Now, four years later, Barack Obama is running for re-election. Once again Democrats and the liberal news media are defining what can be said about the President. It seems that Mitt Romney better not call him angry or he is engaging in racism. According to liberal talking head Toure of MSNBC, Romney promoted the “ni..erization” of Obama by calling him “angry.” Toure’s MSNBC colleague agreed and said that Romney’s comments were definitely “loaded.”
At a campaign rally in Ohio, Romney said that the President should “take [his] campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago.” Romney was reacting with outrage to the comments of Vice President Joe Biden who claimed that Republicans want to put “y’all back in chains.” Biden was speaking to a predominantly African American audience in Virginia and making a strong insinuation that Republicans wanted to reinstate slavery.
Instead of blasting Biden, Toure and his MSNBC cohorts launched into a tirade against Mitt Romney for defending his campaign and his party. According to Toure, Romney is “really trying to use racial coding and access some really deep stereotypes about the angry black man. This is part of the playbook against Obama, the ‘otherization,’ he’s not like us.”
Such analysis is both ridiculous and quite convenient for Democrats. It severely limits how Republicans can respond to Obama for fear of being called a racist.
Romney had every right to condemn Biden’s reprehensible rhetoric. Asserting that Republicans want to put African Americans in “chains” is divisive, hateful and angry. The focus of outrage should rest squarely on Joe Biden’s shoulders for making another inappropriate and inaccurate remark. Sadly, most of the news media and Democrats were unconcerned by the Vice President’s heated rhetoric. Not surprisingly, these same biased arbiters of campaign conduct found Romney’s proper outrage indeed racist.
The news media is trying to dictate how Republicans campaign against Barack Obama. For example, they better not use his full name or call him angry. Clearly, they want to stifle discussion because they feel Obama needs to be protected as an African American. In fact, such a protective attitude is racist for candidates of all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds should be treated equally.
The media is so accustomed to protecting and promoting Barack Obama and the Democratic Party that they are incapable of fair and balanced coverage.
To its credit, the Romney campaign has complained to MSNBC about Toure’s unfair charges, but it will ultimately not lead to a change in coverage. MSNBC, as well as CNN and the broadcast news operations are working together to bolster the Obama campaign. They are assisted by reporters from most newspapers and news magazines who share a strong liberal outlook.
With the exception of talk radio, certain Internet sites and Fox News, the media will create one obstacle after another for Mitt Romney over the remainder of the race. This fits the media’s historical pattern of liberal activism.
If Romney is going to win the presidency, he will do it against the fervent opposition of the Obama campaign and their strongest supporters, the news media.
Jeff Crouere is a native of New Orleans, LA and he is the host of a Louisiana based program, “Ringside Politics,” which airs at 7:30 p.m. Fri. and 10:00 p.m. Sun. on WLAE-TV 32, a PBS station, and 7 till 11 a.m.weekdays on WGSO 990 AM in New Orleans and the Northshore. For more information, visit his web site at www.ringsidepolitics.com. E-mail him at [email protected].