FOX Debate Smackdown Between Newt Gingrich and Juan Williams
Matt | On 19, Jan 2012
How could I forget to share this gem with you all?
During Monday night’s FOX News Republican Presidential debate, things got pretty heated between moderator Juan Williams and GOP candidate Newt Gingrich.
The issue revolved around Gingrich’s comments about how “Black Americans should demand jobs not food stamps” and that “Poor kids lack a strong work ethic.” Newt suggested that poor kids work as janitors in their schools to earn money. He believes it is a lesson on the value of hard work and income.
Well, the FOX-friendly audience didn’t like Williams bringing up the facts on Gingrich. The candidate defended his comments and doesn’t believe they are offensive to African-Americans. Of course he doesn’t.
In the proper context, I can see what Newt meant BEHIND the comments. He wants people to stop waiting on handouts and work hard for advancement out of poverty. The issue that Williams properly raises, however, is how the comments are PERCEIVED.
When someone makes statements like that to a group of Black people, many of whom work hard and are not on assistance … uh yeah … some of them will be offended!! Williams’s question was about perception, not intent.
Watch the FOX audience mob turn on Juan Williams. And once again, we see Newt’s snarky attitude in full tilt as usual.