The Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr. was in the studios of the friendly folks of Fox & Friends at Fox Cable News. Before the show was recorded, when he thought his microphone was off, Rev. Jackson made a crude comment about Senator Barack Obama to physician Reed Tuckson, MD. The remark concerned a surgical procedure, so perhaps he was just looking for free medical advice.
On Sunday night, after the show was recorded, a technician discovered the remark, writes Matea Gold in today’s Los Angeles Times. His boss emailed a producer for “The O’Reilly Factor” on Tuesday, and Fox aired the (enhanced?) recording Wednesday on Bill O’Reilly’s show, as a public service.
Rev. Jackson has been taught a primary lesson of modern American life, a lesson already learned by Senator Obama, former Governor Howard Dean, and others: there are no closed doors, no dead microphones, no time-outs, no back-stages.
On Father’s Day, Mr. Obama had told a black church audience that African American fathers need to take responsibility for the welfare of their children. Rev. Jackson described this to Dr. Tuckson as “talking down to black people.” Rev. Jackson (who had previously criticized Senator Obama for “acting white“) has since apologized, and we are told that his apology was accepted.
There is absolutely no truth to the rumor that Senator Obama replied to Rev. Jackson’s apology for the “talking down” comment by saying:
Tut-tut, my good man. One expects these things from graduates of North Carolina Ag and Tech and theology school drop-outs. Let’s do lunch at the Harvard Club sometime. Bring your illegitimate daughter.
We know there is no truth to this scurrilous rumor, because we just made it up. Sorry, Fox News.
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