This July has been very hot – politically. Fox & Friends began to broadcast the hitherto uncovered story of Hillary voters intimidated by the Obama campaign in the 2008 primaries. This past week, Tucker Carlson’s DailyCaller began to expose the JournoList JournoGate. The information, and most importantly proof, Tucker Carlson uncovered is that the most trusted news and opinion writers for Democrats did everything they could to protect Barack Obama from examination, and smear all Obama opponents as “racists”.
That the most trusted news and opinion writers, for Democrats, protected Obama – during the Democratic primaries – very much hurt the Hillary Clinton campaign (and eventually McCain/Palin). It was a multiplier effect – the most trusted sources of news for Democrats in the tank for Obama led to protection of Obama and no news about how dirty Obama is. This multiplier effect isolated Democratic voters from the news and questions they needed to hear and therefore they believed the worse about Obama opponents such as Hillary Clinton. More importantly, Obama was not vetted and we now have a destructive force in the White House – destructive to core Democratic values, destructive to government, and destructive to the United States.
But this story goes much much deeper. It’s Friday so we will postpone a longer discussion of these issues (including what it means for a primary challenge to Obama in 2012) until next week. What we will discuss today is that the race-baiting and “call them racist” strategy began with Barack Obama, the Obama campaign, and that JournoList shills only followed in the race-baiting footsteps of Barack Obama. The JournoList fish began to rot from the Obama top.
Some of the most unobservant commentators will deride the Barack Obama race-baiting as old news which calls for more flowery words and lectures on race from the race-baiters (“It’s all been forgotten, which presents us with a teachable moment on race.”)
These not-to-swift back-yard correspondents apparently have failed to note that race relations under Barack Obama are getting worse, not, as promised by Mess-iah Obama and his acolytes, an expanded electoral map of limitless Dimocratic victory and a post-racial future of bliss and “ebony and ivory” harmony. Shirley Sherrod’s race-baiting and the anti-Tea Party race-baiting by the NAACP must not have penetrated the D.C. bubble of these bobble-heads. The “it’s his face” and race, dumb white people have not noticed the news headlines of late:
“In suing Arizona over immigration reform, he takes a step that alienates the three-quarters of Anglo voters who back the law. In refusing to prosecute the Black Panthers for their blatant intimidation of white voters in 2008, he alienates fair thinking people of both races. But in firing Shirley Sherrod, he showed African-Americans that he was caving in to pressure from FOX News and the conservatives. Then, by reversing field and reinstating her, the president and his Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack show whites and Republicans-Independent voters that he is caving in to pressure from the African-American community.
There are two common denominators to this equation: race and weakness. Any involvement in racial politics has to hurt Obama at his core. It goes to his fundamental selling point: That he is post racial.”
But that post-racial future was all part of the con job Chicago’s Barack Obama engaged in. Obama posed as a “uniter not divider” but Obama has always been ‘all racial, all the time’. Which brings us to Tucker Carlson.
In 2009, after the election, Tucker Carlson told a truth. The truth should have been told back when it mattered – when voters were voting. Carlson kept quiet during the elections, just like the JournoList participants. But to his credit, Carlson came clean in 2009 – when it was too late. In a two part series called The Obama Race-Baiting History – And Other Truths Emerge we transcribed what Tucker Carlson said to Greta Van Susteren.
Almost no one (other than Hillary Supporter web sites) noted the remarkable exchange and what Carlson said. Now, those chickens are coming home to the stinking Obama roost. We wrote:
“Yesterday Tucker Carlson finally broke down and confirmed that yes indeed, the duo he hates – Bill and Hillary Clinton were purposefully smeared by race-baiting Obama and his campaign operatives. Obama thugs continue to race-bait.
Here’s Tucker Carlson on Obama race-baiting and the smearing of Bill and Hillary Clinton:
Our transcript of Tucker Carlson’s remarks:
Tucker Carlson: “For Barack Obama to say that the media has taken the low road when many of his allies have accused his opponents of racism… and where was he when they did? When Clyburn of South Carolina accused opponents of racism… when Charlie Rangel did the same… when Governor Paterson of New York… you heard not a word from Barack Obama.
So, you know, it’s a little much for him to claim that the media is stoking this race talk.
[snip - discussion of Joe Wilson and the definition of "news".]
But let me just say, very clearly, it was the Obama campaign that first bought up the race question. It was the Obama people who smeared the Clintons as racists, Bill and Hillary Clinton. They made the case to reporters off-the-record, including me, that the Clintons were racists. They started this.
So for him to get up with a straight face and say the media is bringing this race issue up… No, it was your campaign that started this.
Greta Van Susteren: How did they bring it up?
Tucker Carlson: By this whisper campaign. That Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton were somehow opposing Barack Obama because they did not like the fact he was black. And that various statements they made, remember Hillary Clinton famously said that of course it was Lyndon Johnson who signed the Civil Rights Act, you know. Martin Luther King might have advocated for it but it was the president who signed it.
Somehow that became a racist statement according to allies of Barack Obama. He didn’t tell them to be quiet then. He allowed that to happen. Allowed, I think, the slur against the Clintons to fester. That they were somehow animated by bigotry was outrageous. And he did nothing to clear the air.
So, I don’t know… I don’t want to be lectured by him, at this stage, as a member of the media, in a sanctimonious way. That somehow we’re perpetuating unhealthy race talk. That’s nonsense.”
We don’t need any more “teachable moments” from race-baiter Barack Obama. What we need from him is a confession of what he has done and a resignation.
We don’t need any more opinions or words of any kind from the JournoList shills. What we need is a mass firing of these shills for not providing the information Democratic voters needed in the primary elections and the information all American voters needed in the general elections.
The JournoListers who protected Barack Obama also protected spiteful clowns like Keith Olbermann and MSNBC. In private JournoList participants knew that Keith Olbermann was a sexist and a misogynist. In a political year in which a woman ran during the primary elections and a woman ran during the general election season the fact that a main source of information for center and left of center Democrats is a misogynistshould have been disclosed. But the JournoList shills protected Barack Obama and NBC and MSNBC.
“Julian Zelizer, a Princeton professor and CNN contributor, said Olbermann’s root problem is his misogyny. “I can’t take him anytime. I think to write off his mysogyny (sic) as limited to Musto is just not accurate. That very much defined much of how he talked about Clinton as well as others.”
Zelizer was referring to a series of instances during the primary campaign between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama when critics from both sides of the aisle criticized Olbermann for allegedly sexist treatment towards Hillary. Olbermann was forced to apologize.”
Yes, there was some slight discussion of Olbermann’s misogyny. Olbermann after all at one point suggested Hillary needed to be taken to a back room and physically assaulted and his playmate, the balding David Shuster declared Hillary was a pimp and Chelsea was a whore (this because Chelsea was a surrogate speaker for her mom). There was no “call them sexists” campaign of exposure in this case against a batch of genuine sexists and misogynists which almost held a monopoly on Democratic discourse.
There was no “call them sexists” campaign from JournoList because to them women are second class hos who can be sacrificed for the greater “good”:
“Or, as then Harper’s editor Luke Mitchell put it, “Olberman is irritating and his obvious sexism is reprehensible. But yes, someone going on TV and saying that torture is bad is a net positive.”
That “he’s a sexist but… a net positive’ is a short version of what we wrote about in Hillary Clinton And Sarah Palin Versus Mel Gibson And Hendrik Hertzberg (And Bonus Sunday Special: Fox News Finally Weighs In On The Democratic Primaries 2008).
“It is very easy to see race as the greater oppression when you remove 90% of violence against woman from the equation. The daily beatings and denigrations against women, even unto today, are not considered “oppressions of gender” by Hertzberg and his ilk. Slave rape is considered a “race” crime not a gender crime. Wife battering is considered a “personal mistake” not part of the “oppressions of gender”. Verbal abuse of women in the vilest forms is tolerated as long as the “N” word is not invoked.
Hertzberg’s ilk includes people like Howard Dean and Chris Matthews. Many Republicans will soon join Hertzberg and Dean and Matthews in “oppressions of gender” against Sarah Palin.”
We were all JournoListed. It was Hillary Clinton who was the first target, Hillary Supporters the secondary target, Republicans and conservatives were tertiary targets. We can also picture the discussions of Big Pink (Tucker Carlson, pretty please, can we see those?) by the JournoListers.
JournoList succeeded in the goal of electing Barack Obama. But as Bob Dylan wrote “Tonight you got the power to take it. Tomorrow you won’t have the power to keep it.” Already the grasp on power is failing fast and the weak and unvetted Obama falls as all his liabilities flash out like a pervert in a trenchcoat. His approval numbers on the economy begin to reflect the boobery we all see. The Arizona race-baiting gambit has failed in the court of public opinion and is faltering in the courts of law.
November is coming. The subpoenas will follow. Only then will we get the answers we have not gotten in the Chicago trials of Rezko and Blagojevich. Only with subpoenas will we get the answers JournoList sought to conceal.