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June 11, 2008

Should NBC's Andrea Mitchell Get the Chop?

Earlier this week, Andrea Mitchell of NBC had to apologize on-air for characterizing western Virginia as redneck, sort of bordering-on-Appalachia country.

During a report on the Obama campaign, she had been comparing that part of the state to northern Virginia, which she characterized as a "high-tech corridor." In other words, the classy area near Washington D.C. where she likes to hang out.

Clue to Andrea: western Virginia is part of Appalachia. Get an atlas.

Remember when Don Imus got fired for calling black girls on a basketball team "nappy headed hos?" A tasteless comment, yes, and he apologized too...but got canned by MSNBC anyway. Yet Andrea Mitchell, another NBC employee, makes an equally offensive remark characterizing an entire region, apologizes, and life goes on. But you see, since she made her comment about the "wrong kind" of people - in this instance white people who live in rural areas - it's okay. How does that grab you?

For the record: I don't think Andrea Mitchell should be fired for being an idiot. But Imus shouldn't have been fired either. It's the blatant double standard that ticks me off.


It's okay to make offensive remarks...just make sure they're about rednecks.

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Posted by Pam Meister at 08:24 AM | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0) | Double Standards

Trust me, we rednecks don't give a crap if she calls us out. At least we don't work in the media, that would mean that we were stupid. A study found that the lowest IQs were found in journalism schools.

Posted by: Two Dogs at June 17, 2008 08:37 PM

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