NBA Commissioner Adam Silver yesterday imposed a lifetime ban on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for some awful, racist comments he made in private settings to one V. Stiviano. The developments provided Fox News with a chance to add some context. So:

Fox News host Eric Bolling took to the excellent afternoon show “The Five” to ask what should happen to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. In a back-and-forth with Fox Newser Julie Roginsky, Bolling said:

BOLLING: Let’s use your litmus test. He should be banned for life for something he said in the privacy of his home that’s viewed as bigoted and racist. Senator Harry Reid, 2008 or so, said . . . Barack Obama was — he liked him, he was a light skinned black man and liked that he didn’t have a Negro dialect.

ROGINSKY: Yes, and it was a stupid thing to say.

BOLLING: It sounds racist. It sounds bigoted. So, should he pay $2.5 million? And should Senator Harry Reid have to step down from the Senate for saying that comment?

ROGINSKY: Senator Harry Reid, if you don’t like what he said — well, let me answer the question, if you don’t like what Harry Reid, you should vote against him.

And on “Fox & Friends” this morning, a panel contextualized the Sterling business by pointing out that there are a “number of Democrat congressmen who say that the league needs to go further,” in the words of co-host Steve Doocy. But where’s the accountability for someone like Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Democratic congressman from Mississippi? Doocy asked. The program played a clip of Thompson on New Nation of Islam Radio:

That Mitch McConnell would have the audacity to tell the president of the United States — not just the chief executive, but the commander-in-chief — that ‘I don’t care what you come up with. We’re going to be against it.’ Now if that’s not a racist statement, I don’t know what is.”

Thompson also called Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas an “Uncle Tom” and said he “doesn’t like being black.”

After playing those comments, Doocy thundered, “That’s a congressman!”

Co-host Anna Kooiman summed up: “Being a racist is not a term you should throw around because when there are cases like we saw with Donald Sterling where it really matters, you want to take it serious and not cry wolf and call Mitch McConnell a racist.”

(H/T Mediaite)

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