Shameful: MSNBC Blames Failed UAW Vote in Tennessee on Racism

NoahTimothy Noah 

Timothy Noah, a whiney-tongued income inequality writer for MSNBC is a former senior editor at the far-left propaganda journal The New Republic and was a senior writer for Slate, another far-left tool. He went on to MSNBC yesterday and fabricated a story out of whole cloth about racism being the cause of the workers rejecting the UAW contract at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee a few days ago.

The interviewer then made a baseless allegation that the reason behind this billboard below was racism.


According to this MSNBC interviewer, if you use Obama’s name, you’re a racist.

Listen to Noah and then the smug interviewer at the end:


This is the real reason the UAW workers voted down the UAW unionization effort:

Racism is real and when irresponsible people invent racist events out of thin air, they are hurting efforts to end racism. They are also race-baiting. This is a real insult to the 712 people who voted against the UAW contract.

In fact, Detroit is the UAW and therein lies a problem for the UAW, not racism. The Northern liberals are destroying many of the jobs in the cities, and unsustainable union demands play no small role.

Since 1979, the UAW has lost 75% of its membership. Is that racism too?

The Tennessee workers might have been worried about their jobs going to Mexico which is a real possibility. Volkswagen is in business to make money, not to feather union nests. Volkswagen has $7 billion set aside for development in our hemisphere but most of it is slated for Mexico.

Mexican workers make one-sixth to one-seventh less and the quality of their work is the same as U.S. workers.

After we bailed out GM and Chrysler, which is now Fiat, the two companies and Ford sent business to Mexico where 3 million cars are made a year. That number is expected to increase 38% by 2016 with all foreign automakers adding plants there. Mexico is now the 8th largest car maker.



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  32 comments for “Shameful: MSNBC Blames Failed UAW Vote in Tennessee on Racism

  1. Jim
    February 18, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Guess that makes all the foreign leaders who’ve made President Obama look weak and foolish super racists!

  2. John Williams
    February 18, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Racism is the club used by those on the left to attempt demonize anyone who disagrees with them or when they don’t get their way, it is getting a bit old and people are starting to catch on to the fact that is for the most part BS. Unions are dying because they have gone from a necessary tool to protect and help workers to a political tool used more for political support of those who will vote for more union pork, (PRIMARILY DEMOCRATS) look at the last 2 major elections unions donated over 1 BILLION DOLLARS each election, the majority going to democrats. If the union members want to complain about how things are working then then should look at who their unions supported for President. It is a fact if you need brain surgery you don’t go to your dentist, consequently if you want to create jobs you get someone who knows how, you don’t hire a community organizer. I have no sympathy for union organizers they have crapped in their own bed and it is their own damn fault. Things will not change until union membership forces the change or until there is no one left who wants to join a union.

    • DJPJ
      February 18, 2014 at 1:10 pm

      Would you agree that the unions, because of federal laws, have pretty much lost all of their primary issues which made them so powerful in the first place? Demanding pay raids is no long a viable issue since, the profit motive must be there if any company is to continue doing business in this country

      • DJPJ
        February 18, 2014 at 1:12 pm

        Oops! should read pay “raises”

        • billybob
          February 18, 2014 at 1:46 pm

          You used the right word because unions ”raid” your paycheck to get money to support political candidates most of which you won’t support on a bet

          • joe
            February 18, 2014 at 6:46 pm

            You have a right to op out of having your dues used for political purposes.

      • John Williams
        February 18, 2014 at 1:51 pm

        I am not to sure what they have lost due to federal law but I would bet if they lost something it was gained back in spades somewhere else. As near as I can tell there is a federal law that requires highway contracts to be done by union workers regardless of the fact it costs the taxpayer (you and I) about 20% more for the work to be done, remember those “shovel ready jobs” that cost taxpayers even though there were no shovel ready jobs. Remember the GM bailout that had nothing to do with GM but was a payback for the UAW? The NLRB has has been stacked with union friendly lawyers which is used against those in the business world in favor of the unions,remember when Boeing was trying to locate a plant in a non union state and the NLRB stepped in telling private enterprise how to run their business? The statistics, should you choose to look them up, prove that right to work states have a higher standard of living and will recover faster from an economic down turn. I know much has been said about those greedy companies who take their business to another country because of cheaper labor but much of the reason is due to exorbitant demands by unions and over regulation by the government. I have never believed in the laws in most areas that are unionized that force someone to join a union just to get a job, the whole statement by unions and IN THE UNION POCKET DEMOCRATS that they are for workers rights is a crock of BS, if they were for workers rights there would be a federal law stating that the worker has a CHOICE, (the national right to work bill constantly crushed by democrats) for that the union would have to earn the membership not demand it. I myself could never see any sense in belonging to a union and paying dues , a percentage of which would go to support political causes and political candidates that I myself would not support. Forced union dues are used to support candidates who in turn support more unionization so the candidate can get more money in their campaign coffers. The truth is a union has never created a job, they have only come in after the fact, it is those with the desire to risk it all that step up and start a business.

    • rhuland
      February 18, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      I have known how rotten unions are since union thugs threatened to throw my husband down a water tower he was waterproofing in Miami 57 years ago because he refused to join. Actually longer, as my Dad complained of union workers trying to slow down production at a GE war plant where he was machine shop supervisor, back in 1943 0r 44. They have outlived their usefulness by at least 75 years and should be abolished.

  3. johnnywoods
    February 18, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    I just awakened and am now ready to face the day. I guess that makes me a racist since I am White:-)

  4. tlsmith1138
    February 18, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    So did the loser liberal Bob Beckel from Fox News “The Five”.

  5. englishlass
    February 18, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    And then we get the usual slander and hate for Fox news even though they are generally the ONLY ones that ARE fair and balanced.

  6. Sua Sponte
    Sua Sponte
    February 18, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    The left pulling out the “racist” card?….I guess there’s a first for everything….libs/left/dems are loosers….If anything and everything that occurs in your life leaves you pulling the race card, you my friend, are a looser..

  7. Ed Rueger
    February 18, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Whiney [edited] more like it.

  8. don
    February 18, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    I am fed up with left wing liars of our decadant propaganda media. Noah is too stupid to use rational arguements so if you disagree with him you are “racist.” Well comrade Noah, first of all I couldn’t care less about the opinion of a marxist. I suggest if any pseudojournalist supports unions, Obama and democrats then they are marxist traitors who should be deported to the totalitarian communist country of their choice. MSNBC should be banned for treason and habitual mendacity.

  9. June Nelson
    February 18, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    We use to have a saying, “Those that smelled it first, dealt it”. A racist will play the racism card any time they do not get there way. They have no other argument, nothing to support there opinion or there agenda so they play the dependable race card. The race card has been working for the past 50+ years and now that it has been boosted by a Racist in the White House it will be used more and more.

  10. Phil F
    February 18, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    So if you use Obama’s name anywhere you’re a racist? I hate to use his name at all does that make me a racist too?
    How about if I use names like Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, Justice Clarence Thomas, Col Allen West, Dr. Ben Carson and J C Watts, all outstanding black Americans that I would support for political office. Using their names does that make me a racist? Liberals are such a sorry lot and liberalism is a mental disease.

  11. Charles Matthews
    February 18, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    I was born and raised in the Heart of Dixie during yhe 50’s and 60’s and work a a small plant that specialized in Concrete accessories. We were a paert of the Steelworkers Union, but without as much clout.I watched this election as it ensued and made myself a bet that this VW plant would remain non-union.Coming from B,ham and witnessing the white members of our Union never attendingI can just imagine some of what was said meetings and siding with mgmt on any disputes it didnn’t suprise me at all. My Mom and Dad who grew up in Alabama in the 20’s 30’s 40’s 50’s and 60’s use to tell that a persons action rather than words will always show where that person is coming from, and to this day that little truism remains in effect.

  12. Charles Matthews
    February 18, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    A continuation of my previous post, I’ll bet you a five hundred pound fatman that 99 percent of the white workers in this plant voted to keep the union out. I also can just imagine the conversations that went on before the vote The Union is just for N___ers. Now you can say there were no racial overtones but look yourself in the mirror and tell your self that I’m lying.Theres no Racism andbecause you’ve been fed by Nixon, Reagan, a Double doese of Bush and as I’ve heard befor If you tell people something long enough, they’ll believe it. I Was speaking of FX News fair an balanced VBS

    • Darrin McKillip
      February 18, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      There is a great deal of racist overtones in your post Mr Matthews.
      You should have listened closer to your parents when you were young, because your worlds tell a story of hate……

    • James Pryor
      February 20, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      Matthews and Noah, both total idiots!! Volkswagen embraces a very strong unified stance on diversity and the appreciation of it. We have a very diverse group of employees that work hard together. We have never had a moment of racist agenda within our walls at the Chattanooga plant. We are all friends and neighbors first. You have no idea about the culture of Chattanooga. When you go screaming racism and finding ways to associate your own bigoted feelings on others, the fingers are all pointing back to you. At this point you just look stupid. As for a northern invasion, we have both workers and management personnel from northern factories working with us, side by side… they too are our friends and coworkers.
      The only one not welcome here my friend, would be the two of you.

  13. True Blue
    February 18, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Interesting; especially since the government sold its stake in GM to -who was it again?- oh yes, the UAW. So the UAW now controlls the majority stake of General Motors.
    In the first place, why would any company invite their competitor’s ownership to “organize” their labor force?
    Meanwhile, GM is building how many cars in Mexico?
    What a joke.

  14. gatman7
    February 18, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Collectivists know they can’t gain power by revealing what they really are trying to do. They must dumb down the population and confuse people by bombarding them with PC BS. It’s usually useless to talk to them, much less pay attention to their insane PC accusations. Play them for laughs.

  15. dave
    February 18, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    not racism, but utter crap
    call it what it is

  16. brs02
    February 18, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    You are failing to mention that VW actually supported the union move into their shop.

  17. February 18, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Freedom of association is a moral/virtuous concept that has been corrupted and regulated out of existence in this country. By using racial identity politics/PC, the Left has learned they can manipulate the system to their advantage. I am a proud conservative freedom-loving patriot whose skin color just happens to be black. Unions have become a cabal of marxists, especially the leadership whose time has come and gone.

  18. Zarus
    February 18, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    Timothy Noah, no one even cares what you say anymore, nor, do any care what the other pompous wind bags say either. Every time we hear or read the word “racism” we roll our eyes and wonder “Are you really so stupid or do you think America is that stupid?”. Timothy, go home and have mommy change your diaper, we smell your rot nationwide, white , black, brown, we all smell your rot.

  19. Unimpressed Pragmatist
    February 19, 2014 at 12:37 am

    When all else fails, SCREAM RACISM!

  20. Joyce Wells
    February 19, 2014 at 1:46 am

    The unions were great when they first started, but then they got greedy, they got power hungry, they became thugs, just like the candidates they campaign for. I live in a right to work state, you are not forced to pay dues that you know go to a corrupt government. It is sad knowing that the people who represent US are like prostitutes, bought and paid for by the unions. It’s almost funny and very sad when you realize what is going on, when you see these grown people fighting to see who gets on top. Who gets paid for their services to whom. The working men and women are just pawns to them, they are expendable.

  21. Richard Matthews
    February 19, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    I keep Government Motors on my boycott list.

  22. ruralcounsel
    February 20, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Sooner or later, “journalists” are going to learn they are eroding whatever immunity they have with the public with this kind of despicable behavior. Eventually, stepping outside the urban enclaves into the rest of the country and announcing yourself as a journalist is going to be suicidal. If a civil war breaks out, they will be primary targets. You think Mexican journalists have it bad? Just wait.

  23. Desiree Moore
    February 21, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Mexico? What about China? In 2012, GM built 2 new manufacturing plants in China and pledged to build 4 more plants in China by 2015. In 2012, the were proud to have 55,000 Chinese employees. I am sure that this number has increased since. I wonder were the outrage of the union members are? This amount of production could have been Detroit’s personal bailout, it they dropped their corrupt unions!

    This info is taken from GM’s own site….

    I ask where is the outrage?

  24. Tatersalad
    February 22, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    On Tuesday, attorney Joseph Farelli, a nationally recognized labor law expert, told Breitbart News the UAW would have little chance of success if it filed a challenge to NLRB certification of the election. “I don’t think the NLRB is willing to break new ground and state the conduct of a third party is sufficient to void the outcome of the election.”

    As Farelli explained, labor law on the grounds for filing a challenge to an NLRB certification of an organizing election is very clear.

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