On Thursday, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews took it upon himself to apologize on behalf of all white people for unspecified transgressions, the National Review Online reported.
“I’ll just tell you one thing,” Matthews said. “And I’m speaking now for all white people, but especially [the ones] who’ve tried to change the last 50 or 60 years. And a lot of them really tried to change, and I’m sorry for this stuff. That’s all I’m saying.”
Sterling Beard said Matthews was discussing racism and “conversations black parents would have with their children in the wake of the verdict in the Zimmerman trial” with former RNC chair Michael Steele and Val Nicholas, vice president and creative director at NBC News, the network being sued by Zimmerman for defamation.
Readers of National Review weren’t impressed.
“Chris, you do NOT speak for all white people,” one person said.
“Matthews has no right to apologize or speak for me,” another said. “I resent the implication that based on my race I’m guilty of anything. His arguments are not based in reality.”
A post at the conservative blog Hot Air said “this should really be an hourly feature on MSNBC, tantamount to a regular news break at 30 minutes past.”
The Daily Caller’s Jeff Poor said Nicholas recalled a pair of police incidents he was involved in as a teenager and said the proceedings in the George Zimmerman trial brought back memories of those incidents.
An article at Newsvine posted reaction from conservatives on Twitter, most of which were angry that Matthews would presume to speak for all white people.
NewsOne presumed that all of the criticism on Twitter came from white people.
“MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews decided to speak for “all White people” and apologize for racism in the United States and was attacked by White people on Twitter for his efforts,” NewsOne said.
The article included embedded tweets from some critical of Matthews, but some profile pictures did not show actual faces, making it impossible to determine if the tweets actually came from white people.
“The only white people that Chris can speak for are those that give him a podium to spew his nonsense,” said a post at the Right Scoop.
Exit question: Who gave Matthews the authority to speak for all white people?
Video of Matthews’ comments can be seen here.
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