The Dems have squandered their mandate and are threatened by a Tea Party tsunami come November. Dem voters are as despirited today as Republican voters were in ’06 and ’08. The GOP is seriously threatening to take back both houses of the Congress, and it seems there’s little Dems can do about it. That’s where Dem race baiting comes in. It’s a tactic they resort to every time a big vote comes up. In ’08, Liberals race baited their opponents to deflect our attention from Jeremiah Wright, they did it before the big healthcare vote, and today they’re doing the same thing to deflect the public’s attention from the Democratic party’s record. It’s working. From the Christian Science Monitor:
Excerpts published Tuesday by a conservative online news site suggest that a group of journalists from the mainstream media discussed ways to shield Barack Obama from criticism during the 2008 presidential election.
Among the strategies put forward: call conservative critics racists.
The excerpts, published by the Daily Caller, come at a sensitive time, with both he political left and right accusing each other of race-baiting.
The NAACP recently accused the “tea party” of sheltering racists in its midst. Shortly after, the National Tea Party Federation expelled Mark Williams, leader of the Tea Party Express, for writing a satirical letter about how “colored people” preferred slavery.
Now, conservative commentators are pointing to the JournoList excerpts as proof that the mainstream media collude to promote a liberal agenda, play the race card, and discredit conservative movements like the tea party.
“The [JournoList] is troubling,” says Jim Campbell, a political science professor at the State University of New York (SUNY) in Buffalo. “At one level it could be thought of as just colleagues throwing ideas out to one another, but from another standpoint it almost looks like collusion … where virtual talking points are shared and solidified in a group.”
According to excerpts released, reporters quibbled endlessly among themselves, and it’s far from clear if any of their collective kvetching ever drove an actual media narrative. But the excerpts pull back the curtain on how deeply the visceral and vindictive left-right split in American politics not only is reflected within the media, but can be amplified by them.
When conservatives were criticizing Mr. Obama for his connection to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright in 2008, some JournoList members discussed a counterstrategy.
The Daily Caller writes that Spencer Ackerman, then 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, Mr. Ackerman wrote, ‘Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares – and call them racists.’ “