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Posts Tagged ‘Melissa Harris-Perry’

‘Race Bait’ Can Be Click Bait Too, Right?

MSNBC Opinions

Force fed? Earned? Made up? MEH!

Wouldn’t it be lovely if national TV networks were completely transparent with their ratings tactics? They know milking a cow dry will provide refreshment for everyone in the line of sight, but if that quart tastes like canal water, does the strategy really work?

Don’t all PR people realize that’s what these diva national TV networks are doing? Of course, we do. MEMO to the aforementioned networks tanking in a sea of despair: your viewers know this as well.

For instance, the Melissa Harris-Perry ballyhooYou know, she throws up a picture of Mitt Romney’s family that could fit in 14 Winnebagos, focuses on his one adopted black grandson and breaks into a chorus of the old Sesame Street classic, “One of these things is not like the other.”

Whelp, some just about everyone is thinking that crap is done on purpose.  Read more

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Michelle Obama Responds to New Book


If you write a book about the inner workings of the U.S. presidency, publicity will come to you. Such is the case for Jodi Kantor, author of The Obamas, an inside look at the President and First Lady during their early days in the White House.

The Daily Beast has a list of what it calls eight of the “best parts” from the book, among them: Michelle didn’t really want to live in D.C., some White House staffers didn’t want her on the cover of Vogue, she butt heads with members of Obama’s staff, and she had a lot of influence on health care reform. Business Insider also has a roundup of “juicy bits” that also focuses a whole lot on the First Lady.

Michelle addressed the book during a sit-down with Gayle King and CBS This Morning, and takes issue with her frequent characterization as “an angry black woman.” That interview above. This new book aside (we haven’t read it), there have been a lot of ugly things said about Michelle Obama that a lot of people should be ashamed of.

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