Accuracy in Media

The media’s coverage of the inflammatory remarks by Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin this week have only served to reinforce the notion that the mainstream media has a liberal bias.

During a speech in Harlem New York at a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day event she said “When you look at the way the House of Representatives has been run, it has been run like a plantation, and you know what I’m talking about,” then continued on by saying “It has been run in a way so that nobody with a contrary view has had a chance to present legislation, to make an argument, to be heard.”

The use of the word plantation was Hillary’s way of using the race card without directly calling republicans racists. Did the media make the connection? No, because they couldn’t bring themselves to accuse a liberal of using the race card and instead gave us  Rev. Al Sharpton and Sen. Barack Obama to interpret what she meant when she said plantation. When you have to do that, you are in damage control mode. One member of the liberal media who wasn’t buying it was MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews who questioned Sharpton on his show about his defense of Clinton’s remarks. When Matthews told Sharpton that it wasn’t a matter of free speech but of slavery Sharpton accused Matthews of playing games with the word. The only person playing games was Sharpton as he tried to redefine the word plantation.

Then there is New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin who said in essence that God is surely mad at black America and that the city of New Orleans will once again be a “chocolate” city. He didn’t make things any better when he tried to clarify his remarks by saying “How do you make chocolate? You take dark chocolate, you mix it with white milk, and it becomes a delicious drink. That is the chocolate I am talking about.” At least Nagin apologized.

Compare the treatment Clinton and Nagin received to that that of Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) who when speaking at Sen. Strom Thurmond’s (R-SC) 100th birthday party in 2002 made the following remarks; “I want to say this about my state: When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We’re proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years, either.” Lott was forced to issue a written apology and stepped down as Senate Majority Leader as well as a result of intense pressure from the media.

I do want to thank Clinton and Nagin for enlightening me and bringing new meaning to the words plantation and chocolate.

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