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WP Is Outraged At Obama Video Questions

From a tear-soaked Washington Post:

Charisse Carney-Nunes received hostile e-mails when she was erroneously linked to a video about President Obama.

In Today’s Viral World, Who Keeps a Civil Tongue?

By Ann Gerhart
Sunday, October 11, 2009

Late last month, Charisse Carney-Nunes fired up the computer at her home in Northeast Washington to check her e-mail. Her brain already was on morning drive time: breakfast for the kids, her day’s work at a government agency. She glanced down at her screen, then froze.

"Ms. Carney-Nunes," began the e-mail from Michelle Malkin, a best-selling and often inflammatory conservative writer with a heavily trafficked Web site. "I understand that you uploaded the video of schoolchildren reciting a Barack Obama song/rap at Bernice Young elementary school in June. I have a few quick questions. Did you help write the song/rap and teach it to the children? Are you an educator/guest lecturer at the school? Did you teach about your book, ‘I am Barack Obama’ at the school? Your bio says you are a schoolmate of Obama. How well-acquainted are you with the president?"

Carney-Nunes looked at the time stamp — 6:47 a.m. — and closed the file without replying. She knew Malkin had driven criticism of President Obama’s back-to-school speech, streamed nationwide, as an attempt to indoctrinate students. Now Malkin was asking about a YouTube video of New Jersey public school children singing and enthusiastically chanting about Obama from a Black History Month presentation.

By nightfall, Carney-Nunes’s name was playing on Fox News and voice mails on her home phone and cellphone were clogged with the furious voices of strangers. The e-mails kept pouring in, by the hundreds, crammed with words spam filters try to catch: She was a "nappy-headed" traitor; she would lose her job and go to jail; she was Leni Riefenstahl, the filmmaker who glorified Hitler.

It has been nearly a year since Barack Obama, running as a uniter and not a divider, was elected president by the largest margin in 20 years. The loop on cable news of thousands of beaming faces in Chicago’s Grant Park has given way to a summer and fall of thousands of other faces contorting in defiance and fear. A congressman yelled "You lie!" at the president on national TV. A liberal bit off the finger of a conservative during a confrontation over public health insurance.

On Friday, just hours after Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, Republicans and Democrats were at their battle stations again…

Critics are using the YouTube video of the children’s song to argue that Obama is becoming a brainwashing dictator. To raise money for the Republican National Committee, Chairman Michael S. Steele has compared the song to "the type of propaganda you see in Stalin’s Russia."

Carney-Nunes, swept up in a viral tornado of vitriol, had nothing to do with the children’s song. She was doing an author’s reading in the school that day

Go through the nation’s history, and the noise and heat in public political discourse have always been there, rising with the cycles of economic distress, immigration and cultural upheaval — illustrated in recent decades by the contentious judicial confirmation fights…

The spread of the Internet in the mid-1990s, along with the rise of conservative talk radio and 24-hour cable news programming, added a new dimension, however…

Now everybody wants to grab the bullhorn and holler through it…

Another paradox: The rancor is simultaneously lucrative — ideologues are the millionaire kings and queens of cable and radio ratings and book sales — and unsettling to those in the center of the American electorate, who dislike the political sniping and often tune it out. Obama’s approval rating is 53 percent, the same as the percentage of the vote he won last year.

One noteworthy change is that the face of the federal government is African American for the first time, a factor that heightens animus in some and protectiveness in others…

"Completely false allegations incubate in the fringe and jump within days to the mainstream, distorting any debate or progress we can have as a society," said Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which released a report last month noting a rise in the "militia movement" over the past year. "What’s different is that a great deal of this is real fear and frustration at very real demographic and cultural changes."

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) tried to establish rules of civil discourse at his town hall meetings this summer. Busloads of out-of-town protesters showed up to the first one, but staff members admitted only his constituents. At the second, he wanted to focus on health-care reform, but residents kept questioning his authority to legislate. Grayson quoted the Constitution, while shouted interruptions drew cheers and applause.

"Greetings, angry protesters!" Grayson said in opening his third town hall. The line got chuckles. But his temperature had been rising for weeks. "There is a fight in Congress now, not between Republicans and Democrats, but between those who want to help and those who say, ‘Thank God we’re not helping,’ " he said. In an interview after the event, he called the national Republican Party "a lie factory."

Back in Washington, he took to the House floor and denounced his colleagues across the aisle. "If you get sick, America, the Republican health-care plan is this: Die quickly." A Harvard graduate with a soft voice, he had decided to fight invective with invective.

Carney-Nunes, who writes children’s books and was a year behind Obama at Harvard Law School, watched as strangers posted her personal information on the Internet. She read, "You’re a dirtbag commie propagandist trying to infect children with your failed Marxist ideology." And "your Obama chant is right out of Africa." And "get ready for a massive attack!!!" And "my friend GLENN BECK will also shove this in your face until justice is served." She made copies (which she shared with The Washington Post) and then deleted the messages, hoping the tornado would set her back down

After a few days, with the outcry expanding to calls for the school principal and district superintendent to be fired, Carney-Nunes issued a statement through a publicist saying that she "did not write, create, teach or lead the song about President Obama in the video," and that "the song was presented to her by a teacher and students as a demonstration of a project that the children had previously put together." The district superintendent gave the same account in a letter sent home to parents.

Carney-Nunes said an associate of hers videotaped the children’s performance and later uploaded it, along with video and photos from other of her readings, to Carney-Nunes’s YouTube account.

An e-mail to Malkin Saturday seeking comment was not answered.

Carney-Nunes spends a lot of her free time teaching children how to bridge divides, but she has no idea how to build a dialogue with those who attacked her.

"How can I talk to those people?" she said. "These are people who persist in believing that Barack Obama is a Muslim, that he isn’t a citizen of this country. You tell me: Where is the beginning of that conversation?"

Er, what could she have done?

She could have answered Ms. Malkin’s very sensible questions:

"I understand that you uploaded the video of schoolchildren reciting a Barack Obama song/rap at Bernice Young elementary school in June. I have a few quick questions. Did you help write the song/rap and teach it to the children? Are you an educator/guest lecturer at the school? Did you teach about your book, ‘I am Barack Obama’ at the school? Your bio says you are a schoolmate of Obama. How well-acquainted are you with the president?"

Why didn’t she?

And why isn’t she grateful to Ms. Malkin for asking for her side of the story, which is distinctly unlike how our mainstream media masters normally treat conservatives.

For the record, the closest that Ms. Malkin came to accusing Ms. Carney-Nunes of anything was this question, among several she sent to the school’s principal:

Was Ms. Carney-Nunes invited to the school to teach the children the song and about her book, “I am Barack Obama?”

It’s not clear whether the principal ever responded.

Now, several weeks later, Ms. Carney-Nunes has finally concocted an excuse for how she became involved:

Carney-Nunes said an associate of hers videotaped the children’s performance and later uploaded it, along with video and photos from other of her readings, to Carney-Nunes’s YouTube account.

Ah, that explains everything.

But notice that Ms. Carney-Nunes has “an associate” and “a publicist.”

Not bad for a government worker whose books (such as they are) all seem to have been self-published. Oh, yes, she has her own publishing company, too.

Charisse is actively working on several writing projects. In 2004, she founded Brand Nu Words Independent Press and published her own anthology of original Motherhood Poems entitled, "Songs of a Sistermom." The book was a huge success, selling over 1500 copies to date. The company’s new release, Nappy, has already sold 1000 copies, and is poised for a national release planned for April 15, 2006.

The future is bright for Charisse and Brand Nu Words. Upcoming projects include a sequel to "Nappy" celebrating our African-American sons as royalty, a book on a new approach to the African-American holiday of Kwanzaa, a book on being a mom, and other collaborations and independent projects encouraging cultural awareness, claiming family values, and re-telling the American story through the eyes of an enlightened (though sometimes weary) African-American mother/activist/poet/writer/lawyer.

The poor put upon thing.

On the strength of her self-published “award-winning books,” Ms. Carney-Nunes goes around to various schools and colleges espousing the cult of Mr. Obama.

She does this as the Senior Vice President of the Jamestown Cult Project. She has also created a group called Sistermoms, named after yet another of her self-published books.

Ms. Carney-Nunes is also the Assistant General Counsel at the National Science Foundation. (The same NSF where corruption and pornography are so rife that have so overwhelmed its Inspector General that he has been unable to investigate the highly questionable grants they dole out.)

All in all, it sounds like Ms. Carney-Nunes’ dance card is pretty filled up.

You really have to wonder where she finds the time for “her day’s work at a government agency.”

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, October 11th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “WP Is Outraged At Obama Video Questions”

  1. proreason says:

    “You really have to wonder where she finds the time for “her day’s work at a government agency.”

    How much of our government is actually a redistribution program?

  2. BillK says:

    NSF. What a surprise.

    I suppose if people have time to surf porn, she can write and promote her books.

  3. Reality Bytes says:

    Barack Hussein Obama – Mmm, Mmm, Mmm. Wow! First they lift the Pepsi logo, Now the Campbell’s Soup Jingle! Can’t we get them on infringement?! Is there nothing sacred anymore?!

  4. Dupree says:

    where is the beginning of the conversation? How about beginning the conversation by showing his real birth certificate?

    • Reality Bytes says:

      Dupree! I don’t know why you question BHO’s birth certificate! He was, obviously, born (though there are those who claim they have evidence that he was hatched – like most of his other notions). Remember, no human is illegal. Didn’t you get the memo?!

  5. NickB says:

    Carney-Nunes was “erroneously linked” to the video? A blown up image of her “I Am Barack Obama” book is on an easel in FRONT of the kids in the video. And now they’re trying to say her “associate’ was doing the taping?

    How much you wanna bet that if the kids are shown Carney-Nunes’ picture, that they all would say she was there?

    By the way…why is Ms. Carney-Nunes hiding from the media? Got a White House muzzle on perhaps?

  6. sandztorm says:

    “It has been nearly a year since Barack Obama, running as a uniter and not a divider..”

    Hell, I can run as a unicorn, but it does not make it true. Funny how sheepish these dems act when we call them out. They are the true barbarians at the gate.

  7. Kytross says:

    It was posted on her youtube account. She is responsible for the content there. She didn’t do anything illegal, just reprehensible. And still she must play the victim and weasel out of it.

    So much for accountability.

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7mj7f_the-simpsons-weaseling-out_shortfilms


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