So when a senior editor for the magazine’s website, ebony.com, goes on national TV to mock and denounce the tens of millions of decent Americans who listen to and love country music, one can reasonably assume she’s speaking with some degree of ethnic authority.
And when this woman, Jamilah Lemieux — who has a history of making incendiary remarks — insults country music fans and outrageously smears Ted Cruz at the same time, that’s a shocking moment. It was so shocking, in fact, that even MSNBC found it necessary to issue an extraordinary, on-air apology.
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Breitbart reports that the ebony.com senior editor used her appearance on MSNBC to claim something so far out in left field that the left-oriented cable net quickly prepared and issued its “we don’t believe that” apology.
The discussion on MSNBC’s “NOW with Alex Wagner” dealt with a rather obscure comment Texas Sen. Ted Cruz made during an interview on CBS. The GOP presidential hopeful mentioned how he became a fan of country music after 9/11 because country songs about the terror attack struck the right chord with him.
Reacting to the Cruz comment, Jamilah Lemieux sneered, “nothing says ‘let’s go kill some Muslims’ like country music. Fresh from Lynchburg, Virginia [where Cruz announced his candidacy], someone who obviously does not want to be a polarizing candidate, wants to bring people together. I mean, really? That’s absurd.”
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“Absurd” was apparently what MSNBC thought of their guest’s comments, as moments later substitute host Ari Melber distanced the network from the baseless, disparaging remarks by Ms. Lemieux.
It wasn’t the first time an apology followed a Lemieux-centered incident where the ebony.com editor shot off her mouth. As Newsmax reminds us:
In March 2014, Ebony magazine issued an apology after Lemieux, then a senior editor for the magazine, got involved in a testy exchange with black RNC staffer Raffi Williams, mistakenly calling him “a white dude” and describing conservatives as “roaches.”
By clicking on the video above, you can watch Jamilah Lemieux’s shocking comments and the rapid MSNBC apology.
By the way, as of this writing, we can find no evidence that Lemieux herself has made any attempt to apologize or walk back her condemnation of Ted Cruz and America’s country music fans as “Muslim killers.”
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