March 8th, 2012
10:37 AM ET

New Breitbart Video Sparks Debate

At the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this year, conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart promised a crowd of activists damning videos of President Barack Obama as a student at Harvard Law School. The videos, Breitbart said, would show people “why racial division and class warfare are central to what 'hope and change' was sold in 2008.”

“In this election we're going to vet him,” Breitbart vowed.

At the time, all he would say about the content of the videos was that they proved the president “met a bunch of silver pony-tails back in the 1980s, like Bill [Ayers] and Bernadine Dohrn who said ‘one day, we're going to have the presidency.’”

Breitbart passed away just a few weeks after his announcement at CPAC, but on Wednesday his website continued the so-called ‘vetting’ that its founder had promised by releasing a video of Obama as a law student introducing former Harvard Law Professor Derrick Bell. As the first tenured black professor at Harvard Law School, Bell was something of a firebrand regarding civil rights, even going so far as to take an unpaid leave of absence from Harvard to protest the school’s lack of racial and gender diversity within its tenured faculty.

In the video, Obama asks a crowd to “open up your hearts and your minds to the words of Professor Derrick Bell.”

On Thursday morning Joel Pollack,’s editor-in-chief, appeared on CNN’s Starting Point to defend the importance of the video.

“The bombshell is the revelation of the relationship between Obama and Derrick Bell,” Pollack said. “Derrick Bell is the Jeremiah Wright of academia. He passed away last year but during his lifetime he developed a theory called critical race theory, which holds that the Civil Rights movement was a sham and that White Supremacy is the order and it must be overthrown.”

This characterization of critical race theory sparked a feisty debate between Pollack and CNN’s Soledad O’Brien, who contended that it was a “complete misreading of critical race theory.”

While much of the video released Wednesday had appeared in a PBS Frontline documentary that aired just before the 2008 election, Breitbart’s version featured some additional commentary by Harvard professor Charles Ogletree.

“We hid this throughout the 2008 campaign,” Ogletree jokes to an audience after showing them the portion of the video that had aired on PBS. “I don’t care if they find it now.”

In the article that accompanies the video,’s editor-at-large Ben Shapiro calls it a “smoking gun” and promises that more information on Bell’s activism will be released soon.

“This is just the beginning,” Shapiro writes. “And this video is a smoking gun showing that Barack Obama not only associated with radicals, he was their advocate.”

Topics: President Obama

soundoff (543 Responses)
  1. Rsprings

    Fool me once...

    March 8, 2012 at 10:47 am |
    • John

      The dems have made a monster out of Brightbart because they were affraid of what he did and may uncover. People who knew him said he didn't have a mean bone in his body. He was loved by his family and friends and from all accounts, he loved them back. After I am gone I hope people can say the same about me.
      We still have people like Sharpton, sinkuker and others who outright lie about the spitting incident. Brighbart put their feet to the fire and even offered a reward for proof of that incident. He also presented 6 different videos showing the congressman was not spit on. The bottom line is this, there were many cameras and a bunch of police at the place the incident supposedly happened. If nothing else, the person who supposedly spit would have been arrested for assualt, unless you dems think the police were "involved in the coverup".

      March 8, 2012 at 11:29 am |
      • John

        .... and don't get me started about the corrupt Acorn organization.

        March 8, 2012 at 11:31 am |
      • Bob

        The dems have made a monster out of Brightbart because they were affraid of what he did and may uncover.

        Proven fact, he was a liar and a fraud. Nothing to fear from that, except the morons who believed his tripe.

        Good riddance to a scumbag.

        March 8, 2012 at 11:33 am |
      • Realitybites

        1) The prisons are full of people who were thought of as law abiding citizens – before they acquired the title of murderer, pedophile, drug dealer etc.

        2) You spent 60-70% of your diatribe rambling about some Sharpton spitting incident. What the heck does that have to do with the story?

        March 8, 2012 at 11:39 am |
      • John

        Just because you and the lib media says it is true doesn't make it so. CALLING ALL DEMS – Please provide us with ONE example. This is exactly the hate I was talking about that is coming from the left. Just like BO talking down Rush, who i'll admit was out of line, when he is taking a million bucks from one of the biggest, if not the biggest, hater on the air.

        March 8, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
      • John

        Realitybites, if you do not have a clue about the spitting incident you do not have a clue about Brightbart. Maybe you shouldn't be commenting on things you don't know about. That incident is the #1 incident dems were mad at Brightbart over. He caught them in a lie – he presented video of the incident then he offered a large reward to anyone who could actually proove what they were accusing. Several hundred people were in attendance, people were taking video all over the place and the police lined the staircase where the incident supposedly happened. Needless to say, it was never proven.

        March 8, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
      • stanitan

        He dead.

        March 8, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
      • WIMPY38

        Sounds to me John that followers are beating a dead Breitbart I mean horse.

        March 8, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
      • MichaelK

        Oh, Please. Breitbart was a liar. He distorted the ACORN and Sherrod videos and should be totally lacking in credibility. The only reason he has any support is due to a large number of people to whom evidence is nothing. To my knowledge, the only story he broke was the silliest political scndal of all time. This guy would have been a clown if he did not maliciously wreck the lives of so many people.

        March 8, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
      • jean2009

        So, Harvard Professor Derrick Bell was for racial equality.

        NEWS FLASH idiots...that is not a sin. It was the whole point of the civil rights movement. This doesn't upset normal people, it only points out how totally loony Nutso Berserktbutt was. The only ones having a hissy-fit that a black professor was peacefully protesting for racial equality ....are the idiot fringe members of the KKK, and deranged brain fried morons from Fox. .

        March 8, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
      • Darw1n

        He was a nutjob conspiracy theorist and so are you.

        March 8, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
      • John

        MichaelK you are a liar.
        Brightbart posted the full Sherrod video and she was fired because this administration felt the video hurt them politically. ACORN was a totally corrupt. They were caught on tape advising a man and woman on how to skirt the system. Do you honestly think all you dedicated libs severed ties with ACORN because Brightbart said you should. What world are you living in. Then you have Dale;s embezzlement of $1million. How many lawsuits and settlements do you need to see before you think an organization is corrupt?

        March 8, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
      • John

        FOR PEOPLE CALLING OTHERS NAMES – sticks and stones. I am pretty sure you libs won't have a clue on what this means. But, if you continue with you ignorance and calling others names who disagree with you – good luck, you will need it.

        March 8, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
      • Bible Clown©

        Breitbart was a complete liar; he's been saying for months that he had video of Obama snorting coke and having g-y sex. Turns out it was all stuff that's been on tv? Wotta loon.

        March 8, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
      • Tracy

        You're jealous of that black man dude...

        March 8, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
      • John

        Tracy – LOL, another informed comment from the left.

        March 8, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
      • MartyGRMI

        Complete crazy talk. Enjoy 4 more years of Obama.

        March 8, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
      • em

        Breitbart was nothing more than a shockjock pundit who sold controversy to those gullible enough to buy it.

        March 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
      • CitizenJane

        No one other than Andrew Breitbart made a monster of him, Breitbart made a monster of himself.

        That's what he was, a creature who injected so much poison into the political dialogue which added to that of Limbaugh, Beck, Savage and Drudge, we're all drowning in it.

        March 8, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
      • EnuffAlready


        You must of hit a nerve. Looks like you mobilized Obama's volunteer movement that goes around refuting, denying, and ridiculing anything negative about there Messiah.


        March 8, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
      • Charlotte

        John, we wouldn't want you to get started about ACORN becuase they have been totally exonerated and the people who fabricated the case against them have been exposed as frauds. Therefore your opinion is worthless and we dont want to hear it.

        March 8, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
      • Claire

        There was no fear of Breitbart. He was no more of a threat than Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck. Even when Breitbart did make waves in the political sand, it was based upon doctored videos (as we saw with the infamous Shirley Sherrod video) which subsequently caused a stir. The White House overreacted to this video, but once all of the facts came in, they dialed back and I assure you that nothing from Breitbart would ever be taken seriously again without reviewing all of the facts. The sad thing about when people die young they tend to become more than what they really were. Breitbart was a Republican blogger who knew how to manipulate the microwave mentality of the salacious media. He would put skewed information out there and let it run wild until the grown ups stepped in and displayed the true facts. This so called bombshell was just another effort to do so. Unfortunately, he passed away before his next manipulation. Now, Mr. Pollack is attempting to do the same and it will fail. No one is a threat to Obama but ignorant Americans who let talking heads and bloggers think for them.

        March 8, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
      • Stephen

        Henry Louis Gates Jr. has written a critical evaluation of CRT.[11] Gates emphasizes how campus speech codes and anti-hate speech laws have been applied contrary to the intentions of CRT theorists: "During the year in which Michigan's speech code was enforced, more than twenty blacks were charged – by whites – with racist speech. As Trossen notes, not a single instance of white racist speech was punished." Gates gives several further examples such as this one: "What you don't hear from the hate speech theorists is that the first casualty of the MacKinnonite anti-obscenity ruling was a gay and lesbian bookshop in Toronto, which was raided by the police because of a lesbian magazine it carried."

        March 8, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
      • watchdogg2007

        I don't think the tape got the reaction they expected. I can't wait to see what come up with next, race baiting isn't working. And John, I'm sure bin parent's friends and family had nice thing to say about him too.

        March 8, 2012 at 11:05 pm |
      • s

        BOO HOO he was loved, give me a break everyone says that after you die MORON

        March 9, 2012 at 5:44 am |
      • John

        Bible Clown – you may want to read Obama's book. Snorting coke by BO is not in question. He did it and he admitted it.

        March 9, 2012 at 6:41 am |
      • Surfer George

        Breitbart made a "monster" out of himself with his doctored videos and the ideology that justified his actions.
        His ideology allowed him to associate with and promote the likes of James O'Keefe, a fellow traveler on the "edit it to make it say what you want" genre of Political "news."
        Sunlight on those facts is enough to make any "monster" he might ever have become wither and vanish from any serious conversation.

        Student Obama, an intelligent inquisitive (and well spoken, based on the video shown) young man dared to consider and promote (on some level) the thoughts and teachings of a perceived radical in forming his own opinions and motivations in life. Those simple acts make him – WHAT? Breitbart using the words of others to suggest that President Obama has some kind of secret race radical agenda is right up there with the "Right" WingNut Birther/Secret Muslim stuff.

        By that standard, anyone taking the time to read the little red book or anything by Ayn Rand is politically/ideologically tainted.
        Knowledge is nothing to fear. FEAR OF KNOWLEDGE is something to fear.
        Breitbart was a fear and hate monger... A small monster by any standard and NOTHING to fear.

        March 9, 2012 at 8:29 am |
      • Roger

        Another BS Blogger just bit the bullet. Self serving scumbag!

        March 9, 2012 at 8:35 am |
      • B

        what's so bad about this video their standing up for peoples rights we need more of this in America like right now with the gotta show an id 2 vote its my right 2 vote as an American if I have an id or not the gop is just down right stupid and if they don't like the peoples America then get out they have enough money to leave go see how many rights u have in other countrys dumb a$$3$ go USA FOREVER.

        March 9, 2012 at 8:45 am |
      • hadenuf

        I thought Soledad was going to stroke out. She should be made to watch this everyday. The MSM doesn't like it's biases and it's shoddy work being exposed. Joel remained calm, cool and collected, while she needed a sedative because her lack of journalistic ethics were being exposed.

        March 9, 2012 at 11:29 am |
      • Cedar Rapids

        "John – MichaelK you are a liar. – Brightbart posted the full Sherrod video and she was fired because this administration felt the video hurt them politically. ACORN was a totally corrupt. They were caught on tape advising a man and woman on how to skirt the system. "

        But thats total nonsense. He posted the snippet of the video first and that was what got Sherrod in trouble. It was only after the full video was seen, and it was shown just how out of context it was, that people realised she was treated unfairly and got her job back. He deliberately potrayed the video as something it wasnt.
        As for ACORN...what the videos did not show were the countless offices where they were shown the door. Instead it attempted to portray the situation as ACORN's policy rather than the actions of the people in those offices shown.

        These videos were nothing more than lying by misrepresentation, pure and simple.

        March 9, 2012 at 11:33 am |
      • pmbg

        You have to understand that these sub-humans that paint Professor Bell as a radical for fighting for racial equality is the same crowd that called MLK a terrorist and aggressively opposed the Civil Rights Movement. Racism is a direct result of ignorance and lack of education. Until we address the education problem in this country will continue to have this group of under-civilized quasi-homo-sapiens around.

        March 9, 2012 at 11:46 am |
      • jon

        What exactly did he uncover? What's the big bombshell? That a African American man supported someone who stood up for the rights of African Americans? My God this is even bigger than Watergate, getting a hummer from an intern, or lying to Congress about WMD in order to start a war even. I smell an impeachment people!

        March 9, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
      • jack25

        And Obama is President...OBAMA 2012

        March 9, 2012 at 11:44 pm |
      • skrewyu

        breitbart is an empty piece of dung

        March 9, 2012 at 11:57 pm |
      • Really??

        lol yea like bush didnt do any drugs at all right lol

        March 10, 2012 at 3:22 am |
    • SaskMike

      I thought the better part of this story, in addition to the nutty philosophies of the professor, was the guy who seemed so proud at having suppressed this until after the election. So, what else is being hidden? Goodness, Obama does not even have an ex-girlfriend! LOL.

      March 8, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
      • Tim

        WOW! The dude from Andrew Breitbart's group owned Soledad O'Brien! He made her completely lose all of her journalistic objectivity and made her look so stupid that she had to insult him rather than answer his questions! I will be doing more research now!

        March 8, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
      • Alex Stevens

        You are correct. He doesn't have friends, either.

        March 8, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
      • watchdogg2007

        Tim I'm not sure what show you were watching. All I saw was some guy trying to race bait, and she may have gotten upset because she felt she was talking to a man-child. He looked kind of ignorant. When he saw his attempt failed. He tried to say I got something on the GOP, to hold their attention. At one point she put him in timeout. Can you imagine what he was thinking when he was off camera? That guy is more of an idiot than Andrew B was. His 15 mins is up. Andrew B closed a lot of dignity during his life and now he's still losing in his death.

        March 9, 2012 at 12:41 am |
    • Howard


      Here’s what 0bama has done
      Operation Fast & Furious
      $5 TRILLION in DEBT first term of 0bama
      Failures of Solyndra, NextEra, Light Squared, Ener1 and numerous others
      Failure to enforce Federal immigration laws
      Failure to approve Trans-Canada Keystone Pipeline
      Failure to accept reforms from Simpson-Bowels (his own commission)
      15.9% U-6 Real Unemployment
      Skirting Congress with unelected ‘czars’ to protect his donors
      America’s Credit Downgrade causes OUR investments to tank
      30% loss in value of OUR homes
      20 years of Rev. Wright’s racism
      Bailing out GM & Chrysler unions’ pensions with OUR taxes
      Highest Food Stamp usage in history
      Out-of-control NLRB giving unions more power so their donations grow
      Suing AZ., and Al. and SC. and Boeing.
      $800B for ‘shovel-ready’ Stimulus jobs that produced NO JOBS
      Dept. of Energy under contempt of court and over 100 investigations
      No Energy Policy…Oil, Natural Gas & Coal production anemic
      No Foreign Policy other than alienate and isolate our allies (Israel)
      Apologizing to Muslims and enemies of the USA
      Acorn / Union cronyism paybacks with OUR Taxes
      1200 0bamaCare waivers to Democrat donators
      Taking No responsibility while Blaming everything else

      March 8, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
      • Derrick

        You and your racist friends on fox are so desperate ....this is all you have?? The ignorance of you bafoons is off the chart

        March 8, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
      • jean2009

        I look at your totally truth and fact based list of limited intelligence.....and say we should all be very thankful we have such an intelligent president, since you obviously are a fool.

        Brietbart...the pied piper of misguided fools.

        March 8, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
      • lee

        I wish Soledad would have been less vexed and more professional. Surprisingly, the guy from (whatever) appears to have presented a cogent, serious analysis of our President's socioeconomic orientation, and the CNN anchor dealt with it like a 7 year old. A serious intellectual, unbiased approach would have been more professional.

        March 8, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
      • jonathan

        Well yes fast and furious was a failure and solyndra was a big mistake. Though he is not bail out Gm and gave that money to the unions. Highest food stamp usage because half the country is unemployed. He and every other president has raised the debt. It was proven that Acrorn had nothign to do with anything. why don't you criticize him with something that makes sense like triple the number of troops in the middle east. Continues to follow GB foreign policy. Rather than working on the economy he did health care first. The simpson boles thing is true which makes sense and problably one of the two things you mention that makes any sense. Not to mention that he continued the bush tax cuts see that makes sense so when you try to do some criticism please bring things up that make sense not what msnbs or fox tells you.

        March 8, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
      • John

        Derrick, it is telling that you didn't say any of those "Obama accomplishments" wern't true. You simply act like a baby and stomp your feet and ignore facts. I am sure that works well in the real world for you. It may become a problem when you leave mom and dads.

        March 8, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
      • John

        Jean, even you have nothing? Looks like Howard kicked some lib ass again.

        March 8, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
      • Bible Clown©

        "Derrick, it is telling that you didn't say any of those "Obama accomplishments" wern't true. " I can't see any of it that's true. I mean, "Apologizing to Muslims and enemies of the USA." A bunch of jarheads burned some Qurans, completely against orders, and a lot of people have died in riots because of it. If you were president, you would no doubt say "Aw, kill all the soldiers you want! I can take it," right? Heck no, you'd do what it took to keep your men safe. All your list is like that, stuff that's easy to second-guess now but not so obvious when it happened. What large organizations have you been CEO of? I never ran anything with more than thirty people, and they were enough to keep me hopping 24/7. Running a country would be horrible.

        March 8, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
      • durundal

        Gee John, perhaps Derrick didnt refute any of those claims because it is appallingly obvious how cherry picked and pathetically doctored those claims are. Keep tuning in to your conspiracy theory radio networks yah loon, give it a few more years and maybe I will let you scrub floors for me

        March 8, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
      • Tracy

        Howard, you jealous of that black man too dude?

        March 8, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
      • jean2009

        @John only in your and Howard's warped minds.....sensible people know Howard only posts lies.

        March 8, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
      • John

        dumbell – pick ONE and tell us why it isn't true. Obama works for you. Don't you understand that?

        March 8, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
      • MartyGRMI

        Stating 'facts' doesn't mean you are telling the truth. For example, 'Obama' may have presided over a presidency that increased our debt by 5 trillion. Let's pretend that it's Obama's fault because he has complete control over the budgeting process. We walked in the door with a 1.4 trillion dollar budget deficit. He has also been focused on jobs, not deficit spending. So reasonable people would expect him to run up 5 trillion in debt.

        March 8, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
      • MartyGRMI

        Oh, and I love the "Apologizing to Muslims and enemies of the USA" and "20 years of racism from wright" in the same comment. How bout 20 seconds of racism in a CNN comment board. I'm guessing most conservatives like you wouldn't understand the irony.

        March 8, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
      • JDinTexas

        Shouldn't you be at your militia training?

        March 8, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
      • Davis

        You forgot one thing....Two Term idiot.

        March 8, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
      • Ben

        I can't believe Obama did all of these in three years, yet you republicans cry about Obama always being on vacation. Which one is it?
        Howard, you forgot that your party destroyed the economy and created the mess that Obama have been cleaning up for the last three years-the worse economy in over fifty years was your gift to Obama and the nation on January 2009. The deficit that you cry about is as a result of the republican policy of two wars and drug prescription benefit that were unpaid. Which we are still paying for. Now your party is beating the drum for another war. The republicans are very quick to start a war, even when it is unpaid for, but still think they are the pro-life party-more like the pro-dealth.

        March 8, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
      • Brandon

        Hey Howard!!!!! I love how you intermingle fact(your facts) with opinion. Or is it all opinion? We all know what Andrew Breitbart did and it wasn't ethical. No one would expect a good journalist to manipulate the story whether they are conservative or liberal. Just the facts!!!!!! Please just the facts!!!! No one complains about how much Bush or the rest of the Republicans spent or says that is why we had to spend hundreds of billions of dollars in a stimulus to try to jump start the economy. What have we ever gained from Republicans? They always talk about smaller government like big business is going to make America a better place. Who brought you two unfunded wars? Who brought you unfunded tax cuts for the rich? Who brought you unfunded No Child left behind? Who brought you the unfunded prescription drug program? All that still has to be paid for and as long as we sit here and call each other names and don't hold our congress, senate, and representatives feet to the fire for not working together that benefit the people then we are all lost.

        March 8, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
      • Bob

        AMEN! WELL SAID!

        March 8, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
      • Richard

        Also he: Killed Osama Ben Laden, Helped bring down Muammar Gaddafi. He also failed to get us into 2 ten year wars. And in your eyes, the criminal act of being presidential while black.

        March 8, 2012 at 10:34 pm |
      • watchdogg2007

        This is too much to read. I'm sure it has nothing to do with the subject.

        March 9, 2012 at 12:45 am |
      • s

        You have to much time on your hands, please join Palin she seems to have to same time

        March 9, 2012 at 5:48 am |
      • Roger

        Re-elect Obama and turn the House in 2012:
        Thats the ticket!

        March 9, 2012 at 8:47 am |
      • LNV

        BHO 2012 Elizabeth Warren 2016- 2024 You are delusional and ignorant, but from what has happened to the GOP in the last few year, you fit right in. Your list is like your brain: twisted, blind, and revisionist.

        March 10, 2012 at 3:38 am |
      • jboh

        Go burn a cross moron.

        March 10, 2012 at 10:00 am |
    • kagetreal

      This is so funny!!!!! And some of these comments on here are very funny...Some people just sit at home thinking everyday on how to put the President down...( Deborah,Howard)......This video is just a deperate attempt, and a waste of time....Its not even worth the time of day.....Mr. President keep on doing your job for the american people, we stand behind you!!!

      March 8, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
      • Tracy

        100% behind you Mr. President... John, the inbreed, needs to figure out if his dad is really his uncle, brother, cousin or grandfather. John, you don't matter. Mitt is going to tear your trailor home down becuase he wants Winnebaggas...

        March 8, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
      • Brandon

        I agree with you 100% I was anxiously awaiting something sinister or damning to come out about the professor or even the President. However, all I got was a video about a guy that had a problem with the status of the civil rights movement and about Harvard's handling of equality. He didn't condemn all white people!! He doesn't say I hate America and I am going to bring it to destruction. He protested!!!! When did that become unAmerican? I don't have to agree with your reason to revolt but you still have the right as an American. American wouldn't be where it is at today if we didn't fight the power that be. Protesting is as American as apple pie.

        March 8, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • Debster

      Obama's friend and mentor: Professor Derrick Bell is largely credited with the development of Critical Race Theory. In The Constitutional Contradiction, Bell argued that the framers of the Constitution chose the rewards of property over justice. With regard to the interest convergence, he maintains that "whites will promote racial advances for blacks only when they also promote white self-interest." Finally, in The Price of Racial Remedies, Bell argues that whites will not support civil rights policies that may threaten white social status.
      Critical race theory developed by Bell has analyzed the way in which white supremacy and racial power are reproduced over time, and in particular, the role that law plays in this process. Second, CRT work has investigated the possibility of transforming the relationship between law and racial power, and more broadly, the possibility of achieving racial emancipation and anti-subordination.
      Scholars like Derrick Bell applauded the focus of civil rights scholarship on race, but were deeply critical of civil rights scholars' commitment to colorblindness and their focus on intentional discrimination, rather than a broader focus on the conditions of racial inequality

      March 8, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
    • George

      Soledad O’Brien did not "perform" well in the interview of Joel Pollack – she didn't say anything meaningful in response to Joel Pollack's description Prof. Bell and his theory. Bell was way, way out there – writing about space aliens coming down to purchase black people – also one very angry man it appears.

      March 8, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • Seer

      I love how CNN begins the interview not showing the audio/video clip....and ends with anchor saying "You don't know what you're talking about" Nice work, CNN. Stellar journalism.

      March 8, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
      • Jazzy

        Isn't it though? Just stellar. Soledad proved long ago that she is only worth looking at, not listening to.

        March 8, 2012 at 11:29 pm |
    • Claire

      There is no bombshell to this video. Many law students, myself included depending on what classes that you are taking (constitutional law, in particularly more concentrated classes such as civil rights advocacy) would be required to read Derrick Bell's critical race theory (CRT), as well as related theory such as critical legal studies CLS (of which CRT was an offshoot of the former)

      In a nutshell CRT focuses on what Bell perceived to be the hiearchy of racial inequalities brought about by law, race, and power. I will, agree however that Mr. Pollack is correct that the theory does include the notion of white supremacy, but ONLY in a manner which discusses how it serves to destroy the movement for racial equality fostered in by the civil rights movement.

      Basically, all Bell was attempting to say is despite the efforts of the civil rights movement, people of color, more significantly blacks still dace a justice system comprised of white supremacists notions that translates to higher incarceration rates, higher arrest rates, and disproportionate death penalty sentences. As a constitutional law student, President Obama as well as many studying this course of law would have encountered this theory of which Bell, being a Harvard Law professor was a legend.

      What Mr. Pollack also fails to point, out however is CLS which is the same theory as CRT but chooses to focus on of a more colorblind approach to the notion of hierarchy. For instance, whereas Dr. Bell would assert that the uneven power structure in this country was based solely upon race. CLS says that the uneven power structure is based upon wealth and social class which reach beyond color barriers affecting women, gays and the disabled.

      We see this theory being played out today and if Breitbard and Mr. Pollack were truly President Obama scholars or truly understood this theory then they would see (with much evidence on the part of Obama) that he aligned himself moreso with CLS than CRT.

      Further, I think that Mr. Pollack is going down a very very slippery slope if he chooses to attack the President solely based upon what he feels to be past exploits and associations as Mitt Romney, who more than likely will be the GOP nominee late spring, early summer will have to face his Mormon past which by no secret up until the 80s chose to exclude blacks from its religious hiearchy.

      Which in an ironic way proves Mr. Bell's theory. Pollack and Breitbart (God rest his soul) are treading on dangerous ground (not in a sense of violence) but in a sense of intellectualism. If Mr. Pollack cannot stand his ground with Soledad Obrien who in my opinion seemed to grasp the ideology moreso than he did, he has some huge hurdles to jump when he attempts to bring this theory to seasoned scholars such as Rev. Sharpton, Ed Shultz, and even Bill O'reilly if he chooses to call Pollack out on this non issue. Its Much Ado About Nothing, which was classic Breitbart, and I guess from now on will be classic Pollack who seems to have taken over Breitbart's platform.

      March 8, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • John W H

      This is a great clip!!! I can't cheer enough for Soledad O’Brien standing up to the distortions Joel Pollak was putting out. The way she corrected him on his misrepresentations of “Critical Race Theory” was some of the best examples of journalism I have seen in many years. Her understanding of and ability to explain this theory prevented him from having an unopposed platform to propagate another false “bombshell” story like Acorn.

      Would love to see more of this type of journalism on CNN. Soledad was being very professional in the way she corrected him and then gave him a chance to respond. What impressed me the most was her concise explanation of “CRT” in terms anyone could follow with no opinion just simply the facts.

      Soledad has gained a new viewer. Keep it up great job. I wish the rest of CNN were as committed to the facts as she was in this interview.

      March 8, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
      • kysh79

        I hope your joking . She was completely wronge . Look it up for yourself .

        March 9, 2012 at 1:53 am |
    • Jeff

      What a terrible typical liberal reporter. She can't do an interview without her liberal anger lashing out.

      March 8, 2012 at 8:12 pm |
      • Surfer George

        What a terrible "Conservative" observer, can't make a comment about the quality of an interview without identifying a participant as a "Liberal."

        The interviewed was a clown. Maybe YOU couldn't tell because you couldn't see his shoes. His thesis and that of Mr Breitbart was a fantasy reinterpretation of ho President Obama's life was lived. According to the ideology used to evaluate the content of the tape and the INTENT of young Mr Obama, one has to assume that Christine O'Donnell is, in fact a witch. I know she's a "Right" WingNUT by her current statements and actions, but I'm smart enough to know that even if she IS a with, she's an inept witch... She isn't a witch, she just provided enough idiotic Bill Maher video so that FELLOW REPUBLICANS could use it to ruin her campaign.

        March 9, 2012 at 8:45 am |
    • thejinx

      Having just looked up Critical Race Theory on the wonder that is Wikipedia, since the highly inflammatory commentary with Joel set off my "Republican Fear Propaganda" alarm, I discovered something 2 sentences in:
      1. That White Supremacy is a core tenet of this theory, not ANY race supremacy, but WHITE, and that it keeps coming back over and over. As if the last 30 years of caucasian self-effacement had been routine over the centuries...
      2. That reaching actual equality and diversity simply wasn't good enough, that aggressive race-specific reparations are necessary.

      First off, I'm not white, nor can I be tolerant of the bigotry in todays NeoCon overshadowed philosophies. But my son? He is half caucasian, and appears so. It has been sad to watch him grow up being told by his own nation that he is guilty of something he never perpetrated, nor would he have condoned (Slavery). That anyone who has NEVER been persecuted in such a way, and in fact are frequently given deferential treatment and benefits, would make claims that he owes them ANYTHING, and would deny him education, take what he has worked to earn, or that he should experience fear in a minority ruled neighborhood, is that antithesis of being an American. I can't condone, but I CAN understand why young college age males with educations (not IGNORANT, but definately jaded) are showing traits of bigotry more and more. It's reverse reverse discrimination. They're pissed off that they've been spit on and made to feel bad and beholden to people who despise THEM for the color of their skin and THEIR gender, and wish to use the system to take from them. And this IS how the race war is perpetuated, when the former victims act poorly or make ridiculous demands, and the pendulum of injustice just keeps swinging back and forth.

      March 8, 2012 at 10:49 pm |
    • devil dog

      I am so glad he is dead

      March 8, 2012 at 11:45 pm |
    • Jon Q Public

      Now i know why Soledad was brought in to CNN, to defend Obama. Her interview of Joel Pollak is a joke and she cuts it off prematurely when she's lost the argument. Kudos to CNN for leaving this on their site makes me believe that 1984 hasn't quite happened yet. Would it have if Jimmy Carter was awarded a second term (his last year would have been 1984)? will it if Obama gets one?

      March 9, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
    • tularockstar

      LOL! Hey Soledad, have you and Jay Thomas finished wiping the pie off your faces yet? LOL! You're just as arrogant and ignorant as your President you're trying to protect! You started going after Joel's knowledge of CRT, but you yourself were talking out of your @rsse when he challenged you! Then, the ignoramous Jay chimed in, calling Joel a racist! But, little that this schmuck knew that Joel Pollack is married to a fine black lady from South Africa! And, her mother worked for Nelson Mandela! Feeling like an id10t now? Yes, you should! Your sarcasm and ignorance made you and your show a laughing stock of the liberal media. You can try protecting Derrick Bell and Obama all you want. But, at the end of the day, he who has the truth will always prevail!

      March 9, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
    • jon

      What exactly did he uncover? What's the big bombshell? That a African American man supported someone who stood up for the rights of African Americans? My God this is even bigger than Watergate, getting a hummer from an intern, or lying to Congress about WMD in order to start a war even. I smell an impeachment people....In case you didn't know that's sarcasm.

      March 9, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
      • Big Dog

        uhhh....the hug...and the racist tapes of Bell. Uhhh...the Ogletree tape...joke or not...whats funny about your hand caught in the cookie jar.

        March 9, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
    • LNV

      First they came for the communists,
      and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.

      Then they came for the trade unionists,
      and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

      Then they came for the Jews,
      and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.

      Then they came for me
      and there was no one left to speak out for me.

      We need to include intellectuals, as well. They have also been a target of right wing fanatics. BHO 2012
      Elizabeth Warren 2016- 2024

      March 10, 2012 at 3:34 am |
  2. hurryup 2012

    finally someone is vetting this ignoramus and joke we have for a president

    March 8, 2012 at 10:48 am |
    • freelance

      you are missing the point. The joke is on Breitbart and fools that support and actually believe in this drivel.

      March 8, 2012 at 11:10 am |
      • John

        So you think it is a false video?

        March 8, 2012 at 11:18 am |
      • Common Sense

        No, I think we got the point. There's no use in living in denial now that he's been seen on tape showing us who he really is..nothing but a radical leftist. I mean, you do believe that this is him on video, right? Is anyone convinced that this is NOT legitimate?

        March 8, 2012 at 11:41 am |
      • tnwoman1948

        This video is NOTHING new. I have seen this video before on the internet several times last year AND the year before. The Breibart "people" are getting DESPERATE.

        Thank goodness Breitbart is gone to his judgement!

        March 8, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
      • Surfer George

        This is to John:
        I don't think the video is "false." based on who intended to present it, I DO believe that it might be edited and that the edit might be intended to show Student Obama in the worst possible light.
        That being said, I don't think that an inquisitive, intelligent, successful college student's interests then are ANY indication of ANY life long commitment to ANY ideology or path.

        My point is that Obama MAY have had a great deal of interest in understanding the thoughts of a man who to Obama was a man to be admired for having crossed the color barrier, at least.
        Do ANY of you have ANY proof or indication that ANY of the ideas or intentions promoted by Derrick Bell with what he called critical race theory?

        Didn't think so.

        March 9, 2012 at 9:02 am |
      • Big Dog

        I suppose you dont like the Ogletree video...and what is the punchline to this joke of his?

        March 9, 2012 at 9:40 pm |
    • Bob

      AWOL Bush is out of office, and stinking up the rich white suburbs of Dallas, son, try to keep up.

      March 8, 2012 at 11:16 am |
      • Common Sense

        MAN....3.5 years into it and people STILL make references to Bush. Get OVER yourself, Bob, and try to adhere to the same advice you give everyone an adult about it. Why don't you come up with some facts to support how Obama is doing a good job. Why don't you stop discrediting people with name calling and actually use some facts? You're acting like a trolling teenager with your immature little comments. Join in an adult conversation instead of bringing it back down to your level each time.

        March 8, 2012 at 11:47 am |
      • Bob

        "Why don't you come up with some facts to support how Obama is doing a good job."

        You fools don't believe in facts, you prefer the lies.

        March 8, 2012 at 11:56 am |
      • Anvil of Reality


        Well, Bush did do "one heck of a job" making a mess of the world, the US economy, and the US political climate. He will stop being mentioned, and relevant, when 8 years worth of damage is cleaned up.

        March 8, 2012 at 11:56 am |
      • John

        Obviously nobody thinks BO is doing a good job. Why else would someone who has been in office for 3+ years need his supporters to deflect everything bad.

        March 8, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
      • jean2009

        I've posted facts and links supporting the fact the president is doing a very good job....but the moron fringe on the right would rather believe conspiracy theory nuts as dumb as they are. No secret here it is all about race.

        March 8, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • PAH

      I feel so sorry for you. You are just so angry. Please try to work through it. Having so much anger, will only destroy YOU. Presidents come and go. I have a feeling you will still be angry when this president finally leaves office. PEACE.

      March 8, 2012 at 11:21 am |
      • Bob


        I feel so sorry for you. You are just so angry


        As a true American, I am angry at the swill the right wingers are spewing on the airwaves, and the incredible damage they did to this country.

        If you had an ounce of intelligence, you would be angry too.

        March 8, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
      • John

        Bob – you are not angry at the hate coming from the left? You think this mess is one sided?

        March 8, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
    • Mike

      The Joke is on you if your buying any of this crap!

      March 8, 2012 at 11:37 am |
    • mike

      if by joke of a president you mean, killed 23 of the top 30 terrorists, got bin laden, saved the auto industry, and turned the economy around than yes..what a joke.

      March 8, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
      • tnwoman1948


        We know President Obama has done a GOOD job of cleaning up the MESS made by the Republicans in the face of downright IRRATIONAL opposition from them. In much of their opposition, it was a case of they were for it before they were against it, such as the healthcare plan which was based on the Republican model AND raising the debt ceiling which ALL presidents (including their god Reagan) has done as routine governing.

        These fools commenting on this "story" as if it is something NEW AND BREAKING (It is a NOT!) are just full of IGNORANCE and HATE for President Obama for whatever reason(s). They are NOT interested in FACTS just LIES and HATE.

        God took care of Breibart.

        March 8, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
      • chris

        Republicans are the one's not interested in facts? Mike just said the President killed 23 of the top 30 terrorists... I'm pretty sure that had more to do with the military, last time I checked the President just gave the go ahead, not actually participate in the search and the military was on the move long before Obama came into office. Saved the auto industry??? Ask Detroit how well the auto industry has been turned around, Chevy has had to halt production on 3 new models because government mandates are making it too expensive to produce them. Turned around the economy?? Do you ever leave your house? Our economy hasn't gotten better at all un employment is over 8% and that doesn't even include the people receiving government benefits from a government that has no money to spend. You sir, are the joke.....

        March 8, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
      • tory

        WELL PUT MIKE! i know my family and i feel safer!

        March 9, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
    • mike

      no, that would be Bush, This president has done an amazing job. and he is going to be here another 4 years.

      March 8, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
    • John

      yes, freelance. BTW, I just sold freelance some swampland in Florida

      March 8, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • Ben

      Is your idea of vetting fabricating stories that does not exist? The republican party and their operators have become a party at war with the truth. The joke is on Andrew Breitbart and the republicans. The weapons the republicans are forming against the president is going to come back to hunt them. Like the contraceptive fight your party tried to turn into religious fight-ask Rush how is weapon is working. Ask Andrew Breitbart how is weapon is working-ops, he is not even hear to see how stupid people think his so-call bomb shell is. If fabricating stories is republican strategy to win the 2012 election, then republicans are going to wake up a day after the election with their head zipped inside their tail. Keep doing what you are doing, and the almighty God may chose to show you the way of Andrew Breitbart before you get to see the shameful impact of your lies.

      March 8, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
    • Tracy

      Why don't you run for presiden.. Or do you have too many skeletons or is your criminal record too long?

      March 8, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • Surfer George

      If you think this "stuff," in any way constitutes a vetting of any significance, you are going to be MASSIVELY DISAPPOINTED.
      2012 will be nothing more (or less) than the next four years of the Obama Presidency... Unless you're also afraid that Democrats will take back the House.

      March 9, 2012 at 8:53 am |
    • sara

      Beibart...what a wasted little life.

      March 10, 2012 at 9:28 am |
  3. Leland Whitehouse

    The real bombshell is that Andrew Brietbart died at 12:15am on March 1st when he was going public with his FULL report and video later in the day ???

    March 8, 2012 at 10:51 am |
    • Bob

      Seal Team 6 must have taken out another enemy of the state, huh?


      March 8, 2012 at 11:57 am |
      • Common Sense

        Bob, save your piss and vinegar for someone who wants to engage in a meaningless debate. Bring facts and try intelligent retorts instead of a teen-age, nanny nanny boo-boo comments.

        March 8, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
      • Bob

        Common Sense

        Bob, save your piss and vinegar for someone who wants to engage in a meaningless debate.

        I'm not trying to debate right wing morons, I'm just flinging back the same crap you have been throwing since Clinton.

        There is no debating people who believe idiots like Breibart.

        March 8, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
  4. New president

    We still know very little about Obama's past. Nobody steps up and says, "I remember Barak, when...". He became president without a strong voting past (Senate) and no jobs in the private sector. His books record questionable actions (selling drugs) that never are discussed. His handlers were able to hide all photos of him smoking.

    Obama is a president of perception rather than reality. Luckily for him, peoples' perception of him are better than the actual man.

    March 8, 2012 at 10:56 am |
    • Realitybites

      And that relates to the economy and foreign policy how?

      Nothing to see here. Just another example of a Republican supporter trying to engage in character assasination instead of tangent issues.

      March 8, 2012 at 11:43 am |
    • stanitan

      You are delusional.

      March 8, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
    • Delu

      Funny how you mentioned that the president is "a president of perception" to people as in people don't know who he really is then in the same breath say that "if only they knew then man he really is" implying that:

      a.)You know who Obama is and no one else exactly may I ask?

      b.)His "real self" which only you seem to know, is not the same as the self he shows to others.

      No one can say that they know THE real Barack Obama, we aren't privy to all his internal affairs nor are we personally acquainted to him, yet you, in your post, have injected as a PREMISE something which is clearly nothing more than an opinion, your "knowledge" of him being someone who is more negative than what others perceive him to be and how people would not like him as much if "they knew who he really was".

      You out yourown premise as a mere opinion, then base the conclusion on that premise. Great Job.

      March 8, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
  5. durundal

    Oh boy, cant wait to not care when these dirtbags release another heavily edited 'smoking gun video' so they can yet again fail at life.

    March 8, 2012 at 10:58 am |
    • Common Sense

      Oh boy, I can't wait for people to see the facts as they are instead of discrediting facts based on who actually brought them to light. C'mon, people...this is our country. Will you allow your contempt for Andrew Brietbart and your loyalty to Obama cloud your intelligence? The truth can be very ugly...especially when it exposes a man that was lifted up as high as Obama was and praised as the man with all the hope and change America could want.

      March 8, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
      • stanitan

        Breitbart has been proven to be a liar and truth-bender. That's where the contempt stems from, he did not care about ruining other people's lives.

        March 8, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
      • Ben

        No, you c'mon. The sooner you and the republican party and dirt bags like breitbart start standing up for the truth, instead of this hatred that have consume the republican party, the better off we will all be as a nation.
        How do these people sleep at night. When you can take a tape so innocent and try to turn it into an instrument of destruction. Be careful. God is not amased at the weapon you form against an innocent man.

        March 8, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  6. Cam

    ANGRY Soladad defending Obama as usual. This is the "media" folks; defending Obama at all costs even though he hangs around marxists. Soladad could hardly contain herself because she cannot handle the truth.

    March 8, 2012 at 10:59 am |
    • Hingie

      Soledad totally sucks just like CNN as a whole. We all know obama is a fraud and a fake. We must kick him out of our WH this year. He is a total disgrace to my country just like CNN and the MSM including all you fake obama kool-aid guzzlers on here.

      March 8, 2012 at 11:49 am |
    • phylee

      Sometimes it's hard to contain your anger when faced with such stupidity. I get angry when someone is lying to me and I know it. Then the little dweeb sits there doubling down on the lies. That is enough to make any sensible person angry.

      March 8, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • BigTBone

      You're joking right? That mushmouthed fool got slapped up one side and down the other by Soledad. I hope they have every one of those O'Keefe types on and do the same thing.

      Then maybe someone can recycle a 6 pack onto Andy's headstone after it's been consumed. A career built on hate and lies. Seems to be a good platform to intrigue redneck inbreds to your "cause" though...

      March 8, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
      • Cam

        Big...Actually, Soledad was wrong about "critically race Theory" CRT and Joel was correct. You ought to do research before chiming in.

        March 8, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
      • Becki

        @cam: I have done research on critical race theory, it is all about working towards actively changing the way all minorities are treated in this country and how people make assumption in their choices and behavior based on race. How is that a bad thing to discuss? or are you for racial injustice??

        March 8, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
    • Cam

      Phylee. Soledad's job is to do be a journalist. She was too emotionally involved; that' is unprofessional. I'm sure after she reviews this video, she will feel awfully silly. You confirmed that she came off angry.

      March 8, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
    • BigTBone

      Well Cam which part of your interpretation of the CRT is Obama going to believe since he is technically mixed race? Will he revolt against himself or constrain the black part of him and keep it down? Soledad does her homework and called this punk out on not even having the very foundation of the argument accurate. Why allow someone a "msm" pulpit to propagate misinformation? Breitbart's site and fix news already do that.

      Being a black radical in the 60's and 70's was almost essential. Walking down the wrong street or drinking water while black was a criminal act. I had a bunch of problematic friends in HS and College. Do they define my actions today? Do they have control of my thoughts? Of course not. Same with Obama.

      Your type is so afraid of what he 'could do' or what he 'may have done' you don't even realize the things he has done for all of us. Good thing you'll have another four years to learn about his style of leadership.

      March 8, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  7. Bob

    Desperate right wingers looking for ANYTHING to smear President Obama with.

    Buncha snivelling punks, you got NUTHIN'.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:01 am |
    • Lizzie

      No one needs to SMEAR him, he is doing a great job all by himself.

      March 8, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
  8. JOHN

    hurryup 2012 – You label the President with such vile term why? what president did more for the people in last sixteen years? Reagan gave us Iran contral, the bail out of the saving loan, high unemployment, Noreaga (drugs smuggling) junk bonds, etc. Bush jr and Sr gave us 4 wars, Bill deregulation of the banks and inter commerce with Candida, Mexico and China. Before you condemn the President do your HW

    March 8, 2012 at 11:01 am |
    • virtualgd

      Cause obama is a disgrace to this country

      March 8, 2012 at 11:51 am |
      • mike

        why is he a disgrace? because we got 23 out of the top 30 terrorists, because we got bin laden? because the auto industry was saved? because unemployment continues to come down? again, why is he a disgrace?

        March 8, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
      • Theyallsuck

        I label myself neither left nor right or dem nor republican... I don't see how you all can associate yourselves with either side. They all lie. They all promise things they do not have the capacity to deliver. They are all more concerned with getting elected to another term more than they are concerned with the well being of the American people.
        However, Obama does seem to have the best both sides have to offer... He's all for big gov't, just like a dem, and he spends like a republican. I have no answers to this mess, I just call it how I see it. The country is going down the pot, and i have faith in NEITHER side to pull us out.

        March 8, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
  9. Dominicant mama 4 Nobama

    It will be swept under the rug by his buddies and the media just like the rev. wright issue...but people who pay attention gets BO's pattern of behavior...

    March 8, 2012 at 11:03 am |
    • livingston1

      The fact that your post is here proves that no one is covering up or sweeping anything under a rug. People have heard the story and just don't believe you. Or don't believe that what is being said makes any difference. Simple as that.

      March 8, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
    • The Real Dominicant mana 4 Nobama

      LOL...who said anything about a cover up...I said swept under the in not give it much attention other than a 1 time post on a back page instead of daily headlines on the front page...Learn 2 Read...

      March 8, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  10. barbara

    I agree with the person from that this interviewer is not interested at all in what he has to say and is only interested in trying to discredit him. It would be so nice if CNN had truly impartial reporting instead of this leftist liberal, democratic Obama loving crap called journalists.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:03 am |
  11. Bob

    I'd like someone to find ANYONE running for President who was as heavily investigated both by LEGITMATE journalists, as well as PARTISAN HACKS like the right wing has used.

    You people have done everything but sniff his dirty shorts, and you still aren't satisfied.

    You got nothing.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:05 am |
    • Whatever, Bob

      Oh yes, you're being such an adult with your accusations.
      One could EASILY replace Breitbart's name with Obama's name in what you typed out and it would be a true statement.
      Don't come on here to tell everyone to be adult about it, and then hypocritically turn around and spout such adolescent B.S. calling people names. Those liberal tactics don't bode well for your credibility, sir.

      March 8, 2012 at 11:33 am |
      • Whatever, Bob

        This response was intended to go below Bob's statement a couple of comments down from this; the one where he asks everyone to be an adult...

        March 8, 2012 at 11:36 am |
      • Bob

        I don't treat nicely with morons.

        Grow a sack, ok?

        March 8, 2012 at 11:58 am |
  12. Jim Devore

    Let me see...which is the college student that I would like to see in public office in the future? The editor of the law review at Harvard who entertained political and legal discourse or the dope smoking, hard drinking cheer leader at Yale who rode around on his daddy's coat tails? Hmmmm?

    March 8, 2012 at 11:12 am |
    • Kagee

      I tried watching the movie W. this weekend. It was still too soon for a reminder of yee-haw politics.

      March 8, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  13. Sayer

    Ancient history and Bell is not running for president.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:13 am |
  14. Bob

    Fool me once...

    fool me once... duh,,, uh..... derp..... um.... WON"T GET FOOLED AGAIN!!!! WooHooo

    Bush the Idiot quote.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:15 am |
  15. Me

    This shows, in addition to the fact that Obama did indeed idolize radicals, that the main stream media selectively shows by context and content in order to bend the news to their liberal political views and objectives.

    You leftists are so overwhelming blinded by your own beliefs that you can't see things as they are.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:23 am |
  16. Wake Up, America!

    If anyone looks at this with shock then you didn't do your homework on Obama prior to 2008, nor did you believe the homework other people did on him before he became President.
    If anyone looks at this with a dismissive attitude, then you are as anti-American as Obama and like the same chaos and upheaval that he does.
    What will it take for people to realize who this man really is??

    March 8, 2012 at 11:24 am |
    • The REAL Truth

      Where do you people troll up this garbage. Unless of course you'd rather the likes of Romney/Santorum running this country. One has made a fortune from pillaging US Companies and sending those jobs overseas, while stashing his $$ in offshore accts to hide it from the taxman, the other has full belief that education is bad (home school ur kids) and wants the Govt to dictate what women can do (work at home and pop out kids) and what you can do behind closed doors! That's your idea of "American". Not mine buddy.
      Remember the invasive "Patriot Act" that allows govt to invade your Constitutional Right to privacy without prior court orders?? Yeah, remember the GOP Congress/President that enacted that ?? As short on memory as intelligence I see.

      March 8, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
    • joep199

      Taking down Osama Bin Laden, saving the auto industry, getting us out of 2 wars we should never have been in, not putting troops on the ground in Libya, turning around a recession that he inherited. I think those will do for a start.

      March 8, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
  17. Bob

    And lets be adults about this for once, and just acknowledge the facts – Breitbart was a lying tool, devoid of integrity, with no morals.

    He had absolutely no credibilty whatsoever, and good riddance to a worthless oxygen thief.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:24 am |
    • Me

      Your comment itself illuminates just how low the Left has sunk.

      March 8, 2012 at 11:34 am |
      • Bob

        I call'em like I see'em. I don't mince words with garbage.

        Grow up and deal with it, bub. You idiots have said the most vilke things about Liberals, you have ZERO room to complain about anythig.

        Your hero Newt started this crap, you got a problem, take it up with that piece of trash.

        March 8, 2012 at 11:39 am |
    • Lizzie

      And you belief everything the left and Media Matters tells you, aren't you smart.

      March 8, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
      • joep199

        No, I believe what I've done my own research on, and what is supported by actual facts.

        March 8, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
  18. Me

    PS: Go to the Breitbart web site and see the entire debate. Joel and one of the other CNN panelists completely obliterate this leftist's so called defense of their journalism.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:25 am |
  19. tmford

    This is excellent...just when you think the sleazy right wing pundits are finally realizing they should shut up and focus on the pathetic state of the GOP race they post another ridiculous video and illogical attack. The Obama superpac should consider funding this moron Pollak and Rush b/c they clearly hurt the GOP more than any other form of advertising. Great job Joel!! You are not helping defeat Obama. This only proves how out of touch you are with mainstream voters...keep up the good work!

    March 8, 2012 at 11:29 am |
  20. Ray E. (Georgia)

    It is another view of Obama. You will have to make out of it what you will. The Revolution was faught in 1776. There were some bumps in the road along the way. Some are still beating a dead horse to death, the latest More Liberal fodder that will go down in failure. A lot of Policies were put in place, by Liberals, to help the populous. After 75 years things are no better. Some blame the Republicians for all the ills of the Nation. Sorry Republicians didn't put all those Big Government Programs in place that didn't work. Witeness the Housing Mess as the latest failure. The Republicians expect you to do it yourself. You have been given all the tools to suceed.
    . So if things are still in a huge mess don't blame Republicians. They didn't do it. Obama is still doing On the Job Training. I don't know if he is slowly getting it but who can afford 4 more years to find out. It's your Country. You will get what you vote for.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:31 am |
    • Emma in Baltimore


      March 8, 2012 at 11:35 am |
      • joep199

        Must have been a Freudian slip!

        March 8, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
    • joep199

      So, you're going back 75 years? The Republicans drove us into the worst depression in the history of this country, remember? FDR got us out of that, won WWII, and put us on the road to the most prosperous period in our history, which ended under another republican president. You're still griping about the New Deal, aren't you? Did your grandpa teach you that?

      March 8, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
  21. Cam

    This clip is not the full video. During the interview, someone on the panel accused Joel Pollack of being afraid of black people.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:32 am |
  22. Emma in Baltimore

    Soledad O'Brien was AWESOME! I'm glad she stood up to him in spite of his bully-style tactics.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:33 am |
    • Lizzie

      She reads what is put in front of her, she asks what she is told, nothing more nothing less. Defend the President at all costs, the lame stream media has to much invested in this administration.

      March 8, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
      • jean2009

        The only lame stream media are those at Fox and sister stations.

        March 8, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
      • jean2009

        The only lame stream media are those at Fox and like minded sister stations. The video has been online since 2008 So has the site:
        For all those who say no one knew Barack Obama when he went to Harvard....well folks the site above has plenty who did...and they admired him.

        This quote from classmate Bradford Berenson about the reasons for Barack Obama's being elected President of the Harvard Law Review which had both liberal and conservative members wanting to fill the seat with someone who would be fair
        "Just in a political sense, what kind of a person were you looking for [to serve as president]? ...

        "The block of conservatives on the Law Review my year I think was eager to avoid having any of the most political people on the left govern the Review. I mean, the first bedrock criterion, I think for almost all of the editors, was to have somebody with an absolutely first-rate legal mind who would be able to engage competently with the nation's top legal scholars on their scholarship and on these articles, and who would provide the intellectual leadership for the Review that it always needed. That was non-negotiable for almost everybody right or left.

        But there were a number of people that would have met that criterion. There were at least a large handful who probably had the intellectual and personal characteristics to be good leaders of the Review. From among those, the conservatives were eager to have somebody who would treat them fairly, who would listen to what they had to say, who would not abuse the powers of the office to favor his ideological soul mates and punish those who had different views. Somebody who would basically play it straight, I think was really what we were looking for.

        "Was that hard to find?

        It was very hard to find. And ultimately, the conservatives on the Review supported Barack as president in the final rounds of balloting because he fit that bill far better than the other people who were running. ..."

        Read more:

        March 8, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
      • joep199

        No more than you have invested in believing what Fox News tells you to believe.

        March 8, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
    • alexandert

      Emma, Emma, Emma. You completely missed who the bullies were in this exchange. Everyone EXCEPT Mr. Pollak!

      March 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
    • c

      Soledad looked like a total fool, are you kidding me? She was so obviously biased, she couldnt even discuss the issue rationally. You are blind my friend

      March 8, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  23. Bob


    .... and don't get me started about the corrupt Acorn organization.

    Just as well, they were exonerated of his trumped up crap. You really like being lied to, doncha?

    March 8, 2012 at 11:34 am |
    • Me

      Bob, go crawl back in the hole Obama affords you. Lord knows a person like you is incapable of taking care of yourself.

      March 8, 2012 at 11:37 am |
      • Bob

        So sayeth another red state welfare queen sucking off the government teat.

        March 8, 2012 at 11:42 am |
      • stanitan

        There is no Lord.

        March 8, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
  24. Concerned

    I believe Soledad O’Brien stepped outside the bounds of journalistic integrity.

    To quote Soledad O’Brien regarding Critical Race Theory, “there is no white supremacy in that.”

    She claims that her guest does not understand critical race theory and that he should google it. I did, ‘white supremacy’ was prevalent in the results.

    Soledad O’Brien turned a non-story into a story (one about her). I don’t care who President Obama hugged 21 years ago. And I am sure not going to condemn someone for listening to the views of another. Frankly, I think there should be more openness to opposing views in America.

    However, Ms. O’Brien did not express an opposing view; she misrepresented the facts to support her view. It worries me that she is using the power of the media to deceive the American public.

    Her own guest had to tell Ms. O’Brien that it is not the job of the media to be a gatekeeper (edited from the attached clip). I agree and believe CNN is setting a scary precedent.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:34 am |
    • professor x

      CRT- critical race theory has nothing to do with white supremacy, why are you lying? Read up on it, I don't support dems or reps and I'm tired of seeing misinformed people distort facts for the benefit of their arguments.

      March 8, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • The REAL Truth

      You obviously chose to ignore Ms. O'Brien's journalistic "vetting" approach. Not-so-Breitbart dot com has chosen to release what they call a "smoking gun" that in reality is yet another right-wing extremist approach to paint the POTUS in a much bad light as possible. Having viewed the above video I have to wonder how this crap even made CNN "news" and Ms. O'Brien merely pointed out the flawed logic of the presenter.
      So what if Obama introduced Bell during his college days. That was FOREVER ago. Digging up this so-called "dirt" illustrates how desperate these people have become. Cut the sound bites, the PEOPLE will decide in Nov if we get another four years of Obama, and nothing these clowns produce will change that.

      March 8, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  25. Bob

    "So if things are still in a huge mess don't blame Republicians. They didn't do it."

    Nooooo, of course not, they are innnocent babes...

    BWA HA HA HA HA HA – moron.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:35 am |
  26. Cam

    This is not the full video. Run the complete video and keep yourself honest media.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:36 am |
  27. Bob

    PS: Go to the Breitbart web site and see the entire debate

    Go drink from a toilet, same difference.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:41 am |
    • Me

      Afraid, are you, to see that your lovely CNN is doing the very thing here that they did then: selectively editing the video/news so that their political views and objectives are shed in a light that serves them? Youuu Leftists are just amazing in your ignorance and immaturity.

      March 8, 2012 at 11:45 am |
      • Bob

        I watched the video from a reputable source. You know, that kind that doesn't selectively edit it to ruin peoples lives with lies.

        That's Breitbarts stock in trade.

        He was a liar, anyone associated with him is a liar, and anyone who believes him is a fool.

        Good ridance to a scumbag.

        March 8, 2012 at 11:50 am |
    • Lizzie

      You are one frustrated, mean, ugly individual.

      March 8, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
      • Bob

        Comes from dealing with lying right wing idiots.

        March 8, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
  28. Pete in Guilford

    OMG! Non-News from Breitbart the Dead Liar! (I will disrespect him like he did Ted Kennedy) This was already shown 4 years ago and they're pretending this is shocking and new. What a bunch of maroons.

    "While much of the video released Wednesday had appeared in a PBS Frontline documentary that aired just before the 2008 election, Breitbart’s version featured some additional commentary by Harvard professor Charles Ogletree.

    “We hid this throughout the 2008 campaign,” Ogletree jokes to an audience after showing them the portion of the video that had aired on PBS. “I don’t care if they find it now.”"

    March 8, 2012 at 11:43 am |
    • c

      This was not shown 4 years ago in its completion. The media cannot even lie anymore about how they let Obama pass when it came to vetting. They were too busy swooning. Oh my gosh it made me ill. I never got it, I still dont get it. In fact he and Palin sound exactly the same to me, rehearsed. I dont care if you are Dem or Rep, just talk unscripted and honestly. Politicians make me puke

      March 8, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  29. acdcguy

    Appears to me that Bob is not very well educated and is probably living off those of us who pay taxes. Afraid he's going to lose his free ride!!!

    March 8, 2012 at 11:48 am |
    • Me

      Couldn't agree more!

      March 8, 2012 at 11:49 am |
    • Bob

      BWA HA HA HA. Not a clue!

      You idiots are soooo cute.

      March 8, 2012 at 11:51 am |
  30. MesaMax

    Obama was the most poorly vetted person ever to become president. Obama was the most poorly-prepared person to become president since the 19th century. If this video was so benign, why was it hidden from the electorate in 2008? Just like Obama endorsed and embraced Rev. Wright until he had to disavow him for political gain, you judge him by whom he associated with. Birds of a feather....... All of the evidence in the world will not convince the Obama Apologists. It is time to put him on the trash heap of history, along with his radical beliefs. America deserves better.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:51 am |
    • Bob

      Another fools drinking the right wing swill of Breitbart.

      How does his toilet taste?

      March 8, 2012 at 11:52 am |
    • Pete in Guilford

      It wasn't hidden. The article states that it was shown on PBS's Frontline in 2008. Time for people to stop complaining about the MSM/Leftist media not vetting the candidate. Apparently they did and the right just wasn't paying attention.

      March 8, 2012 at 11:59 am |
      • Me

        If you had watched on another outlet, Hannity last night for example, you would learn that PBS didn't air the video with audio which shows that Obama said "open your heart to Bells words" and didn't show Obamas embrace with Bell or show the other Harvard professor bragging that they hid that from the media during the vetting process and then further didn't see what opening your heart to Bell's words and ideas means. Bell was an angry, radical anti-semetic and racist. The left is quick to vet, say, Hermin Cain, because his African American views don't match their story line, but when it comes to Obama you will do anything to protect him.

        March 8, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
      • Anvil of Reality

        PBS? Oh please, if it wasn't a story on Fox, it didn't really happen. Fox or one of those randomly forwarded paranoid email chains, I mean.

        The right, as a whole, has lost the ability to critically analyze information.

        Wake up conservatives, ignorance is not a fashion accessory!

        March 8, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
      • Me

        That's why the right claims it was hidden – it was shown on PBS.

        March 8, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • steve

      It was on PBS in 2008 , that's not hiding anything. This is a smoking gun that he spoke at an equal rights rally. This may come as a complete surprise to you , but most Americans support the notion of equal rights. You need to get out of Alabama once in a while.

      March 8, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  31. lgford

    Great interview–Ms. Obrien you were a bit rude, dismissive, and sarcastic, however, you were also SCHOOLED and educated:-)

    March 8, 2012 at 11:55 am |
  32. Joi Gibson

    Talking about grasping at straws. These folks will to anything to try to make President Obama somehow look bad. I must ask, what is the big woo? Nothing, absolutely nothing. More smear tactics.


    March 8, 2012 at 11:59 am |
    • SaskMike

      If it is "nothing", then why was this video (and who knows what else) hidden?

      March 8, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
      • Get Real

        It's been out for YEARS Mike. "much of the video released Wednesday had appeared in a PBS Frontline documentary that aired just before the 2008 election"

        But don't let the truth stand in the way of a good lie. It's the Republican way!

        March 8, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
    • c

      Obama makes himself look bad. He cannot stand on any real principles. He cannot stand on any real decisions. He cannot stand on his education, because we dont know what it was. He cannot stand on his work history, because he has never had a paycheck, or written a paycheck. He cannot stand on his value system, because everything has been handed to him. He cannot stand on his faith, because he isnt clear on it. He is pathetic and full of scripts. What does he stand for? Just answer that one question.

      March 8, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
      • joep199

        Just one point: You say we don't know about his education in response to a post that shows him at Harvard, where he was President of the Harvard Law Review. Frankly, it's not worth my time to refute the rest of your garbage.

        March 8, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
  33. hawaii808

    Can she be any more disrespectful? She wants to slam him for not knowing what critical theory but cannot explain thoroughly what it is...she is such a joke! Get a real job and do what Barack Obama wants you to do "open your heart and mind" to other points of view and just show respect for your guests and not your views.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
    • The REAL Truth

      Why should she show respect for a clown whose sole objective is to attempt to public portray the President in the worst possible light. Where's his respect for the office – regardless of the person? This should not ever have been considered news... it should have been flushed into the sewer where it belongs.

      March 8, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  34. Me

    Intelligent people view all sides of the news and make a sound judgement on ALL the facts presented. People who only draw from one side, such as CNN, MSNBC or NPR on the Left or Fox on the Right, live in a bubble and are completely out of touch. If you look at all sides, including those with whom you disagree, you pretty quickly see holes in certain news outlets. Andrew Breigtbart believed in this and was a people's reporter–a true journalist. The Left hates him so much because he was originally a Leftists himself before he himself discovered that he was being manipulated. Whenever one is enlightened those who are not will inevitably try desperately to bring him or her back to their level.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
    • John

      Nice post. The left will hate it.

      March 8, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
    • stanitan

      Breitbart lied constantly. He manipulated videos, this is a fact and you know it. That's why I, personally, considered him a low-life. Can't speak for others though.

      March 8, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
    • Martha

      Completely agree but it is so much easier to simply strike out in ignorance.

      March 8, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • professor x

      No wonder this country is falling apart, your views are misconstrued you make sense out of nonsense wake up educate yourself. Your ignorance is why everyone controls your life. WAKE UP!

      March 8, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
    • daniel

      "true journalist" you need to look up the meaning. he wasn't a journalist, he was a biased rightwing pundit. he has never put forth a factual story in his life. any real journalist, would have lost their carreer over any one of breitbart's fabricated stories.

      March 8, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  35. Bob

    I'm only sorry Breibart didn't suffer more in dying. He certainly deserved to, after all the lies he told.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
    • JP

      I feel so sorry for you that you have to live with so much hate in your heart. That is a very heavy burden to carry.

      March 8, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
    • Me

      I'm only sorry that I have to go to work, because I'll miss it while you keep embarrassing yourself and all those on the Left who are decent people but simply disagree with me.

      March 8, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
      • Bob


        I'm only sorry that I have to go to work

        Been at worksince 7:30 am. Got a great job, nice house, 2 news cars.... life is great!

        Too bad for you, having to wait for that welfare check to come through.

        March 8, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • Common Sense

      It's quite despicable for anyone to wish suffering upon their fellow man.
      I think your moral compass needs to be degaussed.

      March 8, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
      • Me

        Hey Bob, government jobs and houses and cars made of Legos don't count!

        March 8, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
    • Steveo

      Weren't you the one who was asking for all to be adult? Physician, heal thyself!

      March 8, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
      • Common Sense

        How is it childish to point out bad morality? Did I wish suffering on anyone? Did I call anyone a "libtard" or "demorat" or spew some ridiculous statement that this Bob guy has repetitively done? Sorry, I don't see adolescence in what I wrote.

        March 8, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
      • Steveo

        @Common Sense

        My words were to Bob! See how your reply was to me, below and pushed to the right. That is how mine would have been if I replied to you! I actually agree with you. Sorry you misunderstood my post!

        March 8, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
    • John

      Bob, you complain in an earlier post about the stuff coming from the right then you post hate like this? What are you 3 years old?

      March 8, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
      • Bob

        I fight fire with fire, and you people deserve no consideration nor decency, as you have none.

        March 8, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
  36. hawaii808

    Hey Petie in Gullford – compare the two tapes....Do your homework and don't believe what either side of the media is saying....PBS tape cut out some audio and the hugging of the professor – why would they do that???Just ask yourself.
    Why would the professor that hid this tape during the election (as he stated himself) hide it???Just ask yourself..then make a determination – GET ALL THE FACTS People!

    March 8, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
  37. nobama please

    There are actually two stories here

    1. Why did the media cover for him when they dig dig dig to get dirt on every other candidate. To me, this is the most important thing uncovered.

    2. If this is a non-issue, why did Obama and the media hide this in 2008 and why did Obama release the heavily edited version? And where is Bell's speech?

    March 8, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
    • stanitan

      Some of you on the right are severely delusional and schizofrenic. All these conspiracies, is all you can see.

      March 8, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
    • The REAL Truth

      @nobama – [FACT] it wasn't hidden. It WAS aired [publicly] in 2008 on PBS. I did not see it then, so do not knwo if it was edited or not. It's not like the Breitbart crew NEVER edit any of their supposed "bomb shell" offerring, is it ?

      You know, what really makes all of this commentary, hate and spoutrage such a wast is that anyone with basic intelligence KNOWS that BOTH PARTIES dig up ANYTHING that will remotely jeopardize the candidacy and SUCCESS of the opposing teams candidate and have BE ALL OVER the media "toot suite".
      Assuming that to be the case, why did the right wing NOT raise all this back in 2008?? Why? 'Cus there was nothing damaging available. Do you think Obama's parentage, religious history, birth cert and college days weren't gone over with a fine tooth comb by the GOP loyalist insiders during the last election? No? Then I have some ocean-front property available..

      This stuff is no more bombshell info than the out of context "racist" sound bites used by the Breitbart organization to further enhance their standing with the right-wing extremists, and entice additional ad revenue on their site. If it wasn't so sad that people actually consider this rubbish as viable, it would sit well on Comedy Central.

      March 8, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • jp

      I don't agree with onama trying to hide this, however, i think you are kidding yourself if you don't think all politicians try o hide things about themselves before elections. I think the reason a lot of people don't run is because they don't want people digging the skeletons out of their closets, and we all know everybody has them.

      March 8, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
    • Nowie963

      So where is the bombshell? Hey listen, when we want laughs, we go to SNL. Your feeble attempt to be funny is so pityfull, that it might have killed Brietbart. Such advanced jackassness, can only be found under a GOP tent!!

      March 8, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  38. JP

    I watched this video of Soledad O'brien and Joel Pollack and was amused by her behavior. She and her fellow "journalists" did everything they could to twist this story around to their point of view. They tried desperately to change the narrative that Joel Pollack was presenting to make him sound like a racist who is against and afraid of black People. They completely avoided the point that Joel was making that this was a failure of the Media in doing its job without bias.

    Amy Holmes said it best when she commented that most students tend to be a little radical at college so it is no surprise that Obama was also this way. What the problem was is that CNN amongst other Media outlets purposefully hid these tapes before the last election, thereby not allowing the public to be able to assess the electability of Obama for themselves. They tried to frame the narrative which is not their job.

    Also, that one person ( don't know his name) claimed that Joel Pollack was afraid of black people and kept bringing up the color of his skin as an issue, once again trying to change the narrative. Soledad joined in. It's a shame that neither of them did their homework being typically lazy journalists because if they did they would discover that whatever they might say abut Joel not understanding Critical Race Theory,nor what went on at Harvard Law they were completely blowing Horse Hockey. Joel Pollack is a Harvard Law graduate with a joint degree in Social Studies and Environmental Science & Public Policy. I would say he is plenty intelligent to understand this theory, especially since it originated from a law professor from Harvard.

    In addition, as I said before, they were asking him why he was afraid of african american people with absolutely no understanding of who Joel not his what he believes. He, himself was born in Johannesburg South Africa and is married to a woman also from South Africa who just happens to be black. She grew up during apartheid so she knows just a bit about racism . Joel has also spent a great deal of time volunteering with minorities in South Africa to try to better their lives. He has worked to try to better relations between Jews, Muslims and Christians in the Middle East, including learning Arabic and living with a muslim family for 2 years.

    Saying all that I think that Joel Pollack, also being a minority as a Jew, has a pretty good grip on the subject of race relations, certainly more that that person who told him that being white gave him no clue.

    This is exactly the point that Joel Pollack was trying to make with regard to this video, the MSM purposefully and deliberately, hid pertinent stories from the general public about Barak Obama for what ever reasons they might have and that they will do anything to obfuscate and deflect from the real story.

    Anyone, and I mean anyone, who approves of this needs to take a good hard look at themselves and their personal beliefs because if it happens in one direction ( preferential to the liberals) you bet your sweet bippy that given time, with will happen in the opposite direction ( preferential to the conservatives)

    We deserve fair impartial news and to not be treated as idiots that need to be spoon fed what to believe.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
    • stanitan

      Pollack and Breitbart fed you heavily manipulated videos, so please stop hailing them as something better than they are / were.

      March 8, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
      • JP

        You don't get it do you? You seem unable to separate yourself from your biases. The heavily edited video was from PBS and CNN.

        We deserve the entire video without journalistic spin. I am smart enough to judge it for myself, are you?

        March 8, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
      • stan

        What, are you trying to sound rational now? A no-news video comes out and again the POTUS is judged as something he is not. For what? HUgging Prof. Bell. WOW !!! Big F Deal ! Look at what the POTUS has done and is trying to do, he consistently demonstrates to be the most pragmatic President ever. Job made easier coming from 8 abysmal years of a really useless President like GWB.

        March 8, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
    • Deborah

      Thank you JP. Now I know who Joel Pollack is. I can only hope that my grandson's will grow to be such admirable men as Joel.

      March 8, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  39. L. Hill

    Obrian crossed the sacred line that should NEVER be breached, from reporter to participant. She clearly had a racist agenda and Mr. Pollak defended her ambush beautifully. Shame on you CNN. This is one of your lowest points ever in presenting the news. As a postscript, I always thought Obrian was smarter than this. Frankly, she looked quite stupid.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
    • JP

      I always liked O'Brien but I must say this was amateur hour and I am most disappointed in her performance

      March 8, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
  40. mark

    i love the smirks on these guys faces as they proclaim, "gotcha obama." oh, and on hannity last night, man that "hug" has really got some veins bulging doesn't it. ooohhh, harvard, that madrasas of radical diversity located in massachusetts.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
  41. mike

    i support my president more than ever now......hilarious he beat romney by 100,000 votes in ohio.......blahahahaha

    March 8, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
    • Lamone

      Mike I can't agree with you even more..I though the video was showing Obama calling a female a slut

      March 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
      • sara

        I thought it was Alinsky last week? What happened to that "boogeyman" for the right-wingNUTS? On to professor Bell. I know the President's mother was proud of him. I would have as a parent.

        Obama 2012

        March 10, 2012 at 9:35 am |
  42. Charles

    We get it, he's black.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:15 pm |


    March 8, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
  44. NOW


    March 8, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
  45. No Mad

    too funny.

    she just got her azzzz handed to her.


    March 8, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
  46. Ben Copeland

    I never really followed Breitbart and am not really interested in politics in general so while I was aware there was supposed to be this big bombshell video I didn't care too much about it. Now, if I had watched that video out of the context of this heated exchange on Soledad's show I would have forgotten it immediately and never thought of it again. BUT, her reaction was so insanely hostile I'm now convinced there MUST be more to the story. It came across that she was positively desperate to stamp this out and make it a non-story. Make's me wonder what she's wanting to hide.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
    • daniel

      watch the freakin tape, it is a non story. that was her point, why were britbart and thes two yahoos trying to make it out as more than what it was. watch the tape 10 toimes than explain what obama did wrong. what happened to free speech. he was man enough to stand up for his college professor. oh my gawd

      March 8, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
    • Ben

      Are you going to be a grown up and decide for yourself what you saw or you are going to let someone distort what you saw.
      Don't dance around even when it is not confinient-Let the truth set you free. Their is notting ambigous about this tape, lets not distort it.

      March 8, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  47. No Mad

    too funny

    she just got her bottox handed to her.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
    • mike

      what were you watching...the guy looked stunned. she tore him a new one.

      March 8, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  48. Cindy

    This re-run video from 2008 is the smoking gun??

    How Pathetic!! All this video proves is that hate can make a person stupid!!

    There is nothing radical, new, or secert here....

    Obama/Biden 2012...The only Sane Choice!!

    March 8, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
    • JP

      You are right there is nothing new except for the tape in it's entirety which was purposefully hidden from the public in 2008.

      It does not change anything about Obama but it has opened my eyes more fully about CNN and its journalistic integrity.

      March 8, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
      • Cindy

        LOL.. Cnn's integrity?? Really....

        No one was hiding anything..this speech was a public speech, made in front of a college out in the wide open, it was filmed, and witnessed by a large mostly white audience... THERE was nothing wrong with the speech, or his supprot of D. Bell then, nor is there anything wrong with it now...If you have a problem with integrity you must have been extremly dissapointed with the late AB, for altering a video that caused Shirley Sherrod to be wrongly dismissed from her job!! I am quite sure this video was destined for AB editing table....because as it is, in its entiraty (D. Bell hug and all)...Its nothing but postive in terms of Obama.

        March 8, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
      • Ben

        What exactly opened your eyes?-that a law student gave such an eloquent speech without a teleprompter. Please, tell me that all the people with common sense have not absconded the republican party?
        How low does the republican party intend to go.?

        March 8, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
      • sara

        Maybe if you stopped focusing on CNN and more on your limited comprehension skills, you like all intelligent, smart people would see the same thing. NOTHING Here!!! If Brietbart had the video before hate killed him, he should have put it out then. Someone is using the death of this nobody to put this NOTHING video out as to "suggest" something that is not even there. Good for a young Barack Obama! Good for professor Bell for fighting injustices, bigotry and racism for decades, while rising to a level of intellect that even HARVARD couldn't deny.

        It seems if there were alot of diversity in that I guess ALL those people from different ethcities and backgrounds are somehow Racist and Bigoted. Grow a brain. Next week with you idiots it will be SOMEONE else you would attempt to link the President with. There's no "boogeyman" other than the one you see in the mirror.
        BTW...News organizations does not VET anyone...the report what they have. Do any of you Idiots really believe that the first time in history a Black man ran and WON the presidency that the Bush administration Intelligence, CIA, FBI and any other investigative unit didn't VET BARACK H. Obama? You people are either one or two things....Ignorant or Racist and neither one is flattering.

        March 10, 2012 at 9:46 am |
  49. Kiki

    Kudos Soledad for standing up to this ignoramus. The desperate right will be in high gear to besmirch Obama any way they can to compensate for their weak field of contenders. They are grasping at straws.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
    • Martha

      I thought she was supposed to report the be the news. What has she got to defend. Is she working as a news persona or a talk show persona. Her behavior may have gone against what you believe but I would like to hear from the person invited on the show what they have to say so I can learn for myself. Maybe this guess is a whack but the only one who acted out of control was the 'news' person. If that uis how we get our information I have to wonder how accurate it may be. You just supported news agencys making up our minds for ourself. She could have had a third person to defend and kept her integrity intact.

      March 8, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
      • Ryan


        I am happy to see a new anchor call someone out who is completely misrepresenting the facts. Where is the bomb shell? Go ahead and return to fox news, so you can become all upset over the next distortion they sell you on.

        March 8, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
      • Ben

        Part of reporting the news is pointing out the facts when they are so obvious. She simply pointed out the garbage this guy was silling. Good job Soledad.
        If the republicans think they are going to win the election by lieing to the American people, they are going to be in for a long year. Even in death every sane person laugh at Breitbart, his associates for the garbage they represent.

        March 8, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
      • daniel

        she should have slapped these two idiots for all the sane people in america.

        March 8, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  50. Jen

    I want to thank Soledad for suggesting googleing CRT. After listening to her deny it has zero to do with white suppremacy, I found it is in the second sentence on the Wikipedia post. That really is not the greatest source, so I continuted. I hope Soledad considers the UCLA school of public affairs a credible source, here is what it says,

    "CRT recognizes that racism is engrained in the fabric and system of the American society. The individual racist need not exist to note that institutional racism is pervasive in the dominant culture. This is the analytical lens that CRT uses in examining existing power structures. CRT identifies that these power structures are based on white privilege and white supremacy, which perpetuates the marginalization of people of color. "

    Excellent job pretending Soledad!!

    March 8, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
  51. Bob

    I love the way the right wing can dish it out, but start crying like 12 year old school girls when you throw it back in their faces.

    Look up Lee Atwater, KKKarl Rove, and Newt Gingrichs decision to demonize evryrthing Demrocats do, then STFU.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • Martha

      Come on Bob. Get with the program. It was the other way around when Republicans get into office. It goes back and forth. Bring a little more understanding of the game and come up with something brilliant other wise we are all wasting our time here changong nothing about how we think as we watch a news person lose it during an interview. 🙂

      March 8, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
      • The REAL Truth

        Martha – got to agree with you 100% on this one..
        however comments like Lefty's below do little to enhance the intelligent discourse that many of us COULD have if the morons who only believe what they are told to, actually stayed OFF the internet and saved some bandwidth 🙂

        March 8, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
    • Lefty

      Hey Bob, the welfare office closes at 4, better hurry up and pick up your check.

      March 8, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  52. Bob


    "Andrew Breitbart, the conservative blogger and journalist, died suddenly on Thursday morning, according to his website Big Journalism. He was 43. The site said that Breitbart died of ‘natural causes' shortly after midnight on Thursday." So the Huff Post Media of March 1, 2012 told us. And with statements posted on the same site, the so-called "liberals" that Breitbart used to rail against and do absolutely scandalous dirty tricks against are being so bloody polite.

    For example, Shirley Sherrod (see below) said: ""My prayers go out to Mr. Breitbart family as they cope through this very difficult time." Media Matters, which did much to expose Breitbart's dishonesty, said: "We've disagreed more than we've found common ground, but there was never any question of Andrew's passion for and commitment to what he believed." And then there's Arianna Huffington herself: "I was asked many times this morning for my thoughts on what Andrew meant to the political world, but all I can think of at the moment is what Andrew meant to me as a friend, starting from when we worked together - his passion, his exuberance, his fearlessness. And above all, what I'm thinking of at the moment is his amazing wife Susie and their four beautiful young children. My love and thoughts are with them right now."

    Now let's say the Red Army was not on the verge of conquering Berlin when Paul Josef Goebbels, Reich German Minister of Propaganda, 1933-45, committed suicide on April 30, 1945, and there had been a bunch of liberals around to make comments on the events. Do you think that they would have followed the pattern above? In my view quite possibly. For example, one might have said something like: "We've disagreed more than we've found common ground, but there was never any question of Paul Josef's passion for and commitment to what he believed. And he was really fun at parties, truly a lady's man, donchaknow." Breitbart was a master propagandist, blending truth and fiction in the manner that Goebbels first brought to a very high level of effectiveness, as part of what is commonly called "The Big Lie Technique."

    On the other hand one might hope that at least some of the comments-on-the-death-of-an-opponent that liberals might have made at the time might have been in league with what Breitbart himself actually said on the passing of Senator Edward M. Kennedy. From the same issue of the Huff Post that carried Arianna's ludicrous statement: "After Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts died in 2009, Breitbart tweeted, ‘Rest in Chappaquiddick' and called him ‘a special pile of human excrement.' When critics questioned his tone, he tweeted they ‘missed my best ones!' "

    These animals are animal-like and some of our supposed best representatives respond with sweetness and light? "He was a friend of mine?" Come on! This is the man who doctored a video of Ms. Sherrod to make it appear that she was making a reverse-racist statement when she was actually calling for racial harmony and understanding. And the idiots in the White House didn't even ask Ms. Sherrod what really happened before they canned her. Breitbart was the man who made up the videos that were used to mount the national campaign that put one of the biggest electoral enemies of the Republican Party, ACORN, out of business.

    We are in a civil war folks. The corporatist state side (AKA the corporate power) knows it. Many on our side don't. They still think that it's politics as usual. They thin that at some time the Republican Party will come to its senses and return to being the traditional center-right party it was until the Gingrich wing took it over. It's time that we all begin to wake up. The GOP is now a far-right party, in the context of what such parties look like in the other advanced capitalist nations. US capitalism has become increasingly less dependent on manufacturing and increasingly more dependent on the extraction and sale, at home and abroad, of fossil fuels, and on profits to be derived from purely financial transactions. Since the GOP cannot run on such a platform, it must run on such issues as racism, homophobia, misogyny, religious bigotry (abortion illegalization being based much more on the latter than the former), Islamophobia, and the drive towards Permanent War (although other words are used to describe it).

    As OWS ramps up again this spring, especially if it allies itself with what's left of militant labor in this country (and there still is one), starts to develop a clear political program, and learns how to deal with the agents provocateurs that have clearly already infiltrated it, they will draw an ever-fiercer and violent response from the GOP/state. And of course the GOP already has in place a very advanced voter suppression and vote-count-cheating program which they may, or may not, choose to use in 2012, depending upon other factors.

    Their current leaders, like Rush Limbaugh, Roy Blunt, Rick Santorum (leading candidate for their 2016 nomination), Karl Rove, Roger Ailes, and the late Andrew Breitbart are not nice people. The Senate GOPers are not Bernie Sanders' "colleagues," as he so kindly persists in calling them. They are his enemies and the enemy of everything the good Senator stands. OK, Bernie. Is "enemy" too sharp a term for you? How about "adversaries" at least? Let's stop playing "Let's Pretend."

    A Second Civil War is a real possibility, if the present measure of control by the Corporate Power and its political puppets in the GOP and its media allies comes under a real challenge. An attempt to impose a fascist state, under a "Constitutional" cloak enabled by its puppet Supreme Court, could very well happen, followed most surely by a violent resistance, at some level. The Andrew Breitbart clones would be right out in front on your TVs and the Web, promoting that fascist development. Let's recognize that fact now, and stop referring to such people as our "friends" and, should you believe that there is something to it (I do not), worthy of prayer. Please.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
    • Ron

      Looks like boring drivel. I think you wasted your time, a quick scan was all it took for me.

      March 8, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
      • Bob

        So live in ignorance.

        March 8, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
    • Andrew

      What is happening NOW is the fascist libby take over , and the civil war was res-erected by the same libbies . THE difference is the south for all its faults , had honor and this time time its not geographic , its ideological .

      March 8, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
    • daniel

      well said and right on the money

      March 8, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • jerry say the least.

      March 8, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  53. pk

    A disrespectful, unprofessional, condescending interview by Soledad O'Brien. The last time I saw a CNN "journalist" show so much bias, I never saw them again. Laughing at the oppostion is a cowardly way to debate, and everyone can see through it. This tactic will not be effective anymore.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
    • Martha

      I absolutely agree. She has become the story on this one and not one worth wasting time.

      March 8, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • Bob

      She showed him to be the liar and fool that he is.

      Truth hurts, huh?

      March 8, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  54. KJ

    *Yawn* we go again. Conservatives sure are getting desperate.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
    • Get Real

      The last pathetic gasp of a dying political party.

      March 8, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  55. acdcguy

    bob, where did you go?? You been pretty entertaining with your name calling !!!

    March 8, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
    • acdcguy


      March 8, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
      • Bob

        Like I said, I have a JOB. I don't have all day to sit here sneering at your ignorance.

        But it is amusing when I have the time.

        March 8, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
  56. James

    Soledad, I love her but she was too defensive in this "interview." If she wants to espouse her beliefs, she should move to commentary. Her rhetorical question "Is that it?" demonstrated that she was in defend the president AND her fellow Harvard U alum (yes, she went to Harvard too) at all course. She should have simply asked him the question, got the answer, and bring on Olgetree or some other liberal to rebut. It was not her place to rebut him. In doing so, she weakened her case for the President.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
  57. Kiki

    The next bombshell is a grainy video of him sharing his cookies in pre-school. It will finally be proof that he's a socialist.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
    • Cindy

      So true.. I love it!!

      March 8, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  58. Deborah

    How come no one in the LSM has come out to dispute Sheriff Joe and his posse findings?
    Why did Obama seal all his records the day he took office?
    Why did the Obama's lose their law licenses?
    How can Baracka say he sat in a church for 20 years but never heard a thing that the pastor said?
    So many questions and so little time.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
    • daniel

      get a life.

      March 8, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
    • Cindy

      Check your facts!! It is really not that hard to do...

      March 8, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  59. KJ

    The full UNEDITED video has been on PBS and youtube for years. The radical right is beyond desperate at this point.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  60. Bob


    How come no one in the LSM has come out to dispute Sheriff Joe and his posse findings?


    He's an idiot spewing lies. Nothing to report on, just another jackass who can't accept reality.

    A black man was elected President.

    Deal with it.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
  61. Sandra

    Soledad Obrien's "feisty" debate with this dude is a joke. The Havard graduate had her mind made up even before this guy started. What does a Harvard education really get you? A job on CNN? That's all? It doesn't get you respect. What do they really teach in Journalism 101 at Harvard? Not much from what I can see.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  62. Craig Rogers

    150 years ago women with Bonnets on, marched around with Signs that said 'The end is near'. They were right, they Died shortly after from exhaustion. G.O.P. Please put on your Bonnets.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  63. judy

    once again a witch hunt that rehashes old news as seen on pbs. Sorry guys Obama is clean and the repos can"t stand it. all these nut jobs siteing things that are not true. Do any of you guys check your facts or are you like most repos and just throw out stuff to see if you can make anything stick. ??? Obama 2012

    March 8, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
    • Lefty

      Guzzle some more kool-aid and keep polishing your hammer and sickle.

      March 8, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  64. Martha

    Went tio a conference a few years ago where Soldedad O'brien was key speaker. One of the worse speaking events I have ever been to. She came off as trying to be Tom Brokaw- she was young. I thought by now she may have improved but I see getting into a defensive interview with a guest speaker is not news. It comes across as a defense. Cnn no longer even cares to come across as a news media. Anyway, I am trying to hold my opinion until I can learn more but the way this came across is like George Bush hugging a KKK man is nothing. Well, it would be something and so I want to hear what this Professor Bell is about. It is important but it could be nothing. Have to say however, Soldedad Shakespearian protests cause me to think there is smoke.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
    • daniel

      i guess you missed the white supremists invited to the cpac conservative convention?

      March 8, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
    • The REAL Truth

      It was 30 years ago Martha. It's hardly relevant, certainly no "bombshell" and yet another lame, pathetic attempt to discredit the POTUS. I'm amazed that anyone with a modicum of intelligence cannot see thru this...

      March 8, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  65. Kentucky Fried Oysters

    So we watched hannity because we saw the headline on Drudge and waited for the "bombshell."

    The video came and went, then we listened to the explanation. * YAWN *

    Turned it off and watched Idol.

    Much ado about drivel. Thank G-d I left this party of nuts.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  66. mike

    wow....she ripped him a new one..that guy looked like an idiot

    March 8, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • Martha

      Actually, I have no idea what that was about- hoped to find out. What I saw was an out of control news person defending something personal. If that's how you like your news...good luck on being knowledgeable.

      March 8, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
    • Bob

      "looked lilke" hell, he IS an idiot.

      High time journalists start calling out right wing lies.

      March 8, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
    • daniel

      What I saw was an out of control news person defending something personal."....... anybody see breitbart at the consevative convention, when he was talking about this video? he was taking this thing way more than personal, you could see the hate coming form this man towards the president. he looked like a lunitic. i'm surprized he didn't collaspe on the stage with a heart attack.

      March 8, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  67. Darw1n

    I love it when the militias come to visit. True patriots my as s. Traitors all

    March 8, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  68. jonathan

    If he is trying to prove that he was with a crazy professor than the same can be said about Rick Perry and his supporters.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  69. Martha

    It is all about perception. Both parties do this. Is this a bombshell- depends who you back. This is what we seem to enjoy and support. Soldedad is a perfect example of how we now allow people who are to be reporting the news seekign to make or control it. Parties seeking to create perceptions they can explout we expect and is bad enough but this demonstartion by CNN gives us all reason to wonder what about the news is properly vetted or reported. It seems to me if CNN wanted protect its integrity it would have had a spokesman from the other side and Soldedad could have moderated. This was a setup and now I have to wonder why they would do that. What are they protecting? Who are they protecting. Being an independent does not at this point have me attached to either party and it is stuff like supposed neutral sources acting in this way that pushes me one way or the other. Content no longer matters. This well of information has been poisoned. Back to the blogs- like that is much better but it is more honest.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • daniel

      hahahahahaha.... did you watch hannity and these two idiots last night presenting this "exclusive breitbart video"? it was so biased it was shameful. i was embarassed just watching it. and yet the rightwing have the gall to call anything but faux news, biased media.

      March 8, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
    • The REAL Truth

      Not everything is a conspiracy. Sometimes folks simply do things.. no agenda, no premeditation, no forethought. Hope you find what you are looking for.

      March 8, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  70. Lefty

    This is only the beginning, there are more videos in the pipeline. From his first mentor Frank Marshall Davis (a communist) to Bill Ayers, to Tony Rezco to Rev Wright, etc etc we know the guy's love for marxism. Even in his own book he said he sought them out. It's really old news but nobody seemed to care in 2008, maybe they will this time around.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • Andrew

      thats not true , nobody cared ,the ad-libbie media made sure they brought up nothing about obama that would in any way hurt him . He did'nt even go to college according to the coverage , or lack there – of .

      March 8, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  71. Kathy

    This really only matters to those of us who are still seeking to be informed before we decide on casting a vote. By the looks at these posts 90 percent of you are just blowing wind to hold on to what you already believe. So, from my point iof view, Soledad was absolutely useless in this endeavor although I did learn I will never be able to accept anything she has to say as balanced and honest. The rest of you can beat your heads together becaseu you enjoy it. Me...time to move on to a better place serving something that at least smells like news becasue it surely ain't hear sister.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
    • Ben

      Where are you going-Fox? If you have a problem with a journalist pointing out an obvious lie, then you must be one of those who bought into the dealth panel crap the republicans sold to senior citizens and their not too smart base, whose may motivation is their hatred for Obama rather than what is best for our country. They are willing to burn the country down just to defeat Obama.
      Now you know you are not at Fox where the republicans go to spill out their lies to the dumb down republican audiance. They was a studies out recently, whose findings showed that Fox listeners are less informed than someone that does not listen to any news. This is their way of telling you that the more you listen to Fox, Rush and those crazy right wing nuts, the more of your brain get socked out of your head.

      March 8, 2012 at 11:10 pm |
  72. Nick

    I don't get what the bombshell was, either. As a Harvard law professor, Barrack Obama required his students to read a theory written by another Harvard law professor. Is it somehow suddenly the case that everything a professor asks his students to read is something he agrees with? CRT is an important theory that needs to be explored. Why is exploring a theory an indictment of a person's theory on race?

    "Anything is good which stimulates thought in any age." –Oscar Wilde.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  73. daniel

    breitbart died of embarassment... what shoud we call it?.. the smoking hug... the hug seen round the world. this video is the same as all breitbart videos...trash, and the rightwingnuts lap it up screaming biased librul media. could anybody imagin a legit news sourse doing a sensationalized hit peice like this on one of the republican candidates? i watched this on frontline years ago and its been on pbs website since then. whats next? the right has attacked him on every personal issue one can think of, from religion to his birth. when is this persecution going to stop?

    March 8, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  74. Bob

    It was nice to see a journalist finally call out one of Breitbarts minions for lying.

    Time for journalists to quit playing stenographers for right wing lies and call them out whenever they pop their lying heads up out of their holes.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
    • Andrew

      A more outrageous , inaccurate , and twisted statement than yours would be hard to find ,

      March 8, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  75. Ben

    Is this what the republicans have degenerated into? -Lies and corn artist. Becausae a student had a relationship with his professor, that makes him a radical. The sad thing is that they are a lot of people buying this garbage, who are incapable of thinking for themselves.
    As for Andrew Breitbart , if his life work is to take what people said and distort it, then he have his place in with satan as do a lot of these republicans who have shown that their Agenda against Obama is driven by hatred. They will stop at no cost to defeat the president. Remember, evil that men do, leaves after them. Any human being with brains that watch that video, see that their is notting, notting unuasual about the president's speech.
    It is obvious that the republicans have notting good to offer this country, hence their distractions, negativity and hatred. The republicans shall rip what they saw.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
  76. J. Richter

    This was none news, and boring enough to potentially cause Breitbart to pass away in disappointment after watching it initially.

    Really, think about it, if your life was so consumed by Obama-mania, Racism, Shirley Sherrod, and you think you finally got it, received this scoop video (hopefully didn't pay a fortune for it), and then finally, gleefully sat down to watch it...

    March 8, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  77. Laura518

    He's on videotape supporting the notion of cultural diversity at Harvard. Wow, what a radical! Next up, Obama caught wearing a red shirt, proving he is a communist!

    March 8, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  78. racegirl1

    I looked up critical race theory and this is nothing new. People actually do this everyday without even knowing what it's called. For example if you have a black and white who do the same thing the outcome will be different. I The biggest example would be a white democratic President and a black democratic President, why is it the Republicans are treating President Obama with such hate because if you look at it with a critical eye you would see yes it is racism. So this is critical race theory to look at a situation with everything being equal except for race and how the two people are treated can only be because of his race. Now take that you little racist nerd following in brietburts footsteps. Just remember what happend in the Wizard of Oz you could be following brietburt to where ever he went when he died.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  79. Chris

    Oh man, Solidad is my new hero! She completed schooled this brainless turd

    March 8, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  80. Terri

    Thank God for a true journalist like Soledad! I'm a white woman in her 60's and I have NEVER seen such hate and BS from a group of Republicans in my life. This is why I left the GOP this year, they have turned into a bunch of freaking nuts!

    March 8, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
    • Mike

      So true.

      March 8, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • Tim

      Are you kidding me? He owned Soledad O'Brien! She should be calling him DADDY! He made her completely lose all of her journalistic objectivity and made her look so stupid that she had to insult him rather than answer his questions!

      March 8, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • Bible Clown©

      The GOP voters are mostly ok, except for the teanuts.

      March 8, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
    • Macksfield

      Who cares what color you are....

      March 8, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  81. Joe

    Wow Mike. You think Soleday ripped him a new one? She rudely interrupted her guest in order to demonstrate her ignorance.

    She either does not know what Critical Race Theory (CRT) is or knows what it is and is and wants to cut out debate. Critical Race Theory, for those who don't know, is the complete oppostie of the philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. CRT rejects King's quest for a color blind society. It rejects the old, conventional civil rights movement. It promotes ethnic segration. It embraces the separation of people by dividing people into group.

    It attacks every conventional legal and social point of view. It is not just a theory. It is world view that incorporates activism. And, that activism is geared toward the destruction of American society. It is anti-capitalism. It is for "social justice" i.e. the redistribution of wealth through government action.

    From the CRT perspective, every conveentional legal, social , and ethical value is corrupt because it is a construct of the white power structure.

    It disregards the constitutional protection of the individual. It promotes the idea of group idenitity and group rights.

    It abandons the idea of the "melting pot" and E Pluribus Unun.

    CRT would be bad enough if it was only embraced by a few cranks. But, it is the dominant political philosphy in many academic dempartments throughout the country.

    The video is important because of the connnection of Obama to the godfather of CRT, Derrick Bell. If Obama rejects CRT, he should say so.

    CRT is not some innocuous academic fad. Do your own research. Check it out for yourself. If you believe as Dr. King did that people should be judged by their character and not the color of their skin, you will be sickened to find out how embedded this "theory" is in the academia and also, sadly, the legal field.

    Derrrick Bell, was no grandfatherly academic professor. He was the leader of a vile, racist philosphical movement.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  82. Nowie963

    Can someone from the Brietbart camp tell us what the "bombshell "is with this video? To be honest, in my opinion, the most useful thing that this Brietbart did was to have passed away.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  83. Dan

    2:58 Bottom-right od screen: "Joel Pollak, Ran for Congress in Illinois in 2010"

    shoud read, "...and lost...for obvious reasons."

    March 8, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  84. Bible Clown©

    Breitbart was scum, and he'll be remembered as an alternative to santorum: "I stepped in some breitbart in an alley."

    March 8, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  85. cashmeremafia

    I've heard parts of it so far, I have yet to see what the "smoking gun" is. He praises his radical professor/mentor – big deal – is free speech dead in the US? He acts like some big smooth talking hot shot, and this is the best you can come up with? Hope you actually have something more, b/c what you have so far is not convincing anyone.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  86. BO the BFer

    This is Hilarious! Hey, CNN, show the rest of the video where Soledad gets raked over the coals by a black panelist and
    Joel Pollack is labeled a racist. What a joke. Stay, classy, Soledad.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  87. Mike

    This whole story ridiculous.

    The right wing is so blinded by their hatred of Obama that they make mountains out of the tiniest ant hills and can't see how petty and insignificant that makes them look to any reasonable observer.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  88. Tracy

    For all of you who disagree with the job this brilliant president is doing, why don't you run for president? My guess would be because you lack class, grace, decency, a high school diploma, you owe taxes, too many kids, child support behind, live in a trailer home, no money, no teeth (maybe 3), crazy family, on drugs, and you're just plain stupid and know there's not a chance in hell you would be elected.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
    • Macksfield

      Those folks you described are the obama votes silly, they can't run, they have to vote.

      March 8, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
    • Bible Clown©

      I'm none of those things, and I'm actually pretty smart, but no way would I try to run a country. It takes a special skill set to run something that big and that public without letting yackheads bother you. Start by organizing a parade, and work your way up to county commission or city council.

      March 8, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • The REAL Truth

      In reality – because they are not independently wealthy, had a Harvard/Yale education, are not a lawyer and not part of the 1%.
      It's long since past when "regular" people had the opportunity + resources to run for federal level public office.

      March 8, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  89. Macksfield

    Wow, soledad looked and sounded incompetent. I knew she was not very bright but figured she had a little more self-control. That was horrid watching her act out her bias towards President Obama. Really, I was embarrassed for her.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  90. Ryan

    What a complete joke, you can be sure fox news will peddle this to upset all the republican sheep.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  91. Ben

    No one made a monster of Andrew Breitbart . God saw him as a monster, an instrument of the devil, With the type of garbage Andrew Breitbart created, I am sure the republicans knows where a liar and a man who made his career by bearing fulse witness against his fellow human being goes. God was not impress with his evil plot, he send him sooner rather than later to be with satan-how does he like the worm weather with satan?
    The truth shall set you free, not these lies the republicans are fabricating- God is not amused.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
    • Tracy


      March 8, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • Tim

      Ben, you may ought to refer to someone you know because I sure God isn't one of them! Obama has proven that he excels in giving speeches and rallying crowds but is a miserable failure at governing! He loves radicals who are racists and bigots and is for sale to the highest bidder. His entire life is a fraud including his Social Security card, academic record and associations. It's time for a REAL LEADER not an empty suit!

      March 8, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
      • Ben

        Again you made my point. Republicans don't just have war against women, but also war against the truth.

        1. You conveniently live out one simple truth-which is that it was Bush and the republican party that put us in this economic mess.
        2. You conveniently ignore the fact that Bush and Chaney were draft dodgers. When they had a chance to serve, they went and hide.
        3. If your idea of a fraud was being one of the top student in arguabley the most prestigious University in the world, then sign me up.
        4. Under president Obama, America is producing more gas than at any time during the Bush administration.
        5. Under president Obama, America is investing in science and education rather than beating the drums of war.
        6. Obama signed equal pay for equal work for women. 98% of republicans opposed it. Who is the fraud?
        7. President Obama stude up against pre-existing condition. The republicans wanted to allow insurance company to keep their power to dump sick people from their coverage when they get sick. Who is the fraud?
        When time and time again, the republicans have to fabricate these lies to make their point, then one can conclude that when you look at the meaning of fraud in the dictionary, what you see is a picture of the republican elephant., yes, Rush and the rest of the right wing talk show host who have never let the truth get in the way of their lies.

        March 8, 2012 at 11:30 pm |
    • John

      Ben. Once again – all those words AND NOT ONE LIE LISTED BY YOU!!!
      You libs blindly follow and you (if you are a working American) don't have a leader. Wake up!!

      March 8, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
      • Ben

        Have you held of the dealth panel, or you are one of those hate driven republicans who will not let the truth get in their way.
        What God fearing human being will vote against doing away with pre-existing condition for kids?
        What God fearing human being thinks it is okay to bear fulse witness against your fellow man as Breitbart’ and his associates tries to do with this armless tape.
        IThe only bomb shell hear is further exposing what we already knows-that the republicans are willing to dump the ten commandment in the toilet just to defeat Obama. God is not amused.

        March 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • John

      Ben, how do you explain every innocent child that is taken before their time? Your post has to be one of the most ignorant I have seen ever – and that is really saying something. Then, to make us laugh even harder, some nut posts amen to your ignorant comment.

      March 8, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
      • Ben

        John, do you want to know what is ignorant?
        i. Ignorant is mandating women to under go virginal ultrasound testing because you and the republicans think women are incapable of make decision as it relate to their reproductive needs
        2. Ignorant is dening global worming due to man's impact on his environment
        3. Ignorant is the republicans supporting viagra coverage in men's health insurance why opposing contraceptive for women. If it is okay for government/insurance to support men's erectal needs, then you should not have a problem with womens contraceptive needs covered
        4. Ignorance is excitement in waging wars of convenience that cost over hundred thousand lives, and trillions of dollars, while you see providing healthcare for millions of Americans as socialism. and a problem
        You and your party are willing to cover the truth under a sheet just to defeat Obama. The more of these destortion you and the republican party engage in, the more the American people see you for who you are-a group of republicans who are willing to turn the bible on his head to win an election.

        March 8, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
      • jerry

        ignorant is drinking the leftist cool aid.... the issue with obama care is our constitutional rights... and by the way it is a sad day when the president of the most powerful country in the world makes a phone call to a goofy college student (who pays $50k a year in tuition and etc.) who is about to go on national TV to discuss a birth control issue...IGNORANT is believing this is just ok...when in fact it is an obvious pandering for votes...and it is sick.... a sick foolish effort to make idiots like you believe the issue is birth control..

        March 8, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
      • Ben

        Jerry, can you say hypocracy? You are okay with republicans in virginia mandating women to undergo virginal unltrasound testing, and not Obama adopting a republican idea which most republicans supported for over a decade. As soon as Obama say's he is for it, then it became a government takeover.
        The only cure against hatred is to seek forgiveness.
        The republicans are so bent on defeating Obama, that they are willing to destroy the truth. Except that you cannot destroy the truth-it stand on his own.
        Just like the truth that the republicans took this country to a way of convenience in Iraq-over 5000 Americans killed, and over one hundred thousand Iraq's dead. Yes, trillions of dollars spent UNPAID FOR- talk about deficit.
        Did I tell you that for almost ten years, the republicans could not find Osama Bin Laden. It took an Obama presidency to knock him down. How do you like the truth?

        March 8, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
    • Andrew

      YOU sure amusing though!

      March 8, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
    • Steveo

      You speak for God?
      1. "bearing fulse witness against his fellow human being (sic) your words!
      2. God saw him as a monster, an instrument of the devil

      Bearing false witness? Didn't you just do the same?

      March 8, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
      • Ben

        No, I did not just do the same. I simply points out that you and your associates are trying to misrepresent the content of the tape, distort its content, lie about its content. That my friend is bearing fulse witness. You can't just pick and choose which part of the ten commandment you want to follow? The ten commandment is not a buffer table where you tuss out the part about fulse witness against your neighbour.

        March 8, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
      • Steveo

        1. Not unexpected that you would disagree
        2. Yes you did bear false witness. You said God saw him as a monster! I don't believe God told you that!
        3. What's up with the me and my associates? Where do I stand, politically?
        4. So God sent him to be with Satan? You KNOW this for a fact?
        5. You think God is political in any form or fashion?

        March 8, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
      • The REAL Truth

        FWIW - it's "FALSE" witness. Not fulse. This type of spelling makes you come across as uneducated and bumbling.

        March 8, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
      • Ben

        @The REAL Truth, if all you can pick out is a mispelled word, and conveniently ignore the fact that Breitbart and his associates are willing to distort the content of the tape , then you have a worm summer sport reserved for you alongside Breitbart in satan's palace. When you are comfortable with fabricating lies to destroy your fellow human being at all cost, then it says a lot about you.
        I can fix my spelling, are you and the republicans going to stop telling these baseless lies?
        Did you notice that the president was not using a teleprompter?-ah.

        March 9, 2012 at 12:23 am |
    • Bible Clown©

      Guys like that will tell you they 'serve a higher power,' and that it's "ok to lie for Jesus" because in the end "people will thank me for saving them." Then they steal your car.

      March 8, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
  92. Ron Burgundy

    This is Hilarious! Hey, CNN, show the rest of the video where Soledad gets raked over the coals by a black panelist and
    Joel Pollack is labeled a racist. What a joke. Stay classy, Soledad.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  93. paul

    People are talking about CCN having no integrity because a hug was edited out? Yet Fox took a meeting with a senator who berated an iraq war veteran and edited out the crowd booing him, and replaced it with a totally different meeting a year before cheering him. Or the "violent riots" in russia they claimed were going on and the footage they showed were the Greek riots, in front of the greek national bank no less. News shouldn't be a place for so much opinion. All these news casters, left and right need to take a hard look and figure out at what point did they sell their journalistic integrity.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  94. Tracy

    Please God, if you would just take Rush Limbaugh to heaven with you and Breitbert, the US could get on with it's business of working together and compromising for the good of all.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • John

      You libs are just so inclusive. How do you feel about Bill Mahar?
      On March 18, 2011, “Sarah Palin finally heard what happened in Japan, and she’s demanding that we invade Tsunami. I mean, she says, ‘These Tsunamians will not get away with this.’ Oh speaking of dumb twats.
      March 28, Maher employed the C-word in talking about Palin during a show in Dallas.
      Maher, predictably, said he wasn’t sorry. The left stream media (MSDNC, CNN, CBS) have all praised this guy. You libs have had it both ways for a long time. You may not know it yet, but your time is ended. The working people of America are working hard at dumping entrenched politicians, both dems and repubs.

      March 8, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • Steveo

      And you are asking God to shorten someboy's life for the simply reason, you disagreed with the words he used? Can please show me where that is found in the Bible? I am not defending Limbaugh but I am not asking that he dies either! I need the book, chapter, and verse, please!

      March 8, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • Bible Clown©

      "And you are asking God to shorten someboy's life for the simply reason, you disagreed with the words he used? " I disagree with him calling that poor girl names for three days on his show, and whipping up a mob against her, you for example. What did Jesus tell you boys last time? "Let he who is without sin among you cast the first stone." What did He tell the woman? "Go, and sin no more."

      March 8, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  95. TheHardTruth

    Yeah, ok, Bell has weird connections. Most voters won't care, the voters who do care will probably vote Republican regardless of video. GOP has nothing to offer. Obama is going to walk back into office in November.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  96. Mills

    Woah!! Ms. O' really don't come across well on this piece! I now believe you've been vetted! Blah on Commentary Reporting, anyway!!!! I know I'm the "little guy" who received both a BA & an MBA from, let's just say from a non-Elite university, but I just can't comprehend the media's reluctance to do ANY critical vetting of our current Pres. Not an Obama Basher here, but why is held to such a lower standard than previous Presidents???? Somethin' else must be a brewing!!!!

    March 8, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  97. West coaster

    The irony that lies in the CNN discussion with Soledad O'Brien & Joel Pollack is that on the CNN website they have a video clip of the discussion.... However, they only have about half of the clip. They do not show where Soledad and the rest of the staff "implode".... Once again, CNN even hides their own hypocrisy from the viewers. Sad state of affairs.
    And if you try and find the "discussion" on any other news outlets website.... nope – you won't find it.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  98. Edward

    I saw the whole video. Its not going to matter to anybody except the Professional Obama Haters who don't like him already. Comments he made in 1900 going to matter to most people in 2012.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  99. Mshbush

    From Wikipedia:
    Critical Race Theory (CRT) is an academic discipline focused upon the application of critical theory to the intersection of race, law and power.
    Although no set of canonical doctrines or methodologies defines CRT, the movement is loosely unified by two common areas of inquiry. First, CRT has analyzed the way in which white supremacy and racial power are reproduced over time, and in particular, the role that law plays in this process. Second, CRT work has investigated the possibility of transforming the relationship between law and racial power, and more broadly, the possibility of achieving racial emancipation and anti-subordination.[1]
    Appearing in US law schools in the mid- to late 1980s, Critical Race Theory inherited many of its political and intellectual commitments from civil rights scholarship and Critical Legal Studies, even as the movement departed significantly from both. Scholars like Derrick Bell applauded the focus of civil rights scholarship on race, but were deeply critical of civil rights scholars' commitment to colorblindness and their focus on intentional discrimination, rather than a broader focus on the conditions of racial inequality.[2] Likewise, scholars like Patricia Williams, Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw and Mari Matsuda embraced the focus on the reproduction of hierarchy in Critical Legal Studies, but criticized CLS scholars for failing to focus on racial domination and on the particular sources of racial oppression.[3]

    March 8, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  100. Manny O.

    Back on topic people. The whole point is we should've had this discussion in the 2008 primary. Sure, an edited/voice over version may have been available but look at in context with his other associations. I don't know about you guys, but I'd like to know as much as I can about a person and the people they associate with before I vote for the.
    The entire Soledad piece with panel discussion is very entertaining/interesting. Check it out on (if you dare).

    March 8, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • Manny O.

      Sorry, forgot the word President at the end of the first paragraph.

      March 8, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  101. Jonathan Gramling

    This is so pitiful. One disadvantage for Prersident Obama is that he can't pull out any "smoking guns" about the Republican candidates' radical connections because they themselves are the radicals. The only thing that would be more radical is if someone showed Santorum was a member of the KKK. The Republicans don't have to associate with anyone to prove how radicaql they are.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  102. OBAMA MUST GO!!!!!!!!


    March 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • Ben

      I guess you are just at home with Rush. You give chicken litter a bad name.

      March 8, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
      • Johnny

        Chicken Litter? Yeah, that's what I thought you said...

        March 8, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  103. sueb

    The ultra-right Obama-haters are really reaching! This is lame.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  104. Ferdinand

    Why did you cut the interview?
    Because it made SOldedad look very bad, unprofessional and biased???
    By the way, which we read about critical race theory was straight from she really didn't know

    March 8, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  105. KatR

    It seems that the 'bombshell' contained in this video was that Obama gave a favorable introduction to a professor. And then he hugged the professor. And the professor was a radical. I guess the idiotic assumption is that if you support a radical you are anti-American. My God.....wasn't this great country created by a bunch of radicals?????????

    March 8, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • Mills

      Oh please, the dems do this all the time, too! Remember, Mr. Rick Perry owned land....a lot of land...that he hunted on....some jerko wrote offensive stuff on a rock....let's pin this on Rick...Limbaugh says disgusting words about an adult female, he MUST pay....Bill Maher says even WORSE stuff of several adult one cares...he's only a comedian, right? Get over your simplistic assumptions that only one party is an evil-doer.

      March 8, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • Bob

      This country was created by Radical Liberals.

      It is being destroyed by right wing lies.

      March 8, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
      • KatR


        March 8, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
    • jerry

      just to call this man a radical don't even cut it and you should know that...he is/was a marxist and a racist...and an American hater. Now if Romney were associated with this ilk the media and fools like you would be all over it... You fool no one but your ignorant self.

      March 8, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
      • The REAL Truth

        Jerry – he was a freakin' civil rights ACTIVIST. Nothing more. It's was pretty common to use that approach. I could name half a dozen others that in this day and age would get a "shrug" when referenced in most circles.
        We still have some of them running around, showing up at anything that even resembles a racist opportunity, trying to feather their own political capital, public stature, bank accts and TV face time. Yawn.. what's the big deal?

        March 8, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
      • jean2009

        What's wrong with you jerky, did you miss the civil rights movement? What is your excuse it happened during your Klan meetings? Being for racial equality and diversity of educators at a major university is sensible, and definitely not a sin. People who want equality and diversity are NOT Marxist , but people who have a serious problem with diversity and equal rights for everyone are fascist. Sort of a chip off the ol' Hitler block.

        March 9, 2012 at 10:43 am |
  106. c

    Indifference will destroy this country. Obama is not the answer, Democrats. Please he must go. His motives have been so obvious and it is incredulous that the media fawns over this no body. Lets face it, he was as nobody as Palin was yet she was publicly crucified while he got a free pass. He allowed his handlers to create a false bigotry and you all bought it. This America had come so far in the way of race relations. Now Obama has set us back decades. Granted there is still a small element of prejudice in this country however, it is getting so unfairly ugly out there. A white person cannot even balk at Obamas policies without being called a racist. What gives? We were not like this before. Wake up fools

    March 8, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • KatR

      I am a politically unaffilated white voter and I do not agree that anti-Obama rhetoric is about his race. It's about his ideas for governing. He ran on a platform of change. I know personally that change is difficult for many people. Our status in the world took a nosedive under the policies of Obama's predecessor. In 3 short years he has changed the world's perspective of America from one of disgust back to one of respect....the kind of respect we had after WWII under GOP president Eisenhower. That kind of Republican apparently no longer exists. They have been replaced by a political party that is fractured. It's a shame that the Republicans of today oppose all the governing ideas of our current president. It's not about the president's race. It's about power.

      March 8, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
      • MaryM

        Thank you Kat, you are sooooo correct.

        March 8, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
    • The REAL Truth

      You had me with the intelligent comment until the 'Wake up fools" bit. This is precisely why you get the type of response that you do. Obama's policies – enacted in conjunction with the now majority GOP House BTW (don't let a little truth get in the way of the bigotry) – are slowly beginning to work. There are TWO economic models when faced with a Depression – the one that Dubya's legacy left us.
      #1 – cut costs and face a Depression the likes of 1930 that took over 10 years to recover from:
      " In the U.S., recovery began in early 1933,[9] but the U.S. did not return to 1929 GNP for over a decade and still had an unemployment rate of about 15% in 1940, albeit down from the high of 25% in 1933."
      #2 – Spend your way out of a recession. Which is what we did. Roosevelt New Deal did essentially the same thing.
      History repeats... we can avoid that if we study it and learn from it. Apparently that has not happened recently.

      March 8, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • FLIndependent

      President Obama has in no way created the racism issue. This all started with the Tea Party right after Obama's inauguration. If you are too blind to see that or just can't admit it then I feel sorry for you. This President has been shown absolutely no respect from the Repubs/Tea Partiers and is has been disgraceful. I remember, as I'm sure others do as well, that when anything derogatory was said about Bush, the righties would say that was treasonous and that we were in two wars and should back our president, yada, yada. When has the right EVER said that about this President – hasn't happened. So, please don't blame Obama for the discourse in this country – I believe his election has only brought to light how backward this country still is in the year 2012 and it is very embarrassing to say the least.

      March 8, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  107. Obamawins

    The timing of Hannity showing this old news video is transparent. It was the best he could do to create a feeble attempt to draw attention away from Rush's self imposed predicament. I watched Hannity last night, It was lame, really lame what he was desperate to try to pull out of the ozone.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  108. JDinTexas

    Wow this really is a bombshell. Obama, while a student at Harvard, introduced a Harvard professor to a crowd who had evidently come to hear the Harvard professor speak. Man that really shows..........uh, uhm, what? Nothing.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
    • stan

      Not to delusional people out to see what has been indoctrinated by the s cu m bags of FIX.

      March 8, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  109. Johnny

    I have to say, this had to be the most embarrassing moment for Soledad O'brien and Jay Thomas I've ever seen in my life. Completely outgunned intellectually. It's painfully obvious that this network will do whatever they can to protect their guy. She is just an uninformed idiot. CNN just dropped even Lower, if that's even possible.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  110. Wylie-Mike

    Yes. Please Google CRT (Critical Race Theory). Joel is correct.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  111. KL

    This is why CNN's ratings are in the crapper. BIAS. Journalism at CNN is dead.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  112. daniel

    "Granted there is still a small element of prejudice in this country however,'........... i know of at least five people, off the top of my head, that have stated to me they don't like obama because he is black. i live in that" librul" paridise called california, so do't tell me thare is a small element of racism here. i'm 55 and have seen it through out my life. i know what it is when i see it. don't insult my intelligence any more with telling me the hate for this president has little to do with race.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  113. Wylie-Mike

    Soledad was beside her self in trying squelch the facts and in redefining CRT.
    She wasn't there as someone to get the news story but to kill one.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
    • stan

      No story to kill. None. Zip. Zero.

      March 8, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
      • Wylie-Mike

        Everything is fine ... Everything is fine ... Everything is fine ... Everything is fine ...

        March 8, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
    • Bob

      She slapped down a lying tool.

      GOOD WORK, Soledad!

      March 8, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
      • Wylie-Mike

        Then she has better slap down the internet hits that support Joel's assertions.

        March 8, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • KeninTexas

      I listened to the interview this morning about these videos and found it was very biased. Soledad O'Brien exhibits an attitude that borders on arrogance. She continuously interrupts her guests and interjects little snide comments. I thought it was poor journalism. I would expect better from a professional news organization. And she makes no attempt to hide her obvious partially for President Obama.

      March 8, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  114. Morph

    This guy is totally wrong because i just looked it up and it's this : Critical Race Theory (CRT) is an academic discipline focused upon the intersection of race, law and power.

    Although no set of canonical doctrines or methodologies defines CRT, the movement is loosely unified by two common areas of inquiry. First, CRT has analyzed the way in which racial hierarchies are reproduced over time, and in particular, the role that law plays in this process. Second, CRT work has investigated the possibility of transforming the relationship between law and racial power, and more broadly, the possibility of achieving racial emancipation and anti-subordination.[

    March 8, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  115. jerry

    LISTEN! There was plenty of information out on obama...his books included, to make those who can read aware of who he is. Fact is little of this was in the BIG media so most voters paid little attention. These leftist depend on your ignorance and laziness because an informed and educated American would never vote for a radical marxist/racist like they use your media against you for power and influence. obama is who he appears to be...a cold eyed narcissistic American hater. Three more years of obama will put American into a slump(economic and moral) that will take a generation to climb out of...and this is his goal....and YOU HAD BETTER GET IT! Resumes count...and honesty counts attention while you can and make a difference.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
    • Wylie-Mike

      Who wants to know? Especially when they're getting what they want from him. Even if they had all the facts they don't want their apple cart exposed for all the rotten apples in it.

      March 8, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
    • Carrie

      Really, that is just sad. It amazes me how some people believe Obama is this great Satan carrying on some nefarious plot to bring America down. He's not. Get over it. He's doing a good job.

      March 8, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
    • FLIndependent

      And President Bush LOVED America, right Jerry? Look what all of his love did for the country!! Get real.

      March 8, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  116. Peggy - TX

    "Obama as a law student introducing former Harvard Law Professor Derrick Bell." ... SO WHAT? When he was a young man, he introdunced a speaker and did so by giving this person some underserved praise asking and asked the Audince to listen .... what this does NOT infer is that President Obama embracessed every word spoken by Bell. Is all the GOP has ... it ant nothin... looooooosers.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
    • Wylie-Mike

      His indoctrination was apparently successful.

      March 8, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  117. Davis

    I love it when the idiot right wing T-Baggers waste time in energy on stupid things like this...Have fun keep entertaining yourself...keeps you out of the way of people trying to actually make real progress. Now all you need to do is get some T-Bagger in Congress to do a investigation on the POTUS Harvard days or maybe have Romney use some of that wealth he has to hire an investigation team to look at this...I am sure Gingrich and Rick Satan would be more than happy to chip in some funds. You guys make it so easy. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012 it's a rap. Thanks to you guys.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  118. Dan5404

    A tape from many years ago in which a black student leader spoke on behalf of a professor who was rightfully protesting discrimination in hiring at a major university? Looked pretty tame to me, and a good speech with no teleprompter.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  119. Carrie

    So, there's footage of Barack Obama introducing a former Harvard Law Professor who was a "bit of a firebrand"? Yawn. Who gives a sh*t?

    March 8, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  120. chill

    Given Breitbart's lack of acquaintance with facts and the truth, I wouldn't worry about anything he released. And this so-called smoking gun was a video of a Harvard student introducing a Harvard faculty memebr for a speech? Wow, what a revelation!

    March 8, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  121. MaryM

    If this video was such a "bombshell" Why has it been online since 2008 for all to see??? huh
    More **** for the ******* breitbarts ghost. More Nothing

    March 8, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
    • Wylie-Mike

      Who was looking or doing their research?
      The mainstream media should have been promoting this as one of Obama's strengths back in 2008.

      March 8, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
      • MaryM

        lol, really? you dont think all the "good ol boys" did their research back in 2007/2008? lol

        March 8, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
      • The REAL Truth

        really? Give me an instance of where mainstream media's Faux news "should have been promoting this as one of Obama's strengths back in 2008".
        Are you saying that Faux is not mainstream media?

        March 8, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
      • Ben

        @The REAL Truth, notting here to promote. Why should the main stream media waste their time on a tape like this that is not news worthy. If the main stream media's goal in 2007/2008 was to show how eloquent a speaker young Obama was, then you can question their motives. In this case, absolutely notting to show. One have to be insane to see something wrong in this tape.
        It is obvious that this is trying to distract people from Rush 's foot in his mouth. It will not work. Republican war against women have been exposed for what it is-fraud.

        March 9, 2012 at 12:45 am |
  122. Davis

    Since you most of you seem to speak w/o reading..(you know only Snobs actually think education is a good thing) It is a THEORY which most institute for higher learning understand to promote deeper thought provoking topics you have to push the norms and encourage research and learning...Anyway, here is a summary of CRT:
    Critical race theory is a way of looking at race relations, particularly within the United States, in a broader context than the traditional civil rights approach. The theory began sometime in the mid-1970s, as a number of people in the legal profession began to worry about the slow rate at which laws were changing to promote racial equality. These legal professionals also worried that many of the early victories of the civil rights movement were already eroding.

    Learning to look critically at race relations is a key part of critical race theory. Examining everyday interactions, and finding the racial component in them, can help move the racial equality cause forward perhaps more than a sometimes simplistic "color blind" approach. Looking carefully at what sociologists call micro-aggressions can help to see the true extent of racism in the United States, and through critical analysis, it is hoped people can begin to work past it.

    To better understand the theory, we can consider a scenario where two people pass one another while walking down a street and the first person smiles at the second. Let us imagine that the second person either smiles in response as they pass, or stares down at the pavement and shuffles past. In the case where the second participant shuffles by uncomfortably, our first instinct may be to imagine that they are simply unfriendly, or have had a bad day. Now what if the first participant is a person of color, and second is white? We will probably be wary of some form of racist micro-aggression. What if both participants are people of color? What if the first participant is white, and the second is black? In each of these situations our understanding of the society's race relations may be more nuanced than under a traditional approach.

    Although critical race theory began within the legal profession — and legal professor Derrick Bell, easily the most important thinker within the movement — it has since spread to many other disciplines. Educators may find critical race theory very important to their understanding of classroom dynamics, academic testing, and curriculum bias. People involved in the political sphere may find critical race theory useful in understand voting discrepancies, race-based campaigning, and other issues.

    One of the more interesting recent developments in critical race theory is a questioning of the normative acceptance of "whiteness." Critical race theory looks at such things as how certain groups — the Irish, for example — began as an "othered" category, before "becoming" white. It looks at how racial pride in being white can manifest in acceptable ways, and how it can manifest as white superiority. Additionally, it may consider what whites can legitimately do to assist the critical examination of race, without abusing their position of power.

    Critical race theory is a fascinating, constantly evolving field. One of the most well-known experts in this field is Richard Delgado, author of several books including Critical Race Theory: An Introduction with Jean Stefancic. Other thinkers and devoted activists have dedicated themselves to the cause of a better understanding of race and its role in our society. Although the problems faced are truly monumental, fields such as critical race theory offer hope to realizing a more equitable world

    March 8, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  123. Ed


    March 8, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  124. Learn to Fish

    Watch the whole interview on Breitbart's website, the snipit attached to this article is only a small portion.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  125. Donkey Party

    He video has been around since it was recorded in the 90's and has been aired on numerous occasions. Derrick Bell will be remembered for his contributions he made in provoking thoughtfulness, and Breitbart, if he's even remembered, will be for provoking thoughtlessness.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  126. Donkey Party

    That's "The" video, not "He" video. Damn Blackberry.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  127. JeffMarks

    Hey, say what you want about Presidents' mysterious and hidden past, and say what you want about the late Andrew Breitbart, but after listening to this pathetic "interview" by Solodad O'Brien and her inability to hide her bias, you really need a JACKHAMMER to pry her lips off of Obama's rear end!

    March 8, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  128. Donkey Party

    Ben –

    They also didn't pay for the Bush tax cuts either. Add another trillion +.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  129. KeninTexas

    From what I saw of these videos, there doesn't appear to be any smoking guns in them. The only thing interesting about them is how Obama sounded then exactly like he does now. So why are all of the Libs circling the wagons and going on the attack? I listened to the interview this morning about these videos and found it was very biased. Soledad O'Brien exhibits an attitude that borders on arrogance. She continuously interrupts her guests and interjects little snide comments. I thought it was poor journalism. I would expect better from a professional news organization. And she makes no attempt to hide her obvious partially for President Obama.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • Ben

      Because her guest was lieing. She had to point out the obvious. When the republicans are at FOX News, all they do is lie without interruption. Thanks to a journalist who have the courage to say wait a minute. You are spilling a bunch of garbage. Since when does exposing the truth becomes a problem? Good job Soledad.

      March 9, 2012 at 12:57 am |
  130. KeninTexas

    From what I saw of these videos, there doesn't appear to be any smoking guns in them. The only thing interesting about them is how Obama sounded then exactly like he does now. So why are all of the Libs circling the wagons and going on the attack? I listened to the interview this morning about these videos and found it was very biased. Soledad O'Brien exhibits an attitude that borders on arro.gance. She continuously interrupts her guests and interjects little comments. I thought it was po.or journalism. I would expect better from a professional news organization. And she makes no attempt to hide her obvious partially for President Obama.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  131. Sue, Vienna, VA

    This guy is a jerk. I listened to his interview with Soledad O'Brien and she ran circles around him! It was great ! Perhaps his aspiration is to replace Breitbart now that he's dead. Whatever he aspires to, he'll never cut it. Anyone who thinks Breitbart's "bombshell" is a bomb shell at all doesn't get it! Read what KatR said. She understands. The GOP of old doesn't exist. This new "party" is positively scarily dumb!

    March 8, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  132. KeninTexas

    From what I saw of these videos, there doesn't appear to be any smoking guns in them. The only thing interesting about them is how Obama sounded then exactly like he does now. So why are all of the Libs circling the wagons and going on the attack?

    March 8, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  133. KeninTexas

    From what I saw of these videos, there doesn't appear to be any smoking guns in them. The only thing interesting about them is how Obama sounded then exactly like he does now. So why are all of the Libs circling the wagons and going on the attack? I listened to the interview this morning about these videos and found it was very biased. Soledad O'Brien exhibits an attitude that borders on arrogance. She continuously interrupts her guests and interjects little snide comments. I thought it was poor journalism. I would expect better from a professional news organization. And she makes no attempt to hide her obvious partially for President Obama.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  134. george of the jungle

    give me a break. Have you seen the video ? What a Joke!. Repos are so desperate.If this is the big scandel God bless the president. Apparently he has higher morals than most of the repo clowns. Obam 2012

    March 8, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
    • jerry

      you are so ignorant and not ashamed to show it either.

      March 8, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
      • The REAL Truth

        Quod Erat Demonstrandum

        Jerry.. that's Latin for what has proven itself.. IOW – look in the mirror 🙁

        March 8, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
  135. Joey

    Obama sets new record for debt yet again with feb numbers, plus Gallup says unemployment rate is now 9.1%. Are we going to be told that this summer is another "summer of recovery"? Looks like the Senate may pass the keystone pipeline and go over Obama's head. CNN of course, won't report any of this.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
    • FLIndependent

      Oops, Senate DID NOT pass the Keystone Pipeline – thank goodness. Also, Gallup's numbers never seem in line with all others.

      March 8, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  136. NoneyaBiz

    No. 4: Extend child tax credits and marriage-penalty fixes
    No. 16: Increase minority access to capital
    No. 33: Establish a credit card bill of rights
    No. 36: Expand loan programs for small businesses
    No. 37: Extend the Bush tax cuts for lower incomes
    No. 38: Extend the Bush tax cuts for those making less than $250,000 (couples) or $200,000 (single)
    No. 48: Close the “doughnut hole” in Medicare prescription drug plan
    No. 51: Require insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions
    No. 53: Give tax credits to those who need help to pay health premiums
    No. 55: Require large employers to contribute to a national health plan
    No. 56: Require children to have health insurance coverage
    No. 57: Expand eligibility for Medicaid
    No. 58: Expand eligibility for State Children’s Health Insurance Fund (SCHIP)
    No. 63: Require health plans to disclose how much of the premium goes to patient care
    No. 65: Establish an independent health institute to provide accurate and objective information
    No. 69: In non-competitive markets, force insurers to pay out a reasonable share of their premiums for patient care
    No. 70: Eliminate the higher subsidies to Medicare Advantage plans
    No. 93: Reinstate executive order to hire an additional 100,000 federal employees with disabilities within five years.
    No. 105: Increase the Veterans Administration budget to recruit and retain more mental health
    No. 109: Fully fund the Veterans Administration
    No. 113: Expand the Veterans Administration’s number of “centers of excellence” in specialty care
    No. 121: Fully fund the Violence Against Women Act
    No. 125: Direct military leaders to end war in Iraq
    No. 126: Begin removing combat brigades from Iraq
    No. 132: No permanent bases in Iraq
    No. 161: End the abuse of supplemental budgets for war
    No. 167: Make U.S. military aid to Pakistan conditional on anti-terror efforts
    No. 172: Open “America Houses” in Islamic cities around the globe
    No. 182: Allocate Homeland Security funding according to risk
    No. 195: Seek verifiable reductions in nuclear stockpiles
    No. 196: Extend monitoring and verification provisions of the START I Treaty
    No. 197: Stand down nuclear forces to be reduced under the Moscow Treaty
    No. 215: Create a rapid response fund for emerging democracies
    No. 222: Grant Americans unrestricted rights to visit family and send money to Cuba
    No. 225: Establish an Energy Partnership for the Americas
    No. 229: Expand the Nurse-Family Partnership to all low-income, first-time mothers
    No. 239: Release presidential records
    No. 241: Require new hires to sign a form affirming their hiring was not due to political affiliation or contributions.
    No. 244: Provide affordable, high-quality child care
    No. 247: Recruit math and science degree graduates to the teaching profession
    No. 259: Reduce subsidies to private student lenders and protect student borrowers
    No. 269: Increase funding for national parks and forests
    No. 275: Expand Pell grants for low-income students
    No. 290: Push for enactment of Matthew Shepard Act, which expands hate crime law to include sexual orientation and other factors
    No. 293: Repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy
    No. 315: Establish ‘Promise Neighborhoods’ for areas of concentrated poverty
    No. 359: Rebuild schools in New Orleans
    No. 371: Fund a major expansion of AmeriCorps
    No. 411: Work to overturn Ledbetter vs. Goodyear
    No. 422: Create new financial regulations
    No. 427: Ban lobbyist gifts to executive employees
    No. 433: Sign a “universal” health care bill
    No. 435: Create new criminal penalties for mortgage fraud
    No. 449: Raise fuel economy standards
    No. 458: Invest in all types of alternative energy
    No. 483: Invest in public transportation
    No. 495: Double federal spending for research on clean fuels
    No. 500: Increase funding for the Environmental Protection Agency
    No. 507: Extend unemployment insurance benefits and temporarily suspend taxes on these benefits
    No. 513: Reverse restrictions on stem cell research

    March 8, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  137. FLIndependent

    All this nonsense about President Obama not being vetted is just crazy talk. If there was anything sinister about Obama do you honestly think he would have become President? If that is the case, then the country's problems are much bigger than Obama – that would mean our entire government is in on it! Please think people – there was the McCain camp, the Clinton camp, the RNC, the CIA, the FBI, and the Bush Administration to vet Obama. Stop with all the nonsense!!

    March 8, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
    • jerry

      if obama were a republican...what do you think the media and idiots like you would have done with all this marxist racist ranting? They were all over President Bush his driving record and academic records...his military service and on and on...obama has a forged selective service card and an obviously forged birth cert and he can slide....and he seals every health and academic record he can...and you are ok with all this? Are you nuts?

      March 8, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
      • Bob

        "obama has a forged selective service card and an obviously forged birth cert "


        You can't fix stupid, all you can do is point and laugh.....

        March 8, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
      • Blizzardo

        ...its nonsense like that Bob that has the country quietly moving away from the GOP like the crazy person at the party

        thank you, keep up the fine work!!

        March 8, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
      • Get Real

        Jerry – this is your new Mantra. Repeat it over and over until you gain enlightenment...

        Ahm Wee Todd Did
        Ahm Sofa King Wee Todd Did

        March 8, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
      • FLIndependent

        Does it matter Jerry? Bush served his disastrous two terms, so what's your point?

        March 8, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
      • Ben

        Bob, I got one better for you since you and your certified lunatics are at it. Secret-Obama is not even from earth. I held he is from Mars. His mother is not even from America-she is from a secrete planet. I am sure you can keep this under rap.
        Just imaging what people think of you when you try to deligitimize the president. The light comes on that you are one of those crazies.

        March 9, 2012 at 1:12 am |
      • jean2009

        You are a sad case of the elevator not going to the top floor. Why would a sensible educated person like President Obama want to be a right-wing fascist idiot like you?

        March 9, 2012 at 11:07 am |
    • livingston1

      FLIndependent – Well, there is your problem. Your asking for rational, logical thought from people who's thoughts are so clouded by hate that they can't see anything but what has been spoon fed to them by like thinking people who believe in conspiracies. Tell them what they want to believe and they will follow you off a cliff.

      March 8, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  138. Scriptfoo

    Hanging out with radicals makes you a radical, going to church makes you a Christian, sitting in a garage makes you a car, hugging a ho mos exual makes you g ay, listening to Rush makes you smoke cigars. /sarcasm. Anyone who watches the video in its entirety will know that the context is not as inflammatory as A.Brietbart would have wanted you to believe.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  139. Blizzardo

    Even the very best accusations the GOP and their fans parrot over and over only manage to paint a picture of how desperate the right is.
    The ones they've managed to persuade find comfort in these baseless fairy tales but unfortunately most of us are still sticklers for actual reality.

    These are the same hysterics we listened to when Clinton was in office... turns out Americans view his run as pretty successful.

    In between then and now the right had their chance and we suffered through one of the worst presidencies in modern times.
    The right admits that now but at the time they defended Bush as ferociously as they are attacking Obama ...and they think they still have integrity?

    March 8, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • FLIndependent

      You're absolutely right. I remember before Clinton was elected one of my far right relatives said we needed to beware because Clinton was a Socialist! They never give up!!

      March 8, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • daniel

      the rightwingers like to wrap themselves in a flag and scream patriotism. they did that through 8 years of the bush administation. anyone that spoke out against the republican policies, jammed down our throats by the republicans owning every facet of government, including the supreme court for six years, was labaled unamerican. the rightwing spent eight years going after clinton and his family. gringich going after clinton for doing the same thing he was doing. the rightwing had six years to pass anything they wanted and they did. those policies led to destroying not only our economy but the world economy. we are paying for those policies now and will be for decades.

      March 8, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
  140. lesley g

    Really....a "bombshell", scary....NOT. Better keep digging this is so desperate.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  141. Hmmm

    For most, this is much ado about nothing. For those who claimed President Obama was "unelectable" four years ago, this is yet another keepsake in their treasury of Obama "scandals."

    March 8, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  142. Blizzardo

    This cycle of meaningless allegations and the fans of the right eating it up has only helped to contribute to a sad story about the collapse of one of our two major parties. They used to be something before they sold themselves out. Many of their followers are in denial or its gone over their heads.
    Think of how pathetic the left would look if they were up in arms because Bush's grandfather may have stolen Geronimo's skull, and the top pundits on the left, in the mainstream news and otherwise started parroting this story...
    ...thats how sad the right looks right now. Hope that helps some of you.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  143. mike

    LOL!!!! every news organization is calling this the biggest dud ever!!!! poor right wing nuts jumping up and down screaming " why wont anyone pay attention to us?" hilarious!!!!! Im sure its a big hit on FAUX NEWS.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  144. mike

    "Can I say something as a white person?" Thomas asked Pollak. "What are you frightened of? Are you frightened that some black people are going to do something to you? ... What do you think Barack Obama's going to do? Is there a secret black movement that's going to start killing white people?"

    Journalists took to Twitter to poke fun at the controversy. "Breitbart's CPAC speech = Lana Del Ray's 'Video Games' video," Slate's Dave Weigel wrote on Twitter. "Actual Obama tape = Lana Del Ray on 'SNL.'"

    March 8, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  145. George

    Derrick Bell wrote a story: In “The Space Traders,“ aliens arrive and offer the United States ”enough gold to retire the national debt, a magic chemical that will cleanse America’s polluted skies and waters, and a limitless source of safe energy to replace our dwindling reserves.” The U.S. just has to give the aliens one thing in return: all of our black people. (Bet you can't guess the ending)

    March 8, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  146. Paula

    O'Brien's contention that CRT is not about white supremacy is completely wrong. Her challenge to Google it brings up quite a number of articles that indicate, in fact, that white supremacy & white privilege is at the heart of CRT. So either she's in denial, is intentionally trying to mislead or is misinformed herself.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  147. dontbow

    Hilarious to see soledud defend obama like her own dad. She is such a liberal tool i wish she would just take her stuckup self off the air because i want to puke when i hear or see her. Anything negative about obamya they immediately dismiss as untrue. cnn, why don't you take an objective look at obama sometime? are you afraid fo the truth? soledud you need to go back to school.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
    • The REAL Truth

      Perhaps you should take an objective look at Obama and the clowns the GOP is offering up as an alternative! Its really sad that the mud-slinging right can't come up with something more constructive than labels. Not an ounce of perspective among you.

      March 8, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
      • mike

        she made him look like an idiot. Hilarious!!!!!

        March 8, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
      • WhatEver

        Dude, she is getting the answers in her ear piece.

        March 8, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
    • Bob

      She gave that lying tool the bitchslapping he deserved.

      March 8, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
    • daniel

      she is probably just like the rest of us sane people, tired of the4 year long witch hunt put on by the rightwing. she should have done us all a favor and slapped those two fools. after four years of torturing this man and his family, this is what these rightwingnuts have to offer as proof. its time for real americans to stand up and put a stop to this. imagine where this country would be if the rebulicans main agenda wasn't to make president obama "a one term president". he has not even been given a chance by the rightwing. they have been fighting him before he ever took office.

      March 8, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
  148. Greek369

    Obama encouragingly said, "Open your hearts and minds" in reference to Harvard Law Professor Derrick Bell, who is considered to be the "Jeremiah Wright of academia." In fact, Obama embraces Derrick Bell at the introduction like long time old friends.

    Now, notice how the CNN video zooms into Caucasians behind a window on the second floor and as the camera zooms out, only African Americans are attending the speech. However, in their own words, media is calling Derrick Bell the "Jeremiah Wright of academia".

    All those who are not familiar with "Jeremiah Wright" should watch some of the youtube videos of this racist minister who in church discusses and promotes racism and a socialistic agenda among blacks in America.

    Today in California, news is talking about $1.8M in welfare funds being taken from ATM machines located in Casino's. In addition, when California over committed payments to welfare recipients, employees in California had to call them and suggest they move to Oklahoma where these funds are available. One recipient said, "I can move, my mother, my daughter and I are all on welfare".

    This is the U.S.A. American liberals have created. Its nice to have feel good policies but not on the backs of people (US Citizens) who want to work for the benefit of lazy people and immigrants who "refuse to work" for a living.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
  149. Frihoffa

    This is the bombshell? Really? It must be disappointing when you build up the drama claiming you have bombshells and your audience asks, is that it?

    To tell you the truth, I'm embarrassed for Breitbart's supporters. These people are no different than the birthers, grasping at straws. Breitbart wasted his last days with nonsense that is going nowhere.

    March 8, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
  150. the dude

    Just to put this into perspective, the controversy here is not the tape, but that someone is vetting Obama. The tone and the rhetoric is defensive and deflective. Obviously, there is more to the POTUS than CNN wants you to know. Now im interested in the rest of the tapes.

    March 8, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
  151. Attila, The Hun

    Breitbart is dead because God punished him.

    March 8, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
  152. Alyssa

    So has anyone here actually gone to look up the details of Critical Race Theory? I've been studying it as part of my masters program and this guy has NO CLUE what he is talking about. In fact, CRT has been utilized in cases of sexism, classism, and a whole host of other things. Everyone is so quick to throw their political opinion in about Obama or Breitbart when in reality the ridiculous aspect of what happened this morning is the exchange between Pollack and Soeldad. Pollack's arrogance is palpable when he talks about "The Vetting" – please. The video means nothing because it is simply a law student giving an introduction to a law professor who developed a theory that is still widely used and studied today. It is not "radical" in any way shape or form.

    March 8, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
  153. Alex Stevens

    Obama believes in Black Theology...fact. The media hid it and now it's exposed. No one cares.

    March 8, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
  154. Clean house

    I don't know why people feel compelled to side with either one of these ridiculous parties. All politicians, regardless of party affiliation, are liars. They all promise things they cannot deliver. They all berate each other. They all demonstrate more concern over getting elected than they do for the American people. Do any of you honestly believe that either of these grossly polarized parties has a solution to the issues facing this country? The only problem with this country is the group of idiots running it. It's high time big government take a back seat and listen to the people.

    March 8, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
  155. EZZard raye

    Wow, I watched the Soledad Obrien interview with the EIC from Breitbart and I must say I was surprised. In my opinion, Soledad is a bitter, somewhat ignorant, Kool-Aid drinking insecure liberal! Usually when someone becomes enraged like that it is because they feel threatened. I think she is sooooooo upset because she may actually (unlike most stooopid liberals) understand the true ramifications of this new vetting process of obama. This 1st video wasnt meant to be a "bombshell". Its the beginning of the long awaited, much needed vetting process of our current, corrupt, possibly ineligible president. Even you stoopid liberals, those of you that would vote for obama if he walked up to you and slapped you on the back of the head for being ignorant, even you know that the liberal press is to weak and biased to report factual evidence concerning obama. You would not deny that, you would just resort to the typical liberal antics of "nanner, nanner, nanner, I know you are but what am I". Its ridiculous. Look for example at the dialogue above between Howard and Derrick. Howard listed no less than 24 actions put into place by obama and what was Derricks reply?????? He said..."thats all you have"??? So typically ignorant! Most, not all, but "most" liberals are hypocritical, condescending, lying, immature, bitter, fruitless beings. What a pity. How does anyone have the ability to totally disregard objective truth's? What do you do when its quiet? I know people like this. They can never allow themselves to slow down and listen to their inner voice. ( I can hear it now, all the stoopid comments about hearing voices) They have to have the music playing, or they have to constantly be reading something, or talking to or about someone, whatever it takes to avoid the God given ability to sit still and discern truth. Thats caused by bitterness and hatred, pride and selfishness. To Charlotte... ACORN was NEVER totally or even slightly exonerated. The only fraud in the scandal was PROVEN to be on the side of ACORN. This is a perfect example of what is wrong. Someone will read that comment by Charlotte and jump on board the wagon loaded with totally inaccurate and false information only because it SOUNDS strong and supports their side. Very few are willing to do their own research and determine the truth. Its such a shame. You are my FELLOW AMERICAN! We should walk forward together...IN TRUTH! Ask yourself this...what could have caused such division in America?

    March 8, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
    • Tom K. from Los Angeles

      Totally agree!!

      March 8, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
    • Jazzy

      Yep...agree here too!

      March 8, 2012 at 11:18 pm |
    • Ben

      All she showed was that she does not work at FOX -Lies. She had the courage to exposed this man's lies. Because of her stand for the truth, America saw what the republican party have degenerated into.- an irresponsibly party that will do anything to get back in power.

      March 9, 2012 at 1:30 am |
    • FLIndependent

      I just have to ask, as a white woman, what are all you white Repubs afraid of? What is Obama going to do to you? What has he done in the past 3 years that has hurt you in any way? You are afraid of a man that isn't even African-American but mulatto, has many white people working in his administration, not to mention the VP and Secretary of State. Do you people think rationally at all?

      March 9, 2012 at 10:22 am |
  156. MaryM

    Breitbarts ghost and his followers look like fools again. surprise, surprise

    March 8, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
    • kat26

      It was Soledad who looked like the fool!

      March 8, 2012 at 10:21 pm |
    • lou

      watch the whole video

      you sheeple that watch CNN are the fools

      March 8, 2012 at 11:59 pm |
    • MaryM

      Breitbarts fools army. Just another "joke" bombshell.
      just keep talking GOP, just keep talking lol

      March 9, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
  157. ...a laurel and hardy handshake.......


    March 8, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
  158. Tom in the Great NW.


    March 8, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
  159. Tom K. from Los Angeles

    Ever notice that we never had that many protests prior to the Obama administration, unless that is, you go back to the '60's. The President is waging a class-warfare and a race warfare. Look at the video. He is encouraging people to protest and to "occupy." He needs to focus on the economy, but refuses to deal with real issues and get off this radical, leftist agenda. Remember, if you want to attack the "Rich," know the President is himself a millionaire and many of his supporters are too. If you want real change, vote him out and find someone less mysterious. By the way, with his low college grades at Occidental College, how did he get into Columbia and then into Harvard? No one ever reports that, especially Soldad, because she lives by a double-standard. Her reporting is quite vengeful. Sad she comes off as a reverse-racist.

    March 8, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
    • Frihoffa

      Keep grasping at straws. I hope you're aware this whole strategy of painting Obama as an unknown radical has failed. Didn't work too well for McCain. It had a better chance before he was president when people weren't as familiar with him. But currently, the American people have a better idea of who he is and the claims by the McCain camp have been shown to be erroneous. Keep looking for his report cards to disprove his intelligence and keep trying to find flaws with his birth certificate. You're only wasting your own time like Breitbart wasted his last days with this tape. I'm embarrassed for you guys.

      March 8, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
      • notsurprised

        All of your points are useless. You and many others made a blind, misguided vote and are now trying to justify it. Obama BS'd a lot of people, but those of us who did not buy it can feel good about our decision. Not many of his 2008 supporters will admit that they made a mistake. In 2008, many of the votes that got him elected were cast for no other reason than his color. That's not a racial statement, it's a simple fact. 95% of blacks voted, many of those, first time/younger voters. Historical numbers. I'm sure they ALL voted for him cause they believed in his grand policies for change. Not likely at all. And being that pop-culture was then, and is now, dominated by minority entertainers, which the bulk of younger voters (white/black, male/female)would side with. As for the Latino/Hispanic vote, they sided with the candidate most like to give Amnesty to illegal immigrants. Which was a hot topic at the time. Not so much since Obama is now in office. He got what he needed from them, their vote. I find it interesting that Obama appears to have no interest in certain issues unless they benefit his political career. I'm sure some will call me a Rep. nut or whatever sounds clever. I'm an independent,but that's fine. Go ahead. You have your opinion, I have mine.

        March 8, 2012 at 11:25 pm |
  160. king sluggo

    Wow, CNN cuts the rest of the conversation out to save face-Poor Soly. O'Brien and the liberals behind her ear piece got owned (they even threw their trusty Bush smart bomb with no effect). Maybe O' Brien needs to quit her day job and jump right in to the BO campaign.

    Silly CNN. No longer news org. Lol.

    March 8, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
  161. David

    I could not believe that the most trusted name in news would have a person like Soledad O'Brien moderate. I found her combative slanted style unbecoming a journalist. All the other people on the panel were at least civil.

    March 8, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
  162. kat26

    Obama is lucky to have Soledad, and the rest of CNN advocating and covering his butt. I used to watch CNN, these days CNN is sickening–a bunch of Obama buttkissers with that idiot Soledad being the worst . What a fool she made of herself today–a meltdown!!

    March 8, 2012 at 10:19 pm |
  163. Richard

    Another shocking video that has obviously been edited. President Obama must be the only college student to gush while introducing a professor he admires. This is going to be like outing John Kerry's swift boat medal while serving in Vietnam while not mentioning that George Bush went AWOL during Vietnam.

    March 8, 2012 at 10:26 pm |
  164. Kiki

    You mean the first black editor of the Harvard Law Review knew the first black tenured professor at that same Law School? Shocking.

    March 8, 2012 at 10:42 pm |
  165. Sophie

    Ummm... did Soledad just read the first line from the Wikipedia article on CRT on the air? That's embarrassing. I'm not joking, she just repeats the first line of the Wikipedia article.

    I agree that this video isn't much of a bombshell, CRT is really popular in law schools right now. We studied it in our 14th Amendment class, too. However, that doesn't change the fact that this Pollack guy gives a slanted, but basically accurate account of CRT and all Soledad has is... a line from Wikipedia that says nothing more than the fact that CRT deals with "race, law and politics." That isn't really a description of the content of the theory, it just places the theory as interdisciplinary.

    The truth is that the founding CRT scholars didn't like the Civil Rights movement, as Pollack says. Not because they didn't want equality for blacks, but because they disliked the colorblindness theory that motivated the Civil Rights approach in the law. They wanted a race-conscious program that would disassemble white supremacy in society, not just in the law. They did actually see Civil Rights as something of a sham, as a way for the courts to throw black people a bone while ignoring continuing rampant societal inequality. I hope people can tell that I'm not trying to take a political stance here, these are just the facts of the matter.

    March 8, 2012 at 10:56 pm |
  166. Barry Seesu

    Good Job Jason. Way to hand her booty. Let the expsosure of thei radical begin.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:01 pm |
    • Barry Seesu

      radical* it's late.

      March 8, 2012 at 11:02 pm |
  167. Jazzy

    Soledad Obrien gets her definitions from Wikipedia. Ha ha

    March 8, 2012 at 11:16 pm |
  168. Jean

    Is the right really so frightened of ideas? Universities should be places where theories are developed, discussed, rejected or accepted. CRT looks at the place of race in the legal system. That's a vaild area of study. People in a free country, with freedom of speech, thought and association can do that. Anyone who claims it's wrong, or shocking, is either doing some dishonest mudslinging or doesn't believe in the freedoms a democracy enjoys.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:30 pm |
  169. DucDucGoose

    Solidad ...... total melt down...... unable to control her bias.... unable to vet a president or a candidate....

    March 8, 2012 at 11:42 pm |
  170. lou

    Here is a link to the whole video:

    Soledad completely screwed up so they chopped it short here on CNN watch the entire video if you want the truth.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:58 pm |
  171. Mark

    No smoke, no gun, no bombshell. Maybe this could be called the "smoker movement" like the the "birther movement."

    March 9, 2012 at 12:39 am |
  172. Ben

    Even in dealth, Breitbart still stink up the joint with is garbage. To think that this iswhat the republicans have become-a bunch of conspiracy theorist, is simply sad.

    March 9, 2012 at 1:35 am |
  173. kysh79

    What i love is when they pull out the old race card to try and discredit pollock . Asking if heis afraid of black people , he must be he married one . Cnn , we already have MSNBC , we dont need 2 . Try doing something new like being journalist. CNN = obamas gate keepers

    March 9, 2012 at 2:08 am |
  174. Tubman

    Well here just anotherway the GOP has no plans about creating jobs, CNN should waste anytime on this nosense. man where still need to more employment and all where doing is giving these clowns a stage. just don't pay them any attention We got better fish to fry

    March 9, 2012 at 4:47 am |
    • jack25

      The saying goes...'bigger fish to fry'. America's education is still a cumulative 8 grade +. In 2012. No wonder the republicans are giving America a run for the money. OBAMA 2012

      March 9, 2012 at 11:58 pm |
  175. s

    Who really cares, its all politics, shall we look into Breitbart passed, bet we would fine some preetty interesting things. he died, so as say what goes around comes around, he got his

    March 9, 2012 at 5:42 am |
  176. cashmeremafia

    Why isn't cause of death being announced?

    March 9, 2012 at 8:01 am |
  177. Roger

    Is this all you got? What a crock of BS by a self serving blogger. All the righty candidates should pull out of the race and let the real Mickey Mouse run.
    Re-elect Obama and turn the House in 2012.

    March 9, 2012 at 8:23 am |
  178. Name*Liz Carter

    Breitbart made himself the monster and loved it! You and the rest of conservative baffoons made him an even bigger monter by jumping on the bandwagon of demise and believing that trash. When most of it was found to be propaganda and untrue, you ALL including the few scary liberals who believed it felt like fools! I can paraphrase a biblical quote that is one of the answers to this sort of situation. 'Touch ye not even a strand of hair on the head of one of these my annointed'. That's what God said...I didn't! If you usually don't come to a good end. Furthermore, you don't know what Breitbart had to make amends to God for before he died or even if he did, yet you are out here still defending his divisive actions! The same as most of you do for Limbaugh. Oh but you're all quick to call the President divisive!!

    March 9, 2012 at 9:03 am |
  179. Dave

    Will the Republicant sillyness ever end? There is no there, there.

    March 9, 2012 at 9:20 am |
  180. FLIndependent

    just have to ask, as a white woman, what are all you white Repubs afraid of? What is Obama going to do to you? What has he done in the past 3 years that has hurt you in any way? You are afraid of a man that isn't even African-American but mulatto, has many white people working in his administration, not to mention the VP and Secretary of State. Do you people think rationally at all?

    March 9, 2012 at 10:24 am |
  181. mike

    So, a video of a know it all college student (weren't we all?) taken 30 years ago, spouting off about something he believes in is a bad thing? I thought that is why we all went to college in the first place...And how many of us still follow the same path and beliefs we did 30 years ago? Smoking gun? Is this the best the right has? A video that was already shown on PBS 4 years ago?

    OBAMA 2012

    March 9, 2012 at 10:29 am |
  182. 1st

    Since we were brought to this country we had to work for whatever we have today. Those that didn't even see us as equals YESTERDAY, corrupt the minds of their children with fear mongering against us minorities. We as a people did way more for America than we recieve credit for, we fought in all American wars, even when others made us fight for them cause they didn't want to. Since America's founding we as a people stayed PATRIOTIC. It's to late but we should have asked Breitbart, did Prescott Bush really fund Hitler. May the Lord Bless Breitbart and his family.

    March 9, 2012 at 11:05 am |
  183. peacefulwarrior

    If Breitbart was a "nutjob" and this video has no significance to Obama and his vetting for the presidency, why did Soledad get so upset? It would seem that Pollack did a good job of vetting Soledad, too.

    March 9, 2012 at 11:11 am |
    • jiminem

      Maybe stupidity upsets her?

      March 9, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
  184. Jazzy


    Please cite your source next time you try to define critical race theory. Plagiarism 101.

    March 9, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  185. ChillyJ

    I haven't watched CNN in a long time. After watching this interview it will be even longer. Soledad O'Brian was just plain pathetic and totally bias. CNN did you see this? One can only hope there are others on CNN that are more balanced.

    Obama got a total free pass in 2008 from the media, and CNN is doing it again. Things are not so good in America today: Obama has split the nation like no other in the US- America is one people regardless of party, unemployment is at 14.9%, gas prices are over $4, people can not find jobs, businesses and investors are holding back, entitlement spending is out of control, Obama has not been transparent, people do not trust the Obama administration- Obama has not been very good at being a President for ALL of America. This election let's vet Obama and the other Candidates and not let media outlets like CNN campaign for Obama . We need to decide on our own.

    from this interview CNN- "Campaigning for Obama no matter what...again".

    March 9, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
    • Melo-D

      I see, she is suppose to sit there and let that idiot spout his lies and say nothing even though she knows what he is saying is false. That's the whole freakin point of being a journalist, it's to get the facts to the people. I guess chilly is too used to Fox "news" just letting these loonies say whatever they want and the GOP minions believe every freakin word. Yep, go on back to Fox "news" because apparently you can't handle the truth.

      March 9, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
    • jack25

      OK then...OBAMA 2012 and I didn't even watch the program OK?

      March 10, 2012 at 12:01 am |
      • jack25

        Why do so many who hate themselves hate OBAMA?

        March 10, 2012 at 12:03 am |
  186. MaryM

    Just keep talking GOP, just keep talking lol
    The vidtio has been around since when it was recorded. And you know the "good ol boys" did the vetting and knew about this video before 2007.

    Another "joke" bombshell from the ghost of breitbart

    March 9, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
    • MaryM

      correction: The video has been around

      March 9, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
  187. Whodeybob

    As an independent I think both sides are out of their collective minds and fail to critically analyze the issues for what they are. The right should stop trying so hard to point out Obamas failures and the left should stop trying so hard to prove what a great job he's done. FACT is he hasn't done a good job at what he'd set out to do at all. He said he was going to bring the county together. We have never been more divided. I was buffaloed in 08'. I think I speak for mist independents when I say it won't happen again.

    March 9, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
  188. Jilli

    Joel Pollack – what an absolute embarrassment. A clownish representation of a pathetic organization. This video was broadcast prior to the 2008 election – there's nothing to hide. It's just another stunt by breitbart and his pathetic minions. The world is a better place today after their loss.

    March 9, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
  189. Melo-D

    The only thing this video demonstrates is how desperate the right is getting. They are making themselves look like bigger fools than they already are. And that's a pretty tough assignment.

    March 9, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
  190. Melo-D

    It really sounds like all the right wingers on here have lost all sense of reality. They are truely a group of feable minded people. They will believe anything that remotely fits the narrative that that right is pushing about the president. These people have lost all ability to think critically. It's really amazing that in this day and age where information is so readily available that people can be so misinformed. It's really a brilliant plan by the right, they paint every main stream news organization as the liberal media that way they can say any positive story about the Obama is an attempt by the liberal media to prop up the president and the GOP minions eat it up, they never even think about questioning it. Goebbles would be proud.

    March 9, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
    • kat26

      Yuo, Goebbels would indeed be proud of you–you get fed leftist pablum and you obediently spew it. Good boy. Obamy is proud of you.

      March 9, 2012 at 10:24 pm |
      • jack25

        Why do you hate yourself so much?

        March 9, 2012 at 11:53 pm |
    • Whodeybob

      As an Independent, i think the same could be said of the left Melo-D. I mean, this whole Sandra Fluke thing is a sham. It's just a political ploy to take the focus off of Obama's disastrous contraception ruling. The political divide between left and right is exactly what the people in big government want. It's an age old adage my friend, "divide and conquer".

      March 10, 2012 at 9:42 am |
  191. oldschool

    This so-called smoking gun is so pathetic. Everyday I am amazed that we have a president that is so thoughtful and sober as he tries to steer this country to a better place. I shudder to think what it must be like to shoulder his responsibilites. Hey, it's O.K. to diagree with President Obama, but how about showing respect as well. This country has become so polarized over so much B.S. Taxes used to be much higher as a result of both Republican and Democrats and we were all better off. And politicians actually got some things done.

    March 9, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
    • markchristopher

      Your love affair with Obama reminds me of Chris "tingle up my leg" Matthews. Can't you see what he's doing to America? Open your eyes.....And CNN, stop carrying water for Obama. We're all on to you, and it's shameful.

      March 10, 2012 at 1:53 am |
  192. safarova

    This is the biggest non-story of the year. I am in no way an apologist for Obama, as he was largely let down those of us who voted for him, but this story is irrelevant for two reasons.

    1) This is a story from a few decades ago. If you want to criticize Obama, you need only look at the previous four years. There is no reason to go back in time this far. This is as ridiculous as acting outraged that a politician smoked a joint when he was in college. Go back far enough and you will find a skeleton in every politician's closet.
    2) The Republicans are not going to provide a viable alternative to Obama, no matter who wins the GOP nomination. That doesn't mean the Republican candidate can't beat Obama in a general election, but they will still drive the car over the cliff. Neither party is going to prevent that car wreck from happening.

    March 9, 2012 at 8:41 pm |
  193. jon

    What exactly did he uncover? What's the big bombshell? That a African American man supported someone who stood up for the rights of African Americans? My God this is even bigger than Watergate, getting a hummer from an intern, or lying to Congress about WMD in order to start a war even. I smell an impeachment people.

    March 9, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
  194. jon

    That's the problem with beliefs. When someone believes in something so absolutely no amount of facts, reason or truth will ever get that person to believe otherwise.

    March 9, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
  195. YoYall

    Do conservatives like this realize how utterly stupid and desperate they look weaving conspiracy theories in the lead up to an election while they obviously have nothing else to offer. I'll take Obama's words and actions during his presidency to inform me how he feels about the topic. Folks, there's nothing there.

    March 9, 2012 at 10:26 pm |
  196. rmac

    Almost everything Breitbart did was faked – to build up the right and vilify the left. Like him, his successors have no credibility.

    March 9, 2012 at 10:35 pm |
  197. markchristopher

    What happened to the rest of the interview, where Soledad brings in several others that try to talk down Pollack, and has her hat handed to her?

    Still trying to obfuscate by not showing us the entire clip? Have you no shame, CNN? You're proving his point, as he said near the end of the part of the clip you deleted.

    March 10, 2012 at 1:48 am |
  198. eb43

    The Breitbart tape might as well could have been blank – there is NOTHING there but what we knew already – the GOP is racist and is proud of it.

    This is just another daily embarrassment for the Republican party.

    March 10, 2012 at 9:03 am |
    • MaryM

      so true, true

      March 10, 2012 at 10:57 am |
    • crm041066

      libs+lies=obama missdirection...

      March 10, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
  199. MP in VA

    ALL presidents have failures. The last republican president had a gargantuan failure file. So what is your point? Obama is not perfect? I'll grant you that. Your analysis on that thesis was impeccable. One can smell the desperation in the air. Dance court jester! Make us laugh again!

    March 10, 2012 at 10:03 am |
  200. Newmoon2

    I used to think the only cure for 'stupid' was 'dead'. But in this case, when one has a pack of rabid followers still frothy and ready to carry on the stupid dead guy's whacky crapiola, maybe stupid doesn't just die after all.

    March 10, 2012 at 11:12 am |
  201. Lookwhoistalking

    Real Journalism, as it were in the days gone by, a journalist would question and challenge statements made by the person who was being interviewed. Soledad, did just that, challenged this nut. We, as a society, are so use to letting people lie and misrepresent facts with out question. When we see true journalism, we holler foul. The GOP are famous for lying and misrepresenting the facts, especially GOP candidates running for president in 2012. I would love to see a real journalist ask the tough questions while holding the candidates feet to the fire. What a wonderful world this would be . . . OH yeah!

    March 10, 2012 at 11:25 am |
  202. Tony

    Whatever happened to being an objective, informed journalist? If Soledad was sitting in my graduate journalist class she would have failed the course. CNN you have lost all credibility with me...

    March 10, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  203. Colin Cunningham

    what's the big deal? George H. W. Bush used to work with Trent Lott. Trent Lott supported Strom Thurmond and waxed nostalgic about his racist segregationist Presidential campaign. Does that make George H. W. Bush a racist? No, it doesn't.

    March 10, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
  204. verutas vincit

    Poor Soledad. She was completely outclassed and struggling with factual info. Too bad CNN did not show the entire segment which clearly reveals the weakness in her argument. The update on this story is that she herself was a fan of Derick Bell evident by her tweets on the day of his death .

    March 10, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
  205. CanYouSayJorn-O-List?

    Hey libs! Y'all er fergetin sumthin – Obamer's burth cerficate iz fallse (this passage intentionally spelled phonetically) – Yuk yuk – and hiz ceelective servis rigisterashun is booogus tooo.

    And yes, Soledad's little tantrum was a most illuminating glimpse into the heart and soul CNN news – just a bunch of rabid propagandists that are determined to rehabilitate Obama's marxist regime.

    March 11, 2012 at 9:33 am |
  206. Deborah

    Some say there is no smoking gun in the Bell/Obama video. Look up Khalid Muhammad. This guy preached for the slaughter of whites, including women, children and babies.
    Bell endorsed this guy. Obama endorsed Bell.
    Happiness is warm gun.

    March 11, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  207. karen

    "Google it", google it.

    March 13, 2012 at 10:35 pm |
  208. rob

    First of all, I applaud Soledad and CNN for having Joel Pollack on to begin with. This is unfortunately the only positive thing I can say about the entire episode, up to and including Ms. O'Briens interview with Professor Dorothy Brown yesterday. Disgraceful really. Soledad clearly had an agenda going in, and it had little to do with upholding any kind of journalistic credibility, much less objectivity. Ms. O'Brien is certainly at least acquainted with with CRT and its core tenets. Thus, one is left to seriously question her motives and her judgement. By all accounts, including those of Derrick Bell himself, CRT is ALL about "White Supremacy" as it relates to law. She knows this........Why the obfuscation? The attempted coverup continued when she allowed Ms. Brown to contradict her own writings in which she too has acknowledged the "White Supremacy" components that are at the core of CRT. It is my hope that Soledad will make an attempt to restore her credibility with some type of "Mea Culpa", and possibly a more thorough discussion on this topic with Mr. Pollack in the near future. Until then, I remain skeptical at best, as to Ms. O'Briens ability deliver an objective critique or analysis, relating to this president, and I will view such with a very jaundiced eye.

    March 14, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
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