Minneapolis radio host Baker promoted video of pastor calling Obama's mother "trash"

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On his radio show and website, Chris Baker promoted an Internet video in which the Rev. James David Manning of ATLAH World Missionary Church in Harlem says: "The difference between Obama's mama and Bristol Palin is that Obama's mama was trash. I mean, she was dirt. She was a bag of trash sitting on the sidewalk waiting there in Honolulu on one of those streets for the garbage truck to come by and pick her up and take her to the dump."

During the October 7 broadcast of his Minneapolis radio show, Chris Baker promoted an Internet video featuring the Rev. James David Manning of ATLAH World Missionary Church in Harlem making derogatory remarks about Sen. Barack Obama's mother. Baker said of the video, which was featured as the "Daily Download" on Baker's website, "Oh God, you have to -- you have to see this. This guy -- I mean, this guy just goes off. And he's not really wrong, either. That's the best part, at least, you know -- at least, in my hate-filled opinion." Baker also repeatedly played clips from the video of Manning saying, "Obama's mama. Yeah"; "Obama's mama"; and "Yeah."

The video, titled "Manning's Fierce Prayer for Bristol Palin" -- Gov. Sarah Palin's daughter -- was posted on YouTube on September 2. In the footage, Manning repeatedly refers to Obama's mother, Ann Dunham, as "trash," saying: "The difference between Obama's mama and Bristol Palin is that Obama's mama was trash. I mean, she was dirt. She was a bag of trash sitting on the sidewalk waiting there in Honolulu on one of those streets for the garbage truck to come by and pick her up and take her to the dump." Manning later said: "[M]y mama told me back in the '50s and the '60s, the only kind of white women that would take up with a black man back in the '50s and the '60s was a trashy white woman. The only kind of white woman that would take up with a black man in the '50s and the '60s was a sloozy, was a floozy, was a lowlife, snail-eating, white woman. That's the kind of woman that Obama's mama was." He also said: "Want to talk about Bristol Palin? Let's talk about that piece of trash called Obama's mama. Want to talk about Bristol Palin? Let's talk about that trash that hatched Obama. Yeah."

As Media Matters for America has documented, Manning has previously made inflammatory remarks about Obama, saying on February 16 that Obama "was born trash," "pimps white women and black women," and is an "emissary of the devil."

From Baker's website:

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From the October 7 broadcast of KTLK-FM's The Chris Baker Show:

[AUDIO CLIP: Obama's mama. Yeah.]

BAKER: You have to go to the website, by the way, KTLKFM.com, the -- probably most radical yet hysterical download of the day.

[AUDIO CLIP: Obama's mama.]

BAKER: Yeah. This guy's definitely going to be thrown out of the brothers club, no doubt.

[AUDIO CLIP: Obama's mama. Yeah.]

BAKER: He is not happy with Barack Obama and not happy with the attacks on Sarah Palin's daughter.

[AUDIO CLIP: Obama's mama.]

BAKER: You ought to hear what this guy says about her.

[AUDIO CLIP: Yeah.]

BAKER: He -- it is -- I mean, this guy goes off, and it's like 10 minutes, but it's the download of the day at KTLKFM.com, and maybe -- you know what? This posting -- this video --

[AUDIO CLIP: Yeah.]

BAKER: -- could maybe help us beat snagglepuss [Sen.] Joe Lieberman [I-CT].

[AUDIO CLIP: Yeah.]

PERRY: 'Cause it's that bad, you think?

[AUDIO CLIP: Yeah.]

BAKER: So -- in fact, anytime someone asks me a question and I answer in the affirmative, I'm not even going to say it, I'm just going to hit this button.

[AUDIO CLIP: Yeah.]

BAKER: Let's try --

PERRY: Should the Vikings have kicked away from Reggie Bush last night after he returned a punt for a touchdown?

[AUDIO CLIP: Yeah.]

PERRY: Oh, wow.

BAKER: See how that works? See how that works? Am I smoking hot?

[AUDIO CLIP: Yeah.]

BAKER: Absolutely.

[...]

BAKER: We started out talking football, and I gotta be honest with you, they -- this team, you know, I'm glad they won, don't get me wrong. I'm very happy that they won last night, I'm glad they bet these Saints, even though I think it is really a hate crime to beat the Saints, because as we all know --

[AUDIO CLIP: Yeah.]

BAKER: -- New Orleans suffered enormously under Hurricane Katrina, and I think going into New Orleans and beating them in their home stadium --

[AUDIO CLIP: Yeah.]

BAKER: -- is really a hate crime.

[AUDIO CLIP: Yeah.]

PERRY: Sick and wrong.

BAKER: Yeah, I mean, I really do, I believe so.

[AUDIO CLIP: Obama's mama.]

BAKER: That is the -- this is the funniest video. I'm telling you, dude. You haven't seen it, have you?

PERRY: No, I haven't.

BAKER: Oh God, you have to -- you have to see this. This guy -- I mean, this guy just goes off. And he's not really wrong, either.

PERRY: Is it --

BAKER: That's the best part, at least, you know -- at least, in my hate-filled opinion.

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