CNN and the Reverse Bradley Effect
Mike Wallace: How can we get rid of racism?I've been listening to CNN all night; and all night long, they are hung up on the issue of race. It's a liberal fixation.
Morgan Freeman: Stop talking about it. I'm going to stop calling you a white man, and I'm going to ask you to stop calling me a black man.
I think CNN is helping to create this issue; not merely be a "conduit" for it, as I heard Don Lemon describe it to James T. Harris, who's been taking heat for the statement he made at a McCain rally. Each anecdotal report, each "expert" with an agenda to push, creates a self-fulfilling perception of "America won't vote for a black man". Forget the thousands of McCain-Palin supporters who are at a McCain rally voting against a Marxist/socialist/liberal/Democrat while voting for the candidate who best represents their political identity. Zero-in, instead, upon the woman calling Senator Obama an Arab, and sensationalize it into an indictment of the McCain campaign and the Republican Party as racists and hate-mongers. CNN and MSM are the ones fanning the flames, cheerleading the sensationalism, creating the false narrative by pushing a skewed "if it bleeds racism, it leads" perception.
Freedom Eden was at the Waukesha rally, and says media reports have been false:
For days, the mainstream media have been reporting that supporters at John McCain's rallies are raging, bloodthirsty, hateful thugs.
The Waukesha rally on Thursday has been depicted as a hate fest. That's flat-out inaccurate. That's not the way it was at all.
I am certain that the reporting of that event is biased. I know the media have distorted what happened because I was there. I can tell you they're reports are slanted.
The same media that keep referring to the Waukesha event as a gathering of unruly, angry people are the same media that are ignoring an extremely moving portion of that same town hall meeting.
Iraqi war vet, Scott Southworth, spoke of his adopted son, an Iraqi orphan. While he was serving in Iraq, Southworth volunteered at an orphanage. The man choked up but managed to tell the story of bringing his son home to America. The boy is now a citizen of the United States.
The crowd responded to that inspiring story with cheers that easily equalled any heard given to the speakers expressing their frustrations.
Nonetheless, the media focus on creating a report of a ugly scene. At least regarding the Waukesha event, I know it's manfactured.
Read here, here, here, and here. Say a lie loud enough...and spread it through the media. Where were they for the last 8 years to denounce the hateful rhetoric toward President Bush, which goes far beyond shouting "traitor" and "terrorist"? President Bush's life is more in danger of assassination attempts than is Senator Obama's. Where's the media hyperventilation on this?
Since this has been receiving so much headline news, I wouldn't be surprised if Obama supporters actually show up to McCain-Palin rallies and pretend to be racist supporters of the McCain campaign to draw media fire. Call me conspiratorial, but it's certainly not outside the realm of possibilities, given how low Democrats will go to win an election.
If anything, I think America trends more toward a reverse Bradley effect. Does anyone seriously believe that Senator Obama would be generating so much excitement and energy amongst Democrats, if it were merely his political message of "hope" and "change", resume, and campaign promises? It isn't just black voters who are excited (including those voting on race identity), but white voters, and multicultural voters (including those voting due to racial identity as well as those voting in spite of it- both types dispelling the myth that Americans won't elect a black president).
Senator Obama has gotten as far as he has, because America has moved beyond race, and is ready to accept a president, regardless of race or gender, and has been ready for some time (just look at all the American of ethnicity, in positions of leadership throughout our society). If he does not win the presidency, it won't be on account of his transracial identity. It will be on account of the fact that he is the least qualified of the two candidates; Americans will reject Senator Obama because he is the wrong man, for the wrong position, at the wrong time. And so long as he is a far left, liberal, socialist, Marxist Democrat, he will always be the wrong man, applying for the wrong position, at the wrong time.
The U.S. presidency is above Senator Obama's pay grade.
Cross-posted at Flopping Aces