This is the latest in a series on the use of the race card for political gain:
A couple of weeks before the 2008 election, in one of my first blog posts, I wrote:
The suppression of legitimate political expression through false accusations of racism by the Obama campaign and its supporters is the defining theme of the 2008 campaign.
And as we have seen in this series and other posts here, the false accusations of racism have been almost non-stop ever since. Every time I say it cannot possibly get worse, it does.
With Obama sinking in the polls and the Republican presidential field beginning to sort itself out, the media is lashing out with increased fury and anger.
Ed Schultz on MSNBC was caught this week cutting off the sound on a tape in order to create a pretext for calling Rick Perry racist for using the term “black cloud” supposedly to describe Obama. This was both factually incorrect (the full audio shows that Perry was referring to the national debt as a black cloud) and more of the gotcha word games we have seen before where racially neutral or completely non-racial terms are used as pretexts for false claims of racism.
When caught, Schultz apologized for showing the clip at all, but not for the false accusation of racism. Despite the false accusation having been exposed, the next day MSNBC ran the same story again on the Al Sharpton show.
Next came Janeane Garofalo appearing on what’s left of Keith Olbermann’s career, in one of the most vile attacks we have seen, claiming that Herman Cain is a paid puppet of white political masters in order to deflect the racism of the Republican Party and Tea Party movement:
They have become their own self-parody, but they are dangerous because the constant repetition works in creating a public imagination that Republican candidates are racist.
So if you think it cannot get any worse, trust me, it will.