NBC News published a controversial story Monday in an apparent attempt to connect Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's great-great grandfathers' slave-owning history to the Kentucky Republican's modern-day opposition to reparations.
NBC NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's great-great-grandfathers owned 14 slaves, bringing rep… https://t.co/kaBjX2bsYF— Meet the Press (@Meet the Press)1562622289.0
While NBC was widely scorned for the story — including by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) who said it is "stunning to see a major news outlet write up something like this" — perhaps no rebuke was stronger than that from conservative commentator Erick Erickson.
Erickson said the story embodies the exact reason so many Americans distrust the media.
"This story is advocacy, not news. It is activism, not journalism. It is why so many people lack trust in the media. It is hucksterism in support of charlatans, grifters, and conmen preying on the vulnerable," he wrote on Twitter.
Indeed, while NBC shamelessly attempted to connect McConnell to slavery, the news outlet has yet to publish a story about Democratic presidential contender Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), whose own father has admitted she is descended from Jamaican plantation slave owners.
As TheBlaze reported in February, Harris' father, Donald Harris, wrote in an essay titled, "Reflections of a Jamaican Father":
My roots go back, within my lifetime, to my paternal grandmother Miss Chrishy (née Christiana Brown, descendant of Hamilton Brown who is on record as plantation and slave owner and founder of Brown's Town) and to my maternal grandmother Miss Iris (née Iris Finegan, farmer and educator, from Aenon Town and Inverness, ancestry unknown to me). The Harris name comes from my paternal grandfather Joseph Alexander Harris, land-owner and agricultural 'produce' exporter (mostly pimento or all-spice), who died in 1939 one year after I was born and is buried in the church yard of the magnificent Anglican Church which Hamilton Brown built in Brown's Town (and where, as a child, I learned the catechism, was baptized and confirmed, and served as an acolytes.
If the sins of McConnell's family of five generations removed is pertinent to his opposition to reparations, then one must ask: Where is NBC's story on Harris, and where was the outlet's story on Obama?