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MSNBC's Kornacki On Race Tape: Let's Agree To Marginalize Matt Drudge

On their MSNBC program today, network co-hosts Toure and Steve Kornacki attacked the messengers for the Obama race tape. Toure, who came under fire for accusing Romney of committing "niggerization" of Obama, accused the Drudge Report, The Daily Caller and Sean Hannity of conspiring against President Obama in a racial way.

"We see Hannity and Tucker Carlson critiquing the president's accent and his tone of voice. So we have two white men who don't know the president, talking about how he should speak, how a black person should speak in public, especially when they are talking to other black people, which is a really sort of disgusting part of this whole thing. And it leads to this whole attempt to try to portray him, once again, as a scary black man who is really out for black people. He is ultimately Malcolm X, that's who he really is, when we see him behind closed doors, which is entirely untrue. The country does not believe that at all," MSNBC's Toure opined.

Toure, quoting Salon's Joan Walsh, says this is "the most rancid racial fear-mongering I've seen in a long time."

MSNBC's Steve Kornacki jumped in and criticized Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report for pushing the story. Kornacki, again a host on MSNBC, accused Drudge of pushing a very slanted message.

"Two points here. One quick one I want to make is I think this whole episode is worth highlighting, not obviously for the content but because I hope in a way this is a moment that we can all kind of agree to marginalize Matt Drudge," he said.

"I think we've given him sort of an outsized role of setting the agenda for news coverage. When he starts sending out this noise yesterday, about, 'Oh big scoop coming, big video, explosive.' A lot of people by this point have learned these things usually don't add up to much but there was still a certain amount of anticipation. And look, the reality with this guy is it is always slanted, always pushing a very transparent agenda and it basically never adds up to anything. I hope this episode can kind of illustrate that," Kornacki added.

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