Democrats and the mainstream media are attacking the McCain-Palin campaign as hateful. They are pointing to what a few people who attend McCain rallies have said (disregarding that there are every bit as many people who attend Obama rallies who are full of hate). They have pointed to Sarah Palin’s statement that Barack Obama was “palling around with terrorist” William Ayers as being racist, because even though Obama officially PARTNERED with Ayers, and even though Obama’s campaign own manager David Axelrod said the two men were “certainly friendly,” you can’t say for certain they were “pals.” Therefore it must be racist. They have suggested that Sarah Palin calling herself a “hockey mom” was racially biased because only white people play hockey. They have said that McCain’s “that one” comment must be racist and intend to portray Obama as “the other.” They are now saying that John McCain saying that he’d “whip Obama’s you-know-what” in the next debate was racist because whipping a black man clearly hearkens back to the days of slavery.
Yesterday’s New York Times was filled with hysterical articles and commentary events at McCain-Palin events. And mainstream media outlets all over are fixated on every negative thing that comes out of the McCain-Palin campaign, regardless of the source. Events such as the group of Obama supporters wearing T-shirts at Obama events emblazoned with the words, “Sarah Palin is a cunt” apparently didn’t rise to any inappropriate level for the mainstream media.
The goal is straightforward: the media wants to focus on McCain’s “negativity” and ignore Obama’s in order to portray McCain as angry and desperate in the face of certain defeat. The overwhelming media narrative is that Obama is sweetness and light and McCain is Darth Vader without the helmet.
Bill O’Reilly said today that he could match anti-McCain-Palin anger at Obama events one-to-one, and that it is frankly stupid to attempt to link remarks made by one or two in a crowd of thousands to the sentiments of the candidates themselves. But he’s pretty much the only guy out there who even wants to be fair on this issue.
Stop and think about it. The media is trying to make John McCain guilty by association with people he’s never even met before even as it attacks John McCain – as a racist or as anything else they can think of – for trying to reveal long-term personal associations that Barack Obama had for years.
Let’s listen to what John Lewis, a key Obama surrogate, had to say:
“I am deeply disturbed by the negative tone of the McCain-Palin campaign,” said Lewis, an Obama supporter, civil rights icon and Georgia Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“What I am seeing today reminds me too much of another destructive period in American history. Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are sowing the seeds of hatred and division, and there is no need for this hostility in our political discourse,” he said.
Noting that Wallace, a divisive political figure in his day, had also run for president, Lewis said, “He created the climate and the conditions that encouraged vicious attacks against innocent Americans who were simply trying to exercise their constitutional rights.”
“Sen. McCain and Governor Palin are playing with fire, and if they are not careful, that fire will consume us all,” Lewis said.
Nothing over the top there. I mean, of COURSE John McCain wants to put black people back into slavery. He even said he wanted to whip a black man!!!
How on earth can John Lewis’ words not be viewed as both “hateful” and “divisive”? How are his words not a “vicious attack”? This attack is nothing less than an attempt to inoculate Barack Obama from any kind of criticism, particularly in areas in which he ought to be held morally accountable for his decisions or for his relationships.
Remember how Barack Obama was said to be able to take America beyond race? Turns out his side is better at race-baiting than leading the nation beyond race.
The Obama campaign said while Lewis was right to condemn “hateful rhetoric” the Illinois senator did not believe McCain or his policy criticism were comparable to Wallace or his segregationist policies as governor of Alabama in the 1960s.
Well, there’s a nice backhanded punch in the mouth that was supposed to pass as some kind of repudiation of Lewis’ vile and offensive race-baiting rhetoric.
Hate is only hate if white people say it. Separatism is only bad if white people are separatists. Claims that a people based on the color of their skin are terrible and will do terrible things is only racist if white people say it.
That’s the level of idiocy that passes for coherent thought and media analysis these days.
And the unrelenting bias of the media – which has been engaged in a campaign to create a narrative that John McCain is being negative and engaging in dirty politics while the Obama campaign is allowed to throw all kinds of filth at John McCain – is what passes for journalism these days.