Sunday, January 13, 2008

Bob Johnson Criticizes Obama

Bob Johnson, founder of BET, criticized Obama's campaign for being dishonest and distorting Clinton's remark about Marting Luther King Jr. Hillary Clinton was quoted just before the New Hampshire primary saying “Dr. King’s dream began to be realized when President Lyndon Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It took a president to get it done.” The remark by Clinton angered some black leaders.

While introducing Hillary Clinton at Columbia College, Johnson said, "To me, as an African American, I am frankly insulted the Obama campaign would imply that we are so stupid that we would think Hillary and Bill Clinton, who have been deeply and emotionally involved in black issues — when Barack Obama was doing something in the neighborhood; I won't say what he was doing, but he said it in his book — when they have been involved."

Johnson seems to be referring to Obama's admission of drug use in his book, "Dreams from My Father." Johnson later said his comments referred to Obama's work as a community organizer in Chicago "and nothing else. Any other suggestion is simply irresponsible and incorrect," he said in a statement released by Clinton's campaign. (Read the entire article byPhilip Elliott, APNews)

Obviously, Johnson thinks that we are so stupid to believe he was talking about Obama's work as a community organizer. I find this insulting from a man who started a black cable network that only showed negative and derogatory images about blacks and women. This is the same man who cancelled the positive shows on BET. I guess this shouldn't surprise me.

For the record, Obama never commented on the remarks Clinton made. Bob Johnson needs to tell Hillary to be careful what you say.

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