They all look alike to the press

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They all look alike to the press

Glenn Reynolds and Steve Den Beste are both com­ment­ing on the press’ and Obama, Den Bestie whose long essay’s I’ve missed says the for­bid­den word

What I found par­tic­u­larly inter­est­ing about Murphy’s arti­cle was the word that wasn’t there. It’s the word that no one wants to say. But I don’t give a damn, and I’ll say (or write) it:

Black”.

He elab­o­rates:

And so, when in 2007 it became clear that Obama had a gen­uine shot at becom­ing pres­i­dent, no left wing reporter or news out­let (which is to say, pretty much all of them) wanted to become known as the one who shot Obama down and ruined his chances for election.

Obama got a free ride from the press because he is black. That’s what no one wants to admit. He is the ulti­mate exam­ple of affir­ma­tive action.

I think it’s actu­ally more than that, it wasn’t just a ques­tion of affir­ma­tive action it was a ques­tion of the press liv­ing their “dream” of mak­ing a difference.

Yes­ter­day in Lex­ing­ton Andrew Bre­it­bart talked about how once the press were a lower mid­dle class group that hung in a neigh­bor­hood bar, now they are upper class who grad­u­ate from elite uni­ver­si­ties and believe them­selves smarter.

Because of their “edu­ca­tion” in the wrong­ness of Amer­ica many of them entered jour­nal­ism to “make a dif­fer­ence” and Barack Obama was the ulti­mate expres­sion of this.

This was the moment that by their actions the press would change Amer­ica, it would fun­da­men­tal trans­form the way the coun­try dealt with race, this would be the Jackie Robin­son moment not for Major League Base­ball but for the whole country.

The Robin­son image and moment is ven­er­ated in the press, and the media wanted to play the part of Branch Rickey, but unlike Rickey they didn’t prac­tice due diligence.

Rickey took his time to find the right player, the per­son not only with the base­ball skills nec­es­sary but with the tem­pera­ment and heart to succeed.

The main­stream media not being Branch Rickey instead acted with their heart and instead of find­ing a can­di­date with the qual­i­fi­ca­tions and the tem­pera­ment, instead found a can­di­date it could sell to the public.

I’ve sug­gested in the past that Obama is Pump­sie Green and but was sold to us as Jackie Robin­son, but on reflec­tion I think it goes deeper than that.

I think the press had Pump­sie Green in front of them but saw Jackie Robin­son. They deceived them­selves and more­over wanted to be deceived. As far was the press was con­cerned their desire for the polit­i­cal equiv­a­lent of Jackie Robin­son blinded them to the point where any semi-​qualified black can­di­date became Jackie

So nat­u­rally when some of us on the right objected to a per­son who was totally unqual­i­fied for office the press went wild, because it directly chal­lenged their illu­sion and cried racism when it was just the opposite.

We on the right saw not a black man, but an unqual­i­fied inex­pe­ri­enced Chicago pol who just hap­pened to be black. The press mean­while saw not an indi­vid­ual but a sym­bol, it didn’t actu­ally mat­ter who he was, it mat­tered that he was. Or to put it bluntly, they couldn’t tell Jackie Robin­son from Pump­sie Green because “they all looked alike to them.”

If Branch Rickey had done this in 47 the majors might still not be integrated.

Now the blind­ers are off, the press sees a .230 hit­ter with a lit­tle range that is there instead of an all-​star with one of the best base­ball minds in the game and an incred­i­ble desire to win.

The ques­tion now is, when do they bench him or do they wait till they are elim­i­nated because of their emo­tional investment?

As I’ve said that will be the story of 2012.

Update: Should have linked to the base story here.

Glenn Reynolds and Steve Den Beste are both commenting on the press’ and Obama, Den Bestie whose long essay’s I’ve missed says the forbidden word

What I found particularly interesting about Murphy’s article was the word that wasn’t there. It’s the word that no one wants to say. But I don’t give a damn, and I’ll say (or write) it:

“Black”.

He elaborates:

And so, when in 2007 it became clear that Obama had a genuine shot at becoming president, no left wing reporter or news outlet (which is to say, pretty much all of them) wanted to become known as the one who shot Obama down and ruined his chances for election.

Obama got a free ride from the press because he is black. That’s what no one wants to admit. He is the ultimate example of affirmative action.

I think it’s actually more than that, it wasn’t just a question of affirmative action it was a question of the press living their “dream” of making a difference.

Yesterday in Lexington Andrew Breitbart talked about how once the press were a lower middle class group that hung in a neighborhood bar, now they are upper class who graduate from elite universities and believe themselves smarter.

Because of their “education” in the wrongness of America many of them entered journalism to “make a difference” and Barack Obama was the ultimate expression of this.

This was the moment that by their actions the press would change America, it would fundamental transform the way the country dealt with race, this would be the Jackie Robinson moment not for Major League Baseball but for the whole country.

The Robinson image and moment is venerated in the press, and the media wanted to play the part of Branch Rickey, but unlike Rickey they didn’t practice due diligence.

Rickey took his time to find the right player, the person not only with the baseball skills necessary but with the temperament and heart to succeed.

The mainstream media not being Branch Rickey instead acted with their heart and instead of finding a candidate with the qualifications and the temperament, instead found a candidate it could sell to the public.

I’ve suggested in the past that Obama is Pumpsie Green and but was sold to us as Jackie Robinson, but on reflection I think it goes deeper than that.

I think the press had Pumpsie Green in front of them but saw Jackie Robinson. They deceived themselves and moreover wanted to be deceived. As far was the press was concerned their desire for the political equivalent of Jackie Robinson blinded them to the point where any semi-qualified black candidate became Jackie

So naturally when some of us on the right objected to a person who was totally unqualified for office the press went wild, because it directly challenged their illusion and cried racism when it was just the opposite.

We on the right saw not a black man, but an unqualified inexperienced Chicago pol who just happened to be black. The press meanwhile saw not an individual but a symbol, it didn’t actually matter who he was, it mattered that he was. Or to put it bluntly, they couldn’t tell Jackie Robinson from Pumpsie Green because “they all looked alike to them.”

If Branch Rickey had done this in 47 the majors might still not be integrated.

Now the blinders are off, the press sees a .230 hitter with a little range that is there instead of an all-star with one of the best baseball minds in the game and an incredible desire to win.

The question now is, when do they bench him or do they wait till they are eliminated because of their emotional investment?

As I’ve said that will be the story of 2012.

Update: Should have linked to the base story here.