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You don’t have to be a racist or Caucasian to engage in racist practices. Those in the integrated news media may be surprised to learn the key role they are playing wittingly or unwittingly in the unsolved race and social justice problem. “The Big Cover-Up” video (below) provides an opportunity to see how they may have  participated in this longstanding news media racist injustice.

Joe Mica and Willie

It was curious to see Joe Scarborough, Willie Geist,  and Mica Brzezinski yucking it up at Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau apologizing for a youthful blackface indiscretion. Let’s remember that black folks in Virginia weren’t as worked up about the Governor’s blackface as those in the news media. The irony is all three of these MSNBC hosts are among the members of the news media who all wittingly or unwittingly participated in far worse racist offense against President Obama that is exposed in “The Big Cover-Up” video (see video below) featured in what we see as a perfect “Racists Manifestation” test for white Americans and a “Stockholm Syndrome” test for black Americans.  

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Virginia Governor Northam

Here’s how we see the test working for black and white Americans. One test fits all. This is a private self-test. You get to determine your own basic reaction in your head and heart, which only you know. Same questions for both races.  (1) Are you repulsed by what you see in the video? (2) Are you indifferent? (3) Do you see this as no big thing? (4)Finally, do you feel compelled to support the establishment of this all-inclusive national news media operation that will address this racist news media practice that’s been exposed?

The video documents an incident involving racist injustice that happened during the first year of the Obama administration. That means as a news person, you get to reflect on how you responded to the incident at the time and how you respond to the “The Big Cover-Up” video after seeing what it reveals. Finally, unlike back then, if you feel the urge to address the problem exposed in the video, the opportunity is presented here .


What prompted the idea of a “Stockholm Syndrome” and “Racist Manifestation” test is the result  of a conversation I had with one  my editors, who is Caucasian. She had asked several of her black friends to watch “The Big Cover-Up” video. She said their response was indifference. I asked, did they actually watch the whole video.  She said she was certain they did. The editor herself was appropriately offended when she originally saw the news media’s racist practices revealed in the video. However, she seemed to   suggest that since her black friends weren’t offended in what they saw that maybe it wasn’t such a big thing.  

That exchange, prompted me to recognize “The Big Cover-Up” video as the perfect device to check the individual dispositions and sentiments of black and white Americans toward clear examples of the police and press knowingly engaged in racist complicity in action. My editor friend, like a lot of Americans, needs to realize that not all slaves welcomed the Union troops. One can always find individual blacks accepting of racist practices. With integration comes mixed agendas among black folks. There are Clarence Thomas’s all over the place. The video shows how the integrated police and press are at the root of the unsolved race and social justice problem. 

After tweeting this to those listed below and sharing this with several members of the news media it became apparent that there is little these individuals in the profession can do to change things. The only remedy is to establish an all-inclusive independent integrated national new media operation with this enlightened editorial approach that addresses this racist practice first hand.

.@robreiner Rob Riener*
.@amprog Jaunita Toliver
.@GeorgetownLaw David Goodfriend
.@hansilowang Hansi Lo Wang
.@CapehartJ Jonathon Capehart
.@matthewamiller Mathew Miller
.@AnandWrites Anand Giridharadas
.@dthornell Douglas Thornell
.@MalcolmNance Malcolm Nance
.@RWPUSA Richard Painter
.@tribelaw Laurence Tribe
.@NicolleDWallace Nicolle D Wallace
.@Sruhle Stephanie Ruhle
.@AliVelshi Ali Velshi
.@Kasie Kasie DC
.@AriMelber Ari Melber
.@JoyceWhiteVance Joyce White Vance
.@TaraDowdellGrp. Tara Dowdell
.@AMSophiaNelson Sophia Nelson
.@MaraGay Mara GayNew York
.@DeanObeidallah Dean Obeidallah
.@jewelmelanie Jewel Burks Solomon
.@whoisSheena Sheena Allen
.@pauljudge Paul Judge
.@tristan Walker Tristan Walker
.@TiffanyDCross Tiffany D Cross
.@JrubinBlogger Joyce Rubin
.@alexi Alexi McCammond
.@maddow Rachel Maddow
.@RillyRick Rilly Rick
.@peterbakernyt Peter Baker
.@JakeSherman Jake Sherman
.@agearan Anne Rumsey Gearan
.@continetti Mathew Continetti
.@Elise_Jordan Elise Jordan
.@BishopGarrison Bishop Garrison
.@lopezlinette Lopez Linette
.@JamilSmith Jamil Smith
.@jmsummers Jim Summers
.@MarkLeibovich Mark Leibovich
.@NatashaBertrand Natasha Bertrand
.@LeahRigueur Leah Wright Rigueur
.@swin24 Asawin Suebsaeng
.@cjane87 Jane Coaston
.@jonathanmahler Jonathan Mahler
.@JoeNBC Joe Scarborough
.@nytmike Michael S. Schmidt
.@DonnyDeutsch Donny Deutsch
.@neal_Katyal Neal Katyal
.@samstein Sam Stein
.@barronlopez Laura Barron-Lopez
.@SteveKornacki Steve Kornacki
.@mikeallen Mike Allen
.@MidwinCharles Midwin Charles
.@woodruffbets Betsy Woodruff
.@JoyAnnReid Joy Reid
.@KatiePhang Katie Phang
.@jaketapper Jake Tapper
.@mehdirhasan Mehdi Hasan
.@baratunde Baratunde
.@ddale8 Daniel Dale
.@daveweigel Dave Weigel
.@aseitzwald Alex Seitz-Wald
.@JimVandeHei Jim VandeHei
.@JonLemire Jonathan Lemire
.@PhilipRucker Philip Rucker
.@AshleyRParker Ashley Parker
.@maggieNYT Maggie Haberman
.@costareports Robert Costa
.@Fahrenthold David Fahrenthold
.@Acosta Jim Acosta
.@AprilDRyan April Ryan
.@HansNichols Hans Nichols
.@abbydphillip Abby D Phillip
.@Yamiche Yamiche Alcindor
.@KasieDC Kasie Hunt
.@KenDilanianNBC Ken Dilanian
.@kylegriffin1 Kyle Griffin
.@DanaBashCNN Dana Bash
.@johnKingCNN John King
.@wolfblitzer Wolf Blitzer
.@chuck todd Chuck Todd
.@mitchellreports Andrea Mitchell
.@JohnJHarwood John Harwood
.@Lawrence Lawrence O’Donnell
.@mkraju Manu Raju
.@GloriaBorger Gloria Borger
.@CillizzaCNN Chris Cillizza
.@MikeLupica Mike Lupica
.@morningmika Mika Brzezinski
.@AmAmnaNawaz Amna
.@JudyWoodruff Judy Woodruff
.@BretStephensNYT Bret Stephens
.@Dr_CMGreer Christina Greer
.@HeidiNBC Heidi Przybyla
.@jheil John Heilermann
.@KatyTurNBC Katy Tur
.@chrishayes Chris Hayes
.@HallieJackson Hallie Jackson
.@Kwelkernbc Kristen Welker
.@ZerlinaMaxwell ZerlinaMaxwell
.@mayawiley Maya Wiley
.@Mimirocah1 Mimi Rocah
.@gdebenedetti Gabriel Debenedetti
.@BarbMcQuade Barb McQuade
.@FrankFigliuzzi1 Frank Figliuzzi1
.@JoyceWhiteVance Joyce White Vance
.@JillWineBanks Jill Wine-Banks
.@tribelaw Laurence Tribe
.@RWPUSA Richard Painter
.@aseitwald Alex Seitz-Wald
.@alivitali Ali Vitali
.@jonallendc Jonathan Allen
.@mmurraypolitics Mark Murray
.@cornell_belcher Cornell Belcher
.@K_JeanPierre Karine Jean-Pierre
.@DrJasonJohnson Dr. Jason Johnson
.@michelleinbklyn Michelle Goldberg
.@matthewamiller Matthew Miller
.@SethAbramson Seth Abramson
.@chrislhayes Chris Hayes
.@AndyCooperCNN Anderson Cooper
.@theabstoddard A B Stoddard
.@TimOBrien Tim O’Brien
.@DavidCornDC David Corn
.@isikoff Michael Isikoff
.@benjaminwittes Benjamin Wittes
.@bradheath Brad Heath
.@CevallosLaw Danny Cevallos
.@apalmerdc Anna Palmer
.@dlippman Daniel Lippman
.@CarolLeonni Carol Leonnig
.@emilybazelon Emily Bazelon
.@LauraAJarrett Laura Jarrett
.@DylanByers Dylan Byers
.@PoppyHarlowCNN Poppy Harlow
.@JohnAvlon John Avlon
.@DanaBashCNN Dana Bash
.@JuliaEAinsley Julia E Ainsley
.@JessicaYellin Jessica Yellin
.@sahilkapur Sahil Kapur
.@howardfineman Howard Fineman
.@Eugene_Robinson Eugene robinson
.@BeschlossDC Michael Beschloss
.@jmeacham Jon Meacham
.@TheRickWilson Rick Wilson
.@DorisKGoodwin Doris Kearns Goodwin
.@WalterIsaacson Walter Isaacson
.@jonathanvswan Jonathan Swan
.@KattyKayBBC Katty Kay
.@JohnJHarwood John Harwood
.@JesselynRadack Jesselyn Radack
.@chrishayes Chris Hayes
.@RichardEngel Richard Engel
.@yasminv Yasmin Vossoughian

.@esglaude Eddie S. Glaude

.@SRuhle Stephanie Ruhle
.@AymanM Ayman Mohyeldin
.@JeffreyGoldberg JeffreyGoldberg
.@CaitlinPacific Caitlin Flanagan
.@NickKristof Nicholas Krisof
.@paulkrugman Paul Krugman
.@ezraklein Ezra Klein
.@NateSilver538 Nate Silver
.@AishaMoodMills Aisha Moodie-Mills
.@stephgosk Stephanie Gosk
.@LACaldwellDC Leigh Ann Caldwell
.@ageran Anne Gearan
.@ProfMMurray Melissa Murray
.@PostRoz Rosalind Helderman
.@elliotcwilliams Elliot Williams
.@stengel Richard Stengel
.@carolelee Carol Lee
.@LauraAJarrett Laura Jarrett
.@juliaIoffe Julia Ioffe
.@JohnKingCNN John King
.@matthewamiller Matthew Miller
.@emptywheel Marcy Wheeler
.@joshgerstein Josh Gerstein
.@JaxAlemany Jacqueline Alemany
.@EJDionne EJ Dionne Jr
.@KlasfeldReports Adam Klasfeld
.@DavidCayJ David Cay Johnston
.@WajahatAli Wajahat Ali *
.@trymainelee Trymaine Lee
.@aimeeallison Aimee Allison
.@EboniKWilliams Eboni K. Williams

.@GeorgeWill George Will
.@ErinBanco Daily Beast
.@JamesCarville James Carville
.@carlberstein Carl Berstein
.@ErinBurnett Erin Burnett
.@jamiegangel Jamie Gangel


  • Only non-news media person on the list.