Friday, September 30, 2005

Racial Hypocrisy from David Brock and Media Matters

Book after book, column after column have been written about the issue of racially insensitive remarks from America's leading figures, yet it seems that the outrage is always directed towards conservatives.

Senator Robert Byrd who was once a leader of the Ku Klux Klan rises to the top of the Democrat leadership. But Rush Limbaugh opines that the media, desperate in its search to elevate a great black quarterback, criticizes them for selecting Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb who at the time of his comments was having a miserable season, yet Limbaugh is forced to resign.

There are volumes of examples of Democrat and left wing hypocrisy on this issue. Hillary Clinton “joking” at a funraiser that Gandhi reminded her of a gas station attendant. At a 1996 dinner she mocked the former San Francisco Mayor Willie Browns black accent while talking about his seeking support from 'Emily's List.'

Now comes conservative talk show host Bill Bennett who had an exchange with a caller on his Sept. 28 program,who had made some ludicrous proposal about how we could be saving social security based on revenue lost by the number of abortions in this country - statistics based on the NY Times best seller Freakonomics. Bennett, who dismissed his callers theory, went on to say “...But I do know that it's true that if you wanted to reduce crime, you could -- if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down.”

Dr. Bennett did not endorse this nor did he encourage it. He did not tell his audience that this is something that should be debated. In fact, he denounced it as morally reprehensible.

Yet on his September 30 posting Media Matters posted 12 different media and political sources denouncing Bennett's comments.

Here now is where the hypocrisy from Media Matters begins.

On his May 16, 2005 show, radio talk show host Al Franken, whose program featues Brock as a weekly guest, performed a skit with his co-host Katherine Lanpher in which he compared black people to horses.

In the skit, his co-host reported a news item from Bob Woodward that the Republican presidential nominee in 2008 could be a “dark horse.” Franken responded by asking if he meant J.C. Watts. A few moments later he said “...Woodward said the dark horse was a he, so it couldn't be Condaleeza Rice.

There was no outrage from the Left. No condemnations from Harry Reid or Ted Kennedy. No calls for apologies from People for the American Way, and no “email alerts” from David Brock and Media Matters criticizing his pal's racially insensitive remarks.


At 12:59 PM, Blogger Ekpuz said...

Are you really that humor impared? First, nobody compared anybody to a horse. The term "dark horse" is an idiom that means "A little known, unexpectedly successful entrant". If you want to be up in arms about the comedy skit you should also be upset about Woodwards initial use of it (unless you really think he was proposing that the Rupublicans would have a horse run for office). Granted, the skit did have racial overtones but those were in the context of the GOP having a history (or at least a perceived history) of lack of black involvment and tokenism. So, the comedy skit is funny because it makes fun of the fact that blacks are under represented in the GOP (and does this with a pun--an old but honorable form of humor). If you really want to get in a huff, then at least pick something more substantive than a non-existent comparison to horses. You could complain about the underlying assumption (that there is not much of a black presence in the GOP) and how that belittles the contribution, accomplishments, etc. of Watts and Rice. I'm not sure even that would carry much weight because you can have valued and successful black Republicans and still have disproportionate participation by blacks in the party.

So, I'm curious, is this level of understanding (or lack thereof) representative of your upcoming book?


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