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Alexandria, VAMedia Research Center President Brent Bozell issued the following statement regarding Bryant Gumbels racist comments about the Olympics looking like a Republican Party convention due to its lack of black athletes.

Gumbels remarks reek of racism and arrogance, said Bozell. On HBOs Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, he actually said we should try not to laugh when someone says these are the worlds greatest athletes, despite a paucity of blacks that makes the Winter Games look like a GOP convention. Thats racial bean-counting. Its also morally skewed because it says that to be among the greatest athletes you have to be black.

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What if Gumbel had said a paucity of whites makes the NBA look like a Democratic convention? Rush Limbaugh was roundly denounced by the media when he made allegedly racist remarks about a football player. So where are the media condemnations now against Gumbel?

Judging people by race is just plain wrong. Will HBO have the temerity to at a minimum publicly reprimand Gumbel for his racist statements or will they cower to a has-been who has proven he cant hold a job in network news?


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