Ed Schultz: Rick Perry’s reference to a “big black cloud” was a racial crack at Obama, wasn’t it?

posted at 5:36 pm on August 16, 2011 by Allahpundit

Via Larry O’Connor at Breitbart TV. As shameless as this is, it’s not the worst example of MSNBC playing games with video to support a favored racial narrative. Remember this classic of the genre? And it’s not just MSNBC in this case who took Perry out of context either. ABC’s account of what he said is even less fair than Schultz’s:

“Mr. President, you need to free up the employers of this country to create jobs.” Perry called on Obama to “free up this country” from “stifling regulation.”

“I’m a pro-business governor, I don’t make any apologies about it and I will be a pro-business president.”

Perry warned that a “big black cloud” hangs over the country.

“I think you want a president who is passionate about America — that’s in love with America.”

Sounds like he’s talking about Obama, right? Not so. Watch the clip, which includes extra footage added by O’Connor, and you’ll see that he was talking about the debt. In fact, that’s obvious to me even from the footage Schultz did air, which conveniently excludes the final part where Perry emphasizes that the “cloud” he’s referring to is our debt crisis. They might as well have left it in there, frankly: The beauty of the “dog whistle” accusation Schultz is making is that there’s no way to disprove it, even in full context. It’s a claim about what a speaker means, not what he actually says, so the fact that Perry’s clearly talking about the debt is no impediment. Schultz and his viewers know that Perry’s a secret racist and that he’s using code words to communicate subtextually with his racist audience, so all they have to do is look for words like “black” or “dark” and connect the dots, irrespective of what the speech is about. Short of figuring out a way to let the left read his mind, there’s no way Perry can prove that his intentions were innocent, which of course is precisely why they love love love this specie of demagoguery. We have 14 more months of this ahead of us. And trust me, Captain Civility will be very coy indeed about reining in his side when they start in with it full-bore.

Update: Can we at least set some ground rules about this before the campaign? I know that would defeat the left’s purpose of being able to declare any innocent turn of phrase racist and disqualifying as political circumstances require, but let’s see if we can pin them down. How about if they gave us a list of words that Perry shouldn’t use, ever, in any context? And if he stays away from those, no “dog whistle” accusations. Deal?

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It’s difficult to field the charge of “racist”, even if one is sensitized to it. In fact, in that case, it is even worse, because one is already prepared with all the accoutrements of what it is to be a racist, yet told you are ignorant, stupid, racist. Ignorant of what you are already so sensitized to. A bigot.

Let me share a personal story. My brother is a big Obama supporter, a freelance jazz musician living in Chicago. I called him the other day, and asked him about what the market was for his jazz playing, as the economy was difficult. He replied, “it’s hard with that n*gger in the White House”. He was baiting me, tweaking me, digging hard for my racist sentiments, even if there were none there. Later when I used the term “ObamaCare”, he suggested it was racist, just as some of his fellow jazz musicians called an accomplished Asian jazz female pianist “Cunt Bassie” or “Gook Ellington”. You can’t win with these people. To them you are either an overt racist or a closet racist. Either way, it’s in their own mind. It’s not about you.

Paul-Cincy on August 16, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Deal?

silly rabbit….

cmsinaz on August 16, 2011 at 6:39 PM

Shultz can shove his comments straight up his brown minority eye.

catmman on August 16, 2011 at 6:32 PM

Pay attention.

carbon_footprint on August 16, 2011 at 6:39 PM

15 months out and we are already at the bottom of the barrell.

rjoco1 on August 16, 2011 at 6:39 PM

That black cloud is debt, and MSNBC is racist.

afotia on August 16, 2011 at 6:40 PM

I just wish our economy was in the BLACK- whoops, is that racist.

rjoco1 on August 16, 2011 at 6:40 PM

How about a Lil’ Black Cloud

From some days ago.

Caststeel on August 16, 2011 at 6:40 PM

rjoco1 on August 16, 2011 at 6:39 PM

Sorry to say it but we’ve just seen only the froth at the top.

Limerick on August 16, 2011 at 6:41 PM

we are all racists now….

pathetic and desperate…it’s in their DNA

cmsinaz on August 16, 2011 at 6:41 PM

open thread for the recall vote allah?

cmsinaz on August 16, 2011 at 6:42 PM

Update: Can we at least set some ground rules about this before the campaign? I know that would defeat the left’s purpose of being able to declare any innocent turn of phrase racist and disqualifying as political circumstances require, but let’s see if we can pin them down. How about if they gave us a list of words that Perry shouldn’t use, ever, in any context? And if he stays away from those, no “dog whistle” accusations. Deal?

LOL Yup! That’ll work. But just to be on the safe side, let’s also let the left add to the list as the words come, so we can keep that list growing of things that are safe, and politically correct. NOT!!!!!!!!!

capejasmine on August 16, 2011 at 6:42 PM

Embrace your racism! Don’t vote for Barry, vote for Cain!

How’s that, Mr Shultz?

Limerick on August 16, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Send him your love, Rick! Blow him a kiss!

scalleywag on August 16, 2011 at 6:08 PM

With one of those Barney Franks kisses.

docflash on August 16, 2011 at 6:43 PM

or maybe there are some ducks somewhere that want to be called.

Caststeel on August 16, 2011 at 6:44 PM

To save time, I’ve compiled a link with words that will be judged racist by lefties.

Please review and avoid any words contained therein when refering to the president.

darury on August 16, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Lol!!! Thread winner!

Susanboo on August 16, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Then there’s a Little White Cloud that cried.

Caststeel on August 16, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Because he thought of it and brought it up…. he’s a big fate racist himself. What an idiot.

ultracon on August 16, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Just maybe Perry can bring some Blue Skys after the rain.

Sorry about this arrangement. It’s what I could get quickly.

Caststeel on August 16, 2011 at 6:54 PM

carbon_footprint on August 16, 2011 at 6:54 PM

go get’em perry…

cmsinaz on August 16, 2011 at 6:56 PM

wow, that’s some bus tour!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_wmwwTTfcw&feature=player_embedded

scalleywag on August 16, 2011 at 6:57 PM

It’s the implied “boy” at the end of Perry’s comment that really makes it racist.

lorien1973 on August 16, 2011 at 6:57 PM

Hey Schultz, you brain dead hatemongering buffoon. That race card baiting swill is drying up. Americans are starting to wake up. The lies and deceptions of the mainstream propaganda machines fooling less voters with every passing day. The days buffoons like you have any relvance are coming to an end.

volsense on August 16, 2011 at 6:57 PM

carbon_footprint on August 16, 2011 at 6:54 PM

pot.kettle no?

cmsinaz on August 16, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Hahahahaha! What a racist tool Schultz is.

csdeven on August 16, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Yeah, he’s a racist just like the rest of everyone below the Mason-Dixon line. So if he said the big cloud that is half black and half white, would that be acceptable?
Lets just get it over with and declare every white and non-black person in this country racist as long as obama admits he hates all white people.

lonestar1 on August 16, 2011 at 7:00 PM

All those hateful racist journalists. All i’ve heard them talk about lately is how Obama is in the back of that big black bus.

MississippiMom on August 16, 2011 at 7:03 PM

carbon_footprint on August 16, 2011 at 6:54 PM

pot.kettle no?

cmsinaz on August 16, 2011 at 7:00 PM

You intended Obama is black!?
Racist!

carbon_footprint on August 16, 2011 at 7:04 PM

carbon_footprint on August 16, 2011 at 7:04 PM

sue me :)

lol

cmsinaz on August 16, 2011 at 7:07 PM

The reason that Ed Schultz and others like him are working at MSNBC and other left wing, Democrat, Socialist, Communist, Misogynist, Racist, Obama promoting propaganda mills is because throughout the USA many State run psychiatric institutions have closed, leaving virtually nowhere for the likes of Schultz and others to go.

The psychiatrists have arranged with MSNBC to have Schultz shipped over, in a straight jacket, manicles, etc., for the show. In order to save money, MSNBC and the psychiatrist does not dispense medication, so Schultz and his like are not medicated, and, without some form of control, are free to spew their vitriolic, psychotic, sociopathic, hate filled, mentally deranged, hate filled, misogynist, racist rants.

This helps MSNBC because the few viewers they have are psychos.

The same for ABC, CNN, and elsewhere.

/sarcasm = off

William2006 on August 16, 2011 at 7:10 PM

sue me :)

lol

cmsinaz on August 16, 2011 at 7:07 PM

No, just going to inform Ed Schultz.

carbon_footprint on August 16, 2011 at 7:10 PM

Why, it’s as obvious as the Black Hole in space is raaaacist controversy!!

Hilarious, absolutely hilarious. Keep it up Eddie, you’re a classic.

Tim Zank on August 16, 2011 at 7:12 PM

The atramentous hue of the inflammatory rhetoric from the roseate lips a stygian hue doth raised…

Would that such acheronian discourse refuse to take on piceous affront…

They, themselves hath harvested the sloe to which they raise the cavilous interrogative…

‘Tis they whom the countenance of the pitch must infuse said exposition…

catmman on August 16, 2011 at 7:13 PM

carbon_footprint on August 16, 2011 at 7:10 PM

heh

cmsinaz on August 16, 2011 at 7:14 PM

Ed Schultz is a very, very dumb man. Why waste any time talking about him? He’s irrelevant.

therightwinger on August 16, 2011 at 7:14 PM

Any attack on Obama is racist. Them’s the rules the Left plays by & they certainly aren’t changing it now that he’s vulnerable.

Heck, my just writing that he’s vulnerable is probably racist according to the progs.

Dark Star on August 16, 2011 at 7:14 PM

Heck, my just writing that he’s vulnerable is probably racist according to the progs.

Dark Star on August 16, 2011 at 7:14 PM

Well your screen name sure is racist!

carbon_footprint on August 16, 2011 at 7:16 PM

Schultz is a Olby wannabee, union loving, meathead. A show clown.

rockerpeople on August 16, 2011 at 7:24 PM

Pshaw, I don’t know what Shultz is talking about…Obama’s not that big and he doesn’t have even a spark inside.

James on August 16, 2011 at 7:25 PM

irrelevant and hyperbolic.

ted c on August 16, 2011 at 7:33 PM

In other words, watch me throw this thread bare and tattered race card, once again…

ted c on August 16, 2011 at 7:33 PM

AP, if we were to ask the Dems/MSM for a list of what words we can’t use, they’d send us back the ENTIRE dictionary. They hate the 1st Amendment when it applies to us. All they want to do is silence debate.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on August 16, 2011 at 7:39 PM

Is there any bigger douchebag alive than “Special Ed” Schultz?

JayVee on August 16, 2011 at 7:42 PM

I’m not sure I understand. Is it that we racists need it pointed out that Obama is black or that Perry needs to signal that he’s one of us?

Yep, 14 more months. It’s going to be a loooong campaign.

SukieTawdry on August 16, 2011 at 7:43 PM

Clearly the accusation is more racist than anything Perry said.

Shameful and stupid.

Claypigeon on August 16, 2011 at 7:43 PM

. . . love Bammy’s urban colored bus . . .

BigAlSouth on August 16, 2011 at 7:48 PM

Is there any bigger douchebag alive than “Special Ed” Schultz?

JayVee on August 16, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Special O.

the_nile on August 16, 2011 at 7:51 PM

I’m sure Ed would agree that Perry was being racist. I mean, you just don’t say some things…

Aquateen Hungerforce on August 16, 2011 at 7:54 PM

I just saw Chris Matthews tonight calling Rick Perry a “cowboy”. Cowboy already, “just like Bush”, huh?

Personally, I find their use of “cowboy” as a pejorative offensive, since I’m related to men who actually were cowboys, who also fought in WWII, and were decent, honorable people. There ought to be a word for people who use the word cowboy that way. Oh, I know. MSM “journalist”.

RebeccaH on August 16, 2011 at 8:02 PM

Utter stupidity.

If a politician, or anyone for that matter, cannot use a weather metaphor..gloomy dark clouds, then we are ruined.

Yes Obama, you have cloaked the nation in gloom, doom and dark rainy stormy clouds.

Don’t apologise Perry. You did nothing wrong

clnurnberg on August 16, 2011 at 8:02 PM

In fact Governor Perry, call Obama on this crap TODAY. Get this scam out of the way, please.

clnurnberg on August 16, 2011 at 8:03 PM

Wouldn’t a big gray cloud refer to Obama?

Fallon on August 16, 2011 at 8:17 PM

If the word ‘black’ is off limits re little Bammie, so must be ‘white’. We can’t say that we see X candidate as a white knight, coming to save America. In fact if they even wear white, I see a subtle message there, -’vote for the white guy to get us out of this mess’.

slickwillie2001 on August 16, 2011 at 8:18 PM

Ed Schultz’s head is like a Black Hole. No intellectual light comes out … or on.

Lon Chaney on August 16, 2011 at 8:22 PM

If Ed Shultz were to call a Box of Rocks dumb, it would be like the pot calling the kettle black.

Lon Chaney on August 16, 2011 at 8:23 PM

How about if they gave us a list of words that Perry shouldn’t use, ever, in any context? And if he stays away from those, no “dog whistle” accusations.

The only word I can think of that Perry shouldn’t use when referring to Obama is “President”.

Lon Chaney on August 16, 2011 at 8:26 PM

Geez, don’t ever say that you think Obama is sincerely trying to get the country back into the black…

Don L on August 16, 2011 at 8:28 PM

boogedy boogedy woogedy woogedy, it’s them damn ‘publicans again with their evil racist taunts!

scalleywag on August 16, 2011 at 8:33 PM

Not what Perry said, but “A small black tool” maybe.

bayview on August 16, 2011 at 8:34 PM

MSNBC, home of the unwashed and uncouth.

scalleywag on August 16, 2011 at 8:38 PM

Good grief! Ed’s nutz!

MCGIRV on August 16, 2011 at 8:39 PM

Black Clouds from Black Flags.

ajacksonian on August 16, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Good grief! Is everything a Republican says construed by the left as a racial attack? Yup, pretty much.

GFW on August 16, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Yeah, 15 more months of this garbage and then the riots when the vote count shows that Ø lost by a landslide. 15 more months of the kind of hysterical accusations and lefty wallowing in baseless accusation after groundless accusation followed by broad brush accusation.
.
Remember when the Congressional Black Caucus, a fair-mined organization if there ever was one, refused membership to white Congress Kritters on the basis of race?
.
Remember the black Dallas County commissioner who became incensed about the term “black hole” because he didn’t know what the hell it was and took personal offense?
.
Be prepared for all the media-assisted racist accusations which put Republicans and conservatives in a bad light because the worst is yet to come. 24/7 racism from the lefty LSM in 15 minute increments bolstered by screaming-Mimi hysteria about how awful and intolerant WE are! Be sure to laugh long and loud at them – it’s the best weapon!

ExpressoBold on August 16, 2011 at 9:03 PM

Shultz, you TV slut!! Do morticians do your makeup or are you already dead? (Leading question, I am afraid!)

Obama is just as white as he is black, anyway!

Enough of this first black president crap!

Obama is a crappy president whatever color he is and I don’t give a damn what color he is!!

Sherman1864 on August 16, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Perry is going to be the worst candidate the Republican Party has ever seen.

There aren’t enough job successes in Texas that will be able to rehabilitate our party for the plethora of gaffs this guys going to make on the trail.

Conservative media is going to be spending a good portion of their time trying to disprove and walk back Perry’s volatile language.

Allahpundit I hope you’re paid for overtime while Perry lasts in this race.

sheryl on August 16, 2011 at 9:37 PM

What a hoot! If anyone listened to this guy it still wouldn’t matter. Can you imagine being him? Yikes!

Mason on August 16, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Black Clouds from Black Flags.

ajacksonian on August 16, 2011 at 8:40 PM

A fitting description, I think. Black flags (with various decorations) were what pirates used to fly.

Uncle Sams Nephew on August 16, 2011 at 10:07 PM

Ed Schultz almost makes me miss Keith Olbermann…almost.

mizflame98 on August 16, 2011 at 10:25 PM

“And finally, we must draw on the strength of our values — for the challenges that we face may have changed, but the things that we believe in must not, that’s why we must promote our values by living them at home — which is why I have prohibited torture and will close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. And we must make it clear to every man, woman and child around the world who lives under the dark cloud of tyranny that America will speak out on behalf of their human rights, and tend to the light of freedom and justice and opportunity and respect for the dignity of all peoples.”—-Barack Obama(D)2009

Racist!!

Dollayo on August 16, 2011 at 11:19 PM

Racist!!

Dollayo on August 16, 2011 at 11:22 PM

.

amend2 on August 16, 2011 at 11:31 PM

Dollayo on August 16, 2011 at 11:19 PM

Great catch!

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on August 17, 2011 at 2:43 AM

Ed Schultz almost makes me miss Keith Olbermann…almost.

mizflame98 on August 16, 2011 at 10:25 PM

He exists to sow seeds of hate and make his radical messiah look reasonable by comparison.

SKYFOX on August 17, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Good grief! Is everything a Republican says construed by the left as a racial attack? Yup, pretty much.

GFW on August 16, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Democrat tool box…full of hammers; nothing else.

SKYFOX on August 17, 2011 at 8:25 AM

Wait a minute–if a balance sheet is in the black, that’s a GOOD thing, the company made a profit!

Don’t ever mention that Obama rides in a black limousine–that would be racist!

And the ink used by the New York Times is…BLACK !!!

And those EEEEEEEVIL racist Republicans Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum have BLACK hair! OMG !!!

In politically-correct Newspeak, thou shalt not pronounce the 5-letter B word–not the one that rhymes with witch, but the English adjective that appears in all dictionaries normally used to describe anything that doesn’t reflect light.

Steve Z on August 17, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Except that Schultz edited the video so he can smear him. Typical of MSNBC.

http://www.examiner.com/conservative-in-spokane/msnbc-s-ed-schultz-edits-video-of-gov-rick-perry-to-smear-him-as-a-racist

jdawg on August 17, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Shultz is a communist, an evil man, as are all who support the fascist, Obama.

proconstitution on August 17, 2011 at 10:00 PM

Using Schultz’s level of ‘logic’, Obama is a RACIST, and I can prove it! He avoided consuming (black) chocolate ice cream in favor of destroying lily-white vanilla ice cream. Obviously racist.

On Tuesday, the motorcade pulled up to DeWitt Dairy Treats in DeWitt, Iowa, ordering soft ice cream cones for his staff and one, vanilla, for himself.

fred5678 on August 17, 2011 at 11:04 PM

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