The Atlantic Says GOP Leader Hopes Minorities Don’t Vote, But He Didn’t Say That at All

The Atlantic illicitly portrayed GOP House Speaker John Bohner as saying that he “said out loud he hopes blacks and Latinos ‘won’t show up’ this election,” but a look at what Boehener actually said proves that The Atlantic is purposefully misleading its readers.

In its headline, The Atlantic Wire story for August 27 screams, “Boehner Says Out Loud He Hopes Blacks and Latinos ‘Won’t Show Up’ This Election.”

If John Boehner really did say that he hoped that blacks and Hispanics wouldn’t vote this election that would be quite an incendiary thing to say, for sure. It would rightly bring condemnation down on the Speaker’s head. And The Atlantic is saying flat out that this is what Boehner said.

It wasn’t just the headline, either. Even in its lead paragraph The Atlantic characterized Boehner’s comments as wishing minorities won’t vote. (My bold)

House Speaker John Boehner is the most prominent Republican to admit, out loud, that his party’s strategy for winning in November doesn’t suppose that the GOP can win over some black and Latino voters, but hoping they won’t vote at all.

But this is simply untrue because, as The Atlantic itself quotes Boehner, he was saying something quite different.

“This election is about economics… These groups have been hit the hardest. They may not show up and vote for our candidate but I’d suggest to you they won’t show up and vote for the president either.”

In other words, Boehner was saying that Obama hasn’t excited black and Latino voters and he hasn’t served their interests so he, Boehner, thinks they won’t turn out to vote for Obama. He wasn’t saying he hopes minorities won’t vote he was saying the President has failed to give them a reason to vote for him.

The Atlantic’s writer purposefully misrepresented what John Boehner said, here. Plain and simple. As Duane Lester says, “the headline and the first line are complete fabrications.”

Not only that, but The Atlantic found itself being programmed by an extremist, left-wing website called Talking Points Memo (TPM) as that is where writer Elspeth Reeve got her quote. Apparently The Atlantic just follows the lead of the far left blogosphere. Hardly the intellectual magazine it used to be, huh?

Then we can add one more effort at misrepresentation of Republicans to this story. Reeve also adds this bit of leftist doggerel:

Boehner wasn’t talking about voter I.D. laws, which are being pushed by Republicans and criticized as disenfranchising minority and poor voters…

Notice the untruthful way this was written?

Reeve’s sentence presupposes that voter I.D. laws are meant to disenfranchise voters because that would be part of Boehner’s premise of getting blacks and Hispanics not to vote. Of course Reeve is right that Boehner wasn’t talking about voter I.D. laws. He didn’t mention them or allude to them at all. And this begs the question, why mention it in the story, Mz. Reeve, if no one was talking about it? Where is the relevance to the reportage of Boehner’s comments?

This was a pretty sly piece of propaganda thrown into what is presented as news. The only reason the voter I.D. law subject was added to the story despite that no one was talking about it was so that Reeve could push the lie that such laws are meant to disenfranchise minorities.

It is one of those “when did you stop beating your wife” attempts at “journalism.”

This entire story is pure anti-Republican spin, not “news.”

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  • 914

    File under: Liberals are obsessed with race!?!

  • The Atlantic’s a decided echo chamber for dissemination of proper ‘progressive’ thinking.. They know what they know, and they won’t accept the possibility that they’re in any way mistaken in what they’re certain of.

    If the consensus is that 2+2=5, then that’s what it is. Demonstrate that it’s 4, they’ll ignore it and insist it’s 5. Tell them that they’re not getting the complete story, they’ll insist they’re getting it all. Tell them that the story is spun, they won’t believe it, because it’s coming from their own trusted sources and they won’t believe anyone who says they’re in error.

    Obama’s the best thing that ever happened. He’s been a tremendous success. That’s what they’re telling themselves. That’s what they’re certain of – and they won’t hear anything different. Romney’s an evil person – greedy, nasty, a son of a bitch who’d steal your last dime if he had the chance.

    That’s what they’re certain of. And they won’t hear anything different.

    Reality’s not kind to people who ignore it. They’ve been doing their damnedest to do so – and it’s about to snap back on them hard.

    • 914

      Yep, Romneys almost as evil as Bush. But Romney can’t inherit the failed policy’s of Bush unless and until Barry loses.. Then we can blame Romney on Boosh or vice versa or something..

  • jim_m

    What? Leftists making unfounded and flat out untruthful accusations of racism? I’m Shocked! Shocked!!

  • LiberalNightmare

    As always

  • Brucehenry

    The Atlantic is well known for its misleading headlines and blatantly false stories. Once I read a headline in the Atlantic that characterized Dan Savage, a gay, liberal activist, as “Obama’s Bullying Czar.” Can you imagine anything more dishonest?

    A couple of days later I was perusing the Atlantic and saw a headline screaming that Ray Bradbury, the recently deceased science fiction writer, had “Blasted Obama’s Era of Big Government,” when actually the old man had simply said, as cranky old men often do, “There’s too much government these days.” He hadn’t mentioned the president at all! Those hacks at the Atlantic had made it up!

    And recently I saw an Atlantic story about a Democratic ad criticizing Allen West. The Atlantic claimed the ad was racist, even though it wasn’t, and even said that West was being portrayed stereotypically as having a “gold tooth,” even though the clip of the ad showed no such thing. Boy, those liars and exaggerators at the Atlantic, huh?

    Wait, what? That WASN’T the Atlantic? Who WAS it, then?

    • 914

      Denial is a a river in Egypt! Stoopid is where you live!

    • Owen007

      So, what I’m getting here is that you’re a hypocritical slob that claims to hate such and such behavior, but only if you perceive it to be done by those you disagree with politically. If it’s actually being done by those who are saying you want to hear… well, we can all see your whiny rant for ourselves, can’t we?

      • 914


      • Brucehenry

        “Slob?” lol.

        No, seriously, it’s not about me hating such and such behavior. It’s about the hilarity of a pot, repeatedly and ad nauseum, screaming “That kettle is BLACK!!!”

        • jim_m


          Yeah, your shirt is wrinkled, your tie has a spot on it and your carpets need vacuuming. And that pile of dishes in the sink has been sitting for how long?

          • Brucehenry

            My iron is broken, I’ll button my jacket, and that pile of dishes doesn’t even stink (that bad) yet.

          • You’ve just lived with it so long you can’t smell it.

            You need to get out of your echo chambers and smell reality for a while. Then you’ll understand just what you’ve been marinating in.

          • Brucehenry

            That’s rich coming from a member in good standing of the Wizbang Choir, you humorless schmuck.

          • I’ve got a great sense of humor. You’re just not funny.

            Well, not in a humorous way, so to speak.

        • 914

          How long… Has this been going on?

          Thanks for the reminder Bruce!!

      • Commander_Chico_Cognoscente

        Warner is a like a dog chasing his tail. He goes round and round, spinning himself into a frenzy about people doing the same thing he does – propagandizing. Ho-hum, it’s called free speech, get over it.

        Heck, Jerome Corsi has a new book out claiming Obama had a Pakistani homo boyfriend. This follows his last book saying Obama was born in Kenya.

        So a writer for the Atlantic is shilling for the Democrats? So what. It’s not as if the Atlantic dominates US opinion, or that there aren’t many other opinions out there – including Warner himself.

        There are all kinds of nutty things out there, remember Warner’s call to try that Army colonel for treason because he recessed a Gitmo trial for Ramadan.

    • Carl

      Sounds like you’ve been reading one of those slime ball lying right wing websites.

  • SteveCrickmore075

    dahhhhhhhh. I should say, with black support nationally for Romney pegged at zero percent in one poll, the Wall Street Journal and NBC poll, (plus or minus 3.1%, I’m guessing minus) Boehner better hope, if he has any sense, (even if he didn’t say so), that blacks (and hispanics), won’t turn up in any numbers, on election day!

    • jim_m

      Realistically, since Blacks showed up in historically high numbers in 2008, it is the dems who are behind the 8 ball since it is highly unlikely to repeat.

    • cirby

      I have to wonder about that poll. I know a lot of blacks who are “secret Republicans,” who will talk the talk when around leftists and other minorities, but who will say, emphatically, that they’ve been Republicans all of their lives, and wouldn’t vote for Obama now for any reason. Most of them voted for him the first time around because of the historical achievement issue, but that was a one shot deal.

      Then there’s the “anonymous pollster” issue – a lot of people won’t answer honestly when asked for their opinion on something that can directly affect them if the information gets out. Being a black Republican is a life-threatening issue in many neighborhoods. One good friend of mine is a musician, and he told me once that his career would be over if his (mostly white and left-wing) fans found out his political leanings.

      Of course, even a heavy defection rate won’t hurt Obama that much. His strongest support among blacks is in the big metropolises, and losing four to six percent of the vote there (the “staying home this time” minorities) won’t cost him the election directly.

      • Brucehenry

        Yeah, I’ll take your word for it that you have LOTS of black friends who have “been Republicans all their lives.” LOL.

        These dishonest black friends of yours — the ones who act one way around “leftists and other minorities” but are secretly Republicans — do they have lots of dishonest WHITE friends who “talk the talk” when around wingnuts and other white folk, but have secretly been Democrats all their lives?

        • jim_m

          What’s wrong Bruce? Why not just call them Uncle Toms, race traitors and House Niggers like you want to? Because it’s obvious from your tone that you don’t think a black person could ever honestly be a conservative.

          Facing your racism is the first step to getting better.

          BTW, years ago I had a coworker who had been in two biracial marriages and her comment was that the most racist people she had ever met were not her white friends but her black friends. Kind of ruins the narrative don’t it?

          • Brucehenry

            I know that there are black conservatives, Jim. I’ve met and know several.

            What I am questioning here is Cirby’s claim that he knows “lots” of black folks who have confided to him that they are secretly Republicans. And have been, all their lives.

            He implies that he knows them well enough for them to confide in him what might be a “life-threatening” matter. LOTS of them.

            How likely are these assertions, Jim?

            EDIT: BTW, Jimbo, have you ever seen me use any of the terms you ascribe to me above? Where do you get this stuff?

          • jim_m

            Those are all the terms the left loves to throw at conservative blacks like Mia Love and Condi Rice. NO, I haven’t heard you use them, but the tone of your rejoinder appeared to be trending in that direction.

            And “lots” is a relative term. It connotes that the subject described is not rare. It does not offer a quantitative measurement and perhaps if there were a quantitative measurement you would disagree with the relative statement.

          • Brucehenry

            Ah, but you didn’t ascribe those terms to “the left” this time. You tried to put those words in my mouth. I don’t recall ever using any of them, on Wizbang or anywhere else.

            What’s your guess as to what Cirby means by “lots,” Jim? I assume by “lots” he meant more than two, right?

            Do you think it’s likely that Cirby knows three black people who have confided in him that they are secretly lifelong Republicans who are afraid to confide this to their peers for fear of career damage, bodily harm, or even death? Because that’s what he’s claiming, at the very least. Three.

        • cirby

          Considering your track record, it’s safe to say that my word is a lot better than yours.

          I love the way you describe my friends as dishonest. It shows a lot more about your personality than about theirs. After all, you have nothing to lose by describing them as such, while they have a lot to lose if they actually tell people like you their real politics.

          Put it this way: a white person who tells his conservative friends that he’s a liberal will usually get a bunch of shrugs, and might argue with them about politics.

          A white person who tells his black friends he’s a conservative gets griped at, and the friendship often ends right there (happens too often to count – I’ve lost too many lefty friends because of doing such horrible things as pointing out that the things they were ranting about were based on faked Internet posts).

          A white person who tells a black friend he’s a conservative often gets insults. It happened to me just this week, after I mildly defended the Tea Party to someone (as in “what examples of Tea Party racism have you actually seen or heard?”). He cussed me out in public and told me never to talk to him again. It was, of course, my fault that he didn’t actually know any.

          A black person who tells his liberal and black friends that he’s a conservative? It often ends families and lifelong friendships, and violence is common enough. It takes a fair amount of trust for a black person to admit that they have even mildly conservative (or libertarian) views. Look at how the “understanding” left treats people like Mia Love, for example…

          • Brucehenry

            YOU described your many many black friends as dishonest, Cirby, by saying they “talk the talk” around one group but actually feel differently. If you meant to imply cowardice instead of dishonesty you should say so.

            As a white person who has told his conservative friends (at work) about his political leanings, I can say you’re not that far off there. A little mild ostracism and a sense of being kinda the “other” is about the worst that’s happened to me.

            Your anecdote about what happened to you “just this week” doesn’t mean that what you describe happens “often,” either. Just so you know.

            And I find your comment about what happens to a black person who tells his black friends he’s conservative quite revealing. Do you know “lots” of black families that have “ended” this way? Are you sure these people, so prone to violence — according to you — even HAVE lifelong friendships? LOL.

            In short, Cirby, I find your assertion that you know “lots” of secret black lifelong Republicans too dishonest or afraid to “come out” to be laughable. Sorry. Unprovable, too.

          • cirby

            Describing a whole bunch of people as “dishonest” because they don’t want to get into confrontations with people like you says a lot about the number of people you’ve pissed off over the years, doesn’t it?

            Do you actually have any friends, Bruce? Not just people who put up with you, but people who actually like to be around you and talk to you?

            You can’t seem to understand that people of different ethnic backgrounds can be actual friends, that’s for certain.

            You can discount my comments all you like – but it’s pretty obvious which of us has the better track record.

          • Brucehenry

            Forget about whether or not these many black friends of yours are honest. You didn’t say they just didn’t want to get into confrontations with people like me. You said that you know “lots” of black people who are secretly lifelong Republicans. These people know you well enough to confide this to you, even though doing so could cost them their careers, their families and friendships, even their lives, given the dangerous neighborhoods you say they live in. Where violence is “common enough.”

            But as Jim points out, “lots” is a relative term. So, please quantify, Cirby. Exactly how many secret, lifelong — emphatic — black Republicans do you know? How many is “lots?”

          • cirby

            What sort of person keeps a detailed census of his friends?

            Are you nuts?

            Never mind – we know the answer to that already.

          • Brucehenry

            What kind of person says he knows “lots” of people who feel this way or that, but can’t say “at least three,” or “ten,” or “dozens” when asked how many?

            Never mind, we know the answer to that already — the kind of person who makes shit up.

          • cirby

            No matter the answer, you’d still deny it. If I said “three” you’d say “none.” If I said “ten,” you’d say “none.” If I said “dozens…”

            Well, we all know what your responses would be. You won’t believe me because you’re the sort of person who doesn’t believe anyone if they say something you disagree with. You think other people are liars because your’e a liar to the bone. Anything to “win” those arguments, right, Bruce?

          • Brucehenry

            Try me.

            Tell me about more than two conversations you’ve had with black friends who have confided in you that they are secretly lifelong Republicans, and are unwilling to “come out” for fear of family squabbles or the end of lifelong friendships, or even bodily harm.
            You’ve already got a start with the musician afraid his career will be over. Just two more examples, Cirby.
            I’m betting your nose will grow so long you can’t reach your keyboard by the middle of your second example.

          • jim_m

            Everyone understood that these people feel that they cannot be honest about their political feelings around intolerant leftists. I have worked in several places where it was impossible to speak about anything revealing a conservative opinion. I worked with people who called Stalin a “good man”. The left does not tolerate the presence of conservative opinions. It will cost you friendships, family, even your job. You can shrug it off as BS but it happens to be reality.

          • Brucehenry

            Well, you know, it used to be considered polite NOT to talk about politics or religion in social or work settings, but that’s not what we’re talking about here. I’ve worked in settings where I was made to feel uncomfortable for having certain political opinions, but luckily I was enough of a performer that it didn’t matter.

            What we’re talking about here is Cirby’s unlikely assertion that he knows at least three black people who have confided to him — and apparently only him? — that they have been Republicans ALL THEIR LIVES. And he goes on to explain why these black people are so reticent, see — because their careers, friendships, families, even their very lives, would be in jeopardy if they were to “come out.” But, these (at least) three black people feel perfectly comfortable telling Cirby about it. Emphatically. LOL.

  • herddog505

    MiniTru’s just doing their job: telling us what politicians actually mean when they say things.

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  • TomInCali

    I agree that The Atlantic misrepresented what was said. Though I just wish you folks had the same viewpoint back during the Iraq war. That was when you were claiming that someone saying they thought a particular strategy wasn’t going to work was equivalent to “hoping” that it would fail.