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.