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Unfortunately that “relentless dog whistle” may be something MSNBC viewers will have to experience by watching another network. A report by the website redalertpolitics.com reveals just how far MSNBC is willing to go in order to maintain the meme that Republicans hate minorities. Whether by accident or design, the network somehow managed to cut all the speeches made by black and Hispanic Republicans from its coverage of the GOP convention. When Texas Senate candidate and Tea Party favorite Joe Cruz began to speak, they cut away. They stayed on commercial when former black Democrat-turned-Republican Rep. Artur Davis spoke. Puerto Rican Governor Luis Fortuno’s wife Luce’ Vela Fortuño speech was left in the background while hosts Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews talked over it. Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, and Utah’s black congressional candidate, Mia Love, were also ignored, despite Love giving one of the best speeches of the night. (A copy of that speech can be found here.)
A combination of the Republican convention and Hurricane Isaac was fodder for others as well. Last Sunday, NBC’s chief White House correspondent, Chuck Todd, noted that “as this storm moves closer to Louisiana, the specter, the sort of shadow of Bush and Katrina does hang over this convention.” NBC’s Andrea Mitchell echoed Todd’s assessment, contending that there is “a political challenge here with this approaching storm, especially for the Republicans. No one here can easily forget the iconic picture of President Bush flying on Air Force One … looking down at New Orleans during Katrina.”
Tuesday’s New York Times stayed with that idea when it contended that “Tropical Storm Isaac is more than just a logistical inconvenience for Republicans gathered in Tampa: it is a powerful reminder both of Republican incompetence in handling Hurricane Katrina seven years ago, and the party’s no-less-disastrous plans to further cut emergency-related spending.” The paper further noted that it is “hard to forget what happened to New Orleans when that Republican philosophy was followed in 2005, and it will be harder still to explain how it might be allowed to happen again.”
Yet all of them were one-upped by Yahoo! News Washington bureau chief David Chalian. As reported to Newsbusters by ABC News’s Julie Townsend.
Chalian was identified as the person who proclaimed accidently during a Monday night ABC Internet broadcast that Mitt Romney and his wife Ann were unconcerned about the people of New Orleans, who were enduring Hurricane Isaac at the time. “They are happy to have a party when black people drown,” said Chalian.
The message here is clear. It is a re-iteration of the media-fueled accusations that Bush’s response to Hurricane Katrina was racist in nature, regardless of the utter falsity of those accusations. Furthermore, this so-called “Republican philosophy” — as opposed to the stunning incompetence of Democrat New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and former Democrat Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco — extends to Mitt Romney and the rest of the Republicans, who have done nothing more than hold their convention during a storm.
Movie stars saying stupid things is nothing new. With rare exceptions, their overwhelming need for attention inevitably trumps anything resembling common sense and common decency. Yet the efforts of the so-called mainstream media to portray Republicans as hateful uncaring racists, whether by commission or omission, is a constant reminder that coverage of this presidential election will be as slanted as any in history.
Arthur Brisbane, in his final column for the New York Times, noted the newspaper’s “political and cultural progressivism…bleeds through the fabric” of the paper. ABC’s Jake Tapper says the media “tipped the scales” for Obama in the 2008 campaign. As evidenced here, the bleeding is getting heavier, and those scales remain tipped even further toward the left. As such, there is no limit to unfounded accusations directed towards Republicans that will be reached prior to election day. When there’s an election to tilt, truth is the ultimate casualty.
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