LA Times Styles Romney the Whites Only Candidate

On June 18 the L.A. Times turned in a sly performance attempting to paint Mitt Romney as the whites only candidate in a piece headlined, “Romney, Cows and Ice Cream: Targeting Conservative, White ‘Backbone’.”

Romney is calling his current Midwest campaign stint a tour of the “backbone of America,” but it seems the Times is purposefully misconstruing that ages old saying about the Midwest, making it into a racial epithet, instead of the laudatory name it usually is, by styling it the “white backbone” of America.

The Times quickly goes on to quote partisan liberal author Ruy Teixeira, who also a senior fellow at the liberal Center for American Progress, who says that Romney is probably wasting his time on the tour because minority voters in some of the swing state he’s visiting are lost to him regardless.

Over the last 20 years, the percentage of white working-class voters in both states has dropped, while the share of minorities and white college graduates has risen, a trend apt to benefit Democrats over time, said Ruy Teixeira, a senior fellow at the liberal Center for American Progress.

Teixeira should have lost all credibility back in 2002 when he famously published a book titled, “The Emerging Democratic Majority.” In 2002 Teixeira claimed that the Republican Party was finished and the Democrats were sure to be winners for decades to come, yet Democrats have only controlled both the White House and Congress for two of the last 18 years. Further damaging his analysis, Democrats lost control of the House in 2010 in the biggest loss of seats suffered by any party in decades.

Now, certainly Teixeira’s claim about Latino voters in swing states is the conventional wisdom, one made by Old Media outlets across the board. But Real Clear Politics’ Sean Trende says not so fast to that conceit.

In a recent piece analyzing Obama’s immigration decision, Trende notes that claims that Latinos are a critical voting bloc might be somewhat exaggerated.

While the Latino vote is frequently portrayed as a critical voting bloc, in truth it is concentrated in only a few swing states with just a handful of electoral votes. The only states where Latinos make up more than 10 percent of the electorate are: Arizona (16 percent of the electorate in 2008), California (18 percent), Colorado (13 percent), Florida (14 percent), Nevada (15 percent), New Mexico (41 percent), and Texas (20 percent).

“So in the end,” Trende says, “we’re talking about Colorado and Nevada as the states where this is likely to produce dividends of any size, for a total of 15 electoral votes.”

The L.A. Times affirms that this coming election will be about the economy, of course, but it is striking that no recognition was made of how Obama is still pushing the same old, failed ideas as the cure to our economic malaise. For instance, the paper notes that Obama is stepping up the access he’s allowed local Midwestern TV reporters to counter Romney’s drive for voters, many of whom went for Obama in 2008. Yet the paper then uncritically mentions that Obama is allowing this access during his announcement of “new federal aid to rural small businesses.” A sharp reporter would have noted that Obama is just offering more federal spending and bailouts, the exact sort of policies that have driven voters away from him in droves, especially in Wisconsin.

Then there was this interesting way the Times phrased Romney’s Midwest tour:

Romney tried to project the image of a family man, with his wife, Ann, and two of their sons, Craig and Matt, offeringFather’s Daytestimonials at rallies. Five Romney grandchildren joined them on stage.

What do we mean, “tried to project the image of a family man”? Isn’t he a family man? Has there ever been any reports that Romney is somehow less than an involved parent to his large number of children and less than a loving partner to Ann Romney, his one and only wife of 43 years? What is this “tried to project” business?

The Times was subtle with this report, to be sure, but any clear reading of it will find the reader thinking that Romney is only for white voters, can’t appeal to minorities, and is somehow questionable as a “family man.”

Slick, L.A. Times, very slick.

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  • 914

    “LA Times Styles Romney the Whites Only Candidate”

    Misnomer: Whites can also vote for Barry’s white darkorse half too!

  • jim_m

    Circulation at the Los Angeles Times fell 14.7% to 616,606 on weekdays and 7.6% to 941,914 on Sundays.

    http://articles.latimes.com/2010/apr/27/business/la-fi-newspaper-20100427

    Gee. Could that be because their reporting sucks?

    • 914

      I take offense to that!! lol

    • GarandFan

      Yep. Just like the NYT’s, NewSpeak and Time. ALL are shrinking. And the intellectual elite wonder WHY?

      • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

        Only place I see Time and Newsweek any more is the dentist’s office…. and come to think of it, last time there weren’t any.

        Hmmm.

        When you’ve lost the dental hygiene market, you’ve lost America.

      • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

        The soi dissant intellectual elite…

        • Commander_Chico

          Isn’t anyone using the phrase soi dissant part of that group?

          • Brucehenry

            LOL Rodney misspells “soi-disant.”

            Isn’t he just the dreamiest? Sooo sophisticated!

          • Commander_Chico

            Nothing says “soi-disant intellectual elite” more than dropping French phrases and misspelling them.

            It’s soi-disantery!

        • Commander_Chico

          Isn’t anyone using the phrase soi dissant part of that group?

    • retired.military

      Funny CNN primetime has about the same number of viewers.

  • Vagabond661

    93% of blacks voted for Obama in 2008. There wil never be 93% of whites voting for ANY Republican candidate. Which is more racist?

    • GarandFan

      They don’t want to comment on the inherent racism of Blacks voting for Obama in overwhelming numbers just because he’s Black. Given the disproportionate unemployment rate among Blacks right now, you’ve got to ask, ‘What has he done for them’?

    • jim_m

      Which is more racist?

      Your pointing it out.

    • The_Weege_99

      Come on, you know that it is the (D) after the name that drives black votes more than even skin color. Granted, having a black major candidate for the Democratic party did increase black voter turnout, and surely garnered some additional black votes.
      But don’t forget that Son of Segregation Al Gore and Neon White Kerry also received 90%+ of the black vote.
      And you might want to ask Republicans Lynn Swann and Michael Steele about skin color driving black votes.

      • Vagabond661

        Granted the (D) plays a part, but in 2007, I sat in a meeting where a black morning DJ asked the program director if it was ok to campaign for Obama on the air because of the historical nature of a black man being preisdent. THIS election wil be more about the (D). LAST election it was about skin color….which of course IS racist.

  • retired.military

    “LA Times Styles Romney the Whites Only Candidate”
    In other news the sun came up in the east this morning.

  • Guest

    Wow, thanks for clearly and concisely laying out your flawed analytical skills.

    It was good for a laugh.

    • jim_m

      Yeah I thought we could rely on you missing the real racism involved here.

    • Sky__Captain

      Grumpy,

      Wow, thanks for clearly and concisely laying out your racist analytical skills.

      It was good for a laugh.

    • Owen007

      Wow, thanks for making a claim without providing any actual examples to prove your claim. Now there’s a failure in logical reasoning. But your failure and the number of dislikes you received for what you clearly thought was an “oh so clever” comment were worth some laughs.

    • Owen007

      Wow, thanks for making a claim without providing any actual examples to prove your claim. Now there’s a failure in logical reasoning. But your failure and the number of dislikes you received for what you clearly thought was an “oh so clever” comment were worth some laughs.

  • 914

    Its about time this Country has a Mormon in the White House!! Now that we have dispensed with the cigars and mulligans, lets expand our horizons!!

    tabernacle or bust!!

    • 914

      Ok, liberal mentality and Me don’t mesh~! I will turn in all my forks tomorrow!!

  • ackwired

    How many of us on Wisbang are not white males?

    • http://opinion.ak4mc.us/ McGehee

      I’m actually a 23-year-old Afrasian girl with really huge respect for the Constitution of the United States.

      • ackwired

        Thanks for the response, McGehee, and thanks for your respect for the Constitution.

        • http://opinion.ak4mc.us/ McGehee

          Everybody thanks me for those. — that.

      • Commander_Chico

        What red-blooded guy hasn’t fantasized being Chanel Iman?

        • warnertoddhuston

          I guess me because I had to google Chanel Iman to find out what/who you were talking about! Now, I have to admit…. I have fantasized about being with Chanel Iman.LOL

          • Commander_Chico

            A long time ago I bonked a Brazilian girl with a vague resemblance to her, but with about 30 more pounds on her, which suited me fine.

    • herddog505

      I’m a Cherokee lesbian trapped in a man’s body.

      • ackwired

        Let’s all hope that the truth shall set you free!

    • SCSIwuzzy

      am of mixed blood. When I was a democrat, LA Times would have called me a Native American (I’d have said American, but if you must label, partially Sioux) But now that I switched parties, they would call me white :)

  • http://www.wizbangblog.com David Robertson

    I am trying to figure out why states in the eastern half of the USA are still being called “midwestern” states.

    • jim_m

      Because for the east coast lefty, Pittsburgh is just about at the edge of the earth and anything beyond that simply must be “western” in some meaningful way.

      Anything beyond the original colonies (there were 13 of those Mr President just in case you were wondering) is considered “west” by the easterners.

  • Brucehenry

    Complaints about the “slick,” “sly” reporting from the LA Times are funny coming from the guy who claimed Dan Savage is “Obama’s bullying czar” and that SWATting is a “tool of the left.”

    • jim_m

      Why has someone from the Right been caught SWATting a political opponent in an attempt to silence them? I’d certainly like to hear it if the tactic has been used by someone other than the left. Until then it remains a tactic of the left by the simple fact that the left is the only side using it.

      • Brucehenry

        ONE GUY on the left.

        • jim_m

          Technically, at least two guys on the left, maybe more.

          • Brucehenry

            Technically. LOL.

            Hey, any charges filed yet, since Worthing has “absolute” proof of who did this?

          • Brucehenry

            Oh, and I almost forgot…

            In addition to the ridiculous SWATting dead-horse-story and the ludicrous characterization of Savage as Obama’s Bullying Czar, there was the story three weeks ago about Ray Bradbury’s death.

            In it, Bradbury is quoted as saying, “There is too much government today.” The headline? “Sci Fi Giant Ray Bradbury Slams Obama’s Era of Big Government.”

            These three stories, all in the same month, from the same guy who complains that the LA Times is being “slick,” “sly,” and dishonest.

          • jim_m

            Gee Bruce, you were sounding half way reasonable when you were saying that you felt it was unfair to call SWATting a tool of the left. Now you are sounding like the rest of the apologists who think that it is funny and like you want to protect those who are accused of doing your dirty work for you.

            Can’t say that I’m all that surprised, however.

          • jim_m

            Yep, the eternal leftist excuse: If you haven’t convicted me of a crime then I didn’t do anything wrong. Too bad you don’t hold the rest of the world to that standard.

            Leftists demand that everyone else be held to a standard of their suspicions. If a GOP congressmen is accused of a scandal he has to resign immediately. If a lefty is caught with $90k of bribe money in his freezer he is innocent until proven guilty and there is no reason that he cannot continue to serve in Congress until he has to go to the slammer.

          • herddog505

            jim_m[T]he eternal leftist excuse: If you haven’t convicted me of a crime then I didn’t do anything wrong.

            If I may offer an addition:

            … and if you HAVE convicted me of a crime, it’s because The Man set me up or the politics of hate or Free Mumia! or vote for me for Congress.

          • Brucehenry

            LOL Kimberlin and Brynaert have not only not been convicted of anything, they haven’t been CHARGED with anything, despite Worthing’s assertion that his proof is “absolute.”

            I thought the police took filing false reports pretty seriously. The Runaway Bride and the parents of the Balloon Boy sure got in trouble.

            Maybe Kimberlin and Brynaert did this terrible thing and maybe they didn’t, but my point has been about Warner’s repeated assertions that this is something that leftists as a group have adopted as a tactic, which is, ummm….not so.

            My OTHER point is about the hilarity of Warner’s complaints about dishonesty on the part of the LA Times. I mean, considering his writing on the subjects of Savage, Bradbury, and Kimberlin. And that’s just this month!
            So far!

      • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

        And if ONE GUY on the right was doing this, it would be a national outrage and further evidence of the perfidy of the right, at least among the leftards.

  • herddog505

    IIRC, it was the LA Times that (ahem) helpfully reminded its readers that Arnold Schwarzenegger is, “like Hitler”, from Austria when Ah-nold was running for governor.

    No trick is too dirty for the left.

    If things keep looking bad for Barry by the early autumn, MiniTru will portray Romney wearing a hood and a swastika and report that Mormons eat black babies as part of a satanic rite.

  • Wild_Willie

    The left and the MSM are very, very afraid. Obama has no record to defend. He publicly stated three times he refuses to uphold the laws on the books. The economy is on the edge on another recession. He has a kill list. He leaks classified documents. Obamacare is probably going down. The left has a nothing candidate and Romney didn’t even start informing the Latino’s how Obama could have passed immigration reform the first two years easily, but refused to. So, all they have is to nitpick Romney. Sad really. ww

  • Hank_M

    The LA Times is as bad, if not worse than the NY Times and Washpo.

    They are, after all, in possession and refuse to release a videotape of the 2003 farewell bash in Chicago at which Barack Obama lavished
    praise on the guest of honor, Rashid Khalid. Also on attendance were domestic terrorists Ayers and Dohrn.

    The fact they’re playing the reverse race card now is no surprise.

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