Conservative pundit Tim Graham tweeted himself into a hot spot recently after commenting about the skin color of Karen Finney, MSNBC’s newest host.
MSNBC recently announced that Finney, a democratic consultant and political analyst for the network, would host the 4-5:00 p.m. hour of news on Saturdays and Sundays, right before Ed Schultz’s new weekend show.
Despite Finney’s many accomplishments, including her feat as the first African American spokeswoman for the Democratic National Committee, she apparently came up short, according to Graham, in making sure her skin was dark enough.
Graham wrote on Twitter: “MSNBC touting Karen Finney as another African-American host. Would the average viewer be able to guess that? Or is Boehner a shade more tan?”
Twitter users descended upon Graham’s account shortly after, calling him a racist and for him to be fired. And, because it’s Twitter, many users took a satirical tone.
Twitter user Steve Weddle wrote, “Dropped a banana down two flights of stairs. Ugh. Bright side: It is now black enough for Tim Graham.”
Dave Weigel wrote, “Imagining Tim Graham watching TV with a paint color sample book, trying to identify the races of pundits.”
Despite her lighter skin tone, Finney is related to black slaves from Virginia on her father’s side. On her mother’s side, Finney is the great great grand niece of white Confederate General Robert E Lee.