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MSM ‘Discredit’ 2007 Speech Before Hearing It

From the DNC’s Associated Press:

Conservatives seize on Obama video

By STEVE PEOPLES | Tues October 2, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservatives on Tuesday used a speech President Barack Obama delivered as a candidate in 2007 to accuse him of using racially charged rhetoric.

"There’s no way you can listen to this speech and not hear it as a deliberately divisive speech that pits Americans against each other and does so largely with racial innuendoes that are very, very clear when you hear the speech," former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said on Fox News, which aired segments of the videotaped speech.

You see? The only news here is how conservatives are trying to exploit this old tape. Not the previously unreported content of Obama’s speech. Not his racism and fearmongering.

At issue Tuesday, one day before the first presidential debate and as Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney trails in polls, was a speech then-candidate Obama made to black clergy at Hampton University, a historically black institution in Virginia.

Media outlets including The Associated Press and Fox News covered the remarks at the time.

This is a blatant lie. The AP and the rest of the news media simply wrote up brief reports based on the prepared remarks and the highly edited tape that was released at the time. They did not report on any of the content that the Daily Caller has uncovered here.

Obama – now the nation’s first black president – said in the speech that the Bush administration did nothing to defuse a "quiet riot" among blacks that threatened to erupt in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Then a U.S. senator from Illinois, Obama also said the Bush administration "was colorblind in its incompetence."

This is the sum total of the AP’s report on what Obama said in his speech. And it gives a completely inaccurate picture of Obama’s highly divisive and racist remarks.

Fox News host Sean Hannity said the speech "contains some of the most divisive class warfare and racially charged rhetoric ever used by Barack Obama."

Conservative pundit Tucker Carlson of The Daily Caller, which posted video of the speech online, argued that the speech features "racial rhetoric designed to make people fearful." And The Drudge Report, a regular Obama critic, predicted the video would "ignite accusations of racism – in both directions!"

Again, that the AP does not bother to report on any of the racial rhetoric that Obama uses. They are too busy showing how conservatives are trying to exploit the tape.

Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt quickly dismissed the criticism, accusing "Mitt Romney’s allies" of recirculating video of a widely covered speech in "a transparent attempt to change the subject" from Romney’s comments about 47 percent of Americans who don’t pay federal income taxes.

Romney’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment. The Republican previously distanced himself from a conservative group considering an advertising campaign featuring Obama’s former spiritual adviser, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., whose race-related sermons stirred controversy in Obama’s first campaign.

Isn’t it great the way the AP worked in all of those talking points for their bosses at the Obama campaign? They seem to have forgotten that this was published by a news outlet and not the Romney campaign.

But they don’t seem to be able to fathom the concept of news outlets working independent of campaigns, since they work so closely with the Democrat Party.

Meanwhile, the readers of the AP still know nothing about what Obama actually said in that 40 minute sermon speech in 2007.

And speaking of how quickly the news media jumps in to defend their candidate, we have this from the Daily Caller:

DNC scrambles to deflate Obama video before Daily Caller story published

By Alex Pappas | Tues October 2, 2012

The Democratic National Committee — armed with the help of dismissive tweets from a variety of journalists — scrambled Tuesday night to attack The Daily Caller for its videos of President Obama’s controversial race comments in 2007 before the story was even published.

Using comments from reporters speculating on TheDC’s report, the Democrats quickly worked to dismiss the story it hadn’t seen yet — which was teased Tuesday afternoon on Sean Hannity’s radio show and on the Drudge Report — by calling it “lame.”

At about 7:30 p.m. ET, the DNC Rapid Response team sent an email to reporters titled “That was Lame,” listing “instant reaction to the latest lame Drudge/Hannity desperation tactics.”

The email merely included tweets from journalists — before the story was published — expressing skepticism and disinterest and the mistaken claim that the video had been published before.

Remember when journalists used to at least be slightly curious?

The tweets used by the Democratic National Committee came from reporters at organizations including Politico, BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, New York Magazine and the Atlantic.

The mere prospect that videos of Obama talking about race and his former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, would be published had the committee quickly working to kill the story.

In an attempt to link the story to Republican nominee Mitt Romney, the DNC also sent out an old story about Romney saying he would not make Wright a campaign issue.

Which the AP picked up in the piece above.

Before he knew what was in the story, DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse quickly tweeted his disgust:

Brad Woodhouse @woodhouseb
Drudge + Hannity= Desperate/Pathetic
2 Oct 12

Brad Woodhouse @woodhouseb
And of course, if the Daily Caller is involved in it you know its complete and utter crap.
2 Oct 12

Brad Woodhouse @woodhouseb
Man – you know the right wing knows it’s in trouble when it dredges up videos that have been on youtube for years as game changers. #lame
2 Oct 12

Here is the full the text of the DNC email:

Please see below the instant reaction to the latest lame Drudge/Hannity desperation tactics.

Sam Stein ‏@samsteinhp
Tucker Carlson actually covered Obama’s quiet riot speech on his old MSNBC showhttp://nbcnews.to/QMthLf

Andrew Kaczynski ‏@BuzzFeedAndrew
This speech was actually covered on Tucker Carlson’s MSNBC show Tucker in 2007 oddly enough.

Nate Silver ‏@fivethirtyeight
The fact that Drudge is trying to make news would weigh against the hypothesis that the polls are tightening.

Sarah Reese Jones ‏@srjones66
HOW YOU CAN TELL THEY ARE LOSING: Fox and Drudge stoop down to Rev Wright again. FYI, this is not working, again.

Ben Smith ‏@BuzzFeedBen
This stuff has all been on YouTube since the last campaign, Obama’s race, religion, pastor known a bit longer

Farhad Manjoo ‏@fmanjoo
If Drudge/Hannity really are touting this speech they’re idiots. It’s a fantastic speech. We should be proud a president made this speech.

Garance Franke-Ruta ‏@thegarance
So basically the news in the Hampton Roads video is that Obama is black, opposed the Iraq War, & thought NOLA was neglected after Katrina.

Dave Zirin ‏@EdgeofSports
According to the death pornographers at @buzzfeed, the “new Obama video” has been online since 2007. A speech at Hampton.

Michael Winship ‏@MichaelWinship
Extrapolating from Drudge headlines, shocking Obama tape is same as one popped up in 2008 campaign from 2007 Hampton U. convocation. 0 new.

Walter Shapiro ‏@waltershapiroPD
Since Drudge & Co. believe Rev. Wright is potent GOP weapon, remember: No incumbent president has lost votes over anything pre-White House.

Remember, all of these comments were made before the Daily Caller even posted the full 40 minute audio tape, which had never been released in its entirety.

But this is the state of journalism in the 21st century. ‘Reporters’ don’t even pretend to be curious anymore.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “MSM ‘Discredit’ 2007 Speech Before Hearing It”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    You and I wrong.
    They’re right.
    That’s the way of the world under na’chash.

    Don’t know na’chash?

    Look in Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance to the HOLY BIBLE. Hebrew Dict. # 5172

  2. Mithrandir says:

    Media Trick # 499 Make the unequal, equal

    1. You have a president who is a racist (caught on tape) bumbling gaffe machine (see trip to Britain)
    2. You have a V.P. who is a HUGE bumbling gaffe machine. (see the internet)
    3. SOLUTION: Make Romney a gaffe machine. Ever notice how Romney can’t blow his nose without making the news circuit as a gaffe? That’s what they are doing.

    CNN Anchor: There are competing viral videos out today. One showing Romney’s “so called 47%” gaffe and Obama’s speech in 2007 blaming Katrina on racism. Do voters really care about these?
    Reporter: No. They both have viral videos, unless something serious comes up, voters are tuning them out.
    CNN Anchor: Mmm-K, we will keep an eye on these.

    NO, they aren’t competing videos, Obama is caught yet again being a racist, the Romney 47% “gaffe” is NOT a gaffe, and neither are any of his other ones, they are not equal by any stretch, and don’t deserve equal scorn. People DO care, and the media wants to convince people that all things are equal and cancel each other out.
    The media philosophy is, “What Republicans do is ALWAYS wrong, as they are guilty of living life as Republicans. What democrats do that is wrong is Ok, because Republicans do it too.”

    They do the same thing when taking or giving blame.
    “Republicans are all racist greedy white men.” (a racial or gender stereotype)
    “You can’t group (our voting blocs) together, we need to judge people individually, how can you stereotype like that?”

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