Princeton Prof West and Travis Smiley See Socialism in Bank Bailouts

Posted on October 14, 2011

Right on Professor West.  West is Cornel West the Democratic politico better known as “radical” who endeavors to keep the Martin Luther King Legacy alive.

Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual.  He is the Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton University.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton.  He has taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard and the University of Paris.  He has written 19 books and edited 13 books.  He is best known for his classic Race Matters, Democracy Matters, and his new memoir, Brother West:  Living and Loving Out Loud.  He appears frequently on the Bill Maher Show, Colbert Report, CNN and C-Span as well as on his dear Brother, Tavis Smiley’s PBS TV Show.  He can be heard weekly on Tavis Smiley’s NPI radio program.  The Smiley and West radio show is a highly acclaimed progressive program.  He made his film debut in the Matrix – and was the commentator (with Ken Wilbur) on the official trilogy released in 2004.  He also has appeared in over 25 documentaries and films including Examined Life, Call & Response, Sidewalk and Stand.  Last, he has made three spoken word albums including Never Forget, collaborating with Prince, Jill Scott, Andre 3000, Talib Kweli, KRS-One and the late Gerald Levert. [Cornel West Official Website]

On the O’Reilly show recently, he was asked if the Wall Street protestors were spouting socialism to which West’s talk show “partner,” Travis Smile, replied with a question to an o’Reilley rant on the subject: ”

He [O’Reilly] said that what Smiley and West seemed to want was for the government to “forcibly seize” money from the rich and give it to the poor. “That’s socialism and that’s not going to work here,” he concluded.

“It wasn’t socialism when we bailed out the banks in the first place?” Smiley said. He started to say that O’Reilly had been “right” in a recent attack on Stanley O’Neal, the former head of Merril Lynch. O’Reilly misheard him.

“Lied about it?!” he thundered. “What do you mean i lied about it?!”

and wondered why, when Occupy Wall Street protesters were being arrested, no “bankster” had gone to jail “to pay for his crimes.”

“They didn’t violate any laws!” O’Reilly said, prompting Smiley and West to essentially lose it. “OOOOOHHHHHHHH!” they both said together. “How do you know?!” West yelled. “There’s been no investigations! Why would you say something like that?!” [Huff Po]

O’Reilly offered to invite them back on his show should they find documentation of wrong-doing.  Meanwhile, O’Reilly’s inclusion of the West/Smiley read on the political scene and Huff Po’s coverage of it are laudable.  Although the aforementioned appeared in another section, Huff Po has a media monitoring project that bears watching.

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