CNN Debate: Did Clarence Thomas Go Too Far By Saying First Black President Needed Media’s Approval?

By | May 7, 2013

The panel guests on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper engaged in a heated debate on Monday over comments made by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in which he claimed that the first black president needed to have the media’s approval in order to be elected. Some panel guests said that Thomas’ comments reflected his bitterness over his treatment by the political press, while others added that his observations about President Barack Obama were largely true.

Speaking at a Duquesne University forum in April, Thomas said that he was not surprised that he saw an African-American President of the United States in his lifetime. He added that he felt it was necessary for the first minority president to be “approved by the elites” and “the media.”

“Because, anybody they didn’t agree with they would take apart,” Thomas said.

“He’s still angry,” Tapper observed.

“A little bitter, maybe,” Democratic strategist Donna Brazile agreed. “I never thought I would see an African-American president in my lifetime.” (Mediaite)

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