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:
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 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.