This white guy just did an ether on Michael Eric Dyson
You may not know the name Max Blumenthal, but he’s a prominent writer in liberal circles. He’s also deeply in-tune with the inner-workings of black leadership, particularly the recent divide between Dr Cornel West and Michael Eric Dyson. Blumenthal was offended by the attack posed by Dyson on Dr West in The New Republic this week and wrote a scathing analysis of Dyson’s article, which he referred to as a 9309 word “diatribe.”
According to Blumenthal, Dyson’s attack on West was orchestrated by the Obama Administration, who gave Dyson a multitude of platforms on which to go after Dr West, the greatest critic of The White House.
“The fact is, if West had not taken on Obama so forcefully, Dyson would not have tried so hard to take him out,” said Blumenthal.
In a piece entitled, “What’s Behind Michael Eric Dyson’s over-the-top takedown of Cornel West?” Blumenthal mentions the fact that Dyson has visited the White House 19 times since Obama was elected. He also points to Dyson’s numerous opportunities to guest host on MSNBC, which he describes as a PR wing for the Obama White House. In nearly all of his time on the air at MSNBC, Dyson has rarely criticized President Obama and has regularly defended him instead.
In the months and years that followed his dramatic We Count! appearance, Dyson registered at least 19 visits to the White House. He became a fixture on MSNBC, delivering regular punditry on the Comcast-owned network that was functioning as the outsourced public relations arm of the Obama administration. By Obama’s second term, Dyson was filling in for MSNBC host Ed Schultz, rattling off teleprompted scripts about Republican wingnuttery while hailing Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice as “one of the most brilliant minds alive.” Following the publication of his TNR essay on West, he has begun trumpeting the book he is writing on Obama.
Blumenthal also seems to argue that Dyson’s rhetoric on social justice has been relatively empty of substance, amounting to paid-off political loyalty to a president who has abandoned working class black and brown people.
While West engages with a panoply of urgent, interconnected human rights issues driving activism around the country, from mass incarceration (he authored the foreword to Michelle Alexander’s groundbreaking “The New Jim Crow”) to Palestine, Dyson has kept at a convenient arm’s length from any cause that might conflict with White House imperatives. BDS might be sweeping American campuses, but Dyson has been largely silent on Israel’s endless occupation. Dyson carps about character assassination, but he is reticent on drone assassinations. Since Obama entered the Oval Office, Dyson has had much more to say about Nas than the NSA.
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