She also bemoans the fact that libs who constantly invoke race are being called (gasp) “race-baiters.”
Neil Munro’s incivility — Karen Finney, The Hill
It’s not just that interrupting the president of the United States, as Neil Munro from the Daily Caller did not once but twice last week during a routine press event in the White House Rose Garden, crossed the line from uncivil to inappropriate. The question he shouted, “Mr. President, why do you favor foreign workers over Americans?” was unprofessionally divisive. Resorting to race-baiting or pitting groups of human beings against one another is not journalism worthy of a White House press pass.
Was Munro’s question really about “foreign” people, or “brown” people? Did he intend, or was he really unaware, that his question fed racist stereotypes and a polarizing “us vs. them” narrative? Is he truly unaware of the numerous studies indicating that illegal immigrants actually don’t take jobs away from Americans? Or, as Pia Orrenius, senior economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, reportedly has suggested, that the real question among most economists is why the impact of the nation’s illegal immigrants on the labor market is so small. […]
Our polarized, uncivil state also stifles our ability to talk openly and honestly about racism in America. Some recognized the obvious racial implications in Munro’s interruptions, while others called it “tough journalism,” uncivilly accusing anyone raising the point as a “race-baiter.” But are we really to believe that a journalist covering the Obama White House was unaware of the cultural implications or the potential backlash of America’s first black president being the only president to be interrupted both during a Rose Garden press event and State of the Union address?
Time and again the right wing has labeled President Obama as “divisive” and right-wing and some mainstream media continue to depict African-American men as angry and scary (as Bill Maher so effectively pointed out on his show last week) rather than professional, hard-working or loving. Yet, as he has done so many times before, during that offensive exchange, Obama responded firmly and respectfully to both interruptions, affording Munro the courtesy of referring to him as “Sir,” and, without raising his voice or moderating his tone, told him to wait until he had finished his statement before asking questions.