MSNBC forced to apologize as bigoted guest slams country music fans

At this rate, MSNBC may want to consider setting aside a half-hour weekly slot to collectively beg its dwindling audience for forgiveness — they can call the show ‘Mea culpa.”

MSNBC host Ari Melber found himself in the awkward position Wednesday of having to apologize on-air when a contributor made a disparaging comment about country music.

In the left’s blind rush to marginalize recently announced GOP presidential contender U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a panel was discussing the idea that — egad! — the Texas senator likes country music.

(What better way to distract from the overall poor job President Obama and the Democratic Party has done the past six years?)

A clip is played of Cruz explaining that he developed an affinity for the music after 9/11, with senior editor Jamilah Lemieux quickly chiming in with her own special brand of bigotry.

“Nothing says ‘Let’s go kill some Muslims’ like country music, fresh from Lynchburg, Virginia,” she said. “Someone who obviously does not want to be a polarizing candidate, he wants to bring people together, I mean — really? That’s absurd.”

“Well, I mean there’s plenty of country music that doesn’t have that message, right?” Melber asked in a weak attempt to soft-play the offensive comment.

Forget the underlying racial connotations at play in Lemieux’s remark, she potentially insulted more than 100 million Americans — according to Billboard, a 2011 survey showed 42 percent of the U.S. population are country music fans.

And it’s clear that MSNBC heard from a few of them, because before the program ended Melber offered an unexpected apology.

“A few minutes ago on this show, a guest made a comment about country music,” he said. “That comment was not appropriate, and we want to be clear this network does not condone it.”


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