What in the world has gotten into Fox’s John Roberts?
Thursday he badgered White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, saying this:
It was my wife, Kyra Phillips, of ABC, who asked him that question yesterday. And she said to him, “Do you denounce white supremacy?” And he — he got a little bit worked up at her about it. And — and said, “I denounced it, I’ve always denounced that.” But I don’t understand why he wouldn’t say, “I denounce white supremacy. I’ve always denounced white supremacy.” For some reason they’re not saying the word. And that’s what’s very puzzling.
As Rush Limbaugh pointed out on his Thursday show, President Trump has done just that, bold print supplied:
RUSH: TIME magazine accurately reported Trump’s Charlottesville remarks.
This story is from August 14, 2017: “President Trump condemned the violent attack on a crowd of counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Va., that left one dead and 19 injured Saturday. Speaking from the Diplomatic Reception Room in the White House Monday afternoon, Trump said plainly that ‘racism is evil’ and that members of the Ku Klux Klan, neo Nazis and white supremacists are ‘repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.’ ”
As the Annenberg Center for Public Policy pointed out, on yet another occasion, Trump said, bold print for emphasis supplied:
In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America.
Hello? Right there, John Roberts, is the president of the United States declaring in American English that “white supremacists are ‘repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans’ ” and in “one voice our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy.”
What about these are not a denunciation of white supremacy?
To be crystal clear, John Roberts is a superb journalist. But since he is asking the question here, I will ask this one. Has John Roberts denounced white supremacy ever? How about all his colleagues in the media? And if they did so today — what about tomorrow? And the day after tomorrow? And if they did so on Thursday but not on Friday does that mean they now support white supremacy?
This is ridiculous, and it is decidedly wrong to play this game with something as serious as white supremacy. Racism is not a game.
Here’s something the media refuses to do.
As was noted in considerable detail right in this space in 2008, the Democratic Party has a horrendous record on race. It repeatedly, on the record, supported slavery, segregation, lynching, and the Ku Klux Klan, per historians using the Klan as the “terrorist arm” and “military force” of the party.
Joe Biden has never, say again never, apologized for his party’s horrendous record on race. Not a word. Not a peep. Now, as he stated during the debate:
I am the Democratic Party right now.
Okay. Plain enough. So if Joe Biden is the Democratic Party right now, apologizing as the party leader for that party’s thoroughly racist history should be a breeze. All he has to do is sit quietly in his basement, write out the apology, and read it into the cameras. But? Silence.
So where is the media? Why aren’t they badgering Joe Biden as they badgered Kayleigh McEnany? Why hasn’t John Roberts or any other media figure of note asked aloud when Biden will finally apologize for this shameful — and long, long — record of outright racism by the party he now leads? Why aren’t they asking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi?
Instead? Crickets from the media. Crickets, crickets, and more crickets.
Amazingly, with the president repeatedly on-record denouncing white supremacy, John Roberts erupted when he, John Roberts, was criticized on Twitter for ignoring the president’s denunciations. Headlines Mediaite:
John Roberts Torches Critics Who Attacked Him for White Supremacy Question: ‘Stop Deflecting. Stop Blaming the Media. I’m Tired of It!’
The take-away remains that the press secretary would not in a definitive and unambiguous and non-deflecting way say that the president condemns white supremacism in all its forms and any group that espouses it.
He also said:
For all of you on Twitter who are hammering me for asking that question, I don’t care, because it’s a question that needs to be asked and clearly the president’s Republican colleagues a mile away from here are looking for an answer for it too.
Hello? Hello? She answered you, John Roberts and colleagues. The president has answered repeatedly over the years.
The real question that needs an answer here is just why the media plays a game with white supremacy instead of taking it seriously. Not to mention the question for Chris Wallace in that debate is why he refused to press Joe Biden for an apology for his party’s repeated support of racism in its most despicable, blatant forms.
Why do I think no one should wait up for an answer?