Interesting theory on President Obama’s pre-Super Bowl interview with Bill O’Reilly, brought to us by Salon’s Joan Walsh:

Joan Walsh: OReillys interview with Obama was borderline racist

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.. I found the whole thing profoundly depressing. Maybe the worst part was when O’Reilly asked a viewer’s question: “Why do you feel it’s necessary to fundamentally transform the nation that has afforded you so much opportunity?” O’Reilly presumably got lots of suggestions from viewers, and I’m sure many were uglier than that. But what does it mean that that’s the question he chose?

It means, again, that O’Reilly and Ailes and their viewers see this president as unqualified and ungrateful, an affirmative action baby who won’t thank us for all we’ve done for him and his cohort. The question was, of course, deeply condescending and borderline racist. Obama has been afforded “so much opportunity”?

For context, Walsh also thought there was something “vaguely sexual” about Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) telling a New York reporter that he would throw him off a balcony and “break” him “like a little boy.”

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