And you thought race-baiting was bad…
It now appears that Touré, an MSNBC contributor, is a 9-11 conspiracy crank. Writing after Van Jones, the former White House green jobs czar, was fired in 2009, Touré took to Twitter to defend Jones’s outlandish statements with some of his own.
On September 7th, 2009, Touré sent the following tweets about the incident.
“Van Jones was forced to resign partly bc questions the truth of 9/11 but that Pentagon attack is really fishy…”
“How could a plane crash into the Pentagon? And not appear on video cameras?? And leave little wreckage??? #Don’tbuyitfiremenow.”
“This fascinating video raises questions about the Pentagon attack: 757 or missle? http://bit.ly/12AOlN”
The tweets didn’t get Touré canned from his job as “idea writer” at Time or commentator at MSNBC. He remains the go-to-guy for both outlets when it comes to his favorite topic: race.
Touré sees himself as the arbiter of all matters racial – and he demonstrates an extreme xenophobia in the process. In March, after news broke about the Trayvon Martin shooting, Touré said the case “reminds him” of the face of Emmett Till, the murdered black Mississippian (killed in ’55 long before Touré was born in Boston in 1971). He then told Piers Morgan, the British-born CNN host, that Piers wasn’t qualified to discuss the Trayvon Martin case. “You are too new to this situation to fully understand what’s really going on here, and what’s really at stake here for America,” Touré told Morgan. Morgan, without missing a beat, replied: “What a load of fatuous nonsense you speak, don't you Touré?”
Touré retweeted people praising him long into the weekend, only to realize on Sunday that he’d been shown up. It was only when his comments went viral that he offered this mealy-mouthed non-apology apology: “I should not have gotten caught up in ‘winning’ the debate with Piers. I got caught up with ‘winning’ on some masculine bravado bs when my whole point has always been justice for this boy. I lost sight of that.”
He’s lost sight of a lot of things. Touré describes blacks he likes as belonging to his “community.” Of course, that phrase, when it comes from Touré, doesn’t mean former presidential candidate Herman Cain. It means blacks that think like Touré, of course. Cain, despite working his way up from poverty, getting a computer science and mathematics degree, and running a very successful company, is, according to Touré, “intellectually ridiculous.”
“You have to learn to shape your voice and find the courage to say really honest things,” Touré told The Milton Measure, the high school newspaper I once edited. You have to give Touré credit for saying what he believes. Sadly, he apparently believes Truther lies – and that’s just the start of his intellectual and moral ridiculousness.
UPDATE: Touré and Piers Morgan have gotten into a battle on Twitter over Touré's Trutherism:
Morgan tweeted this moments ago:
Wow. I'm sure you can explain this, right @Toure? bit.ly/HHUkjK
Touré fired back:
Easily . I'll do so right after you explain why you & James Hipwell stole several hundred thousand pounds. I'll wait.
facts aren't your strong point, are they mate? That's what I meant when I said you're not a proper journalist. Maybe try a course?