McLaughlin Draws Ire for Calling Obama 'Oreo'

Venerable TV host in hot water
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2008 2:15 PM CDT

(Newser) – John McLaughlin is drawing heat for calling Barack Obama an “Oreo” on his show yesterday. The longtime TV host defined the derogatory term as “a black on the outside, a white on the inside,” and wondered aloud if Jesse Jackson was miffed because “an Oreo should be the beneficiary of the long civil rights struggle.” Guests Michelle Bernard and Peter Beinart objected strongly, CNN reports.

Said Bernard: "If Barack Obama is an Oreo, then every member of this generation of African-Americans is an Oreo."