Monday, June 22, 2015

That Fox In-House Race Sock-Puppet Dollar

Continues to be an excellent dollar.

From Media Matters today:

HEMMER: Touchy, touchy, touchy deal here. Was it necessary?

BORELLI: We're talking about the president of the United States using the "n-word," Bill. He has really dragged in the gutter speak of rap music. So now he is the first president of rap, of street? Come on, he has lowered the stature of the high office of the president of the United States and the question is why did he do this? ...

You see all of the people coming together in the streets of Charleston, South Carolina, black, white and otherwise, coming together, praying, supporting each other. And here you have the president make this insane, crazy comment of using the "n-word" to really distract. This is all a distraction, grand distraction to take away from the people uniting and then the president in chief, the rapper in chief, now further dividing our country. I find it outrageous.
The efficiency with which Fox News delivers talking points to the wretched ideological shut-ins who continue to believe they are watching "news" is breathtaking.  It makes the old days of bigots having to dial up the "White Power Hotline" to know what to think seem positively quaint.

And speaking of the old days... in this article from the WaPo from August of 1980, the astute reader will note that while the loathsome ideological core of Modern Conservatism has not changed one iota, there was a time when being outed as someone who consorted with racists and pandered to monsters could still be considered an "embarrassment" within the Party of Lincoln, and not a goddamn job requirement:
A GOP Embarrassment: Racist Nominee in Mich.
That anyone could knowingly vote for Carson is beyond their comprehension, and with good reason, for Carlson's campaign in this blue-collar suburb, where unemployment just hit 18 percent, has been unusually virulent and bold.

For nine months, he operated a "White Power Hotline," a series of phone messages in which he told whites to drive blacks from their neighborhoods and said that blacks -- being lazy -- were responsible for the lowered automobile production and widespread recession here. For weeks before this month's campaign he operated a shadow campaign -- no headquarters, an unlisted phone; just leaflets and fliers handed out in the street.

He copied publicity shots of the local police that appeared in newspapers for National Auto Theft Week and ran them in his own newsletter, distorting the facts: "Crack Troops Ready To Defend Dearborn's Border Against All Outsiders." He said, in his campaign leaflet, that "the biggest problem our country has is the exploitation and oppression of the white majority."

Nevertheless, when the primary results were in -- Caygill, the offical Republican, won 3,037 votes to Carson's 3,715 -- people perhaps were showing privately what they might deny publicly: that Carlson was their man.

Think Nazi, or Ku Klux Klansman, or John Bircher, all of which Carlson has one time been, and chances are the image you'll come up with will not be Carlson. He's too smooth to fit the stereotype.

His debating style, while wary, is aloof and amused -- a sort of J. C. Penney version of William F. Buckley. He lunches on cottage cheese and a glass of milk. In conversation, he refers to Arnold Toynbee and William Shockley. There is even though rare, the occasional touch of wit. Could that have been a jar of hair cream one saw him disappear with before the photographer arrived? Aah, yes, the candidate concedes; "I have such fine Aryan hair."

He says this in a borrowed house in Dearborn Heights, the home of friends. His own home -- even the address of his home -- is off limits, he says. He is an evasive man: sometime electricain, sometime student, one-time Air Force linguist. He claims now to make a living as a private detective. For whom? He will not say. Neither does he care to be precise about his politics.

Ask him what he means when he says vaguely that he was "associated" with the Nazis (he was, though he doesn't like to admit it, an active member for several months), and he'll attack, wondering why the media always pursue "the sensational." Ask him what he means when he says blacks "just are not schooled to keep up a type of lifestyle in the same level of white people" and he'll try intellectual intimidation.

"I would just have to heighten my diction level or terminology," he says grandly then: "They just don't keep their places up or they let them run down."

This is the basis of Carlson philosophy, which he attempts to bolster with quotations from scientists and historians: that blacks -- supported by "liberal radical communists" -- are the cause of the economic and social breakdown of the country."


Abu Scooter said...

It's amazing how thoroughly rightists have managed to bury the racism that helped Ronald Reagan win the White House. I hadn't any clue that the election you quoted happened.

Here's another instance from (late) summer 1980. [In short: on 17 September 1980, just hours after Jimmy Carter questioned Reagan's civil-rights record at a campaign stop in Atlanta, Reagan called Carter's comments "shameful."]

Read the whole thing, because it highlights (a) the immediate (and ongoing) efforts of the Reagan camp to fight off racism charges and (b) the both-siderism that prevailed then, too, as in the barb the WaPo writer injected midway through: "The campaign tones of 1980 have been decidedly shrill. And today, Carter continued to perform in that voice."

And how did I get myself pointed to this WaPo article from 9/17/80? Because I collect recordings of CBS Radio Mystery Theater episodes that others have kindly posted -- and last night, by pure, swear-to-Thor coincidence -- I was listening to a broadcast from that very date. As it turns out, that recording includes a CBS News snippet in which George H.W. Bush also attacked Carter.

Dave McCarthy said...

Here's the dictionary definition of "polite": "having or showing behavior that is respectful and considerate of other people.

A quick perusal of synonyms brings us "civil", "courteous", "friendly" "thoughtful".

So yes, Hemmer, the president implied that white people don't use that word because they're polite. The fact that this surprises you is reflective of your poor command of your native language....