Haiti. Here is the inter­view in full:

Now as I lis­tened to this inter­view I was impressed by Mia Love (as I have been for years) that she kept try­ing to bring to the con­ver­sa­tion to the issues and refused to play the “I’m a vic­tim” card but take a look at the ques­tions that were asked by Mr. Tapper:

How does it feel to hear these com­ments from the president?

You’re call­ing for pres­i­dent Trump to apol­o­gize he obvi­ously hasn’t done so on twit­ter has he done so at all?

I want to get to DACA and the Dream­ers in a sec­ond, but I do want to ask you because I remem­ber talk­ing to you dur­ing the 2016 cam­paign when Pres­i­dent Trump was mak­ing a direct appeal to Hait­ian Amer­i­can vot­ers, there’s a siz­able com­mu­nity in Florida. He really was going after their vote, how do those Hait­ian American’s feel today?

This week­end marked the anniver­sary of that dev­as­tat­ing earth­quake that struck Haiti eight year ago. The Trump admin­is­tra­tion announced in Novem­ber that by July 2019 it wants want to end the pro­tected sta­tus des­ig­na­tions for Haitians in the US granted after the earth­quake that of course pro­tects indi­vid­u­als from depor­ta­tion and autho­rizes them to work in the United States. I know you want to change his mind, because Haiti is still reel­ing from that earth­quake, do you think you can, do you think it’s pos­si­ble to change his mind on this?

Speak­ing of lead­er­ship I have to observe Repub­li­can lead­ers have been pretty quiet about these com­ments which I know a lot of peo­ple con­sider empir­i­cally racist and offen­sive, are you disappointed?

I’m going to ask you about the Dream­ers and DACA after this last ques­tion on the president’s com­ments: What do you say to the Hait­ian Amer­i­can who comes to you and says: ‘Con­gress­woman, I think the pres­i­dents racist.”?

The president’s com­ments come of course as law­mak­ers are try­ing to make a deal done on DACA and the dream­ers as you’ve noted. You’ve said you want leg­isla­tive solu­tions for the dream­ers. On Fri­day the Pres­i­dent threw out a deal brought to him say­ing didn’t prop­erly fund the wall an it made what he calls ‘chain migra­tion’ and ‘the diver­sity lot­tery’ worse Do you think there should be just a clean bill on dream­ers just on dream­ers with no bor­der wall fund­ing or any­thing else?

And it’s obvi­ously tough for peo­ple to put emo­tions aside when such hor­rific expres­sions are…[Congresswoman love answers before the ques­tion is finished]

Where the com­ments racist do you think?

Now this hits one of my pet peeves ‚whereby a per­son of color brought on a show is only asked about “per­son of color” ques­tions or a His­panic reporter is on a panel and only asks “His­panic” ques­tions as if North Korea, or Taxes or the econ­omy are not issues that His­pan­ics or blacks care about. Fur­ther­more Mia Love rep­re­sents Utah’s 4th Dis­trict, not Haiti yet all of Jake’s ques­tions con­cerned either the president’s remarks or Haiti.

This irri­tated me and let to sev­eral pas­sion­ate tweets on my part includ­ing this one:

It was this tweet that elicited the fol­low­ing responses from Mr. Tapper:

That actu­ally seems an odd reply to that tweet, I pre­sumed that Jake replied to the above tweet his response was actu­ally directed to an ear­lier tweet say­ing the following:

Alas for me I had left for mass just after the tweet that Mr. Tap­per replied, stayed late to talk with my Pas­tor and receive Con­fes­sion, and then went to lunch with my wife so I didn’t see his response for hours later (I don’t do smart phones nor twit­ter away from my PC). I thought it was rather sly for him to respond to the clearly incor­rect point imply­ing Con­gress­woman Love not hav­ing been on (I should have used the word rarely) rather than acknowl­edge the irony that the sup­pos­edly racist GOP not only elected the only sen­a­tor of Hait­ian ances­try but did so in a major­ity white district.

Nev­er­the­less given the link pro­vided con­cern­ing last year’s March for Life Mr. Tap­per and oth­ers is clearly cor­rect that the other tweet was too broad a state­ment as he has in fact had con­gress­woman love on before dis­cussing non-​racial issues. It’s actu­ally odd that I’ve never seen her as I tend to watch Jake more than any other MSM person)

Rather than play musi­cal tweets and rules lawyer,on which tweet was wrong and given both the error and the fact that sev­eral hours had passed by the time I had seen it I thought it best to sim­ply admit the error at once and issue a mea culpa:

And since I’m not con­stantly at twit­ter I fol­lowed up with the following:

and that mea culpa tweet is my cur­rent pinned tweet and will be for another day.

But hav­ing made said Mea Culpa there is still a ques­tion on the floor and a point to be made

and a ques­tion to be asked

Why were there no ques­tions out­side of the con­text of Trump/​Haiti (given that the sup­posed com­ments came at a meet­ing on DACA that would be within that context)?

It’s not like there weren’t a lot of good pos­si­ble rel­e­vant ques­tions, here are four possibilities:

We just spoke with Con­gress­woman Gab­bard con­cern­ing the Bal­lis­tic Mis­sile false alarm in Hawaii. Have you been in con­tact with those who pro­vide early warn­ing either on the state or fed­eral level con­cern­ing safe­guards to pre­vent such a mistake?

Democ­rats are threat­en­ing a gov­ern­ment shut­down this week over DACA. This has been a sce­nario that has come up in the past with the GOP which took a lot of heat for it, do you antic­i­pate a deal before them or does the party think it’s to their advan­tage to put the Democ­rats in that spot?

As you know long­time Utah Sen­a­tor Hatch has announced he will not run for another term. You’ve already stated you will not be run­ning and for­mer Mass­a­chu­setts Sen­a­tor & GOP pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Mitt Rom­ney is gen­er­ally thought to be in the run­ning for the seat, have you been approached by the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of him or any other poten­tial can­di­date for an endorsement?

The annual March for Life is com­ing up in a cou­ple of weeks. Last year the Vice Pres­i­dent spoke, do you antic­i­pate this admin­is­tra­tion again hav­ing high level rep­re­sen­ta­tion at this event or even the Pres­i­dent him­self being involved?

Why didn’t we see any ques­tions like that? I sub­mit and sug­gest that the answer is the meme of the day for the MSM was “Pres­i­dent shit­hole is a racist and so is the GOP is by asso­ci­a­tion” and for rea­sons of both advanc­ing said meme, and draw­ing rat­ings by gen­er­at­ing news­wor­thy quotes (which in fair­ness IS the first job of a per­son host­ing a net­work show) the only goal was to get a sound­bite to sup­port that meme at all costs.

But to me the big story from that inter­view remains the ulti­mate irony that I’m sure was com­pletely missed by the #nev­ertrump view­ers dying for red meat: that the per­son ques­tioned to advance the “GOP/​Trump Racist” meme is a black repub­li­can woman elected in a 87% major­ity white dis­tinct by those self same “racist” republicans.


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Lionel: Yeah man just once I’d like for you to talk to me like I’m Lionel Jefferson and not a representative of the whole black race.
Mike: Oh C’mon Lionel I don’t do that.
Lionel: Sure man what’s the first thing you say whenever I see you, something about the “black” problem right?
Mike: C’mon Lionel, What do you want me to talk about the weather?
Lionel: Sometimes yeah. Black people have weather too. We get rained on and everything.

All in the Family The Games Bunkers Play 1973

On Sunday Jake Tapper had GOP Congreswoman Mia Love on and the topic was (as Hotair predicted it would be) how bad is trump for his comments on Haiti.  Here is the interview in full:

Now as I listened to this interview I was impressed by Mia Love (as I have been for years) that she kept trying to bring to the conversation to the issues and refused to play the “I’m a victim” card but take a look at the questions that were asked by Mr. Tapper:

How does it feel to hear these comments from the president?

You’re calling for president Trump to apologize he obviously hasn’t done so on twitter has he done so at all?

I want to get to DACA and the Dreamers in a second, but I do want to ask you because I remember talking to you during the 2016 campaign when President Trump was making a direct appeal to Haitian American voters, there’s a sizable community in Florida.  He really was going after their vote, how do those Haitian American’s feel today?

This weekend marked the anniversary of that devastating earthquake that struck Haiti eight year ago.  The Trump administration announced in November that by July 2019 it wants want to end the protected status designations for Haitians in the US granted after the earthquake  that of course protects individuals from deportation and authorizes them to work in the United States.  I know you want to change his mind, because Haiti is still reeling from that earthquake, do you think you can, do you think it’s possible to change his mind on this?

Speaking of leadership I have to observe Republican leaders have been pretty quiet about these comments which I know a lot of people consider empirically racist and offensive, are you disappointed?

I’m going to ask you about the Dreamers and DACA after this last question on the president’s comments:  What do you say to the Haitian American who comes to you and says:  ‘Congresswoman, I think the presidents racist.”?

The president’s comments come of course as lawmakers are trying to make a deal done on DACA and the dreamers as you’ve noted.  You’ve said you want legislative solutions for the dreamers.  On Friday the President threw out a deal brought to him saying didn’t properly fund the wall an it made what he calls ‘chain migration’ and ‘the diversity lottery’ worse Do you think there should be just a clean bill on dreamers just on dreamers with no border wall funding or anything else?

And it’s obviously tough for people to put emotions aside when such horrific expressions are…[Congresswoman love answers before the question is finished]

Where the comments racist do you think?

Now this hits one of my pet peeves ,whereby a person of color brought on a show is only asked about “person of color” questions or a Hispanic reporter is on a panel and only asks “Hispanic” questions as if North Korea, or Taxes or the economy are not issues that Hispanics or blacks care about. Furthermore Mia Love represents Utah’s 4th District, not Haiti yet all of Jake’s questions concerned either the president’s remarks or Haiti.

This irritated me and let to several passionate tweets on my part including this one:

It was this tweet that elicited the following responses from Mr. Tapper:

That actually seems an odd reply to that tweet, I presumed that Jake replied to the above tweet his response was actually directed to an earlier tweet saying the following:

Alas for me I had left for mass just after the tweet that Mr. Tapper replied, stayed late to talk with my Pastor and receive Confession, and then went to lunch with my wife so I didn’t see his response for hours later (I don’t do smart phones nor twitter away from my PC).   I thought it was rather sly for him to respond to the clearly incorrect point implying Congresswoman Love not having been on (I should have used the word rarely) rather than acknowledge the irony that the supposedly racist GOP not only elected the only senator of Haitian ancestry but did so in a majority white district.

Nevertheless given the link provided concerning last year’s March for Life Mr. Tapper and others is clearly correct that the other tweet was too broad a statement as he has in fact had congresswoman love on before discussing non-racial issues.  It’s actually odd that I’ve never seen her as I tend to watch Jake more than any other MSM person)

Rather than play musical tweets and rules lawyer,on which tweet was wrong and given both the error and the fact that several hours had passed by the time I had seen it I thought it best to simply admit the error at once and issue a mea culpa:

And since I’m not constantly at twitter I followed up with the following:

and that mea culpa tweet is my current pinned tweet and will be for another day.

But having made said Mea Culpa there is still a question on the floor and a point to be made

and a question to be asked

Why were there no questions outside of the context of Trump/Haiti (given that the supposed comments came at a meeting on DACA that would be within that context)?

It’s not like there weren’t a lot of good possible relevant questions, here are four possibilities:

We just spoke with Congresswoman Gabbard concerning the Ballistic Missile false alarm in Hawaii.  Have you been in contact with those who provide early warning either on the state or federal level concerning safeguards to prevent such a mistake?

Democrats are threatening a government shutdown this week over DACA.  This has been a scenario that has come up in the past with the GOP which took a lot of heat for it, do you anticipate a deal before them or does the party think it’s to their advantage to put the Democrats in that spot?

As you know longtime Utah Senator Hatch has announced he will not run for another term.  You’ve already stated you will not be running and former Massachusetts Senator & GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is generally thought to be in the running for the seat, have you been approached by the representatives of him or any other potential candidate for an endorsement?

The annual March for Life is coming up in a couple of weeks. Last year the Vice President spoke, do you anticipate this administration again having high level representation at this event or even the President himself being involved?

Why didn’t we see any questions like that?  I submit and suggest that the answer is the meme of the day for the MSM was “President shithole is a racist and so is the GOP is by association” and for reasons of both advancing said meme,  and drawing ratings by generating newsworthy quotes (which in fairness IS the first job of a person hosting a network show) the only goal was to get a soundbite to support that meme at all costs.

But to me the big story from that interview remains the ultimate irony that I’m sure was completely missed by the #nevertrump viewers dying for red meat:  that the person questioned to advance the “GOP/Trump Racist” meme  is a black republican woman elected in a 87% majority white distinct by those self same “racist” republicans.


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