The Huffington Post is reporting that Thursday night, during a speech to Journalism Students at the University of North Carolina, Fox News Chief Roger Ailes, referred to CNN reporter Soledad O’Brien as “that girl that’s named after a prison.”
The Huffington Post goes on the say that, “Ailes was referring to the Soledad Correctional Facility in Monterey County, California. CNN responded to the remark on Friday. An insider told The Huffington Post, “Roger is wrong. Soledad is named after the Virgin Mary, ‘Maria de la Soledad.’ It’s a name her parents gave her in part because they met at Daily Mass.”
It’s moments like this that remind me just how much in denial men like Roger Ailes are about the changing demographic landscape in America. Although his entire speech was openly condescending and insulting to the very audience he was addressing, Ailes outdid himself by managing to insult women (by calling Ms. O’Brien girl) and Latinos for dissing her traditionally ethnic name all within the confines of a single sentence. That’s potentially about 60% of the voting population, Roger. Maybe more. So, it’s gonna take a lot of angry white men to win an election after you piss off Latinos and women.
The simple fact is the future of the GOP is Latino voters. And given the Tea Party’s rampant anti-immigrant rhetoric, one would think, party leaders like Ailes might want to restrain any urges to make fun of leading Latino media figures by mocking their funny Latino names. Funny Latino Catholic names. This all has feint echoes of Rush Limbaugh’s unfortunate foray into the politics of birth control. Its as if we’re all suddenly privy to the nasty little private conversations people like Ailes and Limbaugh have in their limousines. Good old boy conversations during which we KNOW they say all this shit about women and mexicans and blacks and gays and poor people and the entire middle class and you know, pretty much everyone who’s not them, right there, in the limo.
But taking it public seems a tad over confident. Given that the two MASSIVE voting blocks of women and Latinos are already a bit stirred up at this point and November is just not all that far away.
Read the Huffington Post story here.
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