Karen Finney just doesn’t look “Black” enough for Tim Graham. Late yesterday afternoon on Twitter, Graham made several ugly comments, including:
MSNBC touting Karen Finney as another African-American host. Would the average viewer be able to guess that? Or is Boehner a shade more tan? — Tim Graham (@TimJGraham) April 2, 2013
Zerlina Maxwell, who became a household name after she went on Fox News and dared to say that men should not rape women — only to receive racist death and rape threats for her efforts — last night tweeted:
Finney, named yesterday as a new MSNBC weekend host of a new as yet unnamed show, often appears on the network as a contributor and guest host. Graham works for the Media Research Center, a right wing faux media “watchdog” owned by Brent Bozell, who said President Barack Obama looks like “a skinny, ghetto crackhead” back in 2011.
Bozell also owns the Culture And Media Institute, whose singular greatest claim to fame is freaking out when J.Crew president Jenna Lyons painted her son’s toenails pink, because it is his favorite color.
Graham writes a blog for Bozell’s incestuous site, Newsbusters, including “articles” like “MSNBC Anchor Touts His Gay Marriage, Insists High Court Should Support Him 9 to 0,” “ABC’s Sam Champion Now Hosting Fundraisers for Gay Marriage Lobby in Florida,” and “MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Plans Rigid Guest Quotas: ‘We Already Have Too Many White Men.’”
Graham last night continued his ugly tweets:
Which received several epic rebukes from journalists, including these:
@timjgraham Not really about “getting credit.” It’s about improving coverage ofpeople of color. Often happens through diversity.
— Eric Deggans (@Deggans) April 2, 2013
But what most people don’t know about Finney is her amazing story. Aside from her impressive résumé, Finney has a truly fascinating American heritage:
“My father, who is African American, is from Virginia,” Finney wrote in a 2010 Huffington Post op-ed. “The Finney name comes from the man who once owned my family as slaves. My mother, Mildred Lee, is the great, great, great niece of Robert E. Lee, or “the General,” as he is referred to by my family. I am therefore the great, great, great, great niece of General Lee. That is my American story, a mixed race heritage that I am proud of, just as Virginia, the South and our country has a mixed history.”
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