Sunday, January 10, 2010

Yesterday's News About Harry Reid

Much is being made of Harry Reid's comment that was made during the election about Barack Obama's electability. In the comment Reid went on tape to say that America was ready to elect a "light skinned" African-American "with no Negro dialect, unless he wants one."

The nation is in an uproar over this airheaded and trite comment which is laden with broad brushed negative assumptions about African Americans.

The real news is being glossed over. People who grew up in the era of segregation sometimes have a hard time unloading their psychological baggage. There are plenty of people who opposed civil rights on both sides of the aisle in Congress who have now changed their tune.

But we are only now hearing about a remark that was made in 2008. Back then, the fix was in. A lot of garbage such as Obama's radical pals and 20 years of bigoted sermons by his personal clergyman, Jeremiah Wright were sidelined and replaced with fluff stories.

By no means is Harry Reid the first old white guy to sound like a doofus in front of a live mike. The following remark by Joe Biden was pretty well buried.

“I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American presidential candidate who is articulate and bright and clean-cut and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”

If it had been said that Obama was the first African American candidate to have widespread appeal out of the African American community, there would have been no problem. If anything, his words sounded just a bit too condescending and a bit inarticulate. But Biden's remarks were quickly forgotten. So completely forgotten were they that he ended up being chosen as Vice President.

There are a multitude of sins that are forgiven if you are a liberal Democrat. Ted Kennedy was a notorious womaniser, not known for focusing on a woman's intellect. He was given a pass because he was a supporter of abortion rights.

Bill Clinton was not only a womaniser but credibly accused on several occasions of violence against women.

Congress routinely exempts itself from the civil rights laws that it passes.

There is a pattern here. If someone votes for a liberal agenda, their personal conduct almost never matters. The same allegations against those with unfashionable politics would be heavily promoted as serious business.

President Obama had a long record in the Illinois state Senate and in the Senate in Washington. He also had a record of associations in Chicago and prior to moving there. Obama's prior record was marginalised and air brushed in a manner more befitting that of publicists than of news reporters.

Harry Reid has been rubbing shoulders with reporters for years. Now all of a sudden his awkwardness in matters racial is big news, two years after the fact? The news is not what Reid said but why it is only now being pitched as a news story.

Back in the months before the Obama coronation, the fix was in. Our media has a way of making kings and deposing them. When their guy gets in, he then becomes the enemy. There is the additional benefit of a media spectacle as the media's former darling gets shredded by the same people who once extolled him and gave him a free pass.

I have a feeling that the media is turning on the Democrats one by one. It's a pity that nothing more is being discussed than awkwardness in matters racial. There is a lot of fault to be found with leading Democratic figures. The imperious hypocrisy of Pelosi badly needs to be gored. The pompous pontifications of Al Gore beg to be skewered.

Our mainstream news media seems to be on the verge of a radical discovery, that reporting news sells papers. It's been so long since they've done so that they've almost forgotten how its done. The "revelations" about Harry Reid are an awkward, sputtering start. Give it time.They may actually get around to reporting everything they should have reported back in 2008. Sphere: Related Content

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