Media Matters Has Lost It!

19 07 2010

Check out this piece just released to the Huffington Post. Not only does this guy use Willie Horton to try and drive a wedge between whites and blacks, he tries to blame Bush for what happened in Philly when the New Black Panther Party showed up carrying clubs outsied a voting site. I know Media Matters works for George Soros and the radical left, but this one really goes waaay over the edge.

Gio-

Ari Rabin-Havt

Vice President for Research and Communications, Media Matters

The Willie Hortonization of Barack Obama

A long line of inmates solemnly enters and exits a prison yard through a revolving door. As the lone black inmate reenters society, he peers into the camera with a menacing glance. He is the only inmate to do so.

The ad described above was created by George H.W. Bush’s campaign as part of a broad strategy to terrify America by, as psychologist and political consultant Drew Westen explains, playing on “fears of the dangerous, lawless, violent, dark black male.”

While the most infamous Willie Horton ads were created by an independent organization, it was Bush’s media consultant Roger Ailes who “gleefully” told Time Magazine in August of 1988, “The only question is whether we depict Willie Horton with a knife in his hand or without it.”

1988 wasn’t Ailes’ first experience dividing Americans along racial lines. During a taping of the “Man in the Arena” series in 1968, the Nixon campaign stumbled on a problem when a panelist they thought was a physician turned out to be a psychiatrist. Ailes quickly figured out a solution. According to Rick Perlstein’s Nixonland, Ailes would substitute a “good, mean, Wallaceite cab-driver. Wouldn’t that be great? Some guy to sit in there and say, ‘Awright, Mac, what about these n***ers?'” Perlstein added that “Nixon then could abhor the uncivility of the words, while endorsing a ‘moderate’ version of the opinion.”

Given his history, it should be no surprise Ailes’ minions at Fox News have obsessed over the discredited 18 month-old story of alleged voter intimidation by New Black Panther Party members on the day of the 2008 election. Since June 30, Fox News has spent more than eight hours of airtime and 95 segments on the story.

And no network has done more to expose Americans to the extreme and hateful politics of the New Black Panther Party, which has been designated a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, than Fox, where the group’s spokespeople have appeared more than 50 times since 1998.

The truth is, it was President Bush’s Justice Department, not Obama’s, that made the decision not to pursue criminal charges against members of the New Black Panther Party for alleged voter intimidation at a Philadelphia polling center in 2008. In fact, the Obama administration successfully obtained default judgment against Samir Shabazz, a member of the New Black Panther Party carrying a nightstick outside the polling center on Election Day.

Their mission isn’t to find the truth, but to plant the seed in viewers’ minds that maybe, just maybe, the President and the Attorney General are the same type of militants seen wielding a nightstick and repeatedly slurring whites on Fox News. As the Chicago Tribune‘s Clarence Page wrote, “Now the New Black Panthers are being used to vilify a black president as being soft on black racism. Coming soon, I am sure, to campaign attack ads near you.”

Roger Ailes and Fox News — along with the entire Republican Party — are praying the mainstream media will cave to right wing pressure and delve into this story. As the chief communications strategist for Republicans, Ailes couldn’t have scripted it better.

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19 07 2010
Koa

“The truth is, it was President Bush’s Justice Department, not Obama’s, that made the decision not to pursue criminal charges against members of the New Black Panther Party for alleged voter intimidation at a Philadelphia polling center in 2008.”
How they love to misrepresent facts. Yes, the above is technically true however they did so to make way for a faster civil trial so this could be hopefully cleared up by the next upcoming election cycle. They didnt mention that now did they, I could go on but my blood is already boiling and I should take a break for a bit….good find Gio

19 07 2010
Doc's Wife

What the hell is wrong with these people????

19 07 2010
DCG

Ah, the smell of desparation…never mind little facts now. They gotta spin, blame Bush, and play the race card to try and avoid a huge loss in November.

Um, how they going to spin the fact that a black woman, from USDA in Georgia, was caught on tape speaking at a NAACP saying she didn’t give ‘full force’ of help to white farmer? And the NAACP call TEA Partiers racists? GIVE ME A BREAK!

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/07/19/clip-shows-usda-official-admitting-withheld-help-white-farmer/

19 07 2010
giovanniworld

DCG,

It was sometime later in the day that I heard about this woman from the USDA witholding help from a white farmer. Since then I have been fuming. I’m so upset that I can’t think straight.

It’s taken us hundreds of years to finally throw off the yoke of racism in this country, and I say we are a better society for it. But now I’m afraid Obama’s election to the highest seat of power is going to be used by Blacks to ‘settle the score’ so to speak. If this is the case then we are about to go backwards 100 years. And this my dear really pisses me off!

Sorry for venting.

Gio-

19 07 2010
DCG

No worries, it’s very upsetting. The likes of NAACP, NBPP, Sharpton and Jackson, combined with The Traitor’s Department of Social Justice, have only inflammed race relations, just as they would like. MLK must be crying in his grave…

19 07 2010
giovanniworld

I’m sure MLK is.

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