Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Either host Dylan Ratigan was trying to play to MSNBC's rabid liberal audience or he really has it in for the Tea Party movement...

In an interview with Mark Williams, a conservative talk radio host...Ratigan asked Williams what he was doing to separate his legitimate effort from radical fringe elements in American political culture.

"Mark, how do you draw the bright line between the very admirable and understandable principles that are advocated by so many in the Tea Party as it pertains to a Constitutional definition of a democracy, separation of things like banking and investing, church and - I mean, you go to all these things, and those who would choose a more radicalized view or racist view and hide, if you will, inside of the Tea Party umbrella?" Ratigan said.

"Well, that's real simple," Williams replied. "There's wing-nuts and normal people."

But that wasn't good enough for Ratigan, who went on a tirade about how Williams should be more forceful in denouncing people who say they want to "kill blacks and Jews," as if they're an every day element of the national Tea Party movement.

"It's not that simple because when wing-nuts go to other political organizations and say, ‘I want to kill black people, I want to kill Jews,' whatever it may be, the organizer, for instance, if I was holding a Dylan Ratigan event and a bunch of people held up signs saying they wanted to kill blacks and Jews, I would say, ‘Would you kindly remove yourself, I don't accept people who follow me who are into killing blacks and Jews and women or whatever it may be,'" Ratigan said. "What confuses me about the Tea Party if the Tea Party's willingness to accept the wing-nuts without defining more crisply what the Tea Party's agenda is relative to those who just want to kill black people, for instance."