Sunday, October 05, 2008

Media Bias: You May NOT Criticize Obama or You Are Racist

The more the blatant campaigning for Obama by the media grows, the more angry I become. It is a tide of unfairness and stopping the level from rising seems like a futile effort. But I refuse to give up, so here is case number 1,147,386.

AP writer Douglass Daniel performs an "analysis" of Sarah Palin's comments linking terrorist Bill Ayers to Obama.
By claiming that Democrat Barack Obama is "palling around with terrorists" and doesn't see the U.S. like other Americans, vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin targeted key goals for a faltering campaign.

And though she may have scored a political hit each time, her attack was unsubstantiated and carried a racially tinged subtext that John McCain himself may come to regret.
Where to begin?
  1. Note that the campaign is faltering. An objective analysis wouldn't be complete without painting your opponent as self-destructing. And make no mistake about it, Daniel considers McCain his opponent just as much as Obama does.
  2. Note that the attacks were unsubstantiated in the opinion of Daniel. He contends it was only a minor association and points out "Ayers hosted a political event for Obama early in his career." Early in his career is correct. As in, when Obama launched his state Senate campaign in Illinois, he did it from Ayers' house. I know if I ever decide to run for public office, I'm going to pick a random person I barely know and go to their home to announce the beginning of my campaign. Please.
  3. Finally, note that because Palin criticized Obama, her attacks are racial tinged. What is racial about pointing out the connection to a old, white terrorist?
That last point is of course the critical one. You can't say anything negative about Obama, lest you reveal yourself as a racist. Powerline comments:
When the McCain campaign ran an ad that had a white woman in it, it was denounced as racist. When it ran an ad that had an African-American man (Franklin Raines) in it, it was denounced as racist. Now the McCain campaign links Obama to a white man, the former terrorist, and still anti-American, Bill Ayers. That's racist too. I think we've exhausted just about all the possibilities. The only non-racist thing McCain can do, apparently, is concede the election.
And Glenn at Instapundit, true to libertarian form, adds:
Well, of course. If you criticize Barack Obama over anything, it's because you're a racist. No doubt that'll hold true if he's elected President, too, which will call for strict anti-racism laws to keep such things under control . . . .
For more commentary on this see Michelle Malkin, Wizbang, the Corner, and Gateway Pundit.


Howard said...

The media’s continual bias in favor of Obama is not only disgusing, it’s against everything that America, a Free Press, and Freedom of Speech stands for. To suggest that there is no media bias in favor of Obama not only robs Americans of the truth, it insults the intelligence of the American people.
A candidate’s track record, and associations are always a legitimate issue when running for President. Let’s take a look at the qualifications, judgement, and experience of Obama, who is running for President. Obama had 25 years to fulfill the potential he displayed as a rising start at Harvard Law School … and, how did he live up to that potential? … He chose to align himself with anti-American racist, Jeremiah Wright for TWENTY YEARS … along with Ferrahkan, Rezko, Ayers, and others. As a community organizer, he registered thousands of voters in Chicago … then, when he ran for the state legislature, he took away their votes, by disqualifying his opponent (a black woman) on a technicality. As a U.S. Senator, he voted present 160 times … he never called a meeting on the Afghanistan committee he chaired (although he NOW says we must shift all our military from Iraq to Afghanistan). He claimed Foreign Policy experience from a 9 day whirlwind photo op to 6 countries. And, he spent almost half of his tenure neglecting his responsibilities as a U.S. Senator, so he could run for President. Senator McCain served America honorably for 22 years in the military. He proved his love for America, as well as his honor, integrity and character, by refusing early release as a P.O.W., even while being tortured. He served America as a ‘contributing’ U.S. Senator, working across the aisle, for 20 years. If Obama’s Twentyfive year track record shows he lacks judgement, and can’t be trusted, who cares what he says about Health Care and the Economy! What Obama never learned is Character. He simply can’t be trusted … ask Jeremiah Wright, a friend of 20 years, who Obama betrayed for personal ambition … and, you Obama supporters really think he won’t betray you If he gets elected??? If he gets elected, you Obama supporters will be facing a HUGE disillusionment !!!

Christy said...

It is absolutely unfathomable to me that people actually buy into Obama's claims that he never agreed with Jeremiah Wright's anti American, racist rhetoric. Noone sits under a pastor for twenty years amenning a constant barrage of denouncement of America without feeling the same way. Even Obama's wife admitted her anti American stance when she said during Obama's campaign for the Presidential nomination that it was the first time in her life she'd ever felt proud of America. Wake up people!!!