WaPo hit job on Steele

posted at 2:38 pm on June 27, 2006 by Bryan

A tale of bias in two parts.

The Washington Post runs a hit job on MD Lt Gov and GOP Senate candidate Michael Steele (who has advertised on this site), by trying to tie him to the Willie Horton ad that ran against Dukakis in 1988. The tie is only a tie in the sense that the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon thing works–you can connect anybody to anything if you work out enough levels. Steele himself had nothing to do with the ad.

Confederate Yankee calls the Post on its race-baiting masquerading as reporting. The implication of the Post’s distort report is that Steele must be a traitor to his race for sidling up to the Republican crackers who smeared Dukakis with Willie Horton, an ad that was true to the facts of the case. The Post left that part out.

The Post also fails to mention that the first politician to use Willie Horton as a weapon against Michael Dukakis was…Democrat Al Gore. That’s right. It’s such an inconvenient truth the Post can’t bear to print it.

Meanwhile, the Post ignores the story that Allah posted on a bit ago–the one in which Rep. Cynthia McKinney’s website and campaign are full of racist rhetoric and even justifies assaulting police officers. Which is no surprise, given McKinney’s obvious anti-Semitism and conspiracy mongering and her own relationship with the men and women of the thin blue line (she assaults them).

Biased story selection?

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Did Michael Steele ever shake hands with Al Gore? If so, then he would definitely be tied to the Willie Horton ad.

pjcomix on June 27, 2006 at 2:51 PM

Republicans, Blacks, Criminals, Racists
Just throw in those words and mix at leisure.
Its really pathetic, this article basically calls Republicans racists, the man who made the hOrton ad a racist therefore a Black Republican must be a self hating one with a timely quote from the NAACP which doesn’t support Steele.

Defector01 on June 27, 2006 at 3:02 PM

It’s really funny how the left, who claims to be the champion of all minorities, throws them to the curb the instant they leave the democratic plantation and stop toeing the party line.

I thought bettering yourself was the whole idea, no matter what your ethnicity. Did I miss something??

darwin on June 27, 2006 at 3:12 PM

It’s pretty simple, really. If you are a democrat, you can say whatever you want about anybody. You get a free pass to do so. This is so because as a democrat, or elitist, you are fighting for those you insult. They are after all, beneath you, but somebody has to fight for their pathetic little lives. Everybody knows that the big bad republicans are the root of their misery. Consequently, democrats are baffled when somebody like Michael Steele (or Condoleeza Rice, Alberto Gonzalez, Colin Powell or even Michelle Malkin) has conservative views, or worse yet, are republican. They feel betrayed. How dare they do that to the only party that has their back. As a conservative who happens to be Hispanic, I hear all the time from liberals that “any minority that votes for a republican ought to be taken out back and shot.”

Rick on June 27, 2006 at 3:24 PM

Democrats love democrats, not blacks. Just look how they threw William Jefferson to the curb. Maynard Jackson etc. in favor of lily white McAuliffe. Kwase Mfume got dissed in favor of lily white Ben Cardin. Whenever democrats have a chance to put blacks in powerful leadership roles, they choose white liberal. Rubin,Albright,Christopher, Berger,Stephanopoulis,McCurry, DeeDee Myers, The token he put up was an embarrasment by the name of Joycelyn “Clapner” Elders. Mike Espy was busted for bribes. Kimba Woods had illegal nanny. They are such racists, they actually believe blacks are inferior to whites, and need a racist policy called affirmative action.

roninacreage on June 27, 2006 at 3:29 PM

What about all the Sambo stuff the leftists have already trotted out against Steele? Relevant, no?

Clark1 on June 27, 2006 at 3:30 PM

The Post also fails to mention that the first politician to use Willie Horton as a weapon against Michael Dukakis was…Democrat Al Gore.

Bryan, could you include a source on this claim? The Wikipedia article seems to suggest that Gore may not have mentioned Horton, but just the furlough program (which was begun by a Republican Governor and left unmodified by Dukakis) during the primary. You should either clear this up or retract it.

I wouldn’t want you to be accused of this same “guilt by association” B.S.

Convertacon on June 27, 2006 at 3:31 PM

So, is the Washington Post on record as supporting the weekend furlough program that freed Willie Horton? Does the MLK standard not apply to black conservatives?

Kid from Brooklyn on June 27, 2006 at 3:32 PM

Quick somebody sent the Washedout Post a copy of Ann’s book. She devotes quite a bit to the Willie Horton story. BTW the Republicans never mentioned his race or showed a picture of him. Guess who did that?

LakeRuins on June 27, 2006 at 3:50 PM

darwin, you missed the part about it being ok to better yourself as long as you let the government do it for you.

Strangely enough, that has never actually worked.

Jezla on June 27, 2006 at 4:02 PM

Yes, the law originally went into effect under Francis Sargent, a republican, in 1972. However, in 1976 Governor Dukakis vetoed a bill to ban furloughs for first-degree murderers.

“Left unmodified” seems a little misleading. It was only left unmodified due to Dukakis’ veto. If Dukakis had signed the bill, Horton would have remained in jail.

Evilwhiteguy on June 27, 2006 at 4:44 PM

If a black candidate is not committed to perpetuating the age old democrat vote farming operation, they are labeled an “Uncle Tom”. The success of the democrat vote farming scheme depends on keeping welfare blacks exactly where they are. Look at the operation they had going on in New Orleans. Welfare addiction, welfare dependence, cycle of poverty, the bigotry of low expectation, call it what you like. The bottom line is the welfare blacks there were paid to maintain the status quo in exchange for a rock solid democrat voting block. Once again, the dems don’t care if the scheme serves the best interests of the Country as long as it serves the dems.

Shmo on June 27, 2006 at 6:17 PM

It was Gore who made the furlough program an issue during the primaries, giving rise to the notion that Dukakis was soft on crime (which he was). I’m working from memory on Gore mentioning Horton. Honestly I’m not sure how far I trust the Wikipedia entry on that score. Not sure how far I trust my memory either, of course–it was a long time ago.

I think my main point holds either way, that the origins of the Horton ad fall more fairly on Gore than Steele. Steele wasn’t even in politics in 1988 as far as I know.

And yes, Steve Gilliard’s “Sambo” attack on Steele is very relevant. Leveled against the likes of Cynthia McKinney, the entire left would have been in an uproar. Leveled at a Republican, the left calls it “edgy.”

Bryan on June 27, 2006 at 6:31 PM

LakeRuins: “Quick somebody sent the Washedout Post a copy of Ann’s book. She devotes quite a bit to the Willie Horton story.”

Pages 60 to 77 to be exact. Coincidentially, I just happen to have “Godless” propped up next to my monitor. Ms Coulter on Mr. Horton:

The martydrom of Willie Horton will go down in history as the begining of the Democrat’s official rejection of democracy . . . Liberals have an unparalleled capacity to create a myth when the truth will destroy them. The Willie Horton ad provoked hysteria from Democrats because Horton’s release exposed their obessive fetish with releasing violent criminals . . . Today the only way you will hear about Horton is as an example of how race is used in an ugly way in American politics . . . It’s not as if white people were looking at Horton and saying, This shows what all blacks are like. What white people were saying was: This shows what idiot liberals like Michael Dukakis are like . . .The only reason Democrats cried racism over the Willie Horton ads was that it was one of the greatest campaign issues of all time…The Democrats ran a man for president who had released a violent lunatic from prison despite a life sentence. But instead of Republicans raising Willi Horton constantly to say, “This is the same Democratic Party which released Willie Horton”, it’s Republicans who are supposed to be embarrassed by Willie Horton . . .

Essex on June 27, 2006 at 9:42 PM