MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, Who Uses the Word ‘Thug,’ Calls ‘Thug’ Racist

‘What would be the first word of choice for a virulent racist to use on your show about those people and know for certain that he or she could get away with using that word? It would be thug’

Lawrence O'Donnell, Who Uses the Word 'Thug,' Calls 'Thug' Racist (NewsBusters)

Liberal MSNBC anchor Lawrence O'Donnell on Tuesday decried the use of the word "thug" as "racist" and assailed those in the media who use the term. Yet, O'Donnell himself has repeatedly uttered the word. After playing a montage of CNN and Fox News journalists saying "thug," O'Donnell sneered, "What would be the first word of choice for a virulent racist to use on your show about those people and know for certain that he or she could get away with using that word? It would be thug."  

The host demanded, "We don't need that word. We don't need it... So the good news is, we can just drop it, just like that." Yet, O'Donnell hasn't "dropped" the allegedly inflammatory word. On January 14, 2013, speaking of Scott Brown's 2012 senatorial campaign, the cable personality mocked the Republican "who ran a Senate campaign that was worthy of the thugs in my Boston neighborhood a generation ago." 

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