We have warned that lazy journalists and self-interested “progressives” are the great danger to Democrats in winning the White House in 2008, not discredited right wing propagandists. We are reminded of that warning after reading Saturday’s Colbert King piece in the Washington Post. King is an Op-Ed columnist for the Washington Post, the formerly great, formerly liberal, newspaper. Colbert King is an African-American and alleged “progressive”. Colbert King is also a lazy researcher at best or he is dishonest and attempting to mislead his readers at worst.
This is what CK wrote:
“Put me in the camp of those who implore Sen. Hillary Clinton to give it back — “it” being the reported $800,000 that’s sitting in her presidential campaign coffers thanks to a fundraiser hosted in her honor March 31 in the Pinecrest, Fla., home of a huge Clinton fan who refers to himself as Timbaland.”
“You would not be reading about Clinton or about Timbaland — who entered this vale of tears 36 years ago in Norfolk under the name Timothy Mosley — were it not for the fact that he is a well-heeled hip-hop producer and noted performer of the kind of misogynistic and denigrating lyrics that informed Don Imus’s derogatory comments about the Rutgers women’s basketball team.
Mrs. Clinton, you may recall, took umbrage at Imus’s remarks, branding them “small-minded bigotry and coarse sexism.” His words, she said in an e-mail to supporters, “showed a disregard for basic decency and were disrespectful and degrading to African Americans and women everywhere.”
Good for her, I say, except it must be asked why she was down in Florida making nice to — and pocketing big bucks from — a rapper whose obscenity-laced lyrics praise violence, perpetuate racist stereotypes and demean black women.”
What King was too lazy about, or intentionally decided to mislead his readers about was an inconvenient fact that would distract from his energetic anti-Hillary rant. Here is what we quickly found about Hip Hop cash recipients after lazily googling for facts and finding them at the Chicago Sun Times:
“Obama also received donations from at least eight executives from Island Def Jam executives, whose artists include the rapper Ludacris, whose song lyrics have been criticized for promoting sex, drugs and violence. Ludacris, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, appeared with Obama at a rally in Atlanta last month. The rapper met with Obama in Chicago last November to talk about AIDS awareness.
I am mentioning this because, in the wake of the Don Imus controversy in which the shock jock smeared the Rutgers basketball team with racial and sexual slurs, Obama in South Carolina last Friday said at a rally, in response to a question, that some rappers are “degrading their sisters. That doesn’t inspire me.”
Colbert King did not write about the appropriateness of accepting cash from Hip Hop stars and producers. He might have a point that contributions from them should not be acceptable to presidential campaigns. But no, he decided to denounce Hillary for accepting Hip Hop cash before Imus made his controversial comments, while ignoring completely another candidate for doing exactly the same thing. It was not very Hip of King to Hop to conclusions about someone else’s alleged Hypocrisy without doing the research necessary; it is King who appears to be the Hypocrite.