The Fly Jock / Tom Joyner (Blackamericaweb.com):  … I said I’d wait until something pissed me off so bad that I would have the words harsh enough to express what I was really feeling about Tavis Smiley and his side piece – I mean side kick – Cornel West.

Well, yesterday, when Mark Halperin … had the audacity to call the president of the United States a dick, that was all I needed … I’m even more disgusted with Smiley and West, two brothers who I did have expectations of – and thought I knew. These two have done much worse than what Halperin has done because they set the tone for it, opened the door to it, and must take much of the blame for creating a climate that would make a white, professional journalist feel comfortable verbally and vulgarly attacking the first black president of the United States.

When you think you know a person, when you’ve given a person a forum to present his views, when you’ve had a hand in a person’s success, you want to believe that he is the same person he always was.

Remember THAT Tavis … For a while, I thought he was still with us, even though people around me (and many of you) tried to convince me otherwise. “Tavis is a hater.” “Tavis is only about himself.” “Tavis is jealous of the president.” I wouldn’t believe any of it. I had so much respect for him before his primary goal became selling books, and, later, selling out.

…. Tavis, Cornel and Mark Halperin …. When dangerous words incite and brew up hatred and violence, there is a line. And these three crossed it.

…. So, yes, MSNBC, fire Mark Halperin. I hope he never works again. I’ve already fired Tavis and Cornel. There’s nothing either can ever do for me or with me again.

I’ve got a new D-word for the two of them: Done.

Full post here

Thank you Tulips

107 Responses to ““done””

  1. 1 Tulips
    July 1, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    No problem chipstick, they have sealed their faith

    • July 1, 2011 at 5:53 pm

      What a powerful post Tulips, utterly brilliant to see them called out like this. Thanks again Tulips.

    • July 1, 2011 at 7:49 pm

      Thanks Tulips. Tom is one of my homeboys(Chicago) and has always been an up front kinda guy. Needless to say i’m with him 100%. His statement, however, is gonna generate a lot of conversation in the barber shop. There are those here that think Smiley, West, Dyson, and Malveaux could crap in a swinging jug and not miss the opening. But i digress. SAY IT LOUD TOM!

  2. 5 Fred
    July 1, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    All I am doing is shaking my head in approval of Tom Joyner’s article.All I have to say is well said;Amen and thank you

  3. 6 Mariele
    July 1, 2011 at 6:02 pm


  4. 7 Chi
    July 1, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Thank you Tom…

    That utterly slimy, green-eyed, jealousy-ravaged, self-serving asshole Harold Ford ought to be included in Tom’s list…

  5. 10 Tulips
    July 1, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    we need to tweet Tom some love

  6. 12 ChristiMtl
    July 1, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Great post!

    I don’t know what idiocies Pat Buchanan is saying on MSNBC, but many are not happy on twitter….I refuse to watch Cenk Uygur, the fake.

    • July 1, 2011 at 8:54 pm

      He was saying his usual off the wall ranting 😡

    • 14 majii
      July 1, 2011 at 9:33 pm

      Cenk shares the same characteristics that Tom Joyner cited for West, Smiley, and Halperin, in his post: jealousy, envy, selfishness, delusions of grandeur, and greed being the top reasons they never seek to help PBO by telling the truth but always to inflict some type of damage on him by lying on/about him/his policy positions. When I heard MSNBC had given Cenk a platform to spew junk about PBO, as I knew he would do, I vowed to never watch his program, and i haven’t. I remember his “diaries” at that other place were long on venom, short on ideas, and always focused on how he could increase his celebrity.

      • July 1, 2011 at 9:41 pm

        There are so many professional left fakes, majii, but I honestly think Cenk is the biggest fake of them all. I’ve ranted about him before, but it still makes me laugh that he’s a hero for self-described progressives …. this is the guy who sneered at the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, who called a bill ensuring equal pay for women a “minor bill”? The former Republican let his mask slip on that one. He’s loathsome, he just figured he’d have a better chance forging a media career if he switched sides and declared himself a liberal. He’s nothing of the sort.

        • 16 Audrey
          July 1, 2011 at 11:07 pm

          Cenk is completely loathsome and quite the opportunist like the other PL fungi who have mushroomed into loud but empty self advancing exploiters!

          They are all jokes who are truly delusional about everything!
          I will NEVER support or align with these people or anybody they support EVER!

    • 17 Karen Sr.
      July 2, 2011 at 9:04 am

      I love how msnbc created their false image of a “liberal” media just because they became popular with voices like Rachel and Keith during a popular candidate’s campaign.

      But, msnbc is no different than FOX, CNN (getting worse by the week), abc, or cbs. They love controversy and if there is none they make it up or report each other’s made up fake controversy. And then, Kurtz can keep his job by reporting how the media makes stuff up all week long and how they got it wrong and I’m supposed to believe that this is an honest attempt to keep the press honest.

      I can’t get through 2 minutes of Dylan Ratigan. Andrea is just an older version of Mika, Cenk is an angry white man with no values whatsoever, and Java Joe is so ridiculously out of step with the people who don’t sit at his high priced table, that he’s become irrelevant.

      Don’t even get me started with David Gregory and MTP. He never met a democrat he didn’t want to interrupt. But, then CNN never met a democrat they didn’t want to cut off mid sentence to go to commercial.

      It’s a conspiracy if you believe in conspiracies. It’s a strategy if you don’t.

      • 18 Sue in Minnesota
        July 3, 2011 at 12:53 am

        You’ve read my mind, yet articulated far better than I could. You have hit the nail on the head..perfectly.

  7. 20 mtmarilyn
    July 1, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    I truly believe that this event with Halperan has been the breaking point for alot of us. Thanks Tom for a great piece. I think this is only the beginiing of the great push back. I have had it with this disrespect for our great President.

  8. 21 AnitaW
    July 1, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Loved this Joyner piece. I’ve already sent to friends who I know listen to him faithfully. This is very huge.

  9. July 1, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    I agree with Tom Joyner. Mark Halperin should be fired from Msnbc and Time Magazine. And I can’t believe I use to like Tavis, but not antmore. I don’t want to hear a word he has to say. And as for that West guy, he is a disgrace. He is always talking about what Obama is doing for the Black community, I would love to ask Mr. West what have he done for the Black community?

    • 23 Betty's Girl
      July 1, 2011 at 6:38 pm

      let me answer that for him….NOTHING! He has no influence whatsoever on the AA community.

      • 24 isonprize
        July 1, 2011 at 9:26 pm

        CLAP, CLAP, CLAP, CLAP!! That’s why I call Cornell West, “Corny” Because he IS corny. “Talking loud and saying nothing!!”

    • 25 TrumpDog
      July 1, 2011 at 8:59 pm

      He is always talking about what Obama is doing for the Black community, I would love to ask Mr. West what have he done for the Black community?

      I was just going to ask the same thing.

  10. 26 Betty's Girl
    July 1, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Thank you Mr Joyner! Amen! You said it better than anyone.Again, the crazies on both sides have lost their collective cool.

  11. 27 Betty's Girl
    July 1, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    I forgot to say I am stunned that he finally expose Tavis!

    • 28 Nellcote
      July 1, 2011 at 9:19 pm

      I’ll second that! But I’m sure glad he’s finally speaking up and in a thoughtful way. I hadn’t considered the way Corney opened the door for Halprin, he makes a good point.

  12. 29 utaustinliberal
    July 1, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Great piece by Tom Joyner. He’s 100% right in calling out Tavis Smiley and Cornel West. When they castigated and disapraged the President in varieties of ways through various mediums they opened the verbal abuse door to others like Mark Halperin. People who were comfortable enough and encouraged by the likes of Mika and Joe to verbally smear the President behind the scenes decided to take their act to the rest of America. In this, they were mistaken; because it is one thing to disagree with the President, it is another to be a complete tool. Smiley and West better be on the lookout; they keep on alienating more and more people and pretty soon they’ll be yelling at the imaginary voices in their heads or giving speeches in rooms with padded walls.

  13. 30 zizi
    July 1, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    We have the power of the pocketbook. That is what led MSNBC to fire Halperin. Not because they changed their sensationalism-seeking spots. So we form a tweetbrigade and pocketbook brigade and we HIT them where it hurts real bad anytime they try to pull this shit on us. Simple!! WE. HAVE. POWER!!!

    July 1, 2011 at 6:51 pm


    • 37 majii
      July 1, 2011 at 9:40 pm

      That is a very sad case, Sue, and the part in it all of it that is unforgivable to me is the fact that these tools will continue to worship guns and fight every attempt made at enacting responsible gun control laws. This case reminds me of that guy a few years back who gave his permission to a gun instructor to have his young son fire an assault rifle. The young boy lost his life in an instant, and the gun instructor was put on trial. A fiasco all the way around.

  15. July 1, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    thanks Tom, for finally waking up. I know it was hard for him, but it was past time for him to catch a clue.

    • 39 Puddin
      July 2, 2011 at 3:28 am

      Tom has been awake for a while…because Tavis was a friend; someone who he helped in more ways than one, it was a hard pill for him to swallow when Tavis and his “side piece…I mean side kick” continued to show their true colors.

  16. July 1, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    To who want to know what the fool Pat Buchanan said about Our Great President. It goes something this to point of the discussion was on the debt ceiling.Uygur was give Buchanan hell about the republicans backing the rich in every way. So Buchanan said that when the deadline gets near that President Obama was going to take the cuts the Republicans wanted and not let the country default on its debts and get no tax increases. The reason Buchanan gave was that the President Obama does not have the “COJONES” TO DO ANY THING ELSE. Uygur for once push back and said the President would not sign a bill that didn’t have tax increases in them. So they are still not learning the lesson that our President is nobodies yes man and bow to know one. He is The Chess Master with a backbone of Steel and a hand with The Hammer of Thor (Just ask Bin L) And walks like Panther ready to strike. So they best not keep taking him lightly.

    • 41 utaustinliberal
      July 1, 2011 at 7:18 pm

      Woohoo! Loved your statement wesleya17, but this part was freaking awesome. “So they are still not learning the lesson that our President is nobodies yes man and bows to no one. He is The Chess Master with a backbone of Steel and a hand with The Hammer of Thor (Just ask Bin L) And walks like a Panther ready to strike. So they best not keep taking him lightly.” Brilliant; just bloody brilliant!

    • July 1, 2011 at 8:29 pm

      It really bothers that a president who is concerned about the consequences of defaulting on our debt and shutting down the government is called a coward. Since when is allowing hundreds of thousands of people to suffer due to ideological battles a courageous thing to do? Since when is not wanting to see millions suffer through the winter w/o their unemployment checks, COBRA, food stamps, and much needed tax credits cowardly?

    • July 1, 2011 at 8:34 pm

      Bottom line wes, You don’t hunt mice with an elephant gun. The “turtle and orange julius” are mice.

  17. 44 EDP4BHO
    July 1, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    edp4bho here….LOL….I’m home and I’m sure I’m not anon right now. Just joking, but my mouth is agape. I cannot believe that Tom finally….I mean, finally saw the light. OMG is all I can say. We have been waiting for so long for someone like him to open up those eyes and see what we have been seeing for the better part of 2 years. Kudos to Tom. I also think it has to do with him entertaining the President from time to time on his show knowing how AA’s feel about PBO. I am deliriously happy that the word is spreading about the hate from Cornbread and Travesty, and that’s all it is because they go way, way beyond critique. Sad on them.

  18. 49 Anthony L. Miller
    July 1, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    In reading the message by Tom Joyner, I am listening to the O’Jay’s song, “Backstabbers”.

  19. 51 Anonymous
    July 1, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    I too am disappointed in Harold Ford…….It is amazing what some would do for a dollar……..Imagine callind the President of The United States of America a dick. Wow that is total disrespect for President Obama! If mark would say this on air imagine what is said off air
    @wesleya17 I agree 100%. I AM EVEN MORE FIRED UP AND RERADY TO GO!!!!!!!!! OBAMA BIDEN 2012

  20. July 1, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Bravo to Tom. Finally, he had to speak and call it what it is. I have to think the push back those of us who support and love President Obama have a lot to do with this. I am so proud of us. And we will keep it up. Boy, wait until he releases his fundraising figures, they are really going to start slinging the hate. They thought we’d lost the fire of 2008. Well, they haven’t seen anything.

    We must keep up the pressure on Time and MSNBC until Halperin is gone for good and racist Pat can no longer spew his racism.

    And somebody please tell me why they are so fixated on the PBO’s body parts.

    As for Harold Ford, what an ungrateful hater. Sen. Obama campaigned all over Tenn trying to help that clown win a Senate seat. He didn’t say a word when Corker used racist ads against him, but he smears and agrees with smears of the President. Ford comes from a family of crooked politicians and snakes. Just google him.

    I’m registering new voters tomorrow and I can’t wait to sign up more Obamacrats.

    • 58 TrumpDog
      July 1, 2011 at 9:05 pm

      I agree about Ford.
      What exactly does he do on Morning Joe except nod his head and agree with whatever Joe says? Does he even have an opinion of his own?

      I’m registering new voters tomorrow and I can’t wait to sign up more Obamacrats.

      Thank you for all the hard work you do!

  21. July 1, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    harold ford is a lighter skin cain, they all about the money, they will throw their mother under the bus for money, most black Republicans is all about the money. I’m black so I not been racist, just keeping it real coming from the black community. Tavis and west is about keeping black forks upset for they can cash in on the anger. The same thing the Republicans is doing, Yes there are racism in the world but, you fight it like MLK did, not with hate.
    Since they all ways talking about GOD (same as the Republicans do) they know you can’t change minds with hate, They are not trying to change mind, Hate selling just like sex.

    • 60 majii
      July 1, 2011 at 9:49 pm

      “Since they all ways talking about GOD (same as the Republicans do) they know you can’t change minds with hate, They are not trying to change mind, Hate selling just like sex.”

      BINGO, dun!! Christianity is only a tool they use to hoodwink the feeble-minded fundies into voting for them. They’re always sure to holler “ABORTION,” “SCARY HOMOSEXUALS, and “ALL MUSLIMS ARE TERRORISTS” as loud as they can because they know this is what gets fundies motivated to donate to their campaigns and show up at the ballot box. According to my Bible, neither God, nor Jesus would accept these haters. One cannot spread the gospel while hating on those you say you want to convert. This isn’t rocket science. It’s commonsense, something many on the right wear as a badge of honor but don’t have.

  22. July 1, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Thank you Tom for speaking out, I know it was not easy because yall have been friends for so long, but you did the right thing, love wins over hate, it may take a while but in the end you will be bless.

  23. 62 TrumpDog
    July 1, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    For someone who pretends to be allll about the everyday man, it’s odd that Corney West would be so incensed that a hotel worker got inauguration tickets and he didn’t. That doesn’t sound like someone who is concerned with the working man, it really comes across like he thinks he was more entitled to the tickets that the worker. And it appears that is what is the root of his grudge against President Obama.

    I’m glad Tom is seeing the light regarding Corney and his side piece—I mean sidekick, Tavis.

    • 63 Nellcote
      July 1, 2011 at 9:27 pm

      The thing is, Corney got a ticket, he just wanted more for his mom and brother. What really bothered me was that he didn’t give his ticket to his mother so at least she could go instead of sitting in a hotel room with her pouting child.

      • 64 isonprize
        July 1, 2011 at 9:45 pm

        But the REAL deal is you didn’t need a ticket to go. You needed a ticket to get HALFWAY CLOSE… Trust, I was there. Just because you had a ticket, didn’t mean you were all that close. There were plenty of “bigwigs” standing in the FREEZING COLD like everybody else. And plenty of folks who WORKED THEIR ASSES OFF for that most historic of campaigns were happy just to be among the crowd. I know I was. Just the fact that he is pouting tells me a whole lot about his whining ass, pouty character. To hell with Cornel West. I don’t care how many college degrees he has.

        Barack Obama could have written his ticket at any law firm in the WORLD!!! President of the Harvard Law Review??? Please! And Barack Obama turned down judge clerkships that would have certainly led to a Supreme Court clerkship. He turned it ALL DOWN to work in the community of real people, in Chicago.

        Barack Obama has more integrity in his left baby toenail than Cornel West has in his whole body, including that tick-tick-tick-tick-boom afro he insists on wearing. DONE doesn’t even begin to describe my feeling for him.

        (And just for the record, I was done with Travesty long before the masses… I couldn’t stand his interviewing style.

        • 65 Sue in Minnesota
          July 1, 2011 at 10:02 pm

          isonprize…….did you have sweet dreams last night after the big event? Thanks for sharing your experience. I love being able to share in the experiences of others, and even though they are experienced second hand the energy is very real to me.

          “tick-tick-tick-tick-boom afro” has me rolling in laughter, ouch!

          • 66 EDP4BHO
            July 1, 2011 at 10:17 pm

            “tick-tick-tick-tick-boom afro”

            That’s some funny ish, isonprize 😀 Well said !!

            • 67 utaustinliberal
              July 1, 2011 at 11:23 pm

              Hahahahaha isonprize I am LMAO with your “tick-tick-tick-tick-boom afro” phrase. 😆 😆 I have got to use that when describing Cornel West.

        • 68 ribletsonthepan
          July 1, 2011 at 11:41 pm

          One minor correction isonprize. It is my understanding that as a Harvard Law Review Prez, a direct Supreme Court Justice clerkship was offered and he declined. But absolutely, the man was focused and clear about his priorities even then. He rejected all offers of baubles, bangles and beads to find his own direction in life. I remember Michelle speaking to the young girls at Oxford on the subject of finding a partner that “made you better” noting how impressive it was that he turned down all those lucrative and prestigious offers. Now in the case of Corny, a couple of ball tickets would suffice. Who knew.

  24. 69 GGail
    July 1, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    All I can say is that it’s ’bout time Tom Joyner, ’bout time!

  25. 70 sherijr
    July 2, 2011 at 1:05 am

    BRAVO!!!! Love this post, I’m a new fan of Mr. Tom Joyner~ oohRAH Sir!

  26. 71 sherijr
    July 2, 2011 at 1:22 am

    And by the way.. what a hell of great thread this is.. love your posts everyone, thank YOU ALL 🙂

    I’m late to the party.. tis very late, took my almost 12 year old son out for the day/night (11 days left as an 11 year old) 🙂 Anyhoo.. we shopped for new duds, new shoes.. he even got a hat.. looking very pleased with himself (even asked if he could have a ‘girlfriend’ at 12 😉 I said only if her name is Malia or Sasha Obama 🙂 🙂

  27. 74 Anonymous
    July 2, 2011 at 3:00 am

    DAYUMMMMM!!!!!!!! needed to be said though….Tavis, I thought he was okay and respected his interviewing skill, BUT I really respected Dr. West……………..when he started talking trash about Obama, my first thought, “well, if you disagree with what he’s doing, speak yo mind brother” and when I ever heard he say “I didn’t even get inaugration tickets????!!!” Oh, that was IT for me!!! I was then more like……………………….oh, okay……………………………………………………………………………………………..

  28. 75 Karen Sr.
    July 2, 2011 at 8:45 am

    The real question I want, no, need answered, is why does every media outlet drag out just any black person as a representative of black, progressive or liberal causes? I am so tired of the pretense of “balanced” when they know darn well they are dragging out trouble makers and not thoughtful contributors to any discussion.

    And any progressive, white, black or taupe, who allows himself to be pimped out, deserves to have their careers destroyed. I love thoughtful conversation. I love having the issues presented with the assumption that I am an adult and can understand complex matters, but this ‘he said-she said” has to be destroyed. It is killing us from within.

    Bring me interviews with people who are not complaining, but who are doing something constructive. That I want to see and hear.

    • 76 Jazz
      July 2, 2011 at 9:41 am

      Being AA this is one thing that has always aggravated me also. It’s as if they believe that their audience is biased and/or uncapable of critical thinking enough to believe that ANY black person can speak for ALL black causes because, after all, “we are all alike.” The way the GOP trotted out Alan Keyes in the past was both sickening and laughable. Was amazed that his goals overrode any sense of self-dignity that he would participate in such a crock… I agree that anyone who allows him/herself to be pimped (great choice of word) in this way deserves to have their careers destroyed.

      “Angry” is an inadequate word for what I feel for Halperin’s comment and the slap on the wrist from Time and MSNBC. Indefinite suspension is indeed like time out – if Halperin is allowed to return in any way to MSNBC a deafening roar of complaint should be heard by MSNBC. I think we can keep pressure on MSNBC and Time magazine in various ways but we all ought to try to “hit them in their wallet” – I have sent Time editors an email and am cancelling my Time subscription. They could care less about my one subscription but I would no longer be able to stomach subscribing. If you have not written, please consider doing so: email: letters@time.com snail mail: TIME Magazine Letters, Time & Life Building, New York, NY 10020.

  29. 77 bjw2
    July 2, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    There’s a saying “When a person shows you who they are, believe them”.
    Tavis has been upset with PBO ever since he didn’t attend his event during the “08” primaries.
    West has been upset with PBO ever since he didn’t get enough tickets for his family to attend the inauguration.
    Halprin is just a republican hack perpetrating as a unbiased political analyst. And to the latter just to think this who MSNBC considers a replacement for past men who held this position such as Tim Russert….this is how far MSNBC has fallen!

    • July 2, 2011 at 6:32 pm

      Darn…about my previous replies here, I forgot to used Google Chrome. I cannot see what I’m typing on this computer if I use IE. So I have some responses pending. And my screen name looks odd because I tried to type it in…when I couldn’t see it. 😦

  30. 80 Evelyn
    July 3, 2011 at 4:51 am

    I am so proud of Tom Joyner for calling it like it is and yes I hope MSNBC get rid of Halperin, Joe and Meka for entertaining that madness. Bush was awful and I never heard anyone refer to him as a “Dick”.

  31. 81 Clare Mae Daniels
    July 3, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Oh my goodness why? Tom, calm down. I never gave Tavis a chance after he left your show. I could never put my hands on it but it was something I didn’t like about him. Don’t worry He along with his counter partners will Cook Their Own Goose.

  32. 82 Wilma Santana
    July 3, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    I am with you 100%…and then some…This is exactly the climate the slave owners created for us long ago…”divide and conquer”…and…as we can sell…it is still alive and well today…The thought of two so called professional, educated, and enlightened “Real” Black men to stoop to this level of bestiality is unimaginable…I salute you Tom…for your stand…and most of us “Real” black people do. Mr. President, Barack Obama, has had arrows shot at…around…beneath…and above him since his announcement for candidacy…yet he has never stooped to the level of hatred, abuse and disrespect. He has handled himself with nothing but class…something Mr. West…and particularly Mr. Smiley should equip themselves with some “classes” in.

  33. 84 Maye James
    July 4, 2011 at 4:49 am

    Thank you Tom Joyner. Sooooo please to hear someone of your stature tell the truth about Tavis and Cornel. When one listen to them, its like we’re back in the sixties… shame on them both, and yes the man from MSNBC (my favorite channel for politics) too.

  34. 85 Anonymous
    July 4, 2011 at 11:14 am

    well done Mr. Joyner…..and thanks for not selling out………

    Anita Hall

  35. July 5, 2011 at 1:19 am

    These brothers are going to have to learn when, where, why, and why not…and to whom…to air our dirty laundry

  36. 87 Dr.Ruby Helton
    July 6, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Before white America,there was black America who supported Tavis and the professor. They need to be careful that they do not lose the support of Black America.

  37. 88 edie anderson
    July 7, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    I would argue that Rush Limbaugh and Fox News set the tone for people to start dissing President Obama, Mr. Smiley and Mr. West just followed their lead. And you are right Mr. Joyner, it is jealousy. They both want to be BIG PLAYERS on the world stage. They can’t believe that You Mr. Joyner, and Mr. Sharpton are talking from the mikes they wish was theirs.

  38. 89 Shelly
    July 8, 2011 at 2:24 am

    Wow…all I can say is it’s apparent that there is whole lot of growing up yet to be done. Tom has every right to his opinion…and so do both Tavis and Cornell West. It’s not only repulsive, but downright childish the way some black people act. If you don’t agree with the “group” some people get all bent out of shape. If you didn’t vote for Obama or disagree with his agenda…watch out, it’s all out war. I thought Dr. King fought for equality. Well guess what? We too (black people) have the right to think the way we want. It’s a damn shame that independently minded people are the source of ad hominen attacks, character assassination and threats of physical harm because they happen not to like Obama. I could care less about Tavis or West, both are clowns to me. But I’ve never been able to figure out why anyone else would be threaten to the point of acting out in the most childish way, just because someone else doesn’t share their point of view. Grow the hell up. Damn!

  39. July 10, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Tom, you said it all. I am so much in agreement with you. Two giant men (I thought), so much needed in our community and they fail us in the time for their leadership and they disappoint us. I hope our young people will not fall prey to “selling out”. Thank you for speaking out. I’m done as well….with sell outs.

  40. 91 Anonymous
    July 11, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Tome, I have always believed Tavis was jealous of Presidet

  41. 92 Anonymous
    July 13, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    It really baffles me as a black women as to why black people are so stuck on stupid. First of all the President of the United
    States should not be disrespected by being called a Dick, and any black person that can see anythng postive in a remark such as that is just plain ignorant. Barack did not cause this mess that the United States is in. He is trying his best to make it right, but the one’s the caused it from the beginnig are doing everything in thier power to make him look bad and it make me sick to the stomach when a black person agrees with the conspriacy that has been going on for years. To all my black brothers and sister that are blinded by the light it’s time for you to wake up. We should be thankful that after all we have been through that we finally made history and that’s something we should be proud of, and last but not least as a black person if you don’t have anything good to say about Barack, keep you mouths closed.

  42. 93 Moelittle
    July 13, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    I am very pleased that you called these two out for what they are. Tavis is a brother who has barely made it and all the hater aid that he has consumed is troubling. It makes me so angry when so called educated brothers who have so much blackness about them, want to call someone else out on how he/she ain’t taking the black community’s issues seriously enough. Funny, when they want to get married or date,
    it’s the football team mentality all over again. How light, bright can I go. They are the field folk who got loose with an opportunity.

    Obama’s mom was a single woman and so was Tavis’ mom, so……why hate? Couldn’t Tavis be president? Oh, why doesn’t he run?
    Well, if he won’t run and be a part of the solution, then perhaps he should support the brother that did.

    There are conversations that we are willing to have in our homes, but we wouldn’t dare take them to the greater community at large. We were just taught better than that. Cornell with so much book sense, doesn’t know that? Has he assimilated so much that he doesn’t understand the community whose issues he is supposedly sensitive about? My, my, my, my. Both of them need a good old fashion. Cornell is educated, but
    Tavis needs to wake up. Not too many opportunities awaiting him. And last I checked, he needs to look back at who raised him. Clearly, a wonderful lady, but for him to have made it even to where he is, was nothing but the prayers of the righteous. Come on now. SERIOUSLY!!!!

  43. 94 Derrick Kipp
    July 13, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    as Always, Tom Joyner Is on the Pulse of Black America. I listen to to Tom Because He is informative and entertaining as Well. He is Always Out front on the issues whether in talk or in joke. I will Refrain From Bashing the offenders, But remember Al Sharpton Took him to task on this same stream of action and everyone palmed it off as the Reverend over reacting. I have written off that man long ago for the same reasons.

  44. July 14, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    I must say that this comes as no surprise to me, the truth is I have never cared for Travis Smiley, and don’t watch his show. He is a pompous arrogant sell-out, shell of a Black Man. I intensely dislike his shifty political posturing that is clearly motivated by his personal underhanded agenda. The man is obviously full of himself, and I seriously doubt that a laxative or stool softener could relieve his chronic symptoms. He is the sneaky, annoying, and conniving kid that was chased home from school on a regular basis. It is sad even shameful that any network would grant this buffoon a forum to spew his envy lased venom to a gullible audience. There is an old expression that addresses this very scenario… “Feces Occurs” and Travis is living proof of this phenomena.

  45. 96 Delores
    July 15, 2011 at 1:12 am

    I am disheartened by the gross disrespect accorded to this President. People seem to think it is okay to say any and everything in a public forum about President Obama. It is one thing to disagree with his politics but keep this in mind he does not govern alone. No president does and has ever done. Some of the smarter ones have more ideas for others to embrace and he is one of the smarter ones. The nations troubles were not created by him and what recovery we have had is largely because of him. America should be ashamed of themselves all of this negativism, hate and angst is not only not necessary it is counter productive. It is also very curious, the only thing I can attribute this to is racism on the part of most and stupidity on the part of others who are drinking the Kool aid that the media and the republicans are serving. America GET A GRIP!!!

  46. July 15, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Yes, my brother, yes!!! The ime has come for new voices. Smiley and West have let us down!

  47. 98 Madelyn Woods
    July 15, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    I agree wholeheartedly with Tom Joyner. I can’t believe the black men who are jealous of President Obama. If you can’t reach the highest office in the land too bad.

  48. 99 Anonymous
    July 17, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    I am wondering… What is REALLY wrong with them two?.. Is it a medical/mental issue? Do they feel that they will come out with flying colors or in the lime light? N.O.T. , all they are setting themselves up for is to be USED.

  49. 100 Anonymous
    July 28, 2011 at 3:07 am

    Thank you Tom Joyner for doing what should have been done long ago (DONE) !

  50. 101 Anonymous
    July 29, 2011 at 12:06 am

    I hear ya Tom, my sister told me the same thing about Tavis and I refused to believe it . I thought he was really about the people, but she was right it’s about selling books and selling out.

  51. 102 KELLY, M. M.
    July 29, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I never wish anyone any harm or bad luck, but, sometimes we make our fate by the choices and the company we keep!
    I totally agree with you Mr. Joyner about those two people. Even if you feel that way about your own, you never say it in public or allow it to be said in disrepect about your own in a public arena. They don’t deserve to have their names cross your lips!!

  52. 103 B. C. Robinson
    August 9, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I”ve buried my head in the sand to long, thinking that these tiype of comments would go away. There seem to be no respect for
    our President at all and I think its time that something be done. People who we voted for in political positions don’t seem to respect
    the office nor the President of the United States either. Freedom of speach has gone too far.And I think its wrong. Yes I will continue to pray, but its time for the voice of the people be heard, I don’t think all people feel that President Obama is not worthy of this position. He’s a very intelligent man and he has taken this verbal abuse well. we need to come together, in boycott,stations, Tv program and people who take part in such mess, and speak loud at the polls, as well as through the media. This need to stop!

  53. 104 Cherry
    August 11, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Thanks Tom,

    I figured Tavis out a long time ago. It is really said to see our people turn on each other and not really think about what is taking place in the political arena. As the saying goes, we’re like crabs in a basket, as soon as one gets to the top another reaches and tries to pull us back down.
    Enjoy listening every morning on my way to work at a prison trying to teach federal inmates, majority of them Black and don’t see the need to be educated.

  54. 105 Anonymous
    August 25, 2011 at 11:27 am

    GOOD, now everyone else needs to fire the other two. It hurts my heart to see how our own peoples are so disrespectful to this president. We have not yet learn together we stand, divide we fall.

  55. 106 Captain Tony Gilbert
    August 26, 2011 at 7:19 am

    Since they were educated, in the real world of “street” and “academia” they both should realize that it is okay to hate game but NOT the messenger. My mother always said “be careful what you say about a person on your way up ’cause you may have to lay down for them as they come down”.

  56. 107 Anonymous
    September 6, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Kudos to you Mr. Joyner. I only wish I had the forum that you have, and could speak my mind to those two and others. Our President has put up with more crap then any other president in this country. Thanks so much for this opportunity. Tina Sesay

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