Sunday, July 25, 2010

Journ-olist, Shirley Sherrod and Economic Failure: A wild mid-July

Summer is supposed to be a slow news season.  Congress, even with approval ratings of 11%, vacations, well, liberally.  The President, with an environmental crisis gripping the Gulf Coast, foreign policy crises brewing in North Korea and Iran, and the economy continuing to crumble, busies himself in what appear to be an endless stream of social events.  Reporters take time from their beats to read the latest Columbia University apology for Iranian terrorism or the Washington Post's most recent disclosure of military and security secrets. 

The real world intervened in the week of July 17-24, 2010.  The week started with the continuing discussion of the sinking economy and the Labor/Socialist/Democrat response.  Notwithstanding the daily record federal deficits, the L/S/D Congress refused to find less than one third of one percent of its budget to transfer to unemployment benefits.  If the unemployment debate fails to convince the voter that the L/S/D is addicted to deficit spending they cannot be convinced.  A reasonable person could debate the source of the addiction but not the addiction itself.

Undoubtedly the urgency to continue the lunacy of federal spending arose from a preview of Friday's White House announcement that unemployment will continue at or above 9% through the end of the Obama first (only?) term.  Since the unemployment rate has increased almost every month since Democrats seized control of Congress in the 2006 election the obvious answer in L/S/D intellectual circles is do more of the same and expect different results.

Then the Journolist scandal took another more bizarre turn.  As disclosed in the prestigious Christian Science Monitor, the leftist cabal of journalists, who actually did conspire to slant news coverage over the last three years, went so far as give recent voice to the Alinsky maxim to personally isolate and viciously attack the conservative opposition. 

In one instance, Spencer Ackerman of the Washington Independent urged his colleagues to deflect attention from Obama’s relationship with Wright by changing the subject. Pick one of Obama’s conservative critics, Ackerman wrote, ‘Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists.

So what is a liberal progressive to do when the facts are against him-attack.  They certainly are not going to  discuss record budget deficits and an unemployment rate that, after four years of ever more socialism and government control, is higher than at any point in his hated predecessor's eight years in the White House? 

Then the gift that keeps on giving, Shirley Sherrod, became cable news legend.  Now, the Sherrod tale has taken its almost inevitable turn.  The L/S/D mainstream was out in force this morning, on the attack, shrieking racist at every Republican or conservative institution they could identify.  Although Sherrod's original March speech ended with a strange and certainly racial attack on Republicans and conservatives, and her response to the Breitbart video and the Administration's cowardly response, disclose Sherrod's willingness to race bait if not vocalize actual racism, the L/S/Ds portray her as a victim of overt Republican racism. 
The L/S/Ds cannot dispute the fact that Fox News did not mention Sherrod or air the Breitbart video until after the White House had fired her, and the NAACP had supported that termination yet they attack Fox News for reporting the firing.  The L/S/Ds cannot dispute the fact that the Sherrod video shows the NAACP delegates demonstrating approval for the most racially virulent parts of Sherrod's speech yet they attack Andrew Breitbart as a racist (Sherrod herself) for airing the video.  The L/S/Ds cannot produce a single second of video or audio footage, or a single independent witness who heard any black congressman the "N" bomb or any other racial epithet yet they attack the Tea Party movement as racist and repeat the story as if it were true (Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts).  The L/S/Ds cannot dispute the facts of the Black Panther case and do not deny a policy to overtly discriminate in prosecutorial decision yet they attack those who revealed the racial bias as racists for exposing race based discrimination.
One does not require the inductive genius of Hercule Poirot to see the theme, or to flatter with imitation Anita Dunn's newly minted word "metatheme".  So, let us take a page from Steve King's playbook and do not back down in the face of this age old tactic by admitting some horrible imaginary crime in the hopes the L/S/D media and political elites will reward our cowardice with praise.

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