July 24, 2010

Lopsided indignation

Michael C. Moynihan at Reason nails the recent race imbroglios nicely:

But false (or flimsy) accusations of racism abound—they are everywhere one looks—though they rarely provoke the level of outrage seen in the Sherrod affair. This week, in a fit of boredom, I found myself leafing through a deeply silly book by William Kleinknecht, a crime reporter for a newspaper in New Jersey, portentously called The Man Who Sold the World: Ronald Reagan and the Betrayal of Main Street America. If it wasn’t enough that Reagan betrayed, attacked, humiliated, and sold Main Street to corporations the reader is informed that after the 1980 election the United States was “turned over to...thinly-veiled racists.” Nowhere does Kleinknecht substantiate the charge, but when the accused is Ronald Reagan, why bother?

This whole “debate,” if we can charitably call it that, is a mess of straw men, hypocrisy, stupidity, and reflexive defenses of one’s own tribe. It has nothing to do with fairness, journalistic ethics, or the immorality of dragging the reputations of innocents through the mud in an attempt at scoring political points.

Racism is the most powerful and toxic accusation in American discourse, one that derails careers and destroys futures. Yet despite its toxicity it is also the one that requires the least amount of evidence; the racism, we are told, is institutionalized or subterranean, so trust that it’s being divined in good faith. Well, that won’t do. Because there is no penalty for unfairly calling someone a racist, as David Frum points out—if it sticks, a point for your side; if it doesn’t, who cares?

Indeed, and it "sticks" a helluva lot more often when faux "progressives" do the "sticking." Folks like Olbermann (and practically everyone at MSNBC) spent weeks -- months! -- maligning the Tea Party movement as racist by nitpicking rare tasteless placards; in addition they (and others) constantly repeated the vicious lie that members of the Congressional Black Caucus were victims of racial slurs (see our predictable faux "progressives" locally and the local big papers which just in the past few days showed predictable paroxysms of indignation over the Sherrod affair).

The "bad guy" in the Sherrod matter, Andrew Breitbart, still hasn't gotten a taker for his offered $10,000 for proof that members of the CBC were yelled at by racists -- despite a plethora of cameras filming the protests at the time (including one held by the son of a notorious race hustler).

So, forgive me if I don't shed many tears for Ms. Sherrod's predicament. I've already opined what was done to her was wrong and that she should get her job back. But it'll be a very cold day in Hades if we ever see folks like Olbermann apologize, or the way-moonbatty LGOMB.

UPDATE: A lot more here.

Posted by Hube at July 24, 2010 03:55 PM | TrackBack

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Mary Frances Berry (super lefty)
Professor of American Social Thought and History, U. Penn. :

"Tainting the tea party movement with the charge of racism is proving to be an effective strategy for Democrats. There is no evidence that tea party adherents are any more racist than other Republicans, and indeed many other Americans. But getting them to spend their time purging their ranks and having candidates distance themselves should help Democrats win in November. Having one’s opponent rebut charges of racism is far better than discussing joblessness."

from Politico

Posted by: anonni at July 30, 2010 02:36 PM