February 25, 2009
Racial Slurs Are OK When The Reality Based Community Disagrees With the Victim
In a February 18 editorial cartoon in the New York Post, drawn by Sean Delonas, two policemen have shot a chimpanzee. One cop says to the other: "They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill." Al Sharpton calls the cartoon proof of the paper's "racism" and has led two protests at the Post's headquarters. He is now asking the Federal Communications Commission to reconsider a waiver awarded to Rupert Murdoch - who as also owns the Fox News Channel - to own more than one newspaper and television station in a city.
A petition circulated by the NAACP claims: "Your publication sadly reminded me of the reality that even in 2009, when an African-American man holds the highest post in the nation, racism is alive and well in the United States." The NAACP petition also implies that the cartoon itself could encourage an attempt on Obama's life.
Murdoch offered an apology to those who were offended, but noted that "[t]he only intent of that cartoon was to mock a badly written piece of legislation."
The cartoon specifically recalls a recent chimpanzee attack in Stamford, Connecticut. The depiction of the chimpanzee bears no physical resemblance to Obama. Furthermore, Obama is not the author of the economic "stimulus" legislation referred to in the cartoon. In his address to Congress on February 24, Obama noted: "I asked Congress to send me a recovery plan... I am grateful that this Congress delivered."
Project 21's Massie noted: "If these critics had tried to tie the cartoon to black congressmen such as James Clyburn or Charlie Rangel, they might have had a leg to stand on. They aimed bigger, and this misfire exposes them. Sharpton is now asking the FCC to investigate the validity of Murdoch's media holdings. It's just another step along the path to their true goal of silencing conservative speech. This is just a battle in a larger war to reinstate the so-called 'Fairness Doctrine' so liberals can impose their political agenda on a free-market-driven talk radio."
"The criticism of cartoonists and parodies is also selective," added Massie. "Why aren't Sharpton and the NAACP complaining about much more blatant Bushorchimp.com? Where was the outrage when syndicated cartoonist Ted Rall called Condoleezza Rice 'Aunt Jemima' and depicted her calling herself a 'house nigga'? How about when Jeff Danziger portrayed Rice as Prissy from 'Gone With the Wind'? Their failure to condemn those blatantly racist acts exposes the petty political motivations of their current attack on Murdoch and the Post."
Posted by Cassandra at February 25, 2009 03:06 PM
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Sharpton and Jackson are feeling marginalized by the virile, glistening pecks of the Obamanator. Not only does he steal their thunder because he is black and articulate, BHO makes the women swoon and metrosexual males get the media version of RLS - LTS, better known as Leg Thrill Syndrome.
Time to trot out the "One trick pony" of faux outrage by Sharpton. I don't know where Jackson is. The last time I saw him he was weeping at the perceived end of the Rainbow coalition. That sorry shakedown business was eclipsed by His Obamaness who was the pot at the end of the Jackson rainbow. That rainbow always was black and white.
Note to Al; YAWN! Where is Tawana when you need her?
Posted by: vet66 at February 25, 2009 03:38 PM
In the Great Red Revolution ushered in by Beloved Leader Obama, all political cartoonists are equal under the First Amendment, but some are more equal than others.
Posted by: a former european at February 25, 2009 03:47 PM
Heh. Ya know, you'll never make stick an extortion rap stick to Sharpton, Jackson, or the ACORN Posse, because they are way too slippery. But some enterprising young attorney out there could make a good case that, by accepting federal funds, and threatening boycotts, these groups and individuals are acting as "under color of state law" to unlawfully "chill" free speech in contravention of the First Amendment and the Civil Rights Act.
That would be fun, eh?
Posted by: spd rdr at February 25, 2009 04:17 PM
I hope The Post sticks to their guns. Al Sharpton needs to be remembered for his antisemitism at the very least. Hey NAACP! Don't you know? A mind is a terrible thing to waste so stop wasting yours!
Posted by: Red AppleClover at February 25, 2009 04:40 PM
Mama Gaia at work -- you *know* that Nature abhors a vacuum.
Since Caucasians voted for Obama, they can't occupy the Racist Niche anymore, so Al et al. are expanding their turf.
Posted by: BillT at February 25, 2009 04:46 PM
So...Sharpton wants to take one of Murdoch's newspapers? Is this really what his intention is? You know, if you can not acquire wealth like most people do, through hard work, perhaps whining racism on a totally unrelated subject may still work. The shakedowns!
I say Murdoch tell Sharpton to take his whining, now that Sharpton no longer is accepting Murdoch's apology, and shove it where the sun don't shine. Then he begin a tirade on how stupid Al is by having reporters follow him 24/7. Sharpton will eventually cave and commit suicide with a ukalele.
Oh, the last sentance was a slip of humor.
Posted by: JDubya at February 25, 2009 05:30 PM
...some enterprising young attorney out there could make a good case that, by accepting federal funds, and threatening boycotts, these groups and individuals are acting as "under color of state law" to unlawfully "chill" free speech in contravention of the First Amendment and the Civil Rights Act.
Got anyone in mind? :p
Posted by: Cass at February 25, 2009 07:19 PM
Nope. I don't know any young enterprising lawyers stupid enough to be forever branded as racist.
How's that for chilling?
Posted by: spd rdr at February 25, 2009 10:50 PM
How about *old* enterprising lawyers?
Posted by: BillT at February 26, 2009 12:11 AM
Martin Garbus, paging Mr Martin Garbus.
I've seen this movie too:)
Posted by: Ree at February 26, 2009 01:43 PM