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With Anemic Ratings, Anderson Cooper Dwells on “Race Factor”:
Ignores Racist Tone of Carter’s 1970 Gubernatorial Campaign

Thanks to Anderson Cooper, I got an extra few minutes of cardio last night.  As I was cooling down on the stairmaster, his CNN program came on one of the television monitors.  Breathlessly, he was reporting something I had just read on Gateway Pundit, the worst president in U.S. history (well, at least since the Civil War) had told NBC’s Brian Williams that there was “Racist Tone” to a Tea Party protesters rallying against President Obama’s policies.

I was curious to see how much time Cooper devoted to Jimmy Carter’s remarks:

An overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man, that he’s African-American

I live in the South, and I have seen the South come a long way. And I have seen the rest of the country that shared the South’s attitude toward minority groups at that time, particularly African-Americans.

With this unfounded accusation as the lead-in, Cooper devoted the first quarter hour of his program to probing the supposed “Race Factor” in the protests.  Of course, he didn’t have any evidence of the racial motivations of the Tea Party protesters, just the ramblings of a doddering, bitter old man.

But, there is evidence showin that Mr. Carter tapped into the “South’s attitude toward minority groups” in his successful campaign for the Democratic Georgia gubernatorial nomination in 1970:

Carter won the governorship of Georgia in 1970 via a race-baiting campaign. In his 2004 book The Real Jimmy Carter, Steven Hayward writes that Carter’s campaign staff sent an anonymous mailer “to barbershops, country churches, and rural law enforcement officers containing a grainy photo of [his Democratic opponent Carl] Sanders, part owner of the Atlanta Hawks NBA franchise, at an after-game locker room victory celebration. Two black players were pouring champagne over Sanders’s head. The Atlanta Constitution noted, ‘In the context of the sports pages, it was a routine shot … But in the context of this political campaign it was a dangerous smear that injected both race, alcohol, and high living into the campaign.’ Carter’s senior campaign aides Bill Pope, Hamilton Jordan, and Jerry Rafshoon were behind the mailing; Pope was even spotted passing out the flyers at a Ku Klux Klan rally … The Carter campaign also produced a leaflet noting that Sanders had paid tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.

“… Carter also implied that he met privately with the head of the States Rights Council, a white supremacist group, and campaigned in all-white private schools that were known as ‘segregation academies,’ where he promised that he would do ‘everything’ to support their existence. ‘I have no trouble pitching for [George] Wallace [segregationist] votes and the black votes at the same time,’ Carter told a reporter. Carter also said to another reporter, ‘I can win this election without a single black vote.’”

Sounds like more than just a “racist tone” to me.  I don’t think any of the Tea Party protesters, many of whom were African-American, used such racist tactics in their rallies.

And I wonder why, in breathlessly reporting Mr. Carter’s lasting ramblings, Mr. Cooper neglected to reference the Democrat’s past overt appeals to race.  On that score, Jimmy Carter has changed–one of the few places, he changed for the better in his adult life.

But, don’t you think that’s the least bit relevant to the former President’s lateset accusation? Maybe had Cooper covered the story more thoroughly, you know, provided a 360-degree view, he might have a larger audience.

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18 Comments

  1. I think Carter’s hoping like hell that Chairman Obama can take the “Worst President Ever” mantle. With Obama’s protectionism, support for dictators and spending like a drunken Marxist, he’s well on his way.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — September 16, 2009 @ 2:13 am - September 16, 2009

  2. It’s such a shame to see our political landscape get so radically racialized. If you ask me, it’s insulting to use the President’s race to refute any criticism of him.

    Weren’t we supposed to be above this?

    Comment by Randy Haddock — September 16, 2009 @ 2:34 am - September 16, 2009

  3. A good response is to paraphrase Hillary Clinton, like so: I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration somehow you’re a racist. We should stand up and say we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration.

    Comment by Conservative Guy — September 16, 2009 @ 2:40 am - September 16, 2009

  4. I swear the MSM and political opertives are given certain strategic “talking points” because it is beyond coincidence that they all seem to come out with the exact same wording and phrases every time Obama gets criticized. This week the catch phrase is “racism”. Protesters are racist, racist signs, racist overtones, Wilson is racist, Rush is racist, Hannity is racist, blah blah blah. Next week: How people who criticize Obama hate poor people.

    Comment by Dave B — September 16, 2009 @ 3:46 am - September 16, 2009

  5. Of course people criticizing Obama hate poor people, Dave. Why look at everything Obama has done for poor people! There was, uh, um. Well there was er, uh. Oh yeah! There were those millions of dollars from the Annenberg Foundation to help education that, instead, went to his crooked friends. I am sure some of them spent money that eventually trickled down to the poor.
    Obama won’t tell anyone but he really does believe in the trickle down thory, he just wants to make sure that instead of us using our money it’s him and his pals using our money.

    Comment by Peter — September 16, 2009 @ 4:43 am - September 16, 2009

  6. Looks like Media Matter is very busy with handing out the talking points. It is so funny the way that all of the people, journalists etc. come up with the exact same points.

    I noticed in an article from a UK paper that was about 9/11 that in the comments the Truthers were out in force, and of the few comments I read all were from Truthers… my point here is that the comments all sounded the same…. including the crap about the Northwoods Project… you know the one that was in fact the CIA briefing JFK and wanting to create an incident that would lead the USA into a war with Cuba…. the Truthers claim that GWB implemented the Northwoods Project… but it seems these Truthers are not aware that the papers relating to it were released in 1997….. dang the truth gets in the way sometimes.

    In the whole time that I have been criticizing the mulatto, his skin tone has not been a factor. When I first noticed on TV the thing that struck me was the fact that he could not look directly into a camera. He was reading from the teleprompter… looking one way, then the other, as though he was at a tennis match… I do not like his voice.

    If anything reminds me of the way in which Adolf Hitler worked the crowds, it is how the big O has worked the sheeple so that they all become obots worshipping his every move and getting a tingle up the leg.

    However, my real criticism is based upon his inexperience in a number of key areas, and his total failure as a statesman. These key areas are:

    1. Economics – I failed him over the stimulus bill. His grasp of economics was not all that great when he was pushing the porkulus.

    2. Foreign policy – another fail. His fawning over Ahmanutjob, Castro and Chavez invoke the ick factor. The reset button was a disaster of an idea. It sent the wrong message but the fool still does not recognize the message that he sent… WEAK… America has a weak leader, we can walk all over them… do what we want…. they will turn a blind eye…..

    3. Domestic policies…. well you know all about that too…. your country was safe for a time…. NOT ANY MORE……

    Comment by thestraightaussie — September 16, 2009 @ 6:05 am - September 16, 2009

  7. The conceit here is that if it were a white guy pushing a radical socialist agenda, surrounding himself with radical communist “czars,” and associating with an organization caught on tape advocating tax evasion, immigration fraud, and child prostitution —- we would all be OK with it.

    Comment by V the K — September 16, 2009 @ 7:28 am - September 16, 2009

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  10. All this is terrible messaging for the Dear Teleprompter. By making this a racial controversy, Carter, Anderson, Wright, and all the other liberal fascists are unintentionally telegraphing the following messages:

    1) Obama is a racially charged figure. (What happened to being a uniter? And “in his DNA”?)
    2) Obama is a pussy who needs another pussy – bitter, doddering failure Jimmah Carter – to defend him.
    3) Health care reform really isn’t that important. (Because we’re talking about Wilson instead of that, now aren’t we?)
    4) Nothing else is really that important, either. Afghanistan, economy, deficits… not that important. (Puts the Dear Teleprompter out of alignment with the American people, who would beg to disagree.)
    5) Obama and/OR his supporters are thin-skinned. Their goat is easily gotten.
    6) Obama is a liar for screeching in front of the Congress that health care is important, and in front of the American people that he is some sort of grand unifying figure, the new Lincoln, etc.

    Those are all terrible messages for Obama and his liberal-fascist agenda. Therefore good for me. Oh, and my foreign and resource-oriented stocks are up today… again. (ILC hums a tune.)

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — September 16, 2009 @ 10:33 am - September 16, 2009

  11. Ditto to V the K

    Comment by heliotrope — September 16, 2009 @ 11:12 am - September 16, 2009

  12. Of course, he didn’t have any evidence of the racial motivations of the Tea Party protesters

    Of course he didn’t.

    Not at all.

    Comment by torrentprime — September 16, 2009 @ 12:23 pm - September 16, 2009

  13. TP is a perfect example of what my #10 talks about.

    - If anyone humorously points out that Democrats are dumb as monkeys, mindless spending – which they are and do – it’s gotta by raaaaaayyyysism.

    - If anyone humorously notices that Obama’s prescriptions for America are no better than those of a witch doctor – it’s gotta be raaaaayyyysism.

    The alleged raaaaayyyyysism is in the eye of the beholder. In other words, TP: You are the racist here. But I digress. My point is, please keep it up! Please try harder and harder, TP, to keep the conversation on raaaaaayyyysism! It’s terrible messaging for your side, meaning it works out well in the end for mine :-)

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — September 16, 2009 @ 12:47 pm - September 16, 2009

  14. torrent prime.

    May I suggest you go to zombietime and admit you’re a bloodthirsty antisemitc revolutionary and wish to see the legal government overthrown by violent means? I mean if you’re going to try to paint your oppoents with a narrow brush, then we’ll just assume you’re the same as all those people. The violence you advocate is frankly, frightening.

    I myself am sorry to see that you so willingly associate yourself with people who openly advocate the destruction of the country.

    Comment by The_Livewire — September 16, 2009 @ 12:50 pm - September 16, 2009

  15. ramblings of a doddering, bitter old man

    OK. Now that’s offensive to those of us in the doddering old men community. Carter is a fool and a jerk – characteristics he developed a long time ago.

    Comment by SoCalRobert — September 16, 2009 @ 3:07 pm - September 16, 2009

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  17. Don’t forget Jimmy Carter’s anti-semitic rants. He’s not qualified to judge anyone on that issue.

    Comment by Maureen — September 16, 2009 @ 6:31 pm - September 16, 2009

  18. So much for transcending race. I never believed that Mr. Obama was this “racial healer”, which is offensive in itself. As someone who is black, I take offense to this. I do not want to live in a polarized society. We can look to history to see what happens when governments use racism as a tactic. This is a sign of desperation. But this is dangerous. Do we want to end up like Nazi Germany, Zimbabwe, or Burma? The list is endless.

    Comment by Scherie — September 16, 2009 @ 6:47 pm - September 16, 2009

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