>Caller: C-SPAN taking too many black callers, should change name to BLACK-SPAN


Saw this on The Huffington Post this morning and it’s just completely outlandish. Here’s what the caller said to host Bill Scanlan:

CALLER: Yeah, I’d like to make a little respectful criticism here about C-SPAN. The last two guys I know were white guys. But you have black folks calling in on the Republican line, independents…and you have so many of them. I cannot believe this is just an accident. If you keep on with the way you have been programming you should change your name from C-SPAN to BLACK-SPAN. I mean, I know they have an opinion, but I wish that they would be honest and call in on the right line. Every one of them thinks that Obama is Jesus Christ, and they do not like when anybody criticizes him. Well, I didn’t hear all this anger when George Bush was in. I mean, all they did was criticize George Bush. Every day you would hear “He lied, he lied.” I do not know how some many of these folks if they are 10% or 12% of the population, seems to be 80% of your callers. Now, I do not know what you can do about it, but I’m just about ready — and I think a lot of other republicans or conservatives are about ready to go somewhere else.

While I understand it’s best for hosts to not get involved in debates with callers on formats similar to C-SPAN’s, I thought Scanlan should have been more critical of the caller instead of patronizing him by saying he “understand his frustration.”