Mike Rowe has always championed working men and women, those who perform the "dirty jobs" that keep America running with trade skills that are becoming more scarce. So it didn't take him long to sound off after a week-long tirade by political reporters blaming Donald Trump's popularity on "uneducated white men."
Rowe, the star of Dirty Jobs and Somebody's Got To Do It, decided to write a blog post taking the media to task after fan Albert Samos wrote that he found it "vaguely offensive and somewhat confusing" to be characterized as an "uneducated white man."
MIke Rowe blog entry
"If the media is referring to Trump supporters who happen to be male caucasians suffering from a lack of knowledge brought about by an absence of formal or practical instruction, than I guess 'uneducated white men' is a fair description," he wrote. "However, if the Trump supporters in question are being dubbed 'uneducated' simply because they didn't earn a four-year degree, I'd say the media's slip is showing."
Rowe compared the current coverage to eight years ago when President Obama ran.
"The words "uneducated white men" now appear in hundreds of articles about Trump. But if this is truly important information, where were these reporters four years ago? In the last election, an even greater majority of African-American males who voted for President Obama had no college on their resume. Maybe I missed it, but I don't recall any headlines or articles that delved into Obama's popularity among 'uneducated black men,'" he wrote.
"There are many ways to become educated that don't involve the purchase of a diploma."
"The media has minimized your work, insulted your intelligence, and ignored your contribution to civilized life. Try not to take it personally. Just keep doing what you do. Run your business. Vote your conscience. Keep the lights on for the rest of us. And the next time some hack writer impersonating a journalist attacks a candidate by calling their supporters 'uneducated' - simply because their base of knowledge isn't memorialized on a sheepskin - send them this picture and tell 'em their slip is showing. And that one lousy hatchet job deserves another."
Rowe's retort wasn't the only highlight in the debate over white men.
On C-SPAN this week, a white man from North Carolina admitted he was prejudiced towards black people and asked the president of the liberal think Demos, how he could change and become "a better American?"
It's a riveting conversation between a white man and a black woman. Watch it below.