CNN spits in the
face of its African-American, Hispanic, Muslim, Palestinian, Arab and
Gay viewers by hiring Newt Gingrich who deliberately and consistently
used racist "code words" to attract racist voters during his long
political career and, most recently, throughout the entirety of the
Republican primaries of 2012.
1) Newt Gingrich has implied that there was something "inherently
wrong" with being African and Kenyan by suggesting that President Obama
was informed by a Kenyan heritage. With this statement, Newt Gingrich
also pandered to racist so-called "Birthers" who question President
Obama's "Americaness." - "What if [Obama] is so outside our
comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial
behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]? That is the
most accurate, predictive model for his behavior."
2) Newt Gingrich has suggested that the children of poor parents were
inherently inferior by implying they were lazy and prone to crime. He
was race baiting in this instance, since most Americans think the vast
majority of poor Americans are African-American. - "Really poor
children, in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and
have nobody around them who works so they have no habit of showing up on
Monday. They have no habit of staying all day, they have no habit of I
do this and you give me cash, unless it is illegal."
3) Newt Gingrich has slandered Palestinians by suggesting there is no
such thing as a Palestinian people. - "I think we have had an invented
Palestinian people who are in fact Arabs."
4) Newt Gingrich supported stripping Hispanic Americans of their
voting rights by getting rid of bilingual ballots. - "I would have
ballots in English."
5) Newt Gingrich implied that there was something inherently wrong
with being Muslim and pandered to bigoted "Birthers" by suggesting it
was President Obama's own fault that bigots think he's Muslim. - "You
have to ask, why would they believe that? It's not because they're
6) Newt Gingrich implied that there was something inherently wrong
with being Muslim and pandered to bigoted "Birthers" by suggesting that
the media was hiding President Obama's "Muslim friends." - "It is just
astonishing to me how pro-Obama they are," he said, "Do you think you
are going to see two pages on Obama's Muslim friends?"
7) Newt Gingrich deliberately catered to racist voters by
stereotyping President Obama as "The Food Stamp President." Most
Americans believe African-Americans are the primary recipients of Food
Stamps, which is false. Gingrich was cynically exploiting this
misperception for racist reasons. CNN itself posted an article on Newt
Gingrich's "Foodstamp" remark titled "'Food stamp president': Gingrich's
poetry of hate"
8) Newt Gingrich signaled his hatred for gays by funding an Anti-Gay
hate group. - "The Associated Press revealed that one of the cogs in
Newt Gingrich's vast network of business enterprises and front groups,
ReAL Action, provided $125,000 to the American Family Association
Action, an anti-gay activist organization that has been officially
labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center."
is one thing to bring racists, homophobes, and the religiously
intolerant onto a TV show to air their views as guests, but it is a
whole other thing to reward a race baiter like Newt Gingrich by giving
him the central position as host on a TV show aired by an allegedly
'legitimate' and international cable channel like CNN.
As Conor Friedersdorf has pointed out (//tiny.cc/30nx1w):
Newt Gingrich "is so expert at signaling tribal identification with
conservatives that he can seemingly say or do anything without losing
the ability to be competitive." One might add, "Gingrich remains
competitive thanks to cable news channels like CNN." As Joshua Holland
has pointed out (//tiny.cc/l3nx1w)
"Most people understood the foodstamp president line to be a classic
example of the racist 'dog-whistle' -- the kind of rhetoric that has long
been at the heart of the GOP's 'Southern Strategy'."
By hiring Newt Gingrich as host of "Crossfire" CNN endorses,
validates, and mainstreams racism, religious intolerance, and homophobia
- all in a sleazy attempt to appeal to and attract bigoted viewers. CNN
is blowing its own racist 'dog whistle' by hiring Newt Gingrich.
CNN's hiring of Newt Gingrich as host of a primetime program
demonstrates that the executives at CNN could care less about the
feelings and sensitivities of its African-American, Hispanic, Muslim,
Arab and gay viewers. CNN is also demonstrating a total disregard for
the feelings and sensitivities of its African-American, Hispanic,
Muslim, Arab and gay employees. This is a display of pure arrogance on
the part of CNN and it provides a contemporary example of exactly how
institutional racism works.
Therefore, CNN's "Crossfire" show--and its sponsors--must be boycotted
until such time as Newt Gingrich is removed from his central position as
host of the show.