And one last thing. On All In, Chris Hayes did a great segment about the same old racist ideas about blacks all being a bunch of drug addicts and that’s why the inner city is so messed up. And he mentioned a study about “crack babies” that he mistakenly claimed shows that being born poor is worse than being born to a crack addicted mother. What the study actually shows is what many of us have known for at least a decade: there is no such thing as a “crack baby.” This study shows that given parents of a particular income level, children do as well regardless of whether or not the mother was on crack during the pregnancy. But his take away is correct: poverty is the killer.
This segment also has some really great, really angry, really racist Bill O’Reilly ranting. In a just world, the man would be a social pariah. But instead, when he’s out in public, his liberal friends like Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart pretend that he’s just one of them. Of course, in terms of being part of the power elite, he is one of them. If your liberal views are so shallow that you’ll pretend that someone like O’Reilly isn’t a bigot, then you should just give up the pretense of being liberal, because you clearly don’t give a shit.