Hillary Clinton? Bob Lonsberry? Are you taking notes:
Ben Smith’s Blog: Obama apologizes to Muslim women; apology accepted – Politico.com
Sen. Barack Obama today called the two Muslim women who were barred from sitting behind him at his Detroit rally to apologize, one of the women and two other sources said.
“Sen. Obama called himself and he apologized to each of us,” one of the women, lawyer Hebba Aref, told me just now.
Senator Obama’s campaign screwed up – it was a couple volunteers at a local event, but it was still technically his campaign – and they refused to let a few Muslim women in hajib, or traditional headscarfs, sit behind Obama at a rally. Most likely, the volunteers objected for fear of eliciting more “Obama is a Muslim” rhetoric from the fringe Right. Whatever is the case, it’s still wrong. And Senator Obama called each of the women to apologize because he knew it was wrong.
He could easily have dodged the problem by “firing” the volunteers. He could easily have made excuses for why it didn’t happen the way the reports said it happened. He could have blamed the volunteers and said, “that’s what happens when you use volunteers.” He chose to do none of these things. He assumed responsibility, took three whacks, and got it over with like a decent human being.
I’m not saying it’s easy, but its the right thing to do. Especially for a leader.
Whadda ya know? Bob Lonsberry is in hot water over racially-charged comments again. But he’s not racist. Good to know. The more I look around me, the more it looks like the Ninties all over again:
Bob Lonsberry Criticized Over Remarks – 13WHAM.com
In his remarks on June 10, Lonsberry said the Rochester City School District was setting racist standards for giving awards to black students who get a “B” average, while white students are held to higher requirements to receive awards.
I’d call the comments “borderline” at best. Probably not worth firing, but definitely worth a ton of grief for this idiot. At what point do you begin to realize that, once busted for racist remarks, one should probably eschew racially charged issues as often as possible? As I have pointed out in the past, there is a difference between racially insensitive speech and a bonafide racist, but that does not allow the non-clansman to simply escape reproach.
And before anyone starts crying “freedom of speech,” let me say that what you have a right as an individual to speak is not necessarily what is appropriate for you to say in the context of being a representative of an entire radio network. There is an expectation that, as a radio jock, you are capable of facing a microphone and speaking for a few hours without causing race hate. Is that so much to ask?