MSNBC ups the ante on race as a factor in Obama opposition
posted at 11:39 am on August 31, 2012 by Howard Portnoy
First an update: The identity of the black coed Paul Ryan dated in college has been made public. The Daily Mail did some digging and even interviewed Ryan’s former sweetheart. The paper reports that her name is Deneeta Pope, that she is currently 40 and married, and that she was a cheerleader at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, when she and the current GOP vice presidential hopeful were romantically involved.
Now for the news: Pope speaks fondly of Ryan, saying, “Paul is a very nice guy, a kind guy and a family guy. He’s very approachable and a very likeable person.” OK, that’s not news—at least not yet. But give the “investigative journalists” at MSNBC time. They are sure to uncover the “truth”: that Ryan routinely beat Pope or worse (worse being that he used racial code words to conceal his real feelings about blacks).
The network has been working overtime to compile evidence of racism against Obama as a prime motivation in those who oppose his re-election. The network (which shares Obama’s campaign slogan) has spent considerable air time examining the hidden “code” (aka, “dog whistles”) in criticisms of the president. They haven’t yet deduced that “GOP” is itself code, for “Klan,” but that might be hard to explain since the KKK was founded by Democrats.
But scholars at MSNBC did determine that “Chicago” is code for the n-word (and here you thought it was the name of a large, Midwestern city). Jonah Goldberg writes:
New York Magazine political reporter John Heilemann and ‘Hardball’ host Chris Matthews concluded the other night that the word ‘Chicago’ is racially loaded code.
‘They keep saying ‘Chicago,’‘ Matthews said. ‘That’s another thing that sends that message—this guy’s helping the poor people in the bad neighborhoods, screwing us in the ‘burbs.’
Heilemann nodded, adding, ‘There’s a lot of black people in Chicago.’
Hot Air’s own former high priestess, Michelle Malkin, has a column out today titled “The Condensed Liberal Handbook of Racial Code Words.” In her annotated alphabetical list, Malkin includes the new “Chicago” coinage, along with some oldies but goodies, such as “professor” and “Food Stamps president.”
She misses a few, including “cool.” Credit for unmasking the ugly hidden meaning of this racial epithet goes to Angela Rye, Executive Director of the Congressional Black Caucus, who in June told CSPAN’s Brian Lamb:
There’s an ad, talking about [how] the president is too cool, [asking] is he too cool? And there’s this music that reminds me of, you know, some of the blaxploitation films from the 70s playing in the background, him with his sunglasses. And to me it was just very racially-charged. They weren’t asking if Bush was too cool….
But I just think that even cool, the term cool, could in some ways be deemed racial….
Cool, it needs to be emphasized, is racist only when it is used by—well … racists. It’s perfectly acceptable language when it comes from Team Obama, which circulated an email, supposedly written by the First Lady, that called the president “a pretty cool dad.” Maybe it’s a rule akin to the ordering of i and e, when these vowels appear contiguously after c.
MSNBC made an absolute federal case out of one news source accurately representing the president’s speech in transcriptions by replacing dropped final g’s (in, for example, complaining) with n’ (complainin’). The problem is that the network was attacking one of its own, the Associated Press, which has also been shilling for Obama.
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