MSNBC: Balanced, Separate, Equal
Those who have been complaining that the Republican party and its convention are predominantly white affairs were, if they were watching MSNBC’s coverage yesterday evening, afforded little chance to reconsider. That’s because, with the exception of Nikki Haley, MSNBC cut away whenever a minority speaker took to the stage. As Red Alert Politics noted:
When popular Tea Party candidate Ted Cruz, the GOP nominee for Senate, took the stage, MSNBC cut away from the Republican National Convention and the Hispanic Republican from Texas’ speech.
MSNBC stayed on commercial through former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis’ speech, as well. Davis, who recently became a Republican, is black.
Then, when Puerto Rican Governor Luis Fortuno’s wife Luce’ Vela Fortuño took the stage minutes later, MSNBC hosts Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews opted to talk over the First Lady’s speech.
And Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval? Noticeably missing from MSNBC, too.
Mia Love, a black candidate for Congress in Utah, was also ignored by MSNBC.
If MSNBC keeps up its apparent distaste for showing minorities’ convention speeches, President Obama has his work cut out.