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The blog of The Antient and Honourable John Adams Society, Minnesota's Conservative Debating Society www.johnadamssociety.org

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Jesse on MLK

Last evening, I caught the tail end of Greta Van Susteren's On The Record show on Fox. She was interviewing Rev. Jesse Jackson. Besides being a great moral and ethical leader, Jackson was also a contemporary of Dr. King and is often sought out for comments on MLK day.

Greta asked Jackson what grade Dr. King would give America today on our progress in racial equality. Rather than take this time to wax eloquently on the significant progress our country has made, Jackson instead discussed only the last 4 years and how horrible the Bush administration has been. No mention of progress, minority home ownership, Powell or Rice, and indeed no mention of a grade.

I have to say that I was stunned, although by now, having grown up in Chicago and seen plenty of Rev. Jackson's silliness, I should really expect this kind of partisian trash even on the occasion of Dr. King's birth where one would hope that we could rise above such pettiness. Greta appeared as surprised as I was, and she gave him another bite at the apple by asking the question again. She clearly was looking for some introspective answer on the state of race relations today, but yet again, Jackson proved how low he's willing to go by again bashing Bush.

I guess it's too much to ask that the Main Stream Media ignore this pretender. He's no longer relevant, and to continue to give him airtime is a waste of bandwidth.