Years ago when I was doing the Media Watch for another site (it buzzes and flashes), I used to write snarky comments about Bill O’Reilly (whom I dubbed “The Ego”) several times a week. So, it’s with a sense of great irony that I’m writing about his show tonight (Wednesday, 7/9) without the snark being aimed at him.
He had two segments that had me shaking my head over the utterly ridiculous state we’re in these days.
First, he showed the clip of Jesse Jackson dissing Obama. (See link to video at the end of this post.) My mother had told me that Jackson had apologized so I was in for a real surprise when I saw the clip. As much as Clarence Page and Warren Ballentine wanted to smooth the whole thing out, I think Jackson knew exactly what he was saying. How can it be a “misspeak” when you are whispering under your breath to another person that you think Obama is “talking down to blacks” with this faith-based stuff and you finish off with “I want cut his nuts off”???
I had to laugh when O’Reilly, playing devil’s advocate, offered the suggestion that there might be a “rivalry thing” going on between Jackson and Obama. Frankly, I think there’s more than rivalry there.
In my post a month ago entitled “A Party Held HOSTAGE: Michele Obama Wasn’t Alone in Her Hostility at the Rainbow/PUSH Conference in 2004–Protests Against Jesse Jackson, Threats Against Democrats/Kerry By Ministers in an Eerie Preview of the Rev. Wright Episode” I discussed the atmosphere at the 2004 Rainbow/PUSH Coalition Conference where “about 100 African-American religious and community leaders gathered on a sidewalk outside the conference to protest Jackson for being the black community’s ‘worst nightmare'” while John Kerry spoke to the Conference. Protestors said that Jackson did not represent black America.
The ouspoken Pastor Anthony Williams of Chicago’s St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church was quoted saying:
“We are letting the Democratic Party know — from a state, county and federal level — that the black vote is not for sale. I will vote for Mickey Mouse before I vote for John Kerry…
“The African American community has historically got nothing (from supporting the Democratic Party) — a precious few has gotten something like these old civil rights organizations and people like Jesse,” Williams said.
“We have been taken for granted because of people like Jesse. His day is over with,” he added.
But protestor Williams was not persuaded that blacks have no other option except to vote for the Democratic Party.
I say, ‘Guess what? We can go fishing on Election Day, and let’s see what is going to happen to Mr. Kerry then,” Williams said. “I will just encourage my congregation of 3000 people to go fishing.”
In the context of this history, I figure that this is not just “rivalry.” Jackson has been a tepid supporter of Obama at best…and sure, there is a generational thing, as Ballentine pointed out. But I don’t think that’s the whole story, either. Jackson has been subjected to vilification by the same sort of preachers that Obama has followed. For Jackson, it’s all about the respect. Like Hillary Clinton, he’s not getting it. And neither is the Democratic Party. As I concluded in the above piece:
Wow. Doesn’t a lot of this sound real familiar?? Seems like the Democratic Party has been sitting on this volcano since 2004. And Williams’ was calling Democrats racists in 2005. Doesn’t all this this sound like the Democratic Party has been held HOSTAGE and that 2008 is all about appeasement?? (With just window-dressing with “image” and no real action on real concerns?) Is this what is at the top of the agenda for Democrats??
The next segment stunned me. It was the story about Obama suddenly deciding his kids have been overexposed. O’Reilly showed clips of a piece on Obama and family that had been shown on “Access Hollywood” (with more parts coming). Then, I saw Obama claiming that “we got carried away in the moment” as he allowed his kids to be interviewed “extensively.” (See the LA Times blog piece on this backtrack.) Oh, sure! Allowing cameras to show up at a birthday party takes no planning, scheduling, or posing! It’s totally spontaneous! These were not clips of Obama with his kids at an event being given a short introduction. This was a fully-staged episode of the Waltons. And hasn’t Obama declared his family off-limits and told the media to stop picking on his wife? So which is it Barack? Off-limits or not off-limits?
And the irony of this family episode and Obama’s typical “do or say something then try to worm out of it” act is that we had to hear the media accuse Hillary Clinton of “pimping” her adult daughter by having her appear at rallies. Of course, Chelsea, a grown woman, was also being “pimped” I suppose when she went out on her own to college campuses to campaign for her mother.
Outrageous. The nonsense coming out of Obama’s lips and the spew from the out-of-touch, enabling media… And what about what’s coming out of Jesse Jackson’s mouth? I guess you could say it’s “heartfelt”…and the most honest thing I’ve heard in months.
Link to the Jackson video courtesy Texas Hill Country! (Also a PUMA site worth checking out!)
Filed under: Current Politics | Tagged: 2004 Rainbow/Push Coalistion Conference, Barack Obama, Bill O'Reilly, Chelsea Clinton, Clarence Page, Hillary Clinton, Jesse Jackson, John Kerry, Warren Ballentine |