Conservative Media Watchdog Questions Whether African-American Host Is Dark Enough

Tim Graham, director of media analysis at the conservative Media Research Center, questioned MSNBC’s description of newly announced weekend host Karen Finney as African-American because of her skin color on Tuesday. 

Finney, a former Democratic operative, has written in detail about her family background: she is the descendant of slaves on her father’s side and the great, great, great, great niece of Confederate general Robert E. Lee on her mother’s. 

Graham has raised some odd complaints about how the media handles race in the past. As Media Matters noted, he once suggested the press was deliberately covering up President Obama’s dating history to keep people from learning he had previously gone out with white women.