Liberal group calls Romney too white for blacks to like

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Paul Bedard,Washington Secrets

In advance of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's speech Wednesday to the NAACP, a liberal group headed by a former New York Times reporter and ex-Media Matters executive have produced a video "satire" that claims blacks don't like Romney, who they dub so white he makes "Wonder Bread look like pumpernickel."

The YouTube from "The Message," an online "media hub," is described as a satirical video of Romney getting advice on what to say to the civil rights group. Or, as they said in a release, the video "lacerates Romney and his advisors as they prepare for his speech to NAACP in Houston on Wednesday."

The lead "advisor" in the video is described as the brainchild of the 1988 Willie Horton ads and the 2004 swift boat campaign. He states bluntly that "blacks don't like us and we're about to give a speech to a whole lot of them."

He also says to the candidate, "you are so white, you are extremely white, you make Wonder Bread look like pumpernickel," before advising the Romney actor never fully seen to "go on out there and get all Mormon, Martin Luther King on them, you're going to be great."

According to a news release, The Message said it plans to use videos to "say things that Democrats are afraid to say, connect with young voters-many of whom are alienated by today's political climate, and give smart and insightful voices an opportunity to contribute to the debate."

The group is directed by Razor & Tie co-founder Cliff Chenfeld, former Media Matters for America president Eric Burns, former AOL chief creative officer and co-founder of theknot.com Michael Wolfson, and former New York Times journalist Andrew Zipern. "The Message's unique mix of entertainment experience, political and messaging savvy, online creativity and distribution expertise, and a journalist's eye makes it the platform Democrats and progressives need to lift their voices above the Republicans and have a cultural conversation that molds this election cycle and beyond," added the release.