Neil Munro shouted out a question at President Obama during a press conference on Friday while he was announcing a new policy to relax immigration laws without congressional approval. The president was visibly annoyed and promptly cut off the reporter from the Daily Caller. Mr. Munro stated that he thought the speech was over and hoped that he may have the opportunity to squeeze in a question at the end, considering that it is rare that Obama sticks around to answer questions.
The mainstream media showed their immediate disapproval for Munro, whose boss Tucker Carlson, Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Caller, supported. Carlson noted that Ronald Reagan was heckled as well. "I don't remember Diane Sawyer scolding her colleague Sam Donaldson for heckling President Reagan." Sam Donaldson has already responded, rejecting Carlson's comparison and disgustingly stating in part, "Many on the political right believe this president ought not to be thereÂ—they oppose him not for his polices and political view but for who he is, an African-American!"
Additionally, Politico's Joe Williams claimed that Neil Munro must be racist for interrupting the president. "It's very, very difficult to place race outside of this context. Mostly because a lot of the interruptions, a lot of the disrespect has been unprecedented. We haven't seen anything like this before." He continued, of course, to bring in the Tea Party, by stating, "But you also have the promotions of the Tea Party, where they're using racially-tinged imagery, and racially-tinged sort of statements to get their point across." Watch Mr. Williams' remarks here:
MSNBC contributor and 9/11 truther TourÃ© stated, "There is a basic, lesser humanity generally ascribed to black people, even one this alpha, this much in power, this much in control," he continued to declare that "...white people to see a black person in power and say, 'I don't have to respect you...'"
MSNBC guest and Democratic strategist Julian Epstein on Bashir Live asked, "This is just so unprecedented and outrageous, that you have to ask the question, would the right-wing be doing this if we had a white president there?" To call Mr. Munro a racist without anything at all to back it up is reckless and irresponsible. Unfortunately, this silly tactic is used repeatedly and diminishes actual racism.
Watch the discussion here:
The almost joyous chorus of reporters chiming in that Mr. Munro is a racist is reminiscent of the knee-jerk reaction to the Jared Loughner case, where he killed six people while targeting Gabrielle Giffords at a campaign event at a supermarket in Arizona. In the wake of that terrible incident, some used the occasion to blame the shooting on so-called violent rhetoric from Sarah Palin and the Tea Party.