“The real action is in the enemy’s reaction”

So wrote Saul D. Alinsky in his landmark (and final) work, Rules for Radicals.

During Tuesday night’s mainstream media coverage of the Republican National Convention, the “impartial” veneer of the Leftist/Democrat/Media complex completely disappeared, giving viewers a rare insight into the crude, bigoted, and insensitive nature of their behind-closed-doors attitudes about minorities who are part of the Republican party.

During key speeches by former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis, Mia Love, a black candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Utah, and Texas senatorial hopeful Ted Cruz, MSNBC deliberately chose to cut away from the convention podium and instead entertain their viewers with talking-head commentary.  And on the NBC News page, none of the video from these speakers is available.

After Mia Love’s speech, leftist cyberstalkers hacked her Wikipedia entry, embellishing her bio by describing her as “a total sellout to the Right Wing Hate Machine and the greedy bigots who control the GOP and love to see people like Mia Love be exploited like the House Nigger she truly is.”  Liberals in the Twitterverse wasted no time labeling her an “Aunt Tom,” a “traitor,” and *horrors* a Haitian.

Harper’s magazine tried to stir the pot by erroneously reporting that delegates started chanting “USA! USA” during a short speech by Puerto Rican Zoraida Fonalledas, the chairwoman of the Committee on Permanent Organization, presumably in response to her heavy Spanish accent.  Harper’s later published an editor’s note clarifying the incident and explaining that the chanting and disorderly conduct had begun earlier as part of a response to the Ron Paul delegation from Massachusetts, and had nothing to do with Fonalledas.

And as Doug Johnson previously reported, an open mic at an ABC News live feed from the convention picked up an offhand comment by David Chalian, the Yahoo News DC Bureau Chief, who suggested that Republicans were completely unconcerned with Hurricane Isaac, and “are happy to have a party with black people drowning.”  Chalain was fired by Yahoo News for his comment.

As Roger Simon correctly observes, these aren’t accidental occurrences.  They are the result of a culture that fosters bigotry and hate under the guise of exposing the assumed bigotry and hate of others.  In response to Chalain’s quip, Simon asks, “Why would anyone dream of saying such a thing in a semi-public situation if he didn’t feel safe and among friends?”  The fact that a few people in the room chuckled after Chalain’s remark seems to fortify this assumption with alarming seriousness.

Four years ago, the mainstream media erased any perceptions of objectivity by ruthlessly attacking Sarah Palin while simultaneously whitewashing anything in Barack Obama’s past that might prove to be controversial, and deliberately spiking any reporting on the John Edwards/Rielle Hunter affair until after Edwards was safely out of the running for the Democrat nomination.  And then there was Ezra Klein’s JournoList, a a Google Groups forum where Democratic party strategists and left-leaning journalists could openly discuss tactics for promoting the Democratic party agenda in their reporting.

Is this what happens when intellectual laziness overtakes a peer group, and name-calling takes the place of honest reporting or an open-minded discussion of differences in policy objectives?  I certainly believe so.

And the fascinating thing is, no one is trying to trap journalists or strong-arm them into saying foolish things or covering up facts that don’t fit the Leftist narrative.  They are doing it themselves, voluntarily.  They own it.  They built it.  And no amount of ‘shared responsibility’ rhetoric is going to get them off the hook this time.

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  • herddog505

    Oh, but they are just joking! It’s hyperbole and irony! These are isolated cases! Their words are being taken out of context! They are merely speaking opinion, not reporting news! And Fox News is just as bad!

    Aren’t these the standard excuses from lefties when these things happen? I understand it: it allows them to maintain the fiction – to continue to lie to themselves – that MiniTru IS unbiased, and therefore anything that gets reported (or not) is, in the main, the Truth: there is no voter fraud, Fast and Furious was just a minor slipup on the part of some unknown bureaucrats, the debt problem is Bush’s fault, Republicans hate women and minorities, Romney lies about his tax returns, Ryan wants to kill old people while raising taxes on the poor and middle class, etc.

    President Reagan said, “Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t so.” Given where they get their information, should we be surprised?

  • Olsoljer

    Where are the trolls? Where are those stalwart defenders of the demo/liberal/socialist machine? ………………………………………………?????

    • jim_m

      The trolls don’t want to have to acknowledge that they are part of a left wing, racist, hate machine. If they respond here they have to admit that what we have been saying all along, that the left is filled with racist, hate filled bigots, that believe that blacks are their political property and treat them with a plantation mentality; that this description is in fact accurate.

      The fact is that this behavior demonstrates without any doubt that the left sees black people as subhuman, ignorant people not capable of leading their own lives and the fact that any should side with republicans demonstrates this incapacity. The left’s response is to vilify the individual stepping out of line in the most disgusting of manners.

      • John_LC_Silvoney

        “The trolls don’t want to have to acknowledge that they are part of a left wing, racist, hate machine.”

        *cough* “Commander Chico” *cough*

      • herddog505

        Yes. It’s not the “hard” racism of the democrats of the past, of the klan and Bull Connor, but the soft racism of low expectations. It’s explained away in euphemisms such as “lingering effects of slavery and Jim Crow” or “patriarchical society”, but what it boils down to is the basic belief that minorities and women are just too damned dumb to make it without… um… help… whether it’s in the form of affirmative action or making them outright wards of the state.

        I suggest that, for most libs, this attitude is born honestly and stems from misguided altruism: they genuinely want to help people that they perceive have been dealt a bad hand. For the professional racebaiters, however, it is indeed the plantation mentality: through a combination of fearmongering and bribery, they seek to “own” blocks of voters.

  • LiberalNightmare

    Msnbc seems especially desperate these days.
    Matthews and his team are spinning frantically trying to make this election about anything except Obama and his policies.

    • Ask yourself – after Romney wins will anyone need those useful idiots at MSNBC any more? Their messiah will be yesterdays news and that is all they have standardized their product on. I say good riddance.

  • GarandFan

    “Is this what happens when intellectual laziness overtakes a peer group….”

    It had nothing to do with “laziness” and everything to do with advancing an elitist leftest agenda, hoping to get people to believe “all” the columnists agree.

  • jim_m

    If the left were not racist they would confront people like Mia Love over their ideas. Instead they attack her as an “Uncle Tom”, race traitor, “House N####”, and “whore”.

    The problem for the left is that their ideas cannot stand the test of reality. Minorities really do have a home in the GOP. Minorities really can be conservative and be respected for who they are not what color they are.

    If the left has something to say about the issues it is pretty hard to hear over all their racism and hate.

    • Hank_M

      Good point, as always.

      Thing is, I never see the left confront anyone over their ideas.
      It’s always demonization, ridicule, mockery, insults, etc.
      And if that doesn’t work, I’m always reminded on the man who gave us the verb “borking” calling his opponents insensitive.

      When someone does come forth with something worth debating, ie SImpson-Bowles, they ignore it. As such, it’s hard to come to any conclusion other than the fact that they’re in it for the power and money and nothing else.
      Everything Obama and the dems have done supports that.

  • Rance Frayger

    You might also consider that a former Democratic Rep, a candidate for the U.S. House and a senatorial hopeful are too low on the party ladder to rate live, national, coverage?

    The networks never have given much coverage to those speakers who appear early in the proceedings, i.e. the special guests and “the future of the party” types.

    But I guess factoring that into your evaluation of the coverage would disagree with your narrative of total racism by the media.

    • jim_m

      OK. But the white wife of a candidate somehow DOES rate national TV coverage? The systematic non-coverage of the speeches and the refusal to even post the video of the speech on a website testifies to the fact that the network wants to silence these voices.

      Conservative voices are silenced and the left heaps bigoted scorn upon them. And ignorant lefties defend it all without ever questioning the bigoted actions for even a moment because, being leftist, they “know” that they are never racist no matter what their actions really are.

      • Rance Frayger

        The operative phrase there is “wife of a candidate”, actually _the_ wife of _the_ candidate. She was one of the prime time speakers, not someone relegated to the middle of the afternoon.

        • jim_m

          Except that the bigots on MSNBC cut out the PRIME TIME speeches of conservative minorities. Look at the schedule. Artur Davis spoke right in the heart of Prime Time. He was a featured speaker. The only purpose to cut away and to not make his remarks available on line is to create the impression that minority conservatives do not exist and to punish minorities who speak out on conservative issues.

          Defend your racist friends all you like.

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