No Dead Mics on Fox

No Dead Mics on Fox

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.


Photo: Southern Ledger

7 Responses to “No Dead Mics on Fox”

  1. Bill Says:

    Great post! Love the rumor!

  2. Ed Says:

    whats really funny is that I had to hear the full soundbyte (no bleeps) from the BBC… whats up with American media that you can’t say .. nuts on the air? not a single darned radio or tv station would play that part. It’s sad when the BBC has less censorship than we do.

  3. Mike Licht Says:


    I don’t watch much TV, so I’m not sure who is carrying what. The clip from Fox is all over the Web, though. There are so many funny-strange and funny-humorous aspects to this incident that I had to really cut this severely edit this post.

    The Fox clip is even funnier if you have met the two gentlemen in it, as I have (no need for disclosure, since I was not close to either). Dr. Tuckson, a distinguished physician and public health official, is obviously humoring Rev. Jackson, something many people did when the Reverend served as “Shadow Representative” here in the District of Columbia.

    There is a sad aspect as well. Here is a man who helped change our world a half-century ago but refuses to recognize those changes, and keeps trying to play his 1960s-1970s part over and over and over again.

  4. John, Fitness Austin TX Says:

    Does this mean Mr. Himeytown will not be in BHO’s cabinet?

  5. Mike Licht Says:

    John, Fitness Austin TX:

    That’s Rev. Hymietown to you. And who better to head The Center for Faith-Based Services?
    There might be some resistance from H-Town and H-Town South (Dade County), though. Perhaps Mayor Bloomberg could help sell the appointment.

  6. Timesobserver Says:

    Great column. I certainly enjoyed it. Sadly, Jackson just doesn’t understand that when you’re running to be president of this country, you can’t ignore certain groups. You have to include all of them.

    That is something Obama realized before and look where it’s gotten him.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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    […] for the Wall Street Journal and former Regan speechwriter, has learned the 21st century lesson: all microphones are hot; the camera is always on; there are no closed door meetings; there is no […]

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