Among the many things to fault about then-presidential candidate Barack Obama’s 2008 then-celebrated* speech on race was his failure to cite the most important speech on race in American history, Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
That great American dreamt that his “four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” With that line, King defined the ideal we should all strive for–to judge an individual not by his skin color, but but his character.
That notion seems to be lost to many Democrats attacking Republicans for raising questions about Ambassador Susan Rice’s public statements on Benghazi. As Victor Davis Hanson put it two days ago:
Susan Rice misleads the country and suddenly her critics are racists and sexists — does not mean that it does not work in deterring critics. A white liberal can all but destroy Condoleezza Rice or Alberto Gonzalez and feel very liberal, but a peep about Barack Obama or Susan Rice from a white male is akin to a KKK slur.
We will have truly realized Dr. King’s dream when defenders of an African-American figure subject to criticism don’t assume that his (or her) critics were motivated by her race. They may well have been calling her character into question — or her actions.
And they will defend her character — or her actions — rather than make assumptions about her critics’ motives.
Tonight my guest is Lachlan Markay of the Center for Media and Public Policy, the investigative journalism operation at The Heritage Foundation.
Our topics will be The Fiscal Cliff, Sequestration, Taxes, and of course the pending Mayan Apocolypse which may or may not all be related.
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Last week, I think it was — or maybe it was the week before, I caught on Anderson Cooper that helps explains the GOP’s image problem.
That CNN anchor was talking about Todd Akin (does seem our friends in the legacy media devote more time to that failed Senate candidate’s crazy statement on rape than they do to the failure of elected Democratic Senators to pass a budget) and wondering what his defeat meant for the Tea Party, given the support, Cooper claimed, of that dynamic, grassroots movement for the Missouri social conservative.
Fortunately, former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer was on Cooper’s panel and quickly corrected him; Akin was not the Tea Party candidate, in fact, he won the GOP primary earlier this year because he was competing against two candidates who hailed from that wing of the party.
Three points/questions about this exchange stand out:
- Anderson Cooper’s prejudices; he should have known better; had he bothered to researcht the 2012 Missouri GOP Senate primary, he would have quickly learned that Akin was definitely not a Tea Party candidate. The supposedly even-handd “news” anchor just assumed that because Akin had some extreme views, he must be Tea Party, that is, he appears to see the Tea Party as an extremist outfit. And Cooper seems unaware that the Tea Party lacks a social issue focus (as Mr. Akin has).
- Cooper’s ignorance about the Tea Party seems to help foster popular misrepresentation of the movement.
- If Fleischer had not been there to correct Cooper, his misrepresentation would have gone unchallenged. How many other similar media misrepresentations go unchallenged?
Just something to consider.
in our society, we are inundated with unwanted solicitations. Yesterday, for example, except for a magazine, every piece of snail mail I received was a solicitation for a charity, only one of which (to the best of my recollection) I have ever supported.
Every morning, it seems there are at least 20 unsolicited offers/advertisements in my e-mail, then it’s the Pop-ups. I really should use Firefox more often as that web browser is better at blocking them, but our GayPatriot dashboard is easier to use on Safari.
Lately, those pop-up advertisements have been proliferating, sometimes slowing the browser, other times just cluttering the desk top. And now, they’re piling pop-ups on top of pop-ups. Take a gander at the pop-up I received when trying to close the window for a pop-up advertisement:
This ad will make not make it any more likely that I’ll respond to their offer.
Now that I have vented, I feel much better.