Joe Williams, the White House Correspondent for Politico (that) recently came under fire by the right-wing reality spin known as Breitbart.com for a comment he made on MSNBC’sMartin Bashir Live. First of all, let’s look at the comment that started the @!$%#storm:
“It’s very interesting that he (Mitt Romney) does so many appearances on Fox & Friends. And it’s unscripted. It’s the only time they let Mitt off the leash, so to speak. But it also points out a larger problem he’s got to solve if he wants to be successful come this fall: Romney is very, very comfortable, it seems, with people who are like him. That’s one of the reasons why he seems so stiff and awkward in some town hall settings, why he can’t relate to people other than that. But when he comes on Fox & Friends, they’re like him. They’re white folks who are very much relaxed in their own company.”
What should stand out immediately is that, yes, Williams used poor judgment when it came to choosing his words. But Breitbart.com accuses him of using “racially charged language” (i.e. he’s a racist). This is why the right-wing blogosphere was so infuriated. This is why Politico suspended Williams. But was he being racist?