Friday, May 16, 2008

Backlash Against Media Smears in the Heartland

The media narrative on the primaries in Indiana and West Virginia hinted at racism as the reason why Obama lost. There are plenty of Hoosiers and Mountaineers who won't take that charge lying down.
May 16, 2008 - by Ari Kaufman

link to article at Pajamas Media

. . . Latest numbers show that well over 90% of Americans are upset by the racism of Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Combine that with Obama’s hard left politics and connections with radical organizations and you have the source of many Americans’ anger. This is why polls show nearly half of Hoosier Democrats, as in most states, now find Obama untrustworthy. Race is rarely mentioned, unless the media is doing so. And again, to his credit, Obama agrees. Only one in six West Virginians said race played a factor when they voted Tuesday. Indiana’s numbers were the same.

Many have simply judged the content of Mr. Obama’s character or his lack of leadership experience. On that basis, they believe he is unqualified for the highest office in the world. Most folks I know who do not support Obama would gladly vote for a black man if he were the right person. Most often, names like Colin Powell, J.C. Watts, Lynn Swann, Alan Keyes, Condoleezza Rice, Thomas Sowell, and Walter Williams come up, as they do in Merida’s piece toward the end.

Will this election reach the point where any and all criticism or opposition to Barack Obama will be labeled “racism”? It seems the Illinois senator still prefers to avoid that. What the Washington Post article — by dropping in nothing more than a few random stories — really shows is that if Obama ultimately loses in the fall, it will be due to his views, inexperience, and lack of authenticity, not because of his skin color.

Seems Barack knows this, as do most Hoosiers and Americans. It’s time for the media to admit it, too.

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