O'Reilly & The Right Are Racist Idiots
By: Steve - July 20, 2010 - 8:00pm
You can also add almost everyone at Fox News. Because they have all used the bogus Black Panther voter intimidation case to fire up the right-wing base to get out and vote this November, by using race to smear Obama.
This is a calculated plan by the Republican Party, Bill O'Reilly, everyone at Fox News, and all the right-wing bloggers etc. Their plan is to make Obama seem like a racist who supports the Black Panthers, and who told the DoJ to not prosecute any blacks. Then they add the NAACP into the mix, and you have a total racist smear job by the right to make white (Republican) voters mad so they will get out and vote.
The right-wing media is ginning up stories based on manufactured outrage and utter nonsense. And lately, they've all had one topic on their minds: race. Specifically the racism of black political figures, which they claim is nothing short of institutional policy in the Obama administration, and the racism of white tea partiers, which they claim doesn't exist.
We begin with the increasingly ridiculous New Black Panther Party "scandal," which revolves around the allegation -- and it's hard to believe that right-wingers actually profess to believe this -- that the Obama Justice Department dropped voter intimidation charges against members of this fringe hate group due to the administration's official policy of not pursuing cases in which the defendant is black and the victim is white.
Is there evidence for any of this? No. Does the partisan GOP hack/former DOJ attorney making this allegation have any facts to support it? No. But that's the story they're sticking to, and it has sparked a frenzy of race-baiting more explicit than anything we've seen so far during the Obama administration.
Fox News has been leading the charge, doing what Jon Chait called "the most widespread right-wing effort to exploit racial fears against Obama." Glenn Beck nonsensically claimed that the New Black Panthers "have ties to the White House" and accused the administration of endorsing the "race war" he sees coming down the pike. Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, the so-called straight news driving force behind the bogus story, has been corrected on the facts more times than you can count, but continues to hype the story every day. While getting mad at anyone who calls her out for her lies.
Which is to be expected from Fox News. The danger is that, with not much else going on and the right-wing spin machine operating at high speed, the bogus story starts bleeding into the mainstream press. Kelly herself boasted that Fox News "dragged the media kicking and screaming" to the New Black Panther story, and already there have been segments about the non-scandal on CNN and in The Washington Post.
The opposite to the right-wing media's bogus claims of racism at the DoJ are their assurances, that there is no racism in the tea party movement. After the NAACP passed a resolution condemning the "racist elements" within the tea party, conservatives went ballistic, claiming that the many, many, many, many, many examples of tea party racism and bigotry simply don't exist. And nothing will convince them otherwise -- not the many photographs of racist placards at tea party rallies (if Bill O'Reilly Sean Hannity couldn't find them, they must not exist), nor the word of civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis.
Bigoted, racial attacks from conservatives against Obama aren't anything new. Hell, not even a week after he announced his intention to run for the presidency, they were excitedly spreading false rumors that he spent his childhood in a madrassa. But this past month has been something different. Gone are the code words, the winks and nods, and the dog whistles -- the right-wing media is openly trying to turn Obama's race into something scary.
It's the scary black man tactic, from O'Reilly and all his right-wing friends. They are trying to get the white Republicans to think Obama is giving unfair treatment to blacks, and that he is the racist. This is simply being done to get out the vote in November.
And it's sad to see the race card being played by Bill O'Reilly and Fox News. Especially when they claim to be fair and balanced, Independent, objective, and nonpartisan, which is just laughable. They have joined the GOP to play the scary black man racist card, and it's pathetic.
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