Video: CNN’s “Obama Bump” moment

posted at 1:30 pm on February 19, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Newsbusters picked this moment up from John Ziegler, and Drudge picked it up from Newsbusters, and … well, it’s destined to be a classic.  While covering the Whitney Houston funeral live — with two anchors — CNN’s Soledad O’Brien and talk-show host Piers Morgan interviewed singer Roberta Flack and Jesse Jackson for a segment.  When Flack got up to return to the funeral, she offered the two CNN hosts an “Obama bump,” which both returned, and to which O’Brien replied “Absolutely!”

So … is this Flack for Obama, or flacking for Obama?

Er .. the first question should be why CNN felt it necessary to dedicate a live broadcast to the funeral of Whitney Houston.  It’s a tragic shame the talented singer with the once-beautiful voice passed away at 48 (my age, by the way), but when was the last time Houston was newsworthy enough to dedicate an hour of live news coverage?  Probably never, and if there was a time, it would have been years ago.  CNN took a solemn occasion which they could have reported as the news story it was and turned it into a chatty, unserious talk show.

As for the fist bump, well, that’s what you get on chatty, unserious talk shows.  Neither CNN anchor initiated that exchange, but O’Brien — who Newsbusters points out took an on-air high five from now-suspended commentator Roland Martin a few weeks back for ripping Mitt Romney — certainly didn’t have to say, “Absolutely!” in response.  If O’Brien looks less like a serious news reporter than ever after the fist bump, it’s in large part because CNN’s assignment of this gig to her strongly insinuates that they didn’t consider her one before the fist bump, either.

Update: From the comments, I find out that pretty much every television news outlet provided live coverage of Whitney Houston’s funeral … which just means that America’s television news media are pretty fundamentally unserious across the board.


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One of the funniest things I’ve read lately is that Reggie Love “taught” Obama how to do the fist bump for his campaign.

MayBee on February 19, 2012 at 2:31 PM

That’s not the funniest, by far, not the only one by far either.

Schadenfreude on February 19, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Martin Luther King jr and the SCLC black Christian thought has always had a bent towards greater freedom and social progress.

libfreeordie on February 19, 2012 at 2:32 PM

MLK rolls over in his grave everytime a guy walks by with his pants sagging or listening to “N” word rap on his/her ipod. MLK was a leader, this latest fist bumping gang, not so.

VegasRick on February 19, 2012 at 2:40 PM

libfreeordie on February 19, 2012 at 2:32 PM

You’ve been “glued” to this Whitney Houston coverage, haven’t ya?

TarheelBen on February 19, 2012 at 2:40 PM

good grief ed. 48? i coulda swore you didnt look a day under 60

t8stlikchkn on February 19, 2012 at 2:43 PM

I liked The Bodyguard, thought she was an excellent singer, and had a life marred irreparably by her own personal demons. But there are others with similar life circumstances to hers (okay, singing and acting aren’t THAT common!) so its’ unfair to single her out.

Clemmons probably gave more in terms of musical forms and innovation to the world than Whitney. Her talents were particularly biological, those chords, that face, the smile. But her cultural impact and legacy is significant. Next to Michael, Whitney was the biggest crossover act of her generation and her vocal approach has been copied and re-copied over and over again in the music of Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce, all the “divas” who came after. Whatever you think about their music, there’s no question they have achieved enormous success. She was also one of the few black women to be framed not only as “sexy” but as classically beautiful within the broad cultural mainstream. For black girls looking for any sign of themselves within the culture’s framing of beauty Whitney was a major generational beacon. While the Bodyguard isn’t that great a movie, the interracial romantic sparks (especially considering the more rare white man-black women pairing) were accepted and signaled a real generational sea change in American race relations. I don’t know a single black girl born in the 90s who doesn’t own a copy of the TV movie version of Cinderella she did with Brandy, another major mileston in TV history. As some of have said Whitney was the voice of the “post-civil rights” era. She didn’t have to make “soul” records, she made pop hits and outside of Diana and Michael Jackson very few artists of her day can say that. Major legacy.

libfreeordie on February 19, 2012 at 2:43 PM

You’ve been “glued” to this Whitney Houston coverage, haven’t ya?

TarheelBen on February 19, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Guilty as charged.

libfreeordie on February 19, 2012 at 2:44 PM

I enjoy Morgan Freeman’s acting, but he was both God and POTUS before obama, remember.

Lanceman on February 19, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Your racial anxiety is both sad and hilarious. You’re right. No white actors ever played the President or God in films before Morgan Freeman came along. They invented the practice of having actors play God and the President in two films in the 90s so that Hollywood could promote the black minority over the oppressed white majority. You just don’t look that smart right now friend.

libfreeordie on February 19, 2012 at 2:47 PM

But more importantly, black religious traditions have always been focused on challenging oppressive systems, rather than working to maintain forms of oppression. From Robert Abbott and Maria Stewart to Martin Luther King jr and the SCLC black Christian thought has always had a bent towards greater freedom and social progress.

libfreeordie on February 19, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Perfect. Thank you for providing this quote.

So, why do black people vote for the looters who keep them oppressed in the modern day plantations, just for votes?

One day they, and the other minorities/poor will wake up and pitchfork the leftie looters, whom Obama represent to utter perfection. He preached redistribution and dependence but lives like a billionare, for life.

“From Diapers to Depends” –new 2012 Obama slogan

Schadenfreude on February 19, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Whitney Houston was an original and not a cultural thief.

libfreeordie on February 19, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Not really; if you look at the history of her career she was packaged just like many other artists. Including how her career was started; she had plenty of people pulling the strings for her.

As for “original”, her first megahit album was totally comprised of songs written by others. As was her second megahit album. And her third. Finally on the “My Bodyguard” soundtrack album she co-wrote one of the tunes.

By the way, one of the hits for Whitney from that soundtrack album was “I Will Always Love You”. Which was originally written by country hick NASCAR fan Dolly Parton.

If a black singer making a huge hit out of a country song isn’t being a “cultural thief”, please tell us what is.

F+

Del Dolemonte on February 19, 2012 at 2:49 PM

You just don’t look that smart right now friend.

libfreeordie on February 19, 2012 at 2:47 PM

I notice you just passed over my MLK comment. I wonder why?

VegasRick on February 19, 2012 at 2:50 PM

48, Ed- You’re just a baby.

poljunkie51 on February 19, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Clarence Clemons’ passing probably moved me more, but even still, his funeral wasn’t live-streamed on all the cable news channels, right? So what’s the standard line of deviation for ‘important death’ and ‘unimportant death’?

Myron Falwell on February 19, 2012 at 2:21 PM

There was supposed to be a musical tribute to Clarence at last week’s Grammys. It was to be led by James Brown’s great 1960s sax player Maceo Parker.

It was bumped for a tribute to…

Del Dolemonte on February 19, 2012 at 2:53 PM

“From Diapers to Depends” –new 2012 Obama slogan

Schadenfreude on February 19, 2012 at 2:49 PM

“Yea man!” fistbump “absolutely!”
*obambitrons.

VegasRick on February 19, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Your racial anxiety is both sad and hilarious. You’re right. No white actors ever played the President or God in films before Morgan Freeman came along.

libfreeordie on February 19, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Actually George Burns played God in that John Denver movie. And white actors have played the president as far back as the 1930s.

TxAnn56 on February 19, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Why did Fox feel it was necessary too, Ed? It went on for at least 4 hours and then reporting from the church until at least 7 last night.

JPeterman on February 19, 2012 at 1:34 PM

..slow news weekend? No primaries to cover? Ratings?

Remember when the Kennedy kid augered in his Piper Saratoga? The cable services were all over that and for 24/7 it was that interminable shot of the Coast Guard vessel floating..floating..floating as the commentators breathlessly spewed out the facts: “To repeat again (for the 1,347,263rd time), JFK Jr and his wife Carolyn Bessette have died in a plane crash off of Martha’s Vineyard..”

Tedium heaped upon boredom.

The War Planner on February 19, 2012 at 2:57 PM

You just don’t look that smart right now friend.

libfreeordie on February 19, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Only to you, my ‘friend’. And the 90% black country you see outside your door every morning in Pacoima or Roxbury.

Lanceman on February 19, 2012 at 2:58 PM

From Robert Abbott and Maria Stewart to Martin Luther King jr and the SCLC black Christian thought has always had a bent towards greater freedom and social progress.

This is true, but only if it was self-serving. Blacks only protest in numbers to advance anything they see as being beneficial to them as a race. Which is the definition of racist. Acting according to race.

As far as progress, you will hardly see any black people in any other movement, from the environmental movement, to labor movements, to animal rights, whatever the cause, black people – for the most part – stay home. Why? Because they don’t care. If it is not something that specifically benefits the black race – they ain’t interested.

So I’m not too impressed with their righteousness.

keep the change on February 19, 2012 at 2:59 PM

libfreeordie on February 19, 2012 at 2:43 PM

..o.k., we get it. Move on.

Somewhere on LibFree’s property, there’s a septic tank that needs cleaning or something.

The War Planner on February 19, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Only to you, my ‘friend’. And the 90% black country you see outside your door every morning in Pacoima or Roxbury.

Lanceman on February 19, 2012 at 2:58 PM

I think we broke it.

VegasRick on February 19, 2012 at 3:01 PM

So I’m not too impressed with their righteousness.

keep the change on February 19, 2012 at 2:59 PM

I’m very impressed with Col. West.

The left lampoon him for telling the truth, and for truly wishing to free all the poor, with liberty, work, respect and individuality, color-blind in all things.

MLK cries in his grave when he looks around.

Schadenfreude on February 19, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Rather than a fist bump, wouldn’t it be a more appropriate way to honor the late Ms Houston, for the lefties to copy-cat the OD before slipping under the water of their tub.

socalcon on February 19, 2012 at 3:05 PM

I think we broke it.

VegasRick on February 19, 2012 at 3:01 PM

No, it’s feverishly formulating another clever retort, completely ignoring the facts.

Sad that one polecat President in the 60s could destroy a segment of the population so quickly.

Lanceman on February 19, 2012 at 3:05 PM

So – you’rc comparing Whitney Houston to – ELVIS?!!!

You’re right, Whitney Houston was an original and not a cultural thief. That was unfair to her.

libfreeordie on February 19, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Your level of ignorance GROWS with each post you make!

Whitney Houston wasn an “original and not a ‘cultural theif’”?! Yeah – that’s why her biggest hit was Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You”. Dolly was a white, hillbilly-type. Was Whitney a “cultural thief” or was she interpreting her experience of Dolly’s genius through her own cultural filters?

So – ELVIS was a “Cultural Thief“?! Then HIS experiences of attending church hearing gospel music and hanging out with HIS friend (oh – a lot of whom were Black) which Elvis translated into his own interpretation of the Eclectic American Musical Idiom were NOT valid – they were STOlEN?!

Don’t talk about music – you are too ignorant of the subject to speak. Actually – you may be just too ignorant to speak at all.

williamg on February 19, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Actually George Burns played God in that John Denver movie. And white actors have played the president as far back as the 1930s.

TxAnn56 on February 19, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Please direct these and all other obvious movie facts to

Lanceman on February 19, 2012 at 2:58 PM

It may quell some of that insane racial anxiety he has of some kind of black takeover.

I notice you just passed over my MLK comment. I wonder why?

VegasRick on February 19, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Because its irrelevant, the question is how do we reconcile black religiosity with support for Democrats who (at least in word) support sexual liberalism. I responded to that and you took one remark about MLK and transformed it into a criticism of saggy pants and the politics of the n-word. All I can say is that not all black people use the n-word fondly. I, for one, hate it. As for MLK turning in hi s grave over that? I think he’s probably more likely turning over in his grave as his legacy is transformed by conservatives into some kind of post-racial “color blind” rhetoric. MLK Jr was not about “color blind” politics. The man was about social justice the redistribution of wealth to the poor and an end to U.S. imperialism over seas. Actually learn something about the man before you presume to know what he would’ve been disgusted by today.

libfreeordie on February 19, 2012 at 3:08 PM

If we get this type of sensational TV coverage for the funerals of singing pedophiles and singing crackheads – just imagine how grand the funeral of a singing mass murdered will be.

WhaleBellied on February 19, 2012 at 3:09 PM

No, it’s feverishly formulating another clever retort, completely ignoring the facts.

Lanceman on February 19, 2012 at 3:05 PM

I think it’s fistpumping him/her self.

VegasRick on February 19, 2012 at 3:10 PM

What HOTAIR and other conservative bloggers should ask is when will there be a truely conservative stations/programming on the airwaves. The ratings tell the story of conservativism dominating the ratings with FOX effectivley being the only truth teller in the bandwith and even their programs that attempt to streamline homsexuality is just right to the mainstream programming. Much like Mitt is just right of Obama and should be embraced. Time to speak the truth.

nicknack60 on February 19, 2012 at 3:10 PM

The man was about social justice the redistribution of wealth to the poor

libfreeordie on February 19, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Whenever I hear the words ‘social justice’, I reach for my Glock.

And while Freeman’s second portrayal of God was in a positive light, George Burns’ character was not in a frivolous fashion.

Lanceman on February 19, 2012 at 3:13 PM

The more I watch Piers Morgan, the less I like him.

albill on February 19, 2012 at 3:13 PM

libfreeordie on February 19, 2012 at 3:08 PM
ah yes. mlk. didn’t ralph abernathy write a book detailing mlk’s luv of white prositutes. not that theres anything wrong with that, mind you. just sayin’

renalin on February 19, 2012 at 3:18 PM

All I can say is that not all black people use the n-word fondly. I, for one, hate it. Actually learn something about the man before you presume to know what he would’ve been disgusted by today.

libfreeordie on February 19, 2012 at 3:08 PM

You are joking, right? I’m sure that MLK would not be proud of what is going on in A LOT of the black community today. You say that not ALL black people use the n-word. I agree. But why would anybody condone the use of it? And the sagging pants deal is okay? How about the holding of ones crotch all the time? Is that good? Do you even know the origins of that?

VegasRick on February 19, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Wow, Y’all need to chill out. Of course they are going to cover a big public event like WH’s funeral…it is good, very good ratings and that is what they are in business of getting… FNC did the same.

And you folks at HA really cannot talk, you publish trivial items and items from very unserious frequently you do it to get ratings because that is your business, not serious news and content, right???

And who is surprised that CNN is pro Obama? Uhh… no one

georgealbert on February 19, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Update: From the comments, I find out that pretty much every television news outlet provided live coverage of Whitney Houston’s funeral … which just means that America’s television news media are pretty fundamentally unserious across the board.

I usually hate this sort of fawning over celebrities, but I have to say that while I didn’t see it, I listened to the latter part of it on Fox via Satellite radio while driving and was pleasantly surprised. It was very tastefully done with thoughtful eulogies and beautiful music – a fitting tribute to a lovely child of God who was blessed with inestimable gifts. While her life took a tragic path, I can’t help but cringe when I see her disparaged as just another worthless junkie. These are two of many charities she generously donated to (funded by her magnificent rendition of the Star Spangled Banner):

American Red Cross: Whitney Houston donated all of her proceeds from the single and home video sales of her Superbowl XXV rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” to benefit Gulf War troops and their families. Whitney’s record company followed suit. Whitney was elected a member of the American Red Cross Board of Directors in 1991.

New York Firefighters and Police: Whitney Houston re-released “The Star Spangled Banner” charity single to benefit the New York Firefighters Disaster Relief Fund and the New York Fraternal Order of Police Fund following terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. She waived her royalty rights to the single, which went on to top the U.S. sales charts in October 2001 and raised more than $1 million.

Buy Danish on February 19, 2012 at 3:20 PM

fox carried the funeral. I had it on in the background, and was kind of enjoying the music and the eulogies, until I finally looked closer at the screen and saw that camera whore Jesse jackson, right there in the most prominent seat. Blecch. Does he have to be at the center of everything?!

juliesa on February 19, 2012 at 3:21 PM

georgealbert on February 19, 2012 at 3:18 PM

We’re so sorry. Unclealbert.

________________________________________________________

Did they have a televised funeral for Ray Charles?

Lanceman on February 19, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Buy Danish on February 19, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Thanks for pointing out her charitable side. I read that a night or two before she died, she was so out of it at a party that she physically attacked two women, separately, before her people took her out of there. Despite how far she had fallen, it’s good to focus on the good things she did in her personal life.

juliesa on February 19, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Now – back to the Reality of Life:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/02/19/bobbi-kristina-brown-found-getting-high-after-whitney-s-funeral.html

williamg on February 19, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Hate to say it, but that kid will probably end up dead in a Beverly Hills hotel too. She’s been her mom’s wingman when they went out partying. She never had a chance.

juliesa on February 19, 2012 at 3:35 PM

The man was about social justice the redistribution of wealth to the poor

libfreeordie on February 19, 2012 at 3:08 PM

You know, last night I thought you were pretty cool on the QOTD thread with the music discussion. This was after what I thought was your “homegoing” silliness.
If you have no problem with some govt. fkr. deciding how much I can keep of the fruits of my labor while they then take a large chunk and give it to the “poor” than I was correct in my initial assessment of your thought process.

arnold ziffel on February 19, 2012 at 3:37 PM

But more importantly, black religious traditions have always been focused on challenging oppressive systems, rather than working to maintain forms of oppression. From Robert Abbott and Maria Stewart to Martin Luther King jr and the SCLC black Christian thought has always had a bent towards greater freedom and social progress.

libfreeordie on February 19, 2012 at 2:32 PM

That was interesting, but not anything I didn’t already know. My question to you is, does the black community feel free? I saw what welfare did to the black family and it makes me sad, to say you can have a check but your husband can’t live with you. All that did was make young black girls think they were better off without a husband, and you saw the spike in out of wedlock births. You think they are challenging oppressive systems? How? What social progress have poor blacks made?

Night Owl on February 19, 2012 at 3:39 PM

The man was about social justice the redistribution of wealth to the poor

libfreeordie on February 19, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Also, that money you spend on NYC shows and the opera might be better used serving the “poor”. Libs—-whats not to like?

arnold ziffel on February 19, 2012 at 3:49 PM

OMG, Naturoboy is back.

LOL, it took a long time but I think I finally got it.

hawkdriver on February 19, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Update: From the comments, I find out that pretty much every television news outlet provided live coverage of Whitney Houston’s funeral … which just means that America’s television news media are pretty fundamentally unserious across the board.

Amen.

mankai on February 19, 2012 at 3:54 PM

You’re right, Whitney Houston was an original and not a cultural thief. That was unfair to her.

libfreeordie on February 19, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Hip hop relies on sampling music from white musicians… but Elvis was a “cultural thief”.

/double-standard

mankai on February 19, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Not really; if you look at the history of her career she was packaged just like many other artists. Including how her career was started; she had plenty of people pulling the strings for her.

As for “original”, her first megahit album was totally comprised of songs written by others. As was her second megahit album. And her third. Finally on the “My Bodyguard” soundtrack album she co-wrote one of the tunes.

You can be an “original” and not be a songwriter. Think of every classical soloist. Or Frank Sinatra. Or Elvis.

YYZ on February 19, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Update: From the comments, I find out that pretty much every television news outlet provided live coverage of Whitney Houston’s funeral … which just means that America’s television news media are pretty fundamentally unserious across the board.

You can’t pick on the American News on this one. I’m here in Viet Nam and the BBC and the local news are full of it as well :-(

Linh_My on February 19, 2012 at 4:00 PM

You’re right, Whitney Houston was an original and not a cultural thief. That was unfair to her.

libfreeordie on February 19, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Irony alert… I’ll Always Love You was written by Dolly Parton and was a country music hit.

“I Will Always Love You” is a song by American singer-songwriter Dolly Parton. The country track was released on June 6, 1974 as the second single from Parton’s thirteenth solo studio album, Jolene (1974). Recorded on June 13, 1973, the singer wrote the song for her one-time partner and mentor Porter Wagoner, from whom she was professionally splitting at the time. “I Will Always Love You” received positive comments from critics and attained commercial success, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart two times. With the accomplishment, Parton became the first artist ever to earn a number one record twice with the same song as a singer, and three times as a writer.

Cultural thief!!

mankai on February 19, 2012 at 4:00 PM

You can be an “original” and not be a songwriter. Think of every classical soloist. Or Frank Sinatra. Or Elvis.

But that doesn’t mean I think Elvis was a cultural thief. Blame short-sighted and/or racist program directors and audiences for not accepting music sung by blacks in the 1950s. Not the white artists who (ironically) brought black music into the mainstream.

YYZ on February 19, 2012 at 4:02 PM

The man was about social justice the redistribution of wealth to the poor and an end to U.S. imperialism over seas. Actually learn something about the man before you presume to know what he would’ve been disgusted by today.

libfreeordie on February 19, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Yes we all can niggle over how Conservative or Liberal really was. But there is no doubt that he was a lot more conservative than you might give him credit for.

As measured today, there is no way I could see MLK even being compared to the other pseudo-Leaders that have been or attempt to be anointed by the Liberal powers that be.

Until his death, MLK tried to work within the system. He didn’t preach armed insurgency as the Panthers or the SLA did during their heyday. That’s not the mark of a “Che” wannabe.

BlaxPac on February 19, 2012 at 4:10 PM

and in other news generallisimo francisco franco and whitney houston are
still dead.

renalin on February 19, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Here is Whitney Houston singing Battle Hymn of The Republic at the Welcome Home Heroes concert she did for troops coming home from the first Gulf War in 1991.

This is the Whitney Houston I’m always going to remember.

RedRobin145 on February 19, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Hip hop relies on sampling music from white musicians… but Elvis was a “cultural thief”.

/double-standard

mankai on February 19, 2012 at 3:56 PM

To be fair; Hip-hop/Rap doesn’t necessarily relies on sampling as it uses it to emphasis the music* overall.

OTOH, think of how many rock songs that come on the radio and you’ve mistaken the opening chords for a similar song. Is that sampling? Or an musician taking something and changing it to something else?

Yes, we could expand this idea to other media & mediums as well.

But not to stray too far. I don’t bemoan the overall coverage, just the attempt to make it more than what it is.

This woman’s life ended too soon, she will be missed. I enjoyed her music, i did NOT let myself get caught up in the personal hoopla of her private life (for what it was).

* – and yes I’m using music in the general sense since rap isn’t for everyone….Hell some rap is downright…ugh…lol

BlaxPac on February 19, 2012 at 4:24 PM

You just don’t look that smart right now friend.

libfreeordie on February 19, 2012 at 2:47 PM

I notice you just passed over my MLK comment. I wonder why?

VegasRick on February 19, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Because libordie is a racist of the worst kind – and would be right at home over at Stormfront.

Solaratov on February 19, 2012 at 4:25 PM

OMG, Naturoboy is back.

LOL, it took a long time but I think I finally got it.

hawkdriver on February 19, 2012 at 3:50 PM

No, Hawk, KeninCT is narutoboy. But instead of ‘ ‘cons ‘, it’s now ‘racefans’.

Lanceman on February 19, 2012 at 4:32 PM

I’d state the obvious and go with “OK, but it wouldn’t be quite so bad if they didn’t deny being biased.”

Because libordie is a racist of the worst kind – and would be right at home over at Stormfront.

Solaratov on February 19, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Um, pretty sure that they despise Obama over at Stormfront.

This Nazi=Communist meme is akin to the hippies back in the day calling U.S. soldiers Fascists, simply because they had uniforms-and so did the Fascists. OK.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 19, 2012 at 4:35 PM

MLK Jr was not about “color blind” politics. The man was about social justice the redistribution of wealth to the poor and an end to U.S. imperialism over seas. Actually learn something about the man before you presume to know what he would’ve been disgusted by today.

libfreeordie on February 19, 2012 at 3:08 PM

And yet, with all of that, MLK was still a Republican.

btw, what you wrote is a blatant lie – but it derves your purpose, so, who cares? Right?

Solaratov on February 19, 2012 at 4:36 PM

#1. Every single news network devoted 3+ hours to Whitney Houston’s funeral. Not only CNN.
#2. It’s a tempest in a teapot. I read the comments on Newsbusters last night and agreed with “Balboa”. They’re supposed to sit there and say “no”? It makes Conservatives look like whiny children.

Marcus on February 19, 2012 at 1:36 PM

How about “no, this is a funeral, not a frat party”, but then they wouldn’t be there.

I can almost hear the hoofbeats.

kim roy on February 19, 2012 at 4:43 PM

It’s a tempest in a teapot. I read the comments on Newsbusters last night and agreed with “Balboa”. They’re supposed to sit there and say “no”?

Marcus

Uhh….yeah….that’s exactly what they’re supposed to do. But you agree with Balboa, so that alone tells me you aren’t the sharpest tool in the shed, so the concept of doing the right thing might be beyond your comprehension, the way it is with most libs….libs like Balboa, for example.

xblade on February 19, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Whitney was a naturally talented vocalist. That’s it. She just showed up and belted out the vocals, ….no training, no work, no thought. The rest was corporate cookie-cutter packaging. She created nothing, and was never an artist, didn’t claim to be. For comparison, her friends Ashford and Simpson were actual artists that contributed something, and worked hard.

nottakingsides on February 19, 2012 at 5:19 PM

One question for;

libfreeordie on February 19, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Why after this real history, do blacks and democrats still lie about what really happened?

Republicans supported the 1964 Civil Rights Act much more than did the Democrats. Contrary to Democrat myth, Everett Dirksen (R-IL), the Senate Minority Leader – not President Lyndon Johnson – was the person most responsible for its passage. Mindful of how Democrat opposition had forced Republicans to weaken their 1957 and 1960 Civil Rights Acts, President Johnson promised Republicans that he would publicly credit the GOP for its strong support. Johnson played no role in the legislative fight. In the House of Representatives, the 1964 Civil Rights Act passed with 80% support from Republicans but only 63% support from Democrats.

In the Senate, Dirksen had no trouble rounding up the votes of most Republicans, and former presidential candidate Richard Nixon lobbied hard for passage. On the Democrat side, the Senate leadership did support the bill, while the chief opponents were Senators Sam Ervin (D-NC), Al Gore (D-TN) and Robert Byrd (D-WV). Senator Byrd, whom Democrats still call “the conscience of the Senate,” filibustered against the 1964 Civil Rights Act for fourteen straight hours. At a meeting held in his office, Dirksen modified the bill so it could be passed despite Democrat opposition. He strongly condemned the Democrat-led 57-day filibuster: “The time has come for equality of opportunity in sharing of government, in education, and in employment. It must not be stayed or denied. It is here!”

Along with most other political leaders at the time, Johnson, credited Dirksen for getting the bill passed: “The Attorney General said that you were very helpful and did an excellent job… I’ll see that you get proper attention and credit.” At the time, for instance, The Chicago Defender, a renowned African-American newspaper, praised Senator Dirksen for leading passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act

From Jesse Jackson and Al (conman) Sharpton to the racist rants by nearly every black progressive on the planet, republicans and conservatives in particular, hate black Americans and want to oppress them. When not a single one of them are even dimly aware of the FACT the only enemy of the civil rights movement in America were all democrats.

I’ve yet to see a proggy explain that openly visible distortion of fact.

Just to air this tiny bit of history, would cause heads to explode in mass at MSNBC as well as the Black history department of every major university.

I’d just like to know why..

and why it isn’t slapped in their face every single day.

mark81150 on February 19, 2012 at 5:36 PM

You can be an “original” and not be a songwriter. Think of every classical soloist. Or Frank Sinatra. Or Elvis.

But that doesn’t mean I think Elvis was a cultural thief. Blame short-sighted and/or racist program directors and audiences for not accepting music sung by blacks in the 1950s. Not the white artists who (ironically) brought black music into the mainstream.

YYZ on February 19, 2012 at 4:02 PM

As I mentioned earlier in this thread Elvis didn’t just sing black music. He also sang a lot of country music, and owed as much of his sound to Bob Wills as he did to the black artists. Interestingly, Bob Wills himself grew up in Texas picking cotton with blacks in Texas, so he naturally assimilated their music too.

BTW, Elvis co-wrote most of his early hits, including “All Shook Up”, “Don’t Be Cruel”, “Heartbreak Hotel”, and “Love Me Tender”.

Del Dolemonte on February 19, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Just in case you had not seen this.

http://articles.latimes.com/2012/feb/18/news/la-whitney-houstons-mother-says-rest-my-baby-girl-in-peace-20120218

Whitney Houston’s mother, Cissy Houston, wrote a touching letter in her daughter’s funeral program thanking God for her “beautiful flower” and saying that she had a sense that Whitney would not “be with me long.”

“I never told you that when you were born, the Holy Spirit told me that you would not be with me long,” Cissy Houston wrote, according the Associated Press. “And I thank God for the beautiful flower he allowed me to raise and cherish for 48 years.”

“Rest, my baby girl, in peace,” the letter ends, signed “mommie.”

PappyD61 on February 19, 2012 at 5:41 PM

I’m not trying to jack the thread, but civil rights did come up, and with one liberal here, I’d like to know how they can justify the endless haranges against the right, for sins commited virtually entirely by their own party on the left.

I expect no answer..

But this has stuck in my throat for years.. the times I’d bring it up and mention it to black coworkers, they professed ignorance of it, then accused me of just making it up. Even though we were friends, they refused to even look it up themselves.. things like “Brother Jesse said”….. These are bright, intelligent guys..

but so many have been brainwashed into seeing us as their enemy..

they can’t break free of it, even when given the truth. They’ll tell you Rush is racist, but only because somebody told them that, never because they heard him, or any of the “enemies” they’re given to hate today.

mark81150 on February 19, 2012 at 5:45 PM

“Rest, my baby girl, in peace,” the letter ends, signed “mommie.”

PappyD61 on February 19, 2012 at 5:41 PM

I’m sorry Whitney had such a tragic life, and the way she died.. so many talented people..

I put a letter in my son’s coffin.. it,.. well, my wife and I, and my son,. and God know what was written.

I really miss him today.

mark81150 on February 19, 2012 at 5:50 PM

1. It’s a variation of the “pound,” not an “Obama bump” or a “terrorist fist jab.” We were doing this sort of thing when I was in high school. I’m genuinely surprised that so many people were apparently unaware of it before Obama.

2. What was O’Brien going to do? Say no? That would’ve been a bit awkward. Seems like a very trivial thing to criticize her for, IMO.

3. The news coverage makes sense to me. First off, it was a weekend. Not much else to talk about anyway. And Whitney Houston was a pop icon. I didn’t expect the coverage to be as extensive as it was, but I certainly expected it to be there when I flipped the tv on this past Saturday. I really don’t think there’s anything necessarily wrong with it, but that’s just me. If Casey Anythony’s trial deserved nonstop 24 hour coverage for weeks on end, then committing half of a day to coverage of Whitney Houston being remembered and honored at her funeral has to be ok, right?

humili mente on February 19, 2012 at 5:52 PM

hawkdriver on February 19, 2012 at 3:50 PM

No, Hawk, KeninCT is narutoboy. But instead of ‘ ‘cons ‘, it’s now ‘racefans’.

Lanceman on February 19, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Aw, are you sure he’s not this guy too? I was almost sure.

hawkdriver on February 19, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Aw, are you sure he’s not this guy too? I was almost sure.

hawkdriver on February 19, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Hard for one to change their speech patterns. Took me one encounter with KeninCT to realize he was narutoboy. Libtoad4life ain’t angry enough.

Lanceman on February 19, 2012 at 6:09 PM

For those of you that don’t follow the sport, Piers Morgan fancies himself quite the expert on soccer. But here he is getting absolutely owned by Michael Owen, a long time professional player. I don’t have much use for Owen myself, but this is a highly enjoyable direct hit on Morgan’s inflated ego.

http://imgur.com/a/FZd4D

KGB on February 19, 2012 at 6:11 PM

hawkdriver on February 19, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Lanceman doesn’t agree with me on who KeninCT is but I think it was Logus that found KeninCT’s date page on the web and posted it. The next day it was down and gone. I of course kept a copy of it a screensnap Its why I pick on him for being dateless. If it wasn’t KeninCT then why take down the public page so fast. Its on my machine at work. I’m not on that machine today. Or I would share it with you.

Bmore on February 19, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Mediaite is once again doing ACORN’s Moveon.org’s Soros’s the JournOlisters Media Matters job for them.

IMHO, their refusal to accept that it was another Communist styled liberal moment speaks volumes about the site. Here is the link to their 0bamaGanda of the day:

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/conservative-site-slams-roberta-flack-soledad-obrien-for-obama-bump-at-whitney-funeral/

I now wonder how much Soros pays them for their efforts.

DannoJyd on February 19, 2012 at 6:36 PM

You dedicated a post to this? Seriously? In case you didn’t notice, it was Roberta Flack who offered an “Obama bump”.

Making an issue over a decidedly non-issue like this dilutes your credibility. It’s better to post nothing on a slow day than to post things like this.

DaveS on February 19, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Mediaite is once again doing ACORN’s Moveon.org’s Soros’s the JournOlisters Media Matters job for them.

IMHO, their refusal to accept that it was another Communist styled liberal moment speaks volumes about the site. Here is the link to their 0bamaGanda of the day:

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/conservative-site-slams-roberta-flack-soledad-obrien-for-obama-bump-at-whitney-funeral/

I now wonder how much Soros pays them for their efforts.

DannoJyd on February 19, 2012 at 6:36 PM

I knew before I even clicked on that link that far-left troll/democrat operative Tommy “Christopher” created that propaganda for MediaiteMatters. Dan Abrams should be so proud of himself for employing that propagandist hack and granting him a White House press pass.

OxyCon on February 19, 2012 at 7:11 PM

I put a letter in my son’s coffin.. it,.. well, my wife and I, and my son,. and God know what was written.

I really miss him today.

mark81150 on February 19, 2012 at 5:50 PM

I’m very sorry for your loss.

Night Owl on February 19, 2012 at 7:15 PM

My emphasis:

Because its irrelevant, the question is how do we reconcile black religiosity with support for Democrats who (at least in word) support sexual liberalism.

I responded to that and you took one remark about MLK and transformed it into a criticism of saggy pants and the politics of the n-word. All I can say is that not all black people use the n-word fondly. I, for one, hate it. As for MLK turning in his grave over that? I think he’s probably more likely turning over in his grave as his legacy is transformed by conservatives into some kind of post-racial “color blind” rhetoric. MLK Jr was not about “color blind” politics. The man was about social justice the redistribution of wealth to the poor and an end to U.S. imperialism over seas. Actually learn something about the man before you presume to know what he would’ve been disgusted by today.

libfreeordie on February 19, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Democrats who in deed support sexual liberalism include: all the Kennedy brothers, Lyndon Johnson, Bill Clinton, Barney Frank, Anthony Wiener, etc.
It’s been along time since you had responsible people (sexual and financial) as leaders in the Democratic party. Usually, a Democrat fails at one or the other, sometimes both.

You’re partly right about MLK. He did oppose the Vietnam War (you call it imperialism), and he did want more of the Great Society programs. Unfortunately, he was murdered, so we can’t know for sure how he would have reacted to the failure of these programs. Tying MLK to failed social programs or an outdated view of U.S. policy lessens what the man accomplished: a nonviolent civil rights movement uniting both blacks and whites that finally broke the back of racism in America. While the idea of King as strictly color-blind is an exaggeration, it’s still a better legacy than what you’re giving him.

Gladtobehere on February 19, 2012 at 8:01 PM

What were these anchors supposed to do? Recoil in horror at the thought of an Obama bump?

I just can’t get exercised about this simple, spontaneous gesture initiated by a revered singer and unforseen by the hosts.

The national debt is well over $10 trillion. It’s not the only thing on my mind these days, but this offense doesn’t even register.

rogaineguy on February 19, 2012 at 9:37 PM

This is true, but only if it was self-serving. Blacks only protest in numbers to advance anything they see as being beneficial to them as a race. Which is the definition of racist. Acting according to race.

As far as progress, you will hardly see any black people in any other movement, from the environmental movement, to labor movements, to animal rights, whatever the cause, black people – for the most part – stay home. Why? Because they don’t care. If it is not something that specifically benefits the black race – they ain’t interested.

So I’m not too impressed with their righteousness.

keep the change on February 19, 2012 at 2:59 PM

I think you might be on to something. I live in the Chicago
area and have season tickets to the Lyric Opera (for years).
There aren’t many blacks or hispanics who attend. Those that do
are usually in their 20′s or 30′s.

A year or so ago, they put on a production of Porgy and Bess.
I was absolutely shocked to see the number of blacks…hundreds!!!
It was about blacks so they attended in droves. I must say that
I was very impressed with how they dressed for the most part.
Very sharp with great hats!!!

Amjean on February 19, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Dan Abrams should be so proud of himself for employing that propagandist hack and granting him a White House press pass.

OxyCon on February 19, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Meh. Because Dan had to play babysitter daily for Countdown to No Ratings while heading PMSNBC, I’ll find him not guilty by reason of insanity.

Myron Falwell on February 19, 2012 at 10:05 PM

The national debt is well over $10 15 trillion…

rogaineguy on February 19, 2012 at 9:37 PM

It’s really over 15 trillion dollars now. For a real time view, see http://www.usdebtclock.org/# It took a little while to load and get started on my computer, YMMV.

Gladtobehere on February 19, 2012 at 10:14 PM

I don’t have time to read all of the prior posts, as I came late to this party, so at the risk of duplication to similar but speedier minds, wouldn’t and OBAMA DUMP have been more appropriate?

MikeinPRCA on February 19, 2012 at 10:41 PM

…that was an Obama dump…

MikeinPRCA on February 19, 2012 at 10:42 PM

So what makes it an “Obama bump” instead of just a fist bump?

Ortzinator on February 19, 2012 at 11:18 PM

So what makes it an “Obama bump” instead of just a fist bump?

Ortzinator on February 19, 2012 at 11:18 PM

When Obama became the Democratic nominee for POTUS, he and Michelle shared a fist bump, see http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/06/06/obama-fist-bump-rocks-the_n_105490.html

Gladtobehere on February 20, 2012 at 12:20 AM

News? …

Serious?

REPORTER?

Nah.

hillbillyjim on February 20, 2012 at 1:52 AM

E.D. Hill’s comment about the Obama to Obama fist bump cost her
her job at FOX.

Texyank on February 20, 2012 at 2:00 AM

Why does wealth need to be “redistributed” rather than earned?

BigAlSouth on February 20, 2012 at 6:36 AM

The man was about social justice the redistribution of wealth to the poor and an end to U.S. imperialism over seas. Actually learn something about the man before you presume to know what he would’ve been disgusted by today.

libfreeordie on February 19, 2012 at 3:08 PM

That’s funny right there. I love the admonishment at the end. Too bad its words fly in the face of what the MLK’s own writings, family, friends, movement allies, and biographers and historians have said about him – some as recently as 2 weeks ago.
But yah…whatever…Wikipedia!

(On the upside folks, remember that we can probably kill most of them just by going to Wiki and posting that the law of gravity has been suspended, or arsenic is the secret to weightloss that scientists don’t want you to know, or some other such nonsense. Viva la Wiki!!!!)

Abiss on February 20, 2012 at 7:30 AM

libfreeordie

Do you ever go to the bathroom, or find time to eat ? Maybe if you pulled yourself away from the computer once in awhile you wouldn’t have to find your men online.

teacherman on February 20, 2012 at 9:17 AM

didn’t read all the comments, but:

This fist bump krep is nothing new, obama did not “invent” it- he’s just some gawky prep school dweeb without a clue- more or less a permanent condition, as evidenced by the last 3 or so horrendous years.

The fact that a bunch of dorky, behind the curve journalists think they’re being hep by copying obama’s rip-off of an already played out handshake shows just how out of touch and lame cnn is. Still.

Pretty pathetic when “hipsters” are working moves from 10 years ago and thinking they’re cool.

How this ACTUALLY got started:

One of the Alou brothers (think it was Moises) of the baseball playing Alous determined that he needed to make his hands tougher, and a great way to do that was by urinating on the insides of them.

His teammates became juuuuuuuuuust a bit leery of shaking hands with the guy, and adopted knuckle bumping to avoid doing so.

But come to think of it- associating preznit earflaps mcdowngrade with the application of human waste… that’s somehow rather apt.

GrassMudHorsey on February 20, 2012 at 9:19 AM

I don’t know a single black girl born in the 90s who doesn’t own a copy of the TV movie version of Cinderella she did with Brandy, another major mileston in TV history.
libfreeordie on February 19, 2012 at 2:43 PM

You’re lying.

CW on February 20, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Why does wealth need to be “redistributed” rather than earned?

BigAlSouth on February 20, 2012 at 6:36 AM

It needs to be redistributed because it’s all leftists know. Not one of them has ever figured out how to create it.

runawayyyy on February 20, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Why is Jackson there? To remind us that Whitney was black or something?

Crusty on February 20, 2012 at 10:10 AM

I find out that pretty much every television news outlet provided live coverage of Whitney Houston’s funeral

Yep, all 4 hours of it.

royzer on February 20, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Who the Hell is Whitney Houston? Had my wife not told me I would not have known. (I had heard of Michael Jackson.) I don’t recall live coverage of Frank Sinatra’s or John Wayne’s funerals.

Colony14 on February 20, 2012 at 3:35 PM

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