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The Establishment media’s sickness unto death.
From the establishment media, the raw and sickening hate just keeps on coming. Vicious, vile, despicable, and deranged, the media minions demonstrate their appalling lack not just of class but of basic humanity.
Such is the obvious conclusion from participating again as one of the judges in the Media Research Center’s “Best Notable Quotables of 2012,” the indispensable organization’s 25th annual awards for the year’s worst reporting and commentary.
Consider this gem, actually begrudging somebody the success of near-miraculous, life-saving surgery:
Newsweek/Daily Beast assignment editor Allison Yarrow: “Can you imagine being that organ donor? I mean, it’s such a difficult decision to say “I want to give my body to someone else after I’m dead.’”
Newsweek senior writer Ramin Setoodeh: “To Dick Cheney? I would never give my heart to Dick Cheney. It would freeze over.”
Yarrow: “I would never do it. I’d say ‘give my heart back.’ Exactly….”
Host/columnist John Avlon: “Seriously, the ill will toward Dick Cheney getting a heart transplant is stunning.”
Yarrow: “He may be one of the most evil people in the world.”
Then there was David Chalian, former political director for ABC News and then Washington Bureau Chief for Yahoo! News, caught on an open microphone talking over a picture of Ann and Mitt Romney: “They are happy to have a party with black people drowning.”
On MSNBC Live, anchor Thomas Roberts had this to say on Dec. 14, 2011 (too late for last year’s MRC contest):
Plus, what Mitt Romney has in common with the KKK. Details on a rare Romney campaign blunder ahead…. So you might not hear Mitt Romney say ‘keep America American’ anymore. That’s because it was a central theme of the KKK in the 1920s. It was a rallying cry for the group’s campaign of violence and intimidation against blacks, gays and Jews. The progressive blog Americablog was the first to catch onto that.
Former CNN correspondent Bob Franken weighed in on MSNBC a few weeks later:
These seem to be appeals to the extreme white wing of the Republican Party. That is to say that there continues to be among many conservatives a real resentment against blacks…. I think this is very intentional, it is pandering, there’s sort of a wink-wink that this base should be reminded that Barack Obama, President of the United States, is one of them, an African-American. Yes, I think this is very intentional. I think this is part of a hateful campaign that is being very methodically run in the hope it’s going to appeal to voters who would love to see us return to the good old days of Jim Crow.
Well, Franken sure has us pegged, at least partially. I bet every conservative in America does have a real resentment against at least one black — by the name of Barack Obama. But that’s okay: We resent his white half as much as his black half.
Of course we all know about MSNBC’s Touré complaining about Romney’s “niggerization” of Obama by using the word “anger” twice. Never mind that Touré’s use of that word makes us angry, twice over. I wonder if our own anger means we are secretly black?
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
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It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
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