There’s a thing where racists supposedly think all members of one ethnicity look alike. While it doesn’t actually make someone racist to not recognize the feature variations of an ethnic group he hasn’t been as exposed to, the Left likes to think it does. Which makes Leftist news network MSNBC’s gaffe even more hilarious.
MSNBC host Chris Hayes was talking about White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah. As usual on television news, if you’re going to talk about someone, you show an image of them.
However, apparently his staff didn’t bother to look too deep. Either that, or they figured all people of Indian descent look alike. They showed a photo of former Obama administration official Rajiv Shah.
While the names are very similar, a news show should know these are two different people.
Playing by the Left’s own rules, this should be a massive, racially charged incident at MSNBC, one that should require firings and self-flagellation by the network in order to atone for the sin of WrongThink. If this had been Fox News or any other conservative network, the Leftist media would be abuzz over the racist overtones of the mistake.
Yet when they do it … well, it’s just not that big of a deal.
Maybe they’ll offer an apology and call it a day. Leftists will pretend anyone upset over this is deranged, but we all know that if I’d made that same mistake here at PJ Media, all hell would break loose.
Most likely, someone was just absolutely clueless and didn’t know these are two different people. I don’t know and, after filing this story, it’s not something I’m going to think too much about in the future.
But what I do know is that they wouldn’t give anyone on the right the same benefit of the doubt.