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Elisabeth Hasselbeck Warns That Calling Out Racists ‘Undermines Racism’

by David Badash on November 21, 2013

in News,Politics

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When she was on “The View,” Elisabeth Hasselbeck was growing less conservative and more understanding. Back then, she claimed she supported same-sex marriage, and later slammed Bristol Palin for her attack on President Obama’s remarks about same-sex marriage. At one point, she even said, the “only thing killing heterosexual marriage is heterosexual marriage.” Last year, she even came out in support of transgender and gender non-confoirming children.

Amazingly, those were the good old days.

Now that she’s joined Fox News, Elisabeth Hasselbeck is showing just how out of touch and ignorant she has become.

Last week, Hasselbeck interviewed Sarah Palin — who is hawking her latest book, Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas. Hasselbeck asked the former GOP governor, “Do you cut your Christmas tree down yourself?”

On Monday, Hasselbeck lamented, repeatedly, that “many” elderly pregnant women are losing their doctors, thanks to Obamacare.

And now, just two days later, yesterday on “Fox & Friends,” Hasselbeck warned that calling out racists actually undermines racism — as if that would be a bad thing.

The conversation on the Fox News morning show centered around Oprah Winfrey’s statement that many of the attacks on President Barack Obama actually stem from racism.

“There is a level of disrespect for the office that occurs,” Oprah Winfrey told the BBC. “And that occurs in some cases and maybe even in many cases because he’s African American. There’s no question about that, and it’s the kind of thing that nobody ever says but everybody is thinking it.”

Of course, the Fox News hosts weren’t having any of that, even claiming at one point that “I don’t know if Barack Obama could have been elected president if he was living in a racist nation,” and “you’ve gone six years with almost no criticism of the President.”

Amazingly, that last part came not from Hasselbeck, but from Brian Kilmeade.

Not to be outdone, Hasselbeck warned her co-hosts, “throwing around racist accusations, calling someone a racist certainly for disagreeing when they are indeed not, would undermine racism when it does occur.”

Of course, Fox News’ idea of what’s racist and the majority of Americans’ idea of what’s racist may vary.

But if that weren’t enough, Hasselbeck continued, bringing the conversation back to Oprah.

“But this is someone as powerful as Oprah instilling fear in those that may come to critique policy under a cloak of racism when it may not be there,” Hasselbeck declared. “So again, it undermines racism when it does occur.”

Again, Hasselbeck’s idea of what’s racist and the majority of Americans’ idea of what’s racist may vary.

Hasselbeck, perhaps, is trying to say that claiming something is racist when it’s not diminishes other claims of racism that are legitimate? Maybe?

Because, hopefully we can all agree that undermining racism is a good thing.



Hat tip: The Raw Story

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LOrion November 21, 2013 at 7:41 pm

DID U SEE? #MA high school cancels football season due to slurs (racist N** smear painted on HOUSE) of 13 yo…against teammate, and black opponents

RogerW101 November 23, 2013 at 8:01 am

What does that have to do with this article? Watch my finger…. focus…. focus…..

RRuinsky November 21, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Idiots of the World rejoice. Your Queen has arrived!

SeanLiberty13 November 21, 2013 at 9:26 pm

I'm sure Neo-Nazis and the KKK agree with you Elisebeth, you illiterate pap.

RogerW101 November 23, 2013 at 8:00 am

More ignorant hate from mindless Obama zombie liberals…

SeanLiberty13 November 25, 2013 at 10:50 pm

Nope. That would be from illiterate, Reich-wing, barbarian trash like you.

labman57 November 21, 2013 at 9:46 pm

So glad that Hasselbeck joined the Fatuous Fellowship of F&F — "Dumb and Dumber" desperately needed their Dumberer.

RogerW101 November 23, 2013 at 7:59 am

Sure…. that's why Fox and Friends is #1 in the ratings — and they've gone even higher since Elizabeth H. joined the show. Fact:

SimonFieno December 16, 2013 at 4:45 pm

A loud minority is still a minority. The great thing about Fox is that it concentrates most of the idiots in one place and makes it easy to avoid them.

Heyim1also November 21, 2013 at 9:56 pm

As dumb as a stump !

RogerW101 November 23, 2013 at 7:55 am

You certainly are…

Sandra November 22, 2013 at 6:13 am

This coming from a stupid woman that looks like she's the product of a FAUX SNOOZE breeding farm for female talking heads knows anything about bigotry? And no, calling her stupid isn't bigotry. I've actually formed that opinion of her after listening to the tripe that has fallen out of her mouth, and compare her to the rest of the Bubble Headed Bleach Blondes on FAUX.

RogerW101 November 23, 2013 at 7:57 am

And 'ugly' hosts like Rachel Maddow and Mika Brzezinski are rocket scientists.

SeanLiberty13 November 25, 2013 at 10:52 pm

A piece of shit is smarter than you reich-wing troglodytes.

SimonFieno December 16, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Maddow has a PhD. Whatever you think of her opinions, it is very hard to argue that she isn't intelligent. But go ahead, you seem to enjoy tilting at windmills.

BigBoper November 22, 2013 at 9:55 am

There's only one way to get a Job at FOX News, get a lobotomy, be (if your female) blond, relatively attractive. and wear short dresses.

jayjay4142 November 22, 2013 at 11:24 pm

Just the other day I was watching a documentary on the KKK from it's beginning to present day. Everything that Faux news and the Tea Party stand for are the exact same things that the KKK stood for. The only thing they haven't done yet is lynchings . There are already cases of burning crosses. Here in the South they carry racist signs at their meetings and then hate it when someone calls them on it. I much prefer the racists who admit they are racist than the ones who use the dog whistles and think everyone is stupid enough to not catch on to what they are really saying.

RogerW101 November 23, 2013 at 8:04 am

Care to back any of this up with links? No… .because you can't. It's mindless, libelous charges that you grabbed out of thin air — Like most liberal arguments. I would have tremendous respect for you if you could actually prove any of your allegations. But really… when you make statements like this, you only play up to other mindless, uneducated, ill-informed, low-information liberals. The blind leading the blind. But in this case, it's the idiots leading the idiots.

SeanLiberty13 November 25, 2013 at 10:52 pm


RogerW101 November 23, 2013 at 7:54 am

You're taking her comments WAY out of context. First, what she said is valid. Obama would NOT have been elected President solely on a minority vote. If Whites in America had not voted for him, he would not be sitting in the White House right now. So the argument that criticism of Obama is 'racist' is ludicrous. What it does is attempt to silence dissension. There was more criticism of George W Bush than any other President in recent history – was that also 'racist?' A bad President is a bad President — and if the race card is flipped every time someone is critical of Obama's policies, people get numb to it. It's like the little boy who cried wolf. When actual racism does occur, nobody believes it.
For you to perpetuate this under the premise of a 'civil rights' violation is beyond reprehensible. It was Dr. King himself who dreamed of a world where his children would be judged on the content of their character, not the color of their skin. People are judging Obama on his character — and your response is to wave the 'racism' flag. Pathetic.

SeanLiberty13 November 25, 2013 at 10:53 pm


SimonFieno December 16, 2013 at 4:49 pm

<div class="idc-message" id="idc-comment-msg-div-768955677"><a class="idc-close" title="Click to Close Message" href="javascript: IDC.ui.close_message(768955677)"><span>Close Message</span> Comment posted. <p class="idc-nomargin"><a class="idc-share-facebook" target="_new" href="; style="text-decoration: none;"><span class="idc-share-inner"><span>Share on Facebook</span></span> or <a href="javascript: IDC.ui.close_message(768955677)">Close MessageThe Whites who voted for him are not racist and the ones who have been trying to sabotage and obstruct everything he has done are mostly racists. There you go, question solved. You might have a better chance of making a successful argument if the opposition to the President hadn't started immediately he was elected. They were messing with him before there was even a chance to asses how good a President he could be. It was a campaign to frustrate the will of the electorate because they didn't like the election result.

Heyim1also November 23, 2013 at 9:48 am

RogerW101…Can you read between the lines ? .. If so …Lay down and nurse your pups.

RogerW101 November 23, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Do yourself a favor.. when your IQ hits 50… sell!

SeanLiberty13 November 25, 2013 at 10:57 pm

Do yourself a favor…. when your IQ hits…. never mind, trash like you are not evolved past toxic pond scum to have an IQ worth giving a number to.

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