An Offer They Canâ€™t Refuse
By: Bob Parks
As a result of the whole Don Imus controversy, Iâ€™ve been meaning to get to this. Iâ€™d like to expound on a point made and offer a challenge. It all began on MSNBCâ€™s Countdown with Keith Olbermannâ€¦.
KEITH OLBERMANN: â€œIâ€™ll ask you the ten million dollar question: How does Rush Limbaugh or Michael Savage get away with worse than what Don Imus said?â€
SAM SEDER, AIR AMERICA: â€œIâ€™ll tell you something, well I think one thereâ€™s a certain expectation that theyâ€™re going to hear it more from Limbaugh although, you know, he, Dick Cheney was on his program several weeks ago. I listened in to Limbaugh today and heâ€™s already warning his audience that theyâ€™re going to be coming for Limbaugh next. And I think, frankly, heâ€™s got to be a little bit worried now because the bar has just been raised. I mean, corporations have said weâ€™re not going to tolerate this any more and the next time Limbaugh slips up, which I think is inevitable, I think youâ€™re going to see this sort of same type of reaction.â€
Olbermann: â€œItâ€™s the best thing Iâ€™ve heard in a couple of days.â€
Seder, over Olbermann: â€œI hope so.â€
OLBERMANN: â€œFrom your lips to Godâ€™s ears!â€
Liberal parrots like Keith Olbermann have been saying these kinds of things for years. You know, Rush Limbaugh is a racist. Conservatives are racists. Republicans are racists. Meanwhile, the same tolerant, inclusive liberals have called me worse. One day, Iâ€™ll print out a bunch of my more â€œprogressiveâ€ email.
Now, in order to be fair, since Rush mentioned me on his show, let me return the honor and share some of his Friday show with youâ€¦.
â€œThe Reverend Jackson continued to focus on MSNBC, NBC and CBS to a little extent, but what the Reverend Jackson said and what the Reverend Sharpton as also said is: â€˜I look at this network, MSNBC, and itâ€™s all white, all night. Three p.m. to midnight, itâ€™s all white all the time.â€™
â€œAbout that, Reverend Jacksonâ€™s right, and the Reverend Sharpton is right. Is there a black anchor on any of the three evening newscasts? Is there a black anchor on CNN in primetime? Is there a black anchor on MSNBC in primetime? No, thereâ€™s not. Now, why would that be?
Reverend Jackson has brilliant point here. CNN, MSNBC, the home of good liberals! These are the crÃ¨me de la crÃ¨me. These are the most sensitive among us. These are Drive-By Media liberals. These are the ones who understand the struggle, the civil rights community. Theyâ€™re â€œdown for that struggle.â€ Theyâ€™re doing everything they can to promote racial harmony and equality and so forth â€” except in their own houses and in their own offices.
â€œSomebody has to lose their job at CNN and at MSNBC in order to make room for a black anchor. Who should it be? Who should lose their job next at MSNBC to make room for a black, primetime anchor?
â€œShould it be Chris Matthews? Should it be Tucker Carlson? Should it be Joe Scarborough? Should it be Keith Olbermann? Who should lose their job? But more importantly, ladies and gentlemen, should any of these great men actually be fired for this? Where are their hearts? Why doesnâ€™t one of them simply resign so that a black can take his place?
â€œShow us the leadership!
â€œDonâ€™t sit there and point at everybody else as you lie and make up BS about people and call them racists, when your own network is as lily white as anything youâ€™ll find in a rice paddy. Why donâ€™t one of you take the courageous step and quit yourselves? Resign and say that you want your show taken over by a minority! Isnâ€™t it about time that you liberals, who preach to everybody else about what we must do, while you lie through your teeth about what we are: racists, sexists, bigot homophobes.
â€œYouâ€™re the ones that donâ€™t walk the talk. Youâ€™re the ones that are not down for the struggle. You want everybody else to have to kowtow to your rules in life, but not yourselves. You will exempt yourself because youâ€™re too important. Youâ€™re too elitist, and since youâ€™re not racist, it doesnâ€™t matter that a black is not on your network in primetime because you all care about the plight of blacks.â€
So, hereâ€™s the challenge.
I have been working in television since 1988. Iâ€™ve worked on the local access, network affiliate, and network television level. Iâ€™ve worked in post-production, and even on some crews. Even though it may be in your heart, Iâ€™m not an affirmative action hire, so you can save that privilege for someone more deserving.
Iâ€™ve worked in Hollywood, and Iâ€™m sorry to reveal to all you liberals out there; it IS lily-white. Not that itâ€™s a bad thing. I met and worked with many wonderful people I still call friends, but the point is that Rush Limbaugh alone may have a higher percentage of black people working for him than all the networks combined (and Iâ€™m not talking about the janitorial staffs).
Letâ€™s see who are the real racists here.
I currently produce, write, compose music, and create graphics for my own program. I am a good candidate. My preference, to suit my style of show, would be HBO, but who am I to be picky?
There are liberal media venues and there are conservative ones. They know how to contact me. They have all those investigative reporters and they always get it right, so finding me should be no problem. Iâ€™m available to walk through the door the Reverends Sharpton and Jackson have opened.
Who do you think would call first? An inclusive, tolerant liberal network like MSNBC or a racist, conservative one?
Letâ€™s wait and see, shall weâ€¦?
Bob Parks is a member/writer for the National Advisory Council of Project 21, and VP of Marketing and Media Relations/Staff Writer for the New Media Alliance, Inc.