The [Thursday] Papers
The fact of the matter is that Jesse Jackson is right: Barack Obama talks down to (poor) black people. His Bill Cosby routine is downright offensive and positively Reaganistic. See, if poor blacks just wouldn't spend all their money at Popeye's maybe they'd make something of themselves!
I've written before about this here, but Obama hasn't been challenged on the point by the media because, by and large, they agree with the message. It's been a long time since the media championed the poor - the afflicted, if you will - instead of, um, afflicting them.
Not only that, but as I've pointed out (see the item "Father's Day Farce"), Obama has by his own account been missing-in-action as a father - and he's had a wealth of opportunities his poor brethren haven't had.
Jesse Jackson feels bad because he - I believe - sincerely doesn't want to hurt Obama's campaign. But the words he uttered reflect - I'm sure - his true beliefs. And he's right.
The White-Hot Center
Interestingly, though, Jesse Jackson said the same thing as Nader months earlier.
It was Junior who (see the item "Junior Judgement") said "[Hillary's] tears also have to be analyzed" when we know factually that there were no tears, and even if there were, please!
Junior also chastised Hillary for not showing similar (non-teary?) emotion over Hurricane Katrina.
The truth is that the Clintons - neither of whom I have ever voted for - have worked on behalf of civil rights for decades. Obama hasn't. And that's why folks like Susie Tompkins Buell are so upset over the Obama campaign.
(1) What Barack Obama is doing on Issue X is wrong, indefensible and worthy of extreme criticism;
Which isn't to say I'm casting my vote for Obama. Or McCain. It's just to make a point.
"Democrats Phoning It In
"News Item: House, Senate Democrats join Republicans to pass FISA bill with immunity for phone companies.
"The Democrats do what they can in the midst of the continuing nationwide shortage of spine donors.
"Can you hear him now?
"A statement from Barack Obama campaign in October:
"'To be clear, Barack will support a filibuster of any bill that includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies.'
"Good. Just so we have it clear."
The Old Politics
Most Cynical Campaign Ever
I'm getting ready to say I told you so, but I just haven't had the time yet to put it together in quite the way I want to. But if you've been paying attention the last couple of weeks, you already get it.
Race to the Bottom
DNA Implicates Media
It's not like the public came to that conclusion on its own. Blame the media. And add the Ramseys to the list that includes Richard Jewell, Steven Hatfill, Wen Ho Lee and many others across the country. And who the hell knows about Drew Peterson and Craig Stebic?
J101: Suspects shall not be named until they are charged. And even then, proper skepticism shall be directed at law enforcement.
* I expressed my continual amazement on Chicago Tonight the other night that our local papers still haven't integrated their print and online operations. What? It's the same newsroom, dillweeds.
Now comes the Washington Post's new editor and guess what his biggest challenge is? It just makes me tired.
* "People need to stop looking at TBO.com as an add-on to The Tampa Tribune," the editor there said recently. "The truth is that The Tampa Tribune is an add-on to TBO."
In the wake of which, the newsroom is directing its ire on an intern (click on the link above and read the whole thing) who gets it far more than they do.
The View From Oakland
Once again, the "real" news follows The Onion.
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Posted on July 10, 2008
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