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Romney campaign upset over Touré remark

Mediaite’s Andrew Kirell is reporting that the presidential campaign of Mitt Romney is “reaching out” to NBC brass over a remark made by Touré yesterday on the MSNBC show “The Cycle.”

The show was discussing a new attack line of Romney’s: “This is what an angry and desperate presidency looks like.” And: “Mr. President, take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago.” Those remarks came at a campaign stop in Chillicothe, Ohio.

On “The Cycle,” Touré slammed away:

I mean, that really bothered me. You notice he says anger twice. He’s really trying to use racial coding and access some really deep stereotypes about the angry black man. This is part of the playbook against Obama, the “otherization”; he’s not like us. I know it’s a heavy thing to say, I don’t say it lightly, but this is Niggerization. You are not one of use. You are like the scary black man we’ve been trained to fear.

It’s unclear exactly what the Romney campaign is saying to NBC, though I could hazard a guess or two. Neither the campaign nor reps for NBC/MSNBC have responded to request for comment.

Were I a Romney operative, I’d push Touré to stand by the full implication of his remarks. When pressed on air by fellow “The Cycle” panelist S.E. Cupp on his allegtation, Touré said, “I didn’t call anybody racist, right, because I didn’t want to get into that. It’s a bit too much.”

Well, what’s “niggerization,” then? How do you accuse someone of “niggerization” while not accusing that person of racism?

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.


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