Media Pounces On Reports of Black Staffers Leaving the RNC
Headlines vs the full story
As I was reading through my newsfeeds, I kept seeing this story about “black staffers” leaving the RNC in droves. It sounded ominous, like everything the mainstream media and progressive left have been saying was playing out in a mass exodus of black Republicans from the party.
Here are some of the headlines:
Yet Another Top African American Staffer Departs RNC
from the Sun Times:
RNC Losing Top Black Staffer
from Huffington Post:
Top Black Staffers Leave The Republican National Committee
However, once you follow the link and read the stories, these black staffers are simply moving on to new and greener pastures, often within the GOP or in more lucrative media roles. For example, the subject of the stories above is Kristal Quarker-Hartsfield, the national director of African-American Initiatives at the RNC, and she “is leaving the organization to work for Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) as his director of intergovernmental affairs.”
Asked about her decision to depart, Quarker-Hartsfield told HuffPost, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the RNC. It has been an honor to work for Chairman Priebus during an exciting time in politics. It has been exciting to have a front row seat to a national Republican movement to maintain the House and win back the Senate. Chairman Priebus is an innovative leader who empowers his team, and serves my Party as a humble servant leader.”
Other black staffers who’ve left the RNC, but not the party, are “Orlando Watson, communications director for black media, and Tara Wall and Raffi Williams, son of Fox News political analyst Juan Williams, [who] both left their press positions at the RNC late last year.” None of whom have been critical of the RNC or of the GOP.
That doesn’t stop the suggestive headlines, though, and these headlines do what they are intended to do: make the GOP seem racist or unwelcoming to black conservatives.
The racist @GOP @Gopcant even pay black people to work for them. Effects of @realDonaldTrump https://t.co/uMJucxHlra
— LocalSeotips (@localseotips) April 2, 2016
Big Tent: "That there has been a mass exodus of Black staff from the #RNC is undeniable" https://t.co/nZah2DMThq
— Justine unSafe (@FL_narcissist) April 1, 2016
Quelle surprise… "Quarker-Hartsfield joins several other staffers of color who have departed the RNC recently." https://t.co/N2Cozzwets
— Joshua Holland (@JoshuaHol) March 31, 2016
Sure, these headlines are click bait, but they serve an even more crucial purpose in reinforcing the pervasive RAAACIST image of the GOP.
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Headlines vs the full story…
If the RNC tries to draft Paul Ryan, both white and black voters will be leaving the GOP.
Those that are left…
Lies by omission are still lies. There is a reason that the traditional media – of whatever political bent – is seeing it’s viewership/readership crater. As for me…
20 years newsmagazine-free
15 years newspaper-free
13 years radio-free
7 years cable-free
At this point, I get all of my news from places like Legal Insurrection, Patterico, Moonbattery, Instapundit, etc. and the occasional link to a traditional-media story.
Media Headlines concocted to misinform? Imagine that.
The story depends on the reader’s assumption that blacks do not normally change jobs, or have varied careers like white people are expected to do. For those who are looking for racism, that’s the real thing.
Excellent point, Valerie. Much of the leftist “defense” of black people involves the automatic assumption that black people are inferior in some way. Even knowing this, I was completely shocked when prominent leftists were tweeting that Clarence Thomas is only the Supreme Court because of affirmative action during the affirmative action case last year. The implication being, of course, that without government help, Thomas was too stupid to earn his place on the Court (as he so clearly did).
Progressive policies and ideology is often inherently racist. Just look at the way that Islamists are coddled and excused . . . they don’t “know better,” they just need jobs and classes on how not to rape children. If they weren’t so inferior, we’d be really angry about their stance on gays, women, religion, etc. Pathetic and yes, transparent, racism.
If we are all equal we should all be held to some least common denominator of behavior.
I don’t understand why they wait for someone to actually change jobs. The story is just as good (ONLY just as good) if they simply make up the whole idea.
Do the folks in DC share one brain?
It takes HEADLINES to “make the GOP seem racist or unwelcoming to black conservatives”???? Oh, my sides, I can’t even… http://tinyurl.com/h4mwvyz