I CAN’T HEAR YOU
What’s wrong with the media? For the most part, they seem to be sitting on the Troopergate report released late, late Friday.
On this past Friday, all day long, MSNBC, CNN, and then the evening news programs on the broadcast networks teased their viewers with the pending release of the Troopergate report out of Alaska. As I reported here yesterday, the Republicans on the bipartisan committee that was looking into this little nugget against the Republican Governor of Alaska, who wants someday to be our President, managed to relegate the report’s release to a time well after the lower 48 had switched their attention to entertainment programming for the weekend.
For us political junkies, Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow at MSNBC as well as Anderson Cooper on CNN did manage to get it into their shows on Friday night, and both CNN and MSNBC also reported it in their regular newscasts over the weekend. But let’s face it, here in the good old US of A this time of year, on the weekends it’s all about football and car races. Really. Political junkie that I am, you may have noticed that I don’t post on Saturday. That’s because I’m a HUGE college football fan. GO SOONERS! Well, they didn’t actually go far enough this week in their big game against the Texas Longhorns, but I digress.
By the time the Sunday morning political shows aired on NBC, CBS and ABC, the Troopergate findings seemed to have disappeared. Noted, after all, it is the economy, stupid! But shouldn’t something have been said about a woman who is out there trashing her “opponent” when she abuses her power as governor? Not to worry, I thought, only political junkies like myself hang on every utterance that comes from those Sunday morning political shows. Surely, on Monday morning on my regular place to go first, Morning Joe, something would be said, even though I would have expected Joe Scarborough to tell his viewers that this whole Troopergate thing isn’t important, anyway. But what did I see? Joe Scarborough ranting about how he had been mistreated by liberal Democrats and the “liberal media” when he was in the House of Representatives and voted against funding assistance for little children and old people. Poor Joe; he was misunderstood. BULLSHIT!
For anybody to criticize Joe Scarborough’s ultra-conservative voting record when he was in Newt’s gang in Washington is certainly fair political game. But to defend John McCain for allowing racist fervor to run wild at his rallies is ridiculous. I don’t see the comparison at all, Joe. Sorry! It’s just not there. McCain himself knows that and corrected one of his fervent supporters Friday afternoon. Perhaps Representative Lewis, a trench warrior in the civil-rights movement, went a bit too far in invoking George Wallace. But a careful reading of his statement makes it clear he is not comparing McCain and Wallace in a personal way. He is just rightfully making the point that politicians need to be very careful about what they unleash when they open the Pandora’s Box of racism and divisiveness in a nation with our history.
I generally like old Joe Scarborough. He can be very fair at times, but his desperation in seeing the Republicans going down to defeat is becoming more obvious each and every day. He has been frantic in his defense of McCain and Palin’s outrageous stirring up of the maniacal right wing of their party. He claims that if a person at an Obama rally shouted out “kill McCain,” that the evil “left-wing” media wouldn’t raise an eyebrow. Once again: BULLSHIT! The media would decry it, and Obama would straighten it out immediately – not at the end of a week-long assault. I also firmly believe that the Republicans would be demanding a review of the tapes of the rally to find out who the crazed supporter was and demand his immediate prosecution for terroristic threats. Come on, Joe, you know that’s true.
Last week Joe and Mika both pointed out the use of the word “erratic” every time someone from the Obama campaign or the Democratic Party used it. Well, I have another suggestion for the “word-sensitive” pair that steer Morning Joe; what if we called Republicans every time they use the words “left-wing media”? After all, fair is fair, right?
In addition, I’m getting more than a little tired of Joe Scarborough’s denial of racism by Republicans, especially in the South. I know that he’s at least ten years younger than me, but I’ve been here a long time, and his assertion that racism just doesn’t exist in the “Dixie” part of Florida is flat wrong. I know because Mrs. Jack is a Florida native whose family comes from North Florida. That part of Florida is as “Southern” as Alabama or Mississippi. Joe knows the truth; he just doesn’t want to admit it.
My friend over at Willpen has an interesting take on the race issue today, and I would invite you to go to her website at Willpen’s World and check out the “Big Fat Racist” video she is featuring there today from a McCain rally.
Look, folks, I’m from down here in racist country. Not everybody down here is a racist, but too many are. These people are dead serious about their feelings toward Barack Obama and should not be taken lightly. The real hero of this campaign is not the old white guy who has a military record. The real hero of this campaign is the brave young black man who stands up out there in the open day after day risking his life to bring a better vision of leadership to our country. His bravery will be tested not only for the next three weeks but for the next four years if he prevails on November 4th. I’m old enough to remember that painful day in 1963 when John F. Kennedy was shot to death on the streets of Dallas, Texas. I was serving my country in the US Army when Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy were gunned down. These were very dark days and unleashed an attitude of mistrust in government that lives on to this day. It is absolutely irresponsible for anyone who wants to be a leader of this country to stir up sentiment that could lead us back to that place.
I like to put a bit of humor in my column, but I’m not feeling it as I watch this campaign wind itself down in such a negative and dangerous way. So instead of humor, I will only add that I will abandon the word “erratic” when referring to the odd behavior of John McCain and his campaign and use the word “chaotic” in the future. The Republicans are leading a chaotic campaign, and that can only lead to a chaotic government if they should prevail.
Keep fighting the good fight!