In case you missed it, Oliver said:
"The governor’s inner circle is full of white men, she (Oliver) says, most of them political neophytes who have no clue how deeply it cuts when they raise bus fares or take away tax credits from working poor families.
“That’s why it’s so easy for them to sit around a table, slash this, put a line through that,” says Oliver, the first African-American woman to hold her post. “How many of the guys sitting around that table have ever even sat on a bus?”
Moran did not report the remarks as racist. He reported them as if Oliver had a point.
This little blog was the first to point out the racism in Oliver's remarks. InTheLobby picked it up, as did Gannett's Bob Ingle. Ingle often writes powerfully and thoughtfully on matters of race.
Where is the rest of the media outrage? Can you imagine the news coverage had Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce made similar remarks about African American officials. DeCroce's career would have been over.
I don't know if Oliver is a racist, if her remarks were thoughtless or if she was attempting an ugly political ploy as many of the left are attempting to do to Tea Party activists and any opposition to President Obama's agenda. Either way her remarks were inappropriate.
I'd like to think that Oliver is not a racist or employing the race card for political advantage. I'd like to think that her remarks were simply thoughtless and that Moran's use of them in a supportive manner was equally thoughtless. If that is the case, then I think the level of media coverage about these remarks is appropriate enough for Oliver to make a correction and that she should be safe from a media "high tech lynching," to quote Clarence Thomas.
I think the next time a Caucasian leader makes similar thoughtless remarks, that he or she should be similarly spared.