President Obama‘s interview last week with podcasting comedian Marc Maron got lots of attention for when the president said the n-word. CNN’s Brian Stelter invited the always outspoken Cornel West on Reliable Sources today to react to that interview and the media’s coverage of it.
West was encouraged by how much more Obama talks about these issues, but when he said that racism isn’t “endemic,” it’s clearly a lie.
And the reason he said it, West explained, is because he’s “afraid of Fox News, afraid of the right-wingers,” but at this point he should be “standing up out of moral conviction.”
He and Stelter talked about the time Bill Clinton used the n-word and forgiveness in Charleston before they got into the media criticism. West lamented how the race conversation is “marginalized” on cable news, calling MSNBC “Obama propaganda” and Fox News “right-wing propaganda.”
As for Stelter’s network, West credited CNN for being able to “wrestle with insights,” but said at the end of the day it’s all about the profit margin.
Watch the full interview below, via CNN:
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