MSNBC provided serial misinformer Carrie Severino a platform to respond to Thursday’s Supreme Court decision ending affirmative action, a policy she compared to segregation and Japanese internment in the U.S. during World War II. Severino is president of the conservative Judicial Crisis Network, and has a history of spreading false information under the veneer of legal analysis.
MSNBC guest anchor Lindsey Reiser appeared completely unprepared for the interview, offering only the mildest pushback as her guest made offensive and unsubstantiated claims. In Reiser’s flawed analysis, the 14th Amendment — which granted citizenship and equal protection under the law to formerly enslaved Black people — is in fact a race-neutral, colorblind addition to the United States Constitution.
Severino’s claim that affirmative action stems from the same logic that justified segregation and Korematsu v. United States — the WWII Supreme Court decision that sanctioned internment of Japanese Americans — is straight from the right-wing playbook. If MSNBC was willing to book Severino, the network should have been prepared for this clichéd and racist talking point.
Severino additionally referred to different “types” of Asian Americans and Hispanics, and used the phrase “a Black” as a noun, which should be avoided.