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Commentary Magazine Contentions Watch As the Media Creates A False Race Narrative in Real Time

Posted by on Feb. 23, 2015 at 6:13 AM
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The Obama administration’s recent losing streak has been a problem not only for the president but also for the bearers of bad news. As I wrote yesterday, the political media get noticeably uncomfortable when the White House’s failings can’t be easily spun away. What they needed was a distraction. And that’s exactly what they got when Politico reported Rudy Giuliani’s off-the-record remarks at a fundraiser casting doubt on whether Barack Obama “loves America.” In the media’s completely predictable and utterly embarrassing overreaction, you could watch two narratives develop in real time.

An overarching rule of the mainstream media’s in-kind contribution to the Obama political machine is to avoid anything that can be construed as actual debate. So while Giuliani’s comments were following in Obama’s own footsteps, as the president has not hesitated to question the patriotism of those who disagree with him, the outrage was immediate. In an indication of just how bad things have been for the Obama White House lately, the press has now made “Giuliani was mean to Dear Leader” a two-day story. And they’ve also telegraphed how they hope to take it further.

The first way is to make it part of the 2016 conversation. This is generally how the press responds to any controversial statements by a Republican: try to get the other Republicans on the record about it. Thus while Democrats are never held responsible as a party for the extreme statements made by fellow liberals, Republicans are to be hounded by the president’s attack dogs for the perceived thought crime of any other Republican.

Scott Walker was asked about it, and gave the proper reply: he’s not Giuliani’s keeper. So the press went to annoy other Republicans. Talking Points Memo posted a piece describing the leftist media’s battle plan: “5 Points On How Obama’s Love For America Became The GOP’s Next 2016 Test”:

“I’m not questioning his patriotism. He’s a patriot, I’m sure,” Giuliani said. “What I’m saying is that in his rhetoric, I very rarely hear him say the things that I used to hear Ronald Reagan say, the things I used to hear Bill Clinton say, about how much he loves America.”

In a Thursday morning interview on CNBC, Walker was asked about Giuliani’s remarks but declined to comment on whether he believed Obama “loves America.”

Later in the day, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) stood apart from his GOP counterparts by openly saying he has “no doubt” Obama loves the country, although he disagrees with the President’s policies.

And before long, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) issued a statement declaring his refusal to condemn Giuliani’s comments because the gist of them was “true.”

With that, it was official: Whether the President of the United States actually loves the United States had become the debate du jour among potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates.

Notice Republicans did not actually set out to make this silly debate a litmus test. But as TPM points out, the media did. And so it shall be.

And while this may seem haphazard, as if the media’s just throwing whatever it can against the wall to change the conversation from Team Obama’s serial incompetence, there’s a point here. Why does the left want Republicans to talk about Giuliani’s criticism of Obama? Because they—of course—have deemed it racist.

Although—or perhaps, because—this particular accusation is obviously untrue, political reporters chased it feverishly. The New York Times’s Maggie Haberman and Nicholas Confessore got Rudy on the record in response:

“Some people thought it was racist — I thought that was a joke, since he was brought up by a white mother, a white grandfather, went to white schools, and most of this he learned from white people,” Mr. Giuliani said in the interview. “This isn’t racism. This is socialism or possibly anti-colonialism.”

In other words: Giuliani thinks the racism angle is silly, because the aspect of Obama’s worldview he’s criticizing comes from Obama’s immersion in white environments. The president’s “blackness” has nothing to do with it; if anything, it’s the opposite.

So naturally the Times manipulated Giuliani’s statement and slapped a patently false headline on the story that seems almost designed to destroy the credibility of the reporters who got the quote: “Giuliani: Obama Had a White Mother, So I’m Not a Racist.” I don’t know if Haberman and Confessore objected, but I would hope so. They’re far more honest than their editors want you to think they are.

But the Times report did get one more good quote out of Giuliani. This one was also prefaced with concern it would be controversial, but at least this time Giuliani helped himself by saying something indisputably true:

Mr. Giuliani said he also objected to the president’s comments about the Crusades at the National Prayer Breakfast this month, in which Mr. Obama said that during the Inquisition, people had “committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.”

“Now we know there’s something wrong with the guy,” Mr. Giuliani said of the president. “I thought that one sort of went off the cliff.’’

He added: “What I don’t find with Obama — this will get me in more trouble again — is a really deep knowledge of history. I think it’s a dilettante’s knowledge of history.”

As I wrote last week, Obama’s historical ignorance has come to be the defining feature of his public remarks. What was more troubling was the fact that no one around Obama seems to know much history either. But no matter: whenever the president’s own behavior is indefensible, they can always find someone to call a racist.

Free People are not Equal.  Equal People are not Free.

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turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Feb. 23, 2015 at 6:20 AM

LOL

He's nearly gone :-)

DisabledVet
by Silver Member on Feb. 23, 2015 at 3:19 PM

How are his statement any more ignorent then Bushes? The fact is we haven't have a really good president in decades. Both parties care more about the party then they do the country. They care more about the money they raise then the citizens. It's time to toss out all our career politicians and replace them with people who actually know how much a dollar will buy and aren't going to be letting lobbyests write bills and will actually push for both legislation and election reform.

Some gave all and all gave some. Remember your rights as an American were earned with the blood of others. Don't waste them and please do your duty as a citizen and vote intelligently in every election.


sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Feb. 23, 2015 at 3:48 PM
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 The articles the right wingers are posting as of late explains so much of the blatant ignorance and bullshit we see daily

VooDooB
by on Feb. 23, 2015 at 3:56 PM

Right wingers!

VooDooB
by on Feb. 23, 2015 at 3:58 PM
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Look! You just did the same thing to OP that you cried over when Billsfan did it to your thread.


Hypocrite much?



Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 The articles the right wingers are posting as of late explains so much of the blatant ignorance and bullshit we see daily


DSamuels
by Platinum Member on Feb. 23, 2015 at 4:50 PM
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Love this paragraph! And some on CM fell for it. SMH


So naturally the Times manipulated Giuliani’s statement and slapped a patently false headline on the story that seems almost designed to destroy the credibility of the reporters who got the quote: “Giuliani: Obama Had a White Mother, So I’m Not a Racist.” I don’t know if Haberman and Confessore objected, but I would hope so. They’re far more honest than their editors want you to think they are.

Carpy
by Emerald Member on Feb. 23, 2015 at 4:51 PM
Mostly I find her comments unworthy of a reply. It is like spitting into the wind.

Quoting VooDooB:

Look! You just did the same thing to OP that you cried over when Billsfan did it to your thread.

Hypocrite much?

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 The articles the right wingers are posting as of late explains so much of the blatant ignorance and bullshit we see daily

DSamuels
by Platinum Member on Feb. 23, 2015 at 4:58 PM
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Quoting Carpy: Mostly I find her comments unworthy of a reply. It is like spitting into the wind.
Quoting VooDooB:

Look! You just did the same thing to OP that you cried over when Billsfan did it to your thread.


Hypocrite much?


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 The articles the right wingers are posting as of late explains so much of the blatant ignorance and bullshit we see daily


Lady_Facetious
by Gold Member on Feb. 23, 2015 at 5:02 PM
Sometimes i could just kiss you

Quoting DisabledVet:

How are his statement any more ignorent then Bushes? The fact is we haven't have a really good president in decades. Both parties care more about the party then they do the country. They care more about the money they raise then the citizens. It's time to toss out all our career politicians and replace them with people who actually know how much a dollar will buy and aren't going to be letting lobbyests write bills and will actually push for both legislation and election reform.

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Feb. 23, 2015 at 5:18 PM
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 Honestly some posters do not exhibit good judgement and should simply be dismissed without a second thought.

Quoting VooDooB:

Look! You just did the same thing to OP that you cried over when Billsfan did it to your thread.

 

Hypocrite much?

 

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 The articles the right wingers are posting as of late explains so much of the blatant ignorance and bullshit we see daily

 

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