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June 4, 2010

Where is the Media outrage about Bill Maher’s racism?

I can forgive all manner of mendacity in politics.  It goes with the terroritory.  But to cynically exploit race and divide America along racial lines is something I will never forgive them.  If that were the only reason I never voted Democrat again, it would be reason enough.

Comedian Bill Maher stereotypes black people as ghetto hoodlums and there’s no outcry. The long-standing racial double standard always shields the left. ‘I thought when we elected a black president we were gonna get a black president,” HBO’s Maher told viewers last week. “You know, this is where I want a real black president. I want him in a meeting with the BP CEOs, you know, where he lifts up his shirt so they can see the gun in his pants.”

How could a nerdy white guy like Maher get away with something like this? Where were the Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, who usually seem so quick to demand apologies for racial insults? And where are the “mainstream” media?

Virginia Republican George Allen, once considered presidential timber, saw his career derailed by the media in 2006 after he called a nonwhite operative for an opponent’s campaign a “macaca” — a cryptic remark no one to this day has deciphered.

Former Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., was forced from Senate leadership in 2002 after an open mike picked up an offhand remark at former segregationist Democrat Strom Thurmond’s 100th birthday party. Lott said Thurmond should have been elected president in 1948.

But Joe Biden, who during the presidential campaign described Barack Obama as “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean, “got a pass and ends up vice president.

And when John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s recent book, “Game Change,” brought to light Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s 2008 statement about Obama being “light skinned” with “no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,” the whole hullabaloo blew over in a matter of days.

So Republicans pay the price and liberals like Maher get a pass. This isn’t Maher’s only offense, either. Last month he called Obama “President Sanford and Son” — yet this guy gets invited onto ABC’s “This Week” to assure the millions watching that “nowadays, if you are racist, you’re probably a Republican.”


Yeah, where is that media?  Where are all those “outraged” Libs?  Crickets, that’s where.  “Racism” in America today is a political tool used to advance a Liberal agenda.  Nothing more.  There is no outrage nor hypocrisy to be found unless it’s a rightwinger, with all the twisted ways these guys rationalize that double standard in their minds.   And they prove it to us day in and day out.

And finally CCHQ’s epiphany for the day.  Recall this is the same Bill Maher who regularly and quite casually accuses Republicans of being racist.  It’s almost his schtick at this point.  His brand.  Like “poverty” was branding for John Edwards, or global warming for Al Gore.  Calling out the racists is Maher’s brand.  And it’s supposed to be funny too, in that sardonic comedian-turned-pundit sort of way, where you have to laugh every time he smirks at the camera.  These are all brands to be cultivated and exploited for political gain, and in Maher’s case–  White Liberal Against Racism™.

That’s what makes this guy’s comment about black men so newsworthy.  You know, like gay hookers and meth are newsworthy if it involves some evangelical preacher nobody’s even heard of, but not if it involves a Hollywood actor?  Hollywood gay meth might make the pages of “US” magazine, but not the New York Times.  When gay evangelical makes the New York Times, it’s the dissonance that makes it newsworthy.  The hypocrisy.  Or so we’ve been told.  Rightwingers get called on teh gay because they preach on morality.  Their “hypocrisy”, or dissonance, is what makes it newsworthy.

So if dissonance, or hypocrisy, is what makes gaffes and stumbles newsworthy, then why isn’t Liberal racism making headlines?  Or Al Gore’s polluting lifestyle for that matter.  Is not the self-righteous White Liberal to be called out when he stumbles?  Why not?  Why is only rightwing dissonance newsworthy?  If everybody knows the Rightwing is racist, where is the dissonance in their occasional racial gaffe?  There is none.  No more dissonant or hypocritical than Lindsay Lohan getting wasted every night.  She won’t make The New York Times.   But why won’t Bill Maher?

Rightwing racism is so common, they tell us, it shouldn’t really make the news in my opinion.  Not if we follow the Lib Media’s rules.  There simply is no dissonance and no hypocrisy if we let slip the “n” word.  Unless it’s not really dissonance/hypocrisy that gets Rightwing gaffes and stumbles in the news, but rather Leftwing Media agenda and double standards, and a bias so subtle most of it goes undetected, like an invisible vapor with no odor.  I mean, we know there’s a double standard in the media when it comes to conservatives, but is this the smoking gun?  Is this our Radon detector?  The Liberal dissonance that never makes the news vs the conservative dissonance that always does?  Methinks we are onto something here.

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