"Washington Journal," C-SPAN's morning call-in program that features a rotating cast of placid anchors interviewing various lawmakers and journalists, is mostly for the true political obsessives.
But the show's callers, emboldened by anonymity, often steer the program well beyond typical Beltway chatter. The format not only surfaces viewpoints well outside the mainstream. It also generates many, many prank calls and moments like the one earlier this month, when "Anthony," a self-identified Republican from California, phoned in to diagnose his party's problem with President Obama.
"This is about race," he told host Steve Scully. "The Republicans hate that nigger Obama."
It certainly wasn't the first time the usually tranquil program veered into racist territory - an event always cut short as rapidly as possible by the mild-mannered host. And it won't be the last. Herewith is our catalog of these iconic moments of awfulness when the civic-minded environs of Washington Journal collide with the raw underbelly of American politics.
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