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Bob Johnson slam dunks Obama

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Simon_Cowbell, Jan 14, 2008.

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  1. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    BET Founder Criticizes Obama
    Posted: 2008-01-13 23:36:11
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (Jan. 13) - One of Hillary Rodham Clinton's most prominent black supporters said Sunday he was insulted by the characterization by rival Barack Obama's presidential campaign of her remarks about the civil rights movement.

    Bob Johnson, the nation's first black billionaire and founder of the BET cable television network, said Obama's campaign had acted dishonestly and had distorted Clinton's remarks about Martin Luther King Jr.

    Johnson also seemed to hint at Obama's acknowledged youthful drug use, an issue that led another Clinton campaign official to resign. Johnson later denied that was the case.

    Clinton was quoted just before the New Hampshire primary as saying King's dream of racial equality was realized only when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Some black leaders have criticized that remark as suggesting Johnson deserved more credit than the slain civil rights leader for the passage and enactment of major civil rights legislation.

    While introducing Clinton at Columbia College on Sunday, Johnson criticized Obama's camp.

    "That kind of campaign behavior would not be reasonable with me for a guy who says 'I want to be a reasonable, likable, Sidney Poitier,"' said Johnson, owner of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats. He commented after Clinton said in a televised interview Sunday that she hoped the campaign would not be about race.

    Johnson also said Obama's own record should give voters pause.

    "To me, as an African American, I am frankly insulted the Obama campaign would imply that we are so stupid that we would think Hillary and Bill Clinton, who have been deeply and emotionally involved in black issues - when Barack Obama was doing something in the neighborhood; I won't say what he was doing, but he said it in his book - when they have been involved," Johnson said.

    Obama wrote about his teenage drug use - marijuana, alcohol and sometimes cocaine - in his memoir, "Dreams from My Father."

    Johnson later said his comments referred to Obama's work as a community organizer in Chicago "and nothing else. Any other suggestion is simply irresponsible and incorrect," he said in a statement released by Clinton's campaign.
  2. pallister

    pallister Guest

    Ooooh, this should be good.
  3. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    Bashes Obama, then clarifies it later through Clinton's campaign? Punt.
  4. LiveStrong

    LiveStrong Active Member

    How is this a slam dunk?
  5. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    Defending the Clintons while hinting strongly at his drug use?
  6. GB-Hack

    GB-Hack Active Member

    Doesn't Johnson have another episode of the Boondocks to suppress? The January 7th edition was pulled. Funnily enough, it appeared to rip into BET mercilessly, as the comic strip had done in the past.


    Wonder why it didn't air?
  7. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    The Clintons have no shame.

  8. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    You're just coming to this realization?
  9. Pancamo

    Pancamo Active Member

    He left BET in January of 2006. Viacom owns BET.
  10. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    He sold out for 3 billion, his ex wife got somewhere close to half.
    No single person in history made more money exploiting T & A than Bob Johnson. Hefner, Guccione and Larry Flynt combined don't come close to what he built by originating the only TV channel aimed directly at African Americans. And he did it by televising booty rattling videos 24-7.
  11. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Crime pays.
  12. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    mos def, mos def.
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