Mitchell Apologizes For "Redneck" Comment
MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell apologized today for calling southwest Virginia, "real redneck" country. Toward the end of her 1pmET hour, she said, "I owe an apology to the good people of Bristol, Virginia for something stupid that I said."
The editor of the Bristol Herald Courier (in Bristol, Virginia), J. Todd Foster, wrote a column published yesterday in response to the comment.
"I'm a redneck. But then again, so is every one of you reading this column. Or so says Andrea Mitchell of NBC News," writes Foster.
Mitchell made the comment last Thursday as she referred to "interesting images," of Sen. Barack Obama appearing with Sen. Mark Warner in southwest Virginia. "This is real redneck, sort of...um, bordering on Appalachia country," she said. "This is not the northern Virginia, sort of, high tech corridor. These are not voters he would logically be gravitating to." Click here for the YouTube clip. (link)
Okay, now that the outrage has subsided, how many of us here in Southwest Virginia get bent out of shape when someone calls one of us a redneck? Anyone? Shoot, Duke, I've got the weaponry, the pickup truck, the Blue Ribbon beer, and the By God American flag hanging from my deck rail.
Redneck? Born and bred, baby.
Still, we don't need some wine-sippin', French pastry nibblin' northeast liberal prune making a temporary stopover in the area - with her favorite elitist Democrat candidate in tow - and going out of her way to call us names. We accept it from ourselves. We won't accept it from them. Now or ever.
You and Obama go where you're wanted, Ms. Mitchell. That ain't here. Apology hereby rejected.