March 31, 2008 9:47 a.m.

Racial healer Lou Dobbs explains how he’s sick of “cotton pickin'” black leaders telling him how he can and can’t talk about race (he catches himself at the last minute — sorta) …

Special thanks to TPM Reader AR for the catch.

Late Update: Whenever we do posts like this, we’ll have a certain amount of readers who write in and say, ‘hey, what he said wasn’t racist’. So just so we’re clear: we’re not saying it was. Many of the videos we publish, like the Rep. Sestak one on Friday, or this earlier one about the Obama surrogate from Texas who couldn’t come up with a single Obama accomplishment when asked, are just funny moments on TV that we share for a mix of news and entertainment value. As someone who’s done some TV I certainly know that all sorts of things can come out of your mouth when you’re ad-libbing. But in this case, when Lou Dobbs is railing against African-Americans like Condi Rice and Barack Obama for having the temerity to say that race is still an issue in America and the first adjective that pops into his head to describe them is “cotton-pickin'”, we think it deserves a little tweak.

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