MRC Alert: NBC’s Guthrie Lobs Softball to Axelrod On ‘Whether Racism Animated’ Obama Critics

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NBC’s Guthrie Lobs Softball to Axelrod On ‘Whether Racism Animated’ Obama Critics

By Kyle Drennen

In an interview with former Obama White House aide David Axelrod on Monday’s NBC Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie tossed a softball on “whether racism animated some of the President’s critics.” She read an inflammatory quote from Axelrod’s new book: “Some folks simply refused to accept the legitimacy of the first black president and are seriously discomforted by the growing diversity of our country.” Without challenging the assertion, Guthrie wondered: “Is that you view and does the President share that view in your mind?”

Axelrod – whom Guthrie failed to identify as an NBC News political analyst – stood by his remarks: “Well, it’s clearly my view or I wouldn’t have written it, and I’m sure he feels that way to. Is that the main reason for the opposition to him? No. But has…

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