Thursday, July 22, 2010

Mainstream Media's Dirty Little Secret about Racist Charges

At different times, mainstream media has raised the absurd charge that two of the most respectful men on the planet, Ron Paul and Rand Paul, are racists.

Often when mainstream media launches these charges, they know full well they aren't true. In fact, sometimes they are in on the plot from the start to deceive with the charges.

How can I make this charge?

Because a left wing MSM writer, Spencer Ackerman, just got caught attempting to brand a neo-con , Fred Barnes, a racist, and it's clear Ackerman didn't give a hoot if the charges were true or not.

Here's Barnes in WSJ detailing the ugly plot:

When I'm talking to people from outside Washington, one question inevitably comes up: Why is the media so liberal? The question often reflects a suspicion that members of the press get together and decide on a story line that favors liberals and Democrats and denigrates conservatives and Republicans.


My response has usually been to say, yes, there's liberal bias in the media, but there's no conspiracy. The liberal tilt is an accident of nature. The media disproportionately attracts people from a liberal arts background who tend, quite innocently, to be politically liberal. If they came from West Point or engineering school, this wouldn't be the case.

Now, after learning I'd been targeted for a smear attack by a member of an online clique of liberal journalists, I'm inclined to amend my response. Not to say there's a media conspiracy, but at least to note that hundreds of journalists have gotten together, on an online listserv called JournoList, to promote liberalism and liberal politicians at the expense of traditional journalism.


My guess is that this and other revelations about JournoList will deepen the distrust of the national press. True, participants in the online clubhouse appear to hail chiefly from the media's self-identified left wing. But its founder, Ezra Klein, is a prominent writer for the Washington Post. Mr. Klein shut down JournoList last month—a wise decision.

It's thanks to Tucker Carlson's Daily Caller website that we know something about JournoList, though the emails among the liberal journalists were meant to be private. (Mr. Carlson hasn't revealed how he obtained the emails.) In June, the Daily Caller disclosed a series of JournoList musings by David Weigel, then a Washington Post blogger assigned to cover conservatives. His emails showed he loathes conservatives, and he was subsequently fired.

This week, Mr. Carlson produced a series of JournoList emails from April 2008, when Barack Obama's presidential bid was in serious jeopardy. Videos of the antiwhite, anti-American sermons of his Chicago pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, had surfaced, first on ABC and then other networks.

JournoList contributors discussed strategies to aid Mr. Obama by deflecting the controversy. They went public with a letter criticizing an ABC interview of Mr. Obama that dwelled on his association with Mr. Wright. Then, Spencer Ackerman of The Washington Independent proposed attacking Mr. Obama's critics as racists. He wrote:


"If the right forces us all to either defend Wright or tear him down, no matter what we choose, we lose the game they've put upon us. Instead, take one of them—Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares—and call them racists. . . . This makes them 'sputter' with rage, which in turn leads to overreaction and self-destruction."

No one on JournoList endorsed the Ackerman plan.... As best I can tell, those involved in JournoList considered themselves part of a team. And their goal was to make sure the team won. In 2008, this was Mr. Obama's team. More recently, the goal seems to have been to defeat the conservative team....What was particularly pathetic about the scheme to smear Mr. Obama's critics was labeling them as racists. The accusation has been made so frequently in recent years, without evidence to back it up, that it has little effect. It's now the last refuge of liberal scoundrels.

The first call I got after the Daily Caller unearthed the emails involving me was from Karl Rove. He said he wanted to talk to his "fellow racist." We laughed about this. But the whole episode was also sad. I didn't sputter at the thought of being called a racist. But it was sad to see what journalism, or at least a segment of it, had come to.
Don't let Barnes' charge that this is simply the act of the left-wing lead you to believe that it is only the left wing that is up to this type of stuff. Rove is certainly not above this kind of game, and sadly some supposed libertarians, when they get directions from their control, operate in the same manner.

Barnes has it almost correct when he writes:
The accusation has been made so frequently in recent years, without evidence to back it up, that it has little effect. It's now the last refuge of liberal scoundrels.
The refuge is, in fact, for all kinds, not just liberals.

7 comments:

  1. I'm not defending this tactic, but it seems that the criticism leveled by this article is somewhat selective. What about the rampant racism toward blacks in the mainstream media? Two recent examples are the stories about Shirley Sherrod, the black woman in the USDA who was demonized in the media for saying in a speech that early in her career she had refused to sympathize with a farmer because he was white. The smear job on her by the MSM left out the fact that the point of her story in the speech was that after getting to know him, she realized that white farmers faced some of the same problems as black farmers, and her attitude changed. Same thing with the New Black Panthers story about alleged voter intimidation. As the MSM tells it, the Obama administration refused to act against the Panthers in the face of blatant intimidation of white voters. In fact, they did put an injunction against Shamir Shabazz,the Philadelphia chapter head, the only person with convincing evidence against him. This despite the fact that not one white voter complained about intimidation. And Hurricane Katrina was way over the top. We got reports of looting, rapes, shooting at helicopters - later on these stories were completely debunked, yet the MSM never corrected its errors in its zeal to demonize blacks. Then we were treated to stories that Katrina victims didn't help themselves due to the "culture of government dependence" despite the fact that less than 4% of blacks in New Orleans were receiving welfare at the time. Please, let's be more balanced in our criticism of the MSM. While it's true that most reporters are politically "liberal" (a word that, like "conservative" has become largely meaningless) the CEOs are not, and they are the ones who call the shots on decisions the corporate establishment deems important.

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  2. I think Mr. Wenzel and the first commenter both make very valid points. Unfortunately, spurious charges of racism often mask the real racism that occurs in the media, as yulbluka1 points out. The Katrina smear job on the entire city of New Orleans was hard to believe, but there's no denying it was absolutely egregious, trading on a stereotypes one after another. Neither Ron Paul or Rand Paul are racists by any stretch, but there are some media bigwigs who do have some 'splainin' to do regarding their choices of coverage and coverage slanting.

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  3. I think a lot of the X is a racist comments are pretty ridiculous. One of the strengths of the film District 9 is how it shows the ingrained 'racism' of a supposedly post racist country. Really this 'racism' is people tendency to dehumanize and demonize others, for instance branding people you disagree with as racists.

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  4. The MSM are so obviously not only liberal but outright leftist totalitarians that it's beyond discussing with rubes who still debate this nonsense. The leftist media exist to promote racial, ethnic, sexual strife in the name of a humanitarianism that benefits only its promoters in the bureaucracies, academia, media, and Hollywood, to name but several subversive groups in this country. Take any American value of old, and they're against it. In fact, it would not be a stretch to say their philosophy is war through deception, preaching debauchery as our freedom. Everything is its contrary in their paranoid minds, where virtue is punishable and vice exalted. It's sickening to imagine any of my fellow Americans are so stupid as to believe the media think of them as anything but what Spengler called mere functions of some monstrous intellectual Something.

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  5. "It's sickening to imagine any of my fellow Americans are so stupid as to believe the media think of them as anything but what Spengler called mere functions of some monstrous intellectual Something."

    I couldn't have said it better myself.

    The sooner the authoritarian, top-down, partisan MSM is finally dead and buried, the better off the world will be.

    Death to the MSM; long live online enlightenment.

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  6. In regards to youlbluka1, he writes: "Then we were treated to stories that Katrina victims didn't help themselves due to the "culture of government dependence" despite the fact that less than 4% of blacks in New Orleans were receiving welfare at the time." Having lived in New Orleans for the past 20 years, my guess is a number of %50 percent or more. There is more than one type of welfare. Living in the LGD, I know what I see. The waiting list for Section 8 housing is presently over 150,000 names long while New Orleans doesn't even have 200,000 blacks. Unemployment and underemployment amongst blacks males is over 50%. We have the highest murder rate in the country, by far, over 90% of which are committed by blacks, sadly enough against over blacks. We have the big five public housing developments where everyone who doesn't receive benefits directly from the government lives with someone who does. I would say the media was being generous. Your 4% figure is a mischaracterization, or really, more an outright lie. Very conservatively, more than 50% of the black population in New Orleans is on some kind of public welfare.


    The amount of government dependence in this City is disturbing. And I obviously not referring to Social Security and Medicare.

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  7. @ The Anonymous Rube, it seems that your ignorance is apparent, despite your use of big words and hollow political rhetoric. As for liberals having a philosophy of "war through deception", I think the conservative zombies who supported the Bush administration and now denounce the Obama administration (like sheep) have represented that philosophy to the hilt. Far-right wingers like you need to at least attempt having an original idea, instead of spouting Fox quotations which you think make you seem more intelligent than you really are or could ever hope to be.

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