Hey black man

John Amato captures the video of (and blog-wide reaction to) Tim Russert's curious choice to ask the one black senator about a two-week-old incident involving a black entertainer.

Just after new year's day-o, Harry Belafonte visited Venezuela and praised Chavez while calling Bush a terrorist.

Whatever you think of the precision or wisdom of Belafonte's comments is not the issue here. The issue is: why did Russert choose to ask Senator Barack Obama about it?

It could be nothing, could be coincidence, but as Peter Daou put it: "Why did Russert ask Obama in particular about the statements of someone who isn't an elected official, who doesn't speak for Democrats, who doesn't represent Obama, who doesn't represent the Democratic Party, who is entitled to his own opinion..."

Via Firedoglake: "It's interesting to note that the only other time Russert questioned anyone about Harry Belafonte before, according to what Glenn Greenwald (via email) could find was when he asked Colin Powell..." For more comments from around the blogs, go [HERE]. (CrooksandLiars)

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