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New MSNBC Host Karen Finney Just Doesn’t Look Black Enough For Conservative Media Watchdog

by David Badash on April 3, 2013

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Karen Finney just doesn’t look “Black” enough for Tim Graham. Late yesterday afternoon on Twitter, Graham made several ugly comments, including:

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:



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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BJLincoln April 3, 2013 at 7:28 am

When will people get that is is not what we look like or who we love, it's about respect for each other and what we contribute. She is pretty enough for TV but it's what she can bring to the table that got her the job.
It is a shame that you can work hard and do well but be judged on what you look like or your gender.
I'm sure she will do well in spite of the ass holes in the world.

dave72 April 3, 2013 at 10:54 am

How unusual for a conservative to judge someone entirely by the color of her skin. Something like that only happens about 10,000 times a year. This is nothing new, just more racism from the usual sources.

uncucumbered April 3, 2013 at 11:02 am

I think making Karen Finney weekend anchor is a good move for MSNBC. As a pundit, I'm underwhelmed by her; yes, she's refined, and beautiful, but she never exceeds the Democratic talking points. But as the questioner, where she can bring her policy expertise and spontaneous thoughts to the conversation, she should be fantastic. I thought she upped her game when she sat in for Martin Bashir.

As for anyone distressed by the inability to determine race on sight, I think there's a color wheel you can buy at the FOX gift store to determine a person's probable origins.

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