'The Daily Show' Slams MSNBC for Misrepresenting Rick Perry, Maligning President Obama

 

The Daily Show went after MSNBC host Ed Schultz on Wednesday for misrepresenting Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry and maligning President Barack Obama during a segment.

On Monday's Ed Show, Schultz introduced a clip of the Texas governor at a campaign rally with the comment, "Perry comes from the radical country club that loves to remind white America president Obama is other, not like you." The clip showed Perry telling the crowd that the nation's trillion-dollar debt was a "big black cloud" hanging over America.

After the clip ended, Shultz said, "That black cloud that Perry is talking about is President Barack Obama."

Jon Stewart replayed the MSNBC segment on The Daily Show Wednesday night, saying Schultz's interpretation was misleading and racist, "Pretty sure Perry was saying the black cloud is the debt.. While Ed Schultz did apologize for not playing the whole clip, he never really addressed his insinuation about what Perry meant with the phrase 'black cloud over America.'

"But I guess that's the thing about clouds, some people see a racist dog whistle, some people see George Washington wrestling a leprechaun."

Shultz said in his apology Tuesday, "Last night we played a clip of Governor Perry talking about the debt being a 'big black cloud' over this country. We did not present the full context of those statements and we should've...no doubt about it, it was a mistake and we regret the error.

"On this particular statement, we should not have included it in our coverage of his overheated rhetoric. That's our mistake. The full context of all of these other statements show who he is and what he stands for."

Stewart's comments about Schultz's remarks begin at the 2:18 mark below:

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