Chris Matthews: “Regular Folks” = “White Folks”– Blatant Racial Framing Again

MediaMatters reports this continuing saga of leading media commentators questioning from a Senator McCain perspective and periodically framing the world, without apology, from the old white racial frame of society: (credit: MSNBC)

On the July 7 edition of MSNBC’s Hardball, host Chris Matthews teased an upcoming segment by saying: “They’re the working-class white voters Hillary Clinton won and Barack didn’t. Can Obama now win over the regular folks, white folks, against John McCain? We’ll ask the strategists.” On the June 30 edition of Hardball, Matthews similarly teased a segment by asserting: “Up next: They’re the working-class white voters Hillary won and Barack didn’t. Can Obama win over the regular folks against John McCain?”

This is the year 2008, right? And we are a “colorblind” society? Right?


  1. mordy

    Mathews sure has a strange way of articulating his positions. You had recently cited him saying that he isn’t a sociologist, he’s just an american. Or some such nonsense. I don’t think he even knows what he is saying. This of course doesn’t excuse him but he simply is parroting what most of the other pundits routinely say when this issue arises. I am quite certain they all keep referring to this particular block of white-racist voters as ‘working-class’ voters. It has clearly moved into the vernacular of codified words. Colorblind?-Hardly. Blind?-Yup, In a big way

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