MSNBC's Schultz 'Regrets' Deceptive Edit, Racism Charge Against Perry

Wednesday, 17 Aug 2011 09:33 AM

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MSNBC host Ed Schultz says he regrets the fact that his show deceptively edited Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s comments and Schultz’s ensuing implication that Perry made a racist remark about President Barack Obama.

Speaking in Iowa during the weekend, Perry referred to the U.S. debt as a “big black cloud that hangs over America.” On “The Ed Show” Monday night, Schultz alleged that Perry’s comment was a racist slam.

“Perry comes from the radical country club that loves to remind white America that President Obama is other: not like you,” Schultz said.

Breitbart.TV ferreted out the full clip of Perry’s remarks, however, and exposed the fact that MSNBC’s selective editing smoothed the way for Schultz’s accusation.

Perry’s full comment: “I am a pro-business governor. I don’t make any apologies about it and I will be a pro-business president. Getting America back to work is the most important issue facing this country. That big black cloud that hangs over America, that debt that is so monstrous. There’s only one way to get rid of it that’s practical, that makes sense. And that is to free up America.”

Schultz’s slam sparked a backlash, with Red State blogger Caleb Howe even calling the his remarks “one of the most blatant, race-baiting moments in recent memory.”

Schultz didn’t issue a flat-out apology Tuesday night, but he acknowledged the gaffes

“We did not present the full context of those statements and we should have,” Schultz said. “No doubt about it, it was a mistake and we regret the error.”

Schultz’s mea culpa, via Breitbart:


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