Andrea Mitchell: Funny, the reporters covering the campaign didn’t think Obama played the race card

posted at 11:53 am on August 1, 2008 by Allahpundit

Not entirely true. Jake Tapper clearly thinks he did, as does Jonathan Martin at Politico. Even the reliably leftish Mika Brzezinski won’t deny it, as you’ll see. But Mitchell’s surely right in the aggregate: Doubtless the vast majority of the press pool that follows the Lamb can’t quite make the connection between what he said two days ago and the similar but notably more specific bit of race-baiting he did last month. St. Barack would never stoop to that, right, Sean Wilentz?

I’m sending you to the ‘Busters to watch the vid but be sure to read the long update about CNN at the end of their post to appreciate how the narrative’s being remade here. It’s not Obama who played the race card by slandering McCain with false charges of racism, you see; it’s McCain who played it by defending himself from the slander. Which makes this the second time the Messiah has very stupidly introduced a subject that hurts him into the debate and then relied on the press to blame Republicans for engaging him on it. Click the image to watch.


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Oh I see Andrea, it was a racial inoculation. Just in case a straw man decides to pull the race card.

Is this woman for real?

Give her a drug test.

iam7545 on August 1, 2008 at 11:57 AM

Democrats always play the race card. They play it against other democrats so why is it so surprising they are doing it now. Anyone who denies it loses all credibility.

volsense on August 1, 2008 at 11:57 AM

Stupid or willfully ignorant?

Ha…it’s a trick question. Both are true, but one has more to do with it than the other.

Asher on August 1, 2008 at 11:58 AM

Watch the pattern folks. Every time Obama has a bad day or two (which is increasingly common) he goes back to the race card. It’s his knee jerk reaction. And if you don’t agree with me… then you too sir are a racist. See, works every time.

Sugar Land on August 1, 2008 at 11:59 AM

This is also the woman who said she didn’t think there was bias in the media. Time for some more kool-aid Andrea.

CP on August 1, 2008 at 11:59 AM

Which makes this the second time the Messiah has very stupidly introduced a subject that hurts him into the debate and then relied on the press to blame Republicans for engaging him on it.

Look for Obama to never again utter the phrases “they’ll tell you I don’t look like…” or “My funny name” or “did I mention I’m black?” in public. He’s going to hope voters forget. We need independent groups to run ads in the Fall cataloguing all Obama’s race card invocations alongside Revs. Wright, Pfleger and Moss to make sure that doesn’t happen. This is devastating stuff. No way do middle class white voters vote for a race hustler.

Outlander on August 1, 2008 at 11:59 AM

Good old Andrea. She must be mightily pleased with herself for doing The Messiah’s bidding.

Such unseeing, unwavering devotion to Mr Tight Jeans would put her on the unemployment line in any rational business. But the media is far from rational, especially these days.

MrScribbler on August 1, 2008 at 12:01 PM

The Deciders have spoken.

Techie on August 1, 2008 at 12:05 PM

Wow, just WOW!!! and with a strait face!!! ~B

Brian on August 1, 2008 at 12:06 PM

Andrea is way beyond her “sell by” date…

d1carter on August 1, 2008 at 12:08 PM

Andrea Mitchell’s appearance hasn’t changed in years. I’m betting she’s a robot secretly created gy Honda.

darwin on August 1, 2008 at 12:09 PM

Wow, just WOW!!! and with a strait face!!! ~B

Brian on August 1, 2008 at 12:06 PM

Im pretty sure at this point Andrea’s face has no other modes.

Chuck Schick on August 1, 2008 at 12:10 PM

One celebrity defending another.

Akzed on August 1, 2008 at 12:12 PM

Race-baiting is just as bad as calling someone “n!gger”, it’s the same thing, a “don’t like him ’cause he’s black”, the difference between which foot the shoe is on, or whose ox is being gored.

And yet while our culture gasps at racism, race-baiting by and large gets a free pass. This should change. Civil rights for blacks was the last war, we fought that war and won. Race-baiting is the true racial evil of our time. Obama should be called on it every time he does it.

Paul-Cincy on August 1, 2008 at 12:12 PM

Chuck Schick-

This is true…good point. ~B

Brian on August 1, 2008 at 12:12 PM

Well, Andrea Mitchell certainly has guts to show up on TV again after being so thoroughly taken apart in her interview with McCain’s campaign manager.

Meanwhile, MSNBC is still pushing the story that McCain had two “troop ads” ready with respect to BHO’s Magical German Mystery Tour and MSNBC is still claiming that McCain is introducing race into the campaign. It’s just unbelievable. Beyond the pale, as they say.

progressoverpeace on August 1, 2008 at 12:13 PM

Sometimes Mitchell seems to need a good smack across the head, but she usually looks like she just had one.

drjohn on August 1, 2008 at 12:17 PM

Too bad nobody but HotAir and Newsbusters bloggers watch that dopey channel.

fossten on August 1, 2008 at 12:18 PM

Beyond the pale, as they say.
progressoverpeace on August 1, 2008 at 12:13 PM

Saying “beyond the pale” is racist, just like saying “black hole.”

Akzed on August 1, 2008 at 12:18 PM

Obama grew up with true racists. People like Harvard professors. These are people who have to cover their racist tracks by surrounding themselves with people of color.

Lonetown on August 1, 2008 at 12:22 PM

Someone needs to ask the obvious: If Obama was innocent as snow, didn’t play the race card, why’d he backtrack faster than a scalded dog, lamely saying what he meant was he “um…uhhh…hadn’t spent decades in Washington” ??? When nobody with a brain bought that rediculous tripe, predictably, Obama went on accusatory offense. Kudos to McCain for standing his ground.

Without a strong reaction, McCain would soon find himself unjustly signed, sealed, and delivered as a racist – just as Clinton was.

Andrea: In. The. Tank.

marybel on August 1, 2008 at 12:24 PM

Saying “beyond the pale” is racist, just like saying “black hole.”

Akzed on August 1, 2008 at 12:18 PM

Heh. Pretty good.

I wonder what these folks are going to do after they’ve spent the last dollar of white guilt? I wonder if they’ve even thought about this.

progressoverpeace on August 1, 2008 at 12:27 PM

Mitchell is a left wing stooge following the MSNBC party line. That network and its goons give me a serious case of nausea.

rplat on August 1, 2008 at 12:28 PM

Andrea Mitchell has jungle Fevah .

Mojack420 on August 1, 2008 at 12:30 PM

Obama Says Republicans Will Use Race to Stoke Fear
By Caren Bohan
June 20, 2008

By Caren Bohan

JACKSONVILLE, Florida (Reuters) – Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama said on Friday he expects Republicans to highlight the fact that he is black as part of an effort to make voters afraid of him.

“It is going to be very difficult for Republicans to run on their stewardship of the economy or their outstanding foreign policy,” Obama told a fundraiser in Jacksonville, Florida. “We know what kind of campaign they’re going to run. They’re going to try to make you afraid.

“They’re going to try to make you afraid of me. He’s young and inexperienced and he’s got a funny name. And did I mention he’s black?”

He said he was also set for Republicans to say “he’s got a feisty wife,” in trying to attack his wife Michelle.

From June 20.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=5215817

Nice headline, eh? I guess poor Andrea hasn’t seen that old story. Not that it would change her mind. How embarrassing for her employers.

funky chicken on August 1, 2008 at 12:30 PM

Watch the pattern folks. Every time Obama has a bad day or two (which is increasingly common) he goes back to the race card. It’s his knee jerk reaction. And if you don’t agree with me… then you too sir are a racist. See, works every time.

Sugar Land on August 1, 2008 at 11:59 AM

Not in the general election it won’t. David Axelrod’s boy has touted himself as being above the racial aspect of his (half) blackness, but every time David Axelrod’s boy uses it as an excuse it only makes marginal supporters queasy and the rest of us bitter clingers all the more determined to makes sure he’s sent back to Illinois. And by the way, Illinois, THANKS A LOT!

I just hope McCain doesn’t become intimidated by the likes of Andrea Mitchell! Andrea Mitchell!?!? David Greenspan was…….nevermind.

SouthernGent on August 1, 2008 at 12:30 PM

Good thing is married well.
She could be one of the most overrated reporters in Washington.

RobCon on August 1, 2008 at 12:32 PM

Andrea is the epitome of the perfect liberal journalist – from the school of Wolf Blitzer. Is she his sister?

Travis1 on August 1, 2008 at 12:32 PM

McCain once made a “Weekend at Bernies” reference about her hubby. Andrea has not let it go yet.

RobCon on August 1, 2008 at 12:32 PM

Mitchell is a left wing stooge following the MSNBC party line. That network and its goons give me a serious case of nausea.

rplat on August 1, 2008 at 12:28 PM

Yeah me too, but how do we cure this nausea? It’s stunning that they use the public airways to advance their propaganda. Isn’t there a lawsuit we could bring against the major networks for this type of advocacy?

Mitchell is married to Alan Greenspan, the architect of disaster.

eaglesdontflock on August 1, 2008 at 12:32 PM

It’s got to suck to be Andrea. A face for radio and a double digit IQ.

there it is on August 1, 2008 at 12:33 PM

Where are all your pals in the media now John?
Please don’t be another Bob Dole. Fight back!

RobCon on August 1, 2008 at 12:34 PM

As noted elsewhere the term “self-deprecating” seems to have a high incidence of use this morning, on ONE show – Andrea, Mika, and Shuster, which means it’s an Obama talking point today.
Let’s count how many times it’s used between now and Monday.

Marcus on August 1, 2008 at 12:34 PM

This is your brain, and your face, on botox.

easy on August 1, 2008 at 12:34 PM

What a foul human being that woman is. “Attacks to come”. Old dried up andrea is using a crystal ball to do the reporting now? scarborough should be ashamed of himself. That wholle exchange should not have been about mccain, it should have been about mitchell working for barry.

peacenprosperity on August 1, 2008 at 12:36 PM

Note to self:

Must re-fresh on Dr. Sanity’s “victimhood hierarchy”.

Sir Napsalot on August 1, 2008 at 12:36 PM

iam7545 on August 1, 2008 at 11:57 AM

I always hated the Strawman in the Wizard of oz!

Pam on August 1, 2008 at 12:37 PM

David Axelrod’s boy

You racist.

peacenprosperity on August 1, 2008 at 12:38 PM

Original Reuters link:

http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSN2040982720080620?feedType=RSS&feedName=politicsNews&rpc=22&sp=true

Or is Reuters now not accepted by other MSM types as reliable?

funky chicken on August 1, 2008 at 12:38 PM

All of it hurts Obama. All of it. They can’t help themselves though. When the going gets tough they reach for the weapon that worked in the past even though the weapon now backfires more often than hits the target.

TheBigOldDog on August 1, 2008 at 12:41 PM

Obama grew up with true racists. People like Harvard professors. These are people who have to cover their racist tracks by surrounding themselves with people of color.

Lonetown on August 1, 2008 at 12:22 PM

Actually, it goes back even further than that. Barry was born in Hawaii in 1961, and at that time there was a tradition in the schools called “Kill Haole Day”. I lived in the Islands from 1963 until 1966, and every year I got to look forward to getting the snot beat out of me one day a year, solely for the crime of being White.

Kill Haole Day was also practiced at the elite private school Barry later went to in Honolulu, Punahou.

Del Dolemonte on August 1, 2008 at 12:46 PM

They should put Andrea out to pasture.

misterpeasea on August 1, 2008 at 12:50 PM

Andrea Mitchell: Funny, the reporters covering the campaign didn’t think Obama played the race card

Two things with this dolt.
She’s either OD’d by smoking to much Donkey Dung, or proved that ALL MSNBC talking heads are legitimate wackos.

byteshredder on August 1, 2008 at 12:50 PM

WOW, from that Wilenz piece:

Misleading propaganda is hardly new in American politics –although the adoption of techniques reminiscent of past Republican and special-interest hit jobs, right down to a retread of the fictional couple, seems strangely at odds with a campaign that proclaims it will redeem the country from precisely these sorts of divisive and manipulative tactics. As insidious as these tactics are, though, the Obama campaign’s most effective gambits have been far more egregious and dangerous than the hypocritical deployment of deceptive and disingenuous attack ads. To a large degree, the campaign’s strategists turned the primary and caucus race to their advantage when they deliberately, falsely, and successfully portrayed Clinton and her campaign as unscrupulous race-baiters–a campaign-within-the-campaign in which the worked-up flap over the Somali costume photograph is but the latest episode. While promoting Obama as a “post-racial” figure, his campaign has purposefully polluted the contest with a new strain of what historically has been the most toxic poison in American politics.

More than any other maneuver, this one has brought Clinton into disrepute with important portions of the Democratic Party. A review of what actually happened shows that the charges that the Clintons played the “race card” were not simply false; they were deliberately manufactured by the Obama camp and trumpeted by a credulous and/or compliant press corps in order to strip away her once formidable majority among black voters and to outrage affluent, college-educated white liberals as well as college students. The Clinton campaign, in fact, has not racialized the campaign, and never had any reason to do so. Rather the Obama campaign and its supporters, well-prepared to play the “race-baiter card” before the primaries began, launched it with a vengeance when Obama ran into dire straits after his losses in New Hampshire and Nevada–and thereby created a campaign myth that has turned into an incontrovertible truth among political pundits, reporters, and various Obama supporters.

funky chicken on August 1, 2008 at 12:54 PM

I’m surprised the reporters, in their Obamahaze, remember to wipe themselves after going to the toilet. I guess that would explain their columns, etc.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 1, 2008 at 12:55 PM

Andrea Mitchell: Funny, the reporters covering the campaign didn’t think Obama played the race card.

Pauline Kael: I don’t know anyone who voted for Nixon.

JiangxiDad on August 1, 2008 at 1:07 PM

ANDREA:

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce. Karl Marx

JiangxiDad on August 1, 2008 at 1:09 PM

With apologies to intelligent blondes – even faux blondes can be clueless.

Entelechy on August 1, 2008 at 1:30 PM

I could never understand how Alan Greenspan and Mitchell could be a couple. In fact, I don’t think I could be married to anyone who didn’t have something in common with my political and world views.

Blake on August 1, 2008 at 1:33 PM

Should be UN-MBC.

Unreliable. Unprofessional. Unethical.

Finally, Unwatchable.

NoDonkey on August 1, 2008 at 1:35 PM

OK, now that the Obama campaign has admitted that they were talking about race, is Andrea going to admit that she and the rest of the people covering it are either clueless or in the tank?

misterpeasea on August 1, 2008 at 1:38 PM

ANDREA: MISTERPEASEA ASKED YOU A QUESTION!!

JiangxiDad on August 1, 2008 at 1:39 PM

He won’t look like everyone else if he becomes the first president in U.S. history to wear an earring.

whitetop on August 1, 2008 at 1:48 PM

Democrats always play the race card. They play it against other democrats so why is it so surprising they are doing it now. Anyone who denies it loses all credibility.

volsense on August 1, 2008 at 11:57 AM

What else should we expect from the Party that opposed the Party of Lincoln in freeing the slaves? The Democrat Party is like a virus, it needs victims to sustain itself.

CliffHanger on August 1, 2008 at 2:16 PM

All of it hurts Obama. All of it. They can’t help themselves though.
TheBigOldDog on August 1, 2008 at 12:41 PM

Do I hear backlash?

This is an energizer bunny for McCain. The undecided are obviously not black and need a reason to vote

The depths of Obama have been plumbed

Only the most loved Presidents make it to the Greenback.

While visualization is useful in therapy, having people visualize the Obama Dollar is not a proud moment for Obbie. Humble he is not.

Then Obama uses this image of his own self importance to slam the ‘folk’, as Obama so often calls them, for being racists who would deprive him of his fantasy.

Transference of visualization is a dangerous tool whether played by junior high student or fool.

Just hold me back from the election booth. I need to help his dream.

I am really enjoying the articles by Jake Tapper. He is putting together some good stuff

entagor on August 1, 2008 at 2:16 PM

Remember Pauline Kaehl? The NYT film critic who exclaimed, after Nixon’s landslide reelection in 1972, that she didn’t know how Nixon won, as no one she knew voted for him.

She wasn’t kidding. She lived in the liberal elite bubble, and mistook it for mainstream American thought.

Mitchell is making the same mistake. When she complains that none of the reporters or people in the audience who heard The One’s speech took it to be race-baiting, she’s probably not kidding. Because….they’re ALL liberals.

smagar on August 1, 2008 at 2:53 PM

Andrea Mitchell: Funny, the reporters covering the campaign didn’t think Obama played the race card.

Well, that’s what derangement will do to ya.

Sasnak on August 1, 2008 at 2:55 PM

What I find most remarkable about this clip is that Andrea Mitchell deems to speak not only for the Obama and his campaign, but for the reporters and everyone in the audience. She said exactly that. In other words,she knows whatis going on but those who feel Obama is playing the race card are simply misinformed. I find this extremely offensive. Perpetually fatigued appearing Andrea shoulders all the “silliness” with weary patience to explain to we, the huddled masses, how we have misunderstood. This sickens me to no end.

Glynn on August 1, 2008 at 3:09 PM

Remember Pauline Kaehl? The NYT film critic who exclaimed, after Nixon’s landslide reelection in 1972, that she didn’t know how Nixon won, as no one she knew voted for him.

She wasn’t kidding. She lived in the liberal elite bubble, and mistook it for mainstream American thought.

Mitchell is making the same mistake. When she complains that none of the reporters or people in the audience who heard The One’s speech took it to be race-baiting, she’s probably not kidding. Because….they’re ALL liberals.

smagar on August 1, 2008 at 2:53 PM

Exactly.

Glynn on August 1, 2008 at 3:11 PM

Joe is absolutely worthless. He’s as bad as Hasselbeck. No need to whine about Andrea when no one will call her out, and I mean call her out point by point and not let up. She and her ilk are let off the hook by faux “right winger” hosts like Joe, pretending to get worked up about some issue. I don’t blame her for lying and advocating a transparent leftist spin since no one in the media will push back.

McCain’s manager has an extreme amount of patience and professionalism and has to do what he does. But the losers like Joe are just talking head compromisers and it’s embarrassing that they pretend to represent “the Right”. He’s just picking up a paycheck and I suppose entertaining the stupid.

nottakingsides on August 1, 2008 at 3:48 PM

Watch the pattern folks. Every time Obama has a bad day or two (which is increasingly common) he goes back to the race card. It’s his knee jerk reaction. And if you don’t agree with me… then you too sir are a racist. See, works every time.

Sugar Land on August 1, 2008 at 11:59 AM

Correctomundo!!!! The Dali Bama “changes” the program so he can also appear to be “victimized” by the racists out there. And, Andrea Mitchell spilled the beans, it’s NOT that race has “re-entered” the campaign but that The Dali Bama has been playing The Reace Card everywhere he goes! Even those Germans understood what he was saying…

DfDeportation on August 1, 2008 at 4:18 PM

I wonder if Andrea Mitchell would take her clothes off for The Dali Bama???? ha ha ha

DfDeportation on August 1, 2008 at 4:19 PM

And they wonder why we’re NOT listening to their nonsense any longer….

DfDeportation on August 1, 2008 at 4:21 PM

Andrea flubbed it with the question about the 2000 election and she caught herself being overly partisan, hillarious. And sickening at the same time as PMSNBC shows stock video of the Obama worshippers clapping mindlessly.

Rick Davis did a great job with this interview, and I think he hit a grand slam with the 2 ads.

myamphibian on August 1, 2008 at 4:46 PM

Raise your hand if you remember the scene in Animal House when Bluto screeches in terror when Flounder’s face is put up on the screen at the pledge-acceptance meeting early in the movie.

Remember? All the guys start yelling and throwing empty been cans at Flounder’s picture?

That’s my reaction every time I see Andrea Mitchell’s face anywhere on TV for any reason.

Mike D. on August 1, 2008 at 5:43 PM

OK, now that the Obama campaign has admitted that they were talking about race, is Andrea going to admit that she and the rest of the people covering it are either clueless or in the tank?

No nor will any other left wing self hating jewish person. Ron Brownstein was on NBC today (Sat) and said that McCain’s campaign was head spining to allege this was racist after all they ran the celeb ad and Brownstein gave it moral equivilance as if that were a comparison. These people are so mentally ill–yes I believe it more and more that liberalism is a mental disorder that inhibits objective thought process.

wepeople on August 2, 2008 at 9:13 AM