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Reverend Wright is off limits, but a painted-over rock is page 1 at WaPo

Reverend Wright is off limits, but a painted-over rock is page 1 at WaPo

You need no better example of the political corruption of our mainstream media than the page 1 headline at The Washington Post, At Perry camp, racially charged name lingered.

There is no story behind the headline.

The article itself reveals that the offensive name of the camp, painted on a rock near the entrance, was painted over by Perry’s father soon after they started hunting at the camp in the early 1980s.

But WaPo made sure to put the offensive word near the top of the article, so that the charge would stick in readers’ memories.  It’s not until later in the article that they state the facts.  And even then, WaPo cites anonymous sources discounting the precise years in which it was painted over, but never the fact that it was painted over.

A statement issued by the Perry campaign denies that his family ever owned the property, confirms that the rock was painted over in the early 1980s, and that the name officially was changed by the State of Texas in 1991.

I have warned people about the upcoming election, and not to take much comfort in the current polling.

Our mainstream media is biased beyond comprehension, trying to bury Obama’s 20-year association with his mentor Jeremiah Wright while putting a painted-over rock on page 1.  How many parishioners at Wright’s church did WaPo interview as to Obama’s claim that he never heard Wright’s race-baiting and anti-American speeches, even though they were sold in the lobby?

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Professor, your link to the WaPo is broken. But it’s OK. I take your word for it. Nothing surprises me about the media any more.

But Professor, you don’t seem to understand. In our world of political correctness, it is illegal to hate anyone, or to express bigotry against anyone, unless they are a white, Christian, Southern male, and then to the MSM, they are fair game.

You see, according to the Washington Compost, that has been writing negative articles about Perry as far back as a month before he even got into the race, he has three strikes against him; he is white, he is a strong Christian, and he is a Southerner. He would only be acceptable if he was a member of the party who gave us Jim Crow laws and the KKK.

    It goes much further than ‘White Christian Southern Male’.

    Have you noticed over the past several decades what is done to Conservative women across America no matter their ethnicity, social standing, educational background?

    At least the ‘good old corrupt asterds’ in the Republican Party will defend the ‘White Christian Southern Male’ but they’re eunuchs when it comes to defending Conservative women!

      retire05 in reply to syn. | October 2, 2011 at 11:38 am

      How so? When has the GOP defended ANYONE against the smears of the left wing media?

      I’m just glad that conservative women are smart enough to defend themselves, showing the left wing talking heads that they are not as smart as conservative women.

    William A. Jacobson in reply to retire05. | October 2, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    A point I’ve made here time and again is that the mistreatment by the media of one Republican candidate eventually will come around to others. It is why we need to stand up even for candidates we don’t support, and it is why piling on Palin — for example as to Gabrielle Giffords — by some establishment Republicans drives me so crazy. Trust me, whoever the nominee is, that person will be subjected to the treatment Rick Perry is receiving now at WaPo.

This really is beyond the pale.

“Perry’s version of events differs in many respects from the recollections of seven people, interviewed by The Washington Post, who spoke in detail of their memories of seeing the rock with the name at various points during the years that Perry was associated with the property through his father, partners or his signature on a lease.”

You know you’re desperate to make a Republican look racist when you’re driving all over Texas to find people who knew Perry and saying, “sir, could you tell me what you remember about this rock.” And then you’re carefully comparing notes about how that rock looked 30 years ago.

The best part is all the anonymous sources who, the author helpfully mentions, refuse to identify themselves because they fear some unknown reprisals by an ex-Governor.

If this is fair game, then the LA Time damned well better release the tape they have of Obama calling for the death of all the Jews.

(No, I don’t know that the tape has that. But their burial of the tape leaves the content up to speculation, and given Obama’s associations, it’s a hell of a lot more valid than this piece of “reporting”.)

Long after the details are forgotten, the association will remain. This is a favored strategy of America’s left.

Through a selective history, a selective science, a selective reality, they influence perception to effect their preferred reality. It happens in America and around the world, and they have been progressively effective in controlling and exploiting people through this creative enterprise.

No, actually, this is a favored strategy of all left-wing ideologues and regimes. This is normally referred to as propaganda; but, it would rightly be referred to as progressive corruption.

This may be simply reverse psychology, but the “journalists” have not investigated each Republican candidate equally.

On a related note, other than Obama, are there any Democrat candidates for president?

I’d be a bit more impressed if Perry had a chance at being the nominee.

To me this looks like a “so there!” on someone already thoroughly out of the running. In other words, WaPo is brave enough to kick a man when he’s down. You know. The usual level of Leftist courage.

    workingclass artist in reply to Kerrvillian. | October 2, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    If Gov. Perry is “thoroughly out of the running” as you say why is he still picking up endorsements (the majority of agriculture commissioners)
    and raising money? Perry is doing fine in his townhalls speaking directly to voters. He’s being advised on foreign policy by John Bolton and Steve Forbes is on board with economic policy team.
    This election will be about the economy & that is Perry’s strength demonstrated in a lengthy record not a theory.

workingclass artist | October 2, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Hewitt nailed it when he called it driveby slander. The fact that Cain has picked it up and is trying to run with it is seriously misguided..especially since the author has a history of this type of journolism.

My cousin and her family moved to Washington D C two-three months ago. One of her kids’ teachers recommended that they subscribe to the Washington Post. I kid you not. I have begged her to subscribe to the Washington Examiner. And, I sent her this link to illustrate what a mouthpiece the WaPo is for the leftist/Marxist agenda. Keep exposing the WaPo and I’ll keep sending her the links.

DINORightMarie | October 2, 2011 at 1:27 pm

The politics of personal destruction. Alinsky 101.

Who would have guessed?

A great example what awaits the Republican candidate. The talk about Sarah Palin being ostracized by the LSM and therefore unelectable is classic example. They have investigated her so much and so well their is nothing left to print except the lies by Joe McGinnis and even NYT thought that overboard.

When the NYSlimes did an article on their interview with Jew hating Christiane Amanpour, they asked her what the favorite thing in her apartment was, to which she replied:

“A massive painting that I got in Iran, a few years ago, by Farideh Lashai, a friend who is also Iran’s pre-eminent abstract-experssionist painter. IT GIVES ME JOY EVERY TIME I WALK IN MY DOOR.”

What is that painting? Why, none other than two large twin towers burning.

Perhaps the good Professor will use in his “Saturday Night Race Card” entry Herman Cain’s playing the race card on Rick Perry in Cain’s interview with Amanpour.

Nah, never happen.

    Milhouse in reply to retire05. | October 3, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    What is that painting? Why, none other than two large twin towers burning.

    No, it isn’t. You can see that in it if you like, but it’s an outright lie to claim that that is the subject of the painting. Question: when was it painted?

Disappointing that Cain would buy into the LSM spin.

    workingclass artist in reply to rightConcept. | October 2, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    I would say it reveals an unfortunate characteristic of Herman Cain’s in that he is easily flattered & manipulated by the media. Cain has spent too long in the talk radio bubble and has never actually governed.

    On monday he admonished Boehner to fund FEMA now and find the money later…I’m thinking Harry Reid loved that.

    Cain also stated that nationalizing banks is a good idea. huh?

    His gaffe stream reveals the pattern. His PR spokesperson quit this week. He’s going on a book tour. He reveals no concept of long term campaign strategy but is more of a celebrity. His 999 plan is a “gimmick” that would raise taxes.
    In Texas alone sales tax would go up to 18%.

    Gov. Perry has landed John Bolton to advise his on Foreign Policy & Steve Forbes is on his economic advisory team.

    Cain is a populist and an opportunist & not a very politically smart one at that.

It appears it’s also the Big Story at Hot Air. The Romney-uber-alles crowd there has declared it OVER for Perry for this.

[…] Reverend Wright is off limits, but a painted-over rock is page 1 at WaPo – There is no story behind the headline. […]

Now, come ON Guys. Why are we surprised? Why are we worked up? Sure, it’s a phoney charge. Sure, it’s trumped up. Sure, it’s completely false, misleading, racist and melodramatic and another example of absolutely horrible badly written CIVIC journalism.

But please remember.

The Democrats are the party of racemongers. Their HERITAGE was racist so NATURALLY their world view is STILL racist, seeing everything through that prism.

And Rick Perry WAS a Democrat at the time.

So was his father.

I mean, KUDOS that they painted that rock over right away, but HEY!

It was all they knew, after all. They belonged to the party of racists.

That’s it. I have subscribed to the Washington Post for close to 2 decades, I cancelled my NYT subcription a couple of years ago, now the time has come for me to cancel the washington post, compost, as Levin calls it.

And it is a piece of compost, I read that entire article and then at the end of reading it, thought wtf? what the hell was the point of the article?

Never mind glossing over all of Obama’s racist behavior, past, past/current associations, all of that is off limits, but a freaking stupid rock that was painted over when Perry’s family bought the land, this is supposed to be a story?!

I would say shame on you Washington Post, but that would require they have a conscience, which they don’t, nor do they seem to have any real reporters, especially after reading this nonsense on their page 1. I suspect if they keep this up, and I don’t doubt they will, they will lose what’s left of their subscribers, they’ve certainly lost this one now.

Very disappointed in Mr.Cain. Maybe his new found popularity is getting to him, but very disappointed in him that he would fall for the race card being played by the MSM. I almost feel sorry for Perry, the lies spread about him, just amazing these people call themselves reporters, they are in fact one of those journ-o-lists from 2008 back doing what they did in 2008, covering and playing defense for their candidate.

I’m assuming most of the above commenters are from the city or back east.Where I’m from a large rock out in a field has always been called a nigerhead.Has nothing to do with black people.I don’t know where the term came from and don’t care!

I am sick and tired of Republicans being called racist. It is time for all of us to get together and condemn the MSM for this slander. Herman Cain needs to stop playing into the hands of the MSM. Cain threw Perry under the bus and furthered the Lefts narrative that all Republicans are racist. Cain should have applauded Perry for being the first one to paint over the offensive word and turn the rock over. Perry was the one who took action. cain needs to stop playing the MSM game, he knows better, he has been baited like this in his radio show for years.

    That’s why I find Cain’s response so surprising, he caught this race baiting trap on his radio show all the time and called it out.

    Here he did the opposite, very disappointed in Cain, I hope he apologizes to Perry and pounds the MSM for their lies and race baiting.

      Whatcha wanna make a bet Cain clarifies tomorrow? I didn’t hear the exact exchange, but Cain is a reasonable man and it sounds like he fell into it. I see Cain as capable of doing what Obama could have been capable of doing: tamping down the flames of race baiting.

      I bet he does.

        I don’t expect Cain to backtrack on this. When he was on Fox with Chris Wallace, Wallace was baiting him just like Amanpour did and Can fell right into Walace’s trap of making Cain sound like he was overtly calling Perry as “racist.”

        Before Perry got in the race, I was a Cainiac. I was hoping he would do well and show his moxie. Now, he has reduced himself to no better than Romney, in my view. I suspect this will hurt him with a lot of people who are tired of being labeled “racists” because they belong to a TEA Party or are Southern Republicans.

        Cain could have upped his image of being ever the gentleman by saying “Yeah, it was insensitive, but I understand Governor Perry’s parents painted over it and for that you have to give them credit.” He didn’t do that.

        Now, I curious as to what all you Palin fans have to say about this after you were so upset by the unfair (and yes, it was unfair) treatment Governor Palin received by the LSM. You have claimed that it was because the media, ruled by liberals, were afraid of her. Do you still hold that view and now think the liberals are afraid of Governor Perry, or does that opinion change depending on who the media is smearing?

          SmokeVanThorn in reply to retire05. | October 3, 2011 at 2:09 am

          You just can’t help yourself, can you? Perry is the victim of an egregious smear, and you regard it an opportunity to take a gratuitous swipe at Palin supporters.

          With friends like you, Perry doesn’t need enemies at the Post.

          retire05 in reply to retire05. | October 3, 2011 at 11:34 am

          SmokeVanThorn, when the media landed in Wasilla, Alaska like a flock of buzzards, looking for something, anything, to trash Sarah Palin over, I found it disgusting. I agreed with Palin fans that she was being unfairly targeted (can I say that?) by the media who were out to destroy her any way possible.

          And her followers were quite vocal over that shameful treatment, rightfully so. But now you seem to think it is unreasonable for me to expect them to be just as vocal as the media sets out to destroy Rick Perry?

          Yes, I expect Palin supporters to be just as vocal now as they were then, no matter who the GOP candidate is that the media is attempting to destroy. And if they don’t, if and when Palin decides to get in the race, the supporters of other candidates will remember that.

          Or is that just too much to ask from you?

One thing I would like to clear up; first, only a yankee would call it a “hunting” spot. It’s a deer lease. So let me explain to you how a deer lease works:

first, you make arrangements with the owner to drive the lease. Then, if it is the lease you want, you pay for it. Most of the time the lease permits you entry to the property for a limited time, during deer season, bow and gun, and certain weekends in order to set up blinds, repair the cabin, if there is one (a cabin can be anything from a regular small house to a clap-board shack)and set up your deer feeders.

A 1,000 acre deer lease ususally has no more than 7-10 guns (that is what you call people who hunt there; guns) on the property. No one, not even wives and children, are allowed on the lease unless the owner gives specific permission.

It is quite possible, having been on a number of leases, usually down around Bracketville, Hondo or Uvalde, that once the Perrys signed the lease they were not allowed on the property for a good while. It is quite possible that Rick Perry did not know about the rock until deer season as he said he called his folks and told them about it and his mom and dad went and painted it. All of this was 28 years ago.

If anyone knows anything about rocks, you can paint them, but it will eventually wear off just from the elements. Think old barns whose paint has faded just from the weather. A rock is no different.

What bothers me is that the rock was there, painted with a word the press deems “racist” (and yes, that’s what they are indicating) and all these anonymous people knew it was there but they, the anons, never asked the owner of the property to paint it over or do something about it. Yet, they claim Perry is at fault. If something like that existed in my small central Texas community in 1983, it would have soon gotten a coat of Rustoleum.

Herman Cain tried to play the race card, and for as much as I liked him, I think it will come back to bite him. Just as it will with anyone who becomes the front runner. I thought Cain was more saavy than that. I guess not.

    Cain isn’t a politician. He’s fallen several times into media traps. I don’t think this will be the last time. That’s part of what we like about him. He’s not a politician.

    As to your point about Palin. It’s immaterial. The media/leftists have the long knives out for any conservative and/or Republican. They just particularly enjoy carving up an attractive conservative female.

    It’s pretty sick.

workingclass artist | October 3, 2011 at 9:58 am

Cain continues to be played by the media and has become gaffetastic. He nuked the fridge on this with a fellow GOP contender.

2nd Ammendment Mother | October 3, 2011 at 11:58 am

I’m late to the party on this one, but there is quite a bit more that doesn’t “play” in this story. In the first place, Throckmorton, Texas IS the middle of nowhere – by the standards of people who live “in the middle of nowhere” with a population under 1000 people. That must explain why the author didn’t actually go down to visit herself. McCrummen fails to mention that about the only industry in Throckmorton or Haskell from 1880- 1970 was farming and ranching. The oil industry expanded employment in the 70’s and 80’s, but the bust in 85 hit the smaller towns harder than elsewhere. McCrummen’s attempt to portray the community as somehow more backwards than it is or was is pathetic. In fact, it was probably a little bit better (and much safer) than living in the major cities during that era.

IMHO, McCrummen has slandered the residents of Throckmorton and Haskell Counties and owes them a public and written apology for the slander job she has done on them from 2000 miles away. I suspect that the media is about to learn that rural west Texas is about to become much less hospitable to out of towners. It’s definitely not Crawford.

As for Cain, I watched both interviews. He was well prepared, on topic, and didn’t allow the reporters to “control” his narrative. And he got hit on a “gotcha question – it was about the only weak point I saw in either interview. He did qualify his comments with “if this happened as I have been told” which at the time the only info his campaign probably had was the WaPo article. More important is whether he and Perry will pick up the phones and have a discussion on the facts without the media in the middle of it. You know that thing that grown ups do.

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