Yes, Liberal Journalists Did Manipulate The 2008 Election
I’ll admit it, I was wrong about The Daily Caller when I called it a failure several months ago.
In the past months The Daily Caller has done a good job on a variety of issues, particularly exposing the Journolist, a group of liberal mainstream media reporters and bloggers.
We all knew the mainstream media to be in cahoots with the Democratic Party, and the liberal blogosphere even more so.
But the e-mails obtained by The Daily Caller reveal an even more sordid conspiracy.
In 2008, the Journolist was intimately involved in trying to squelch the Reverend Wright controversy by smearing opponents of Barack Obama as racist:
In one instance, Spencer Ackerman of the Washington Independent urged his colleagues to deflect attention from Obama’s relationship with Wright by changing the subject. Pick one of Obama’s conservative critics, Ackerman wrote, “Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists.” …
[quoting Ackerman’s e-mail, the article continues]
I do not endorse a Popular Front, nor do I think you need to. It’s not necessary to jump to Wright-qua-Wright’s defense. What is necessary is to raise the cost on the right of going after the left. In other words, find a rightwinger’s [sic] and smash it through a plate-glass window. Take a snapshot of the bleeding mess and send it out in a Christmas card to let the right know that it needs to live in a state of constant fear. Obviously I mean this rhetorically.
And I think this threads the needle. If the right forces us all to either defend Wright or tear him down, no matter what we choose, we lose the game they’ve put upon us. Instead, take one of them — Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists. Ask: why do they have such a deep-seated problem with a black politician who unites the country? What lurks behind those problems? This makes *them* sputter with rage, which in turn leads to overreaction and self-destruction.
Towards the end of the 2008 election, I wrote:
But the race card has worked again. McCain is afraid to attack the Wright/Obama connection for fear of being called racist.
It is the stifling of legitimate debate which is fueling anger throughout the country. We are on the verge of electing a president who built his political career on the backs of race-baiters and anti-american zealots, and we can’t talk about it out of fear of being called “racist.”
The suppression of legitimate political expression through false accusations of racism by the Obama campaign and its supporters is the defining theme of the 2008 campaign. This tactic, while it may be successful, is shameful and has damaged our society in ways we may not understand for years.
The story is not just that liberal journalists are a bunch of conspiring liars and frauds.
The real story is that liberal journalists manipulated the 2008 election by actively campaigning in secret for Barack Obama, and stifling debate on critical issues by smearing opponents as racist.
This is no joke. We now are paying the price, both in the destruction of our economy and standing in the world, and the continued race-card playing antics of groups like Think Progress and the NAACP. The race card tactic was so successful in 2008, that it is being tried again and again.
Don’t get mad, get even … at the polls. Remember November.
Update: Another must read, Thomas Sowell, Race Card Fraud
The Banality Of Fabricated Accusations of Racism
NAACP Passes “Tea Party Is Racism” Resolution
“Race” As Political Weapon
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I routinely get accused of being a conspiracy theorist on blogs so it is reassuring to see you using that word Professor.
Speaking of conspiracies, why isn't the following story not the biggest story of the last ten years?
Wachovia gets caught laundering almost $400B dollars of Mexican drug cartel money (one-third of the Mexican economy) and not a blip anywhere in the media?
How many times have I tried to explain why banks insist on being "too big to fail"? Why do they have to be big at all? They keep citing "international competitiveness" as the reason but is money laundering that reason?
Think snakes eating pigs. Drug cartel money is a very big pig to swallow and banks have to be very big snakes indeed to swallow such pigs without being detected. God knows that bankers and regulators aren't interested in doing their jobs when it comes to that kind of money.
i wonder, did ackerman ever call any conservative commentators a racist.
it would seem this email would be proof of malice, which is most likely necessary in a defamation suit.
Here's one case of Spencer Ackerman using the racist slur:
the washington independent is down today, no doubt other's like me trying to find others.
When the GOP regains the Exec Branch in 2012 (after taking back the Leg branch this year), can the DOJ go after the JournoListers?
And when the GOP owns the Exec branch, they can call ezra klein to open up his records on the JournList.
It will be a fun few years, if you're not a liberal (or hiding your Liberalism) journalist.
Eeap the whirlwind folks, fun times ahead.
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