Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Why I Hate the Press, Redux

Richard Cohen - Obama's Farrakhan Test - washingtonpost.com: Barack Obama is a member of Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ. Its minister, and Obama's spiritual adviser, is the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. In 1982, the church launched Trumpet Newsmagazine; Wright's daughters serve as publisher and executive editor. Every year, the magazine makes awards in various categories. Last year, it gave the Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Trumpeter Award to a man it said 'truly epitomized greatness.' That man is Louis Farrakhan....

...It's important to state right off that nothing in Obama's record suggests he harbors anti-Semitic views or agrees with Wright when it comes to Farrakhan. Instead, as Obama's top campaign aide, David Axelrod, points out, Obama often has said that he and his minister sometimes disagree. Farrakhan, Axelrod told me, is one of those instances.

Fine. But where I differ with Axelrod and, I assume, Obama is that praise for an anti-Semitic demagogue is not a minor difference or an intrachurch issue. The Obama camp takes the view that its candidate, now that he has been told about the award, is under no obligation to speak out on the Farrakhan matter. It was not Obama's church that made the award but a magazine. This is a distinction without much of a difference. And given who the parishioner is, the obligation to speak out is all the greater. He could be the next American president. Where is his sense of outrage?

So the daughters of the minister of Obama's church endorse the egregious Louis Farrakhan. Obama has already he said he disagrees with said minister's opinions on Farrakhan. But this Cohen idiot has his panties in a bunch because....why? Just expressing disagreement is not enough to make Richard goddamn Cohen comfortable that Obama has enough outrage to suit him.

I guess he won't be happy till Obama literally spits in Farrakhan's face and pisses on his shoes. Because, as we know, every time a black person says or does something stupid, Barack Obama is required to openly deplore it, and to dance that dance until white people are happy with the length and sincerity of the deploring.

Pheh. Is anyone asking any of the Republican candidates to distance themselves from the hateful bullshit of Republican supporters like Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin? Hell, no.

Barack Obama has, so far, been canny enough to avoid playing some of the usual games the press has tried to run on him. I hope he not only refuses to play this one, but to ask the next ninny who asks him to "speak out" against Louis Farrakhan why he's not asking Mitt Romney to "speak out" against his hate-filled supporter Ann Coulter.


Jim Winter said...

"Is anyone asking any of the Republican candidates to distance themselves from the hateful bullshit of Republican supporters like Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin?"

On the flip side of that, does anyone even mention Ann Coulter anymore? I'd assumed her books had become the Borders equivalent of a Rob Schneider movie. People pay mainly to see the trainwreck.

Anonymous said...

And, maybe I don't read the right news, but this is the first time I've seen anything about Farrakhan in a long time as well.

Isn't it November yet?

David Terrenoire said...

Cohen is the guy who was shocked that WMDs weren't found in Iraq because all the people he has dinner with thought they were there.

Yes, that's right. He used his dinner companions as his source to go to war.

How stupid, exactly, do you have to be before the Post comes in and takes away your keyboard?

It's enough to make Jesus drink himself to sleep.

Anonymous said...

The media hasn't called Ron Paul out on his fellow travelers, either. They're even more odious than Malkin and Coulter (which takes some effort).

JD Rhoades said...

Norby: you're right Farrakhan hasn't been in the public eye much lately. I seem to recall hearing he'd been ill.
Of course he still remains the bugbear that white pundits like to pull out and wave around whenever a black politician seems to be gaining traction.