Last night at Netroots Nation, a video was played that included President Obama, a host of politicians, and Howard Dean. Dean got the most robust, enthusiastic response from the audience than anyone else. His forthrightness and progressive ideas are more welcome than ever these days.
“Let’s just be blunt about this … I think Fox News did something that was absolutely racist... They've been pushing a theme of black racism, this phony Black Panther crap, and this business... and Sotomayor and all this other stuff... The Republican party has got to stop appealing to its racist fringe..."
Then Chris Wallace cut him off insisting that he deal with "inconvenient things" called facts. He told Dean that Shirely Sherrod's name had never been mentioned on ClusterFox until after she was fired.
"Fox News was not blameless during this.. [Did the clip of the white farmer] ever play on Fox News?"
Wallace couldn't answer that. Dean went on to say the Obama administration made a mistake, but...
"I'm not gonna let the right wing press off the hook on this...."
Wallace again emphasized ClusterFox's timing. Dean countered that it didn't matter whether the clip was played before or after she was fired. The edited clip was played, and the remarks were taken out of context.
Dean also agreed with Newtie that the NAACP was wrong.
However, Newtie went on to pull out that old chestnut, if the Obama administration was that frightened by Glenn Beck, how will they deal with the Iranians?