(Tonights guest poster is tbogg who blogs at hotnakedlynnecheney.com)
One of the ways that the talking heads who populate the cable talk shows can distance themselves from the racist backgrounds of some of their loonier guests is the fact that these guests, brought on for two minutes of commentary, are free agents; recipients of wingnut welfare from putative "conservative think tanks," third-tier syndicated columnists, and the occasional blogger who cleans up real good. Hence you can have the Valley Girl "I’m on teevee" giddiness of Michelle Malkin and the comedy stylings of the distaff Andrew "Dice" Clay of the right, as a guest to provide sober commentary on the issues of the day. And, since they aren’t employees of the network, no one has to take responsibility for what they do or say in between gigs. Think of them as temps who throw bombs.
So are there any overt major media racists? I mean, besides Bill O’Reilly.
I’m glad you asked.
Meet Robert Stacy McCain the Assistant National Editor at the Washington Times. Okay, okay, I know that nobody takes the Moonie Times seriously, but they are a newspaper and, if they carry Marmaduke, attention must be paid.
Let’s look at a sampling of McCain’s finest moments….
[T]he media now force interracial images into the public mind and a number of perfectly rational people react to these images with an altogether natural revulsion," McCain wrote. "The white person who does not mind transacting business with a black bank clerk may yet be averse to accepting the clerk as his sister-in-law, and THIS IS NOT RACISM, no matter what Madison Avenue, Hollywood and Washington tell us."
The uproar surrounding the recent comments by Mississippi Senator (and former Ole Miss cheerleader) Trent Lott provides us an opportunity to examine the phenomenon known as Cultural Marxism (C.M.), more commonly called “Political Correctness” (P.C.).
How does one determine if he (he/she?) is a Cultural Marxist? Here are a few examples
1. 1. First, in keeping with the topic of Senator (and former Ole Miss cheerleader) Lott’s praise for Strom Thurmond’s 1948 Dixiecrat Presidential bid, you believe that state-enforced segregation is “immoral” (to use President G. W. Bush’s term) while holding that state-enforced integration is OK.
3. You believe in the equality of the sexes and that traditional sex roles for men and women are wrong; furthermore, you decry patriarchy as evil.
14. You believe that slavery is evil.
If America (and the South) is still Christian, we all should have no trouble in letting those alien body snatchers know who’s boss. To that effect, let us all go out onto our front lawns and loudly recite the following truths until we have banished the invaders from our turf:
14. And here we go, all you Confederate Southrons-Slavery is an institution ordained of God and regulated by His Word! It is not therefore “evil!”
You get the idea. The fact is that rightwing bloggers look at a Robert Stacy McCain, who holds a fairly prestigious post (in their minds) at the Washington Times, and see someone who works in major media which provides him (again, in their minds) with the thin candy-shell of respectability that covers the same nutty racism that lurks in their own hearts. And how does that manifest itself on the internet. Let’s go to a link from McCain’s own blog.
And now a quick trip around our blogroll:
It’s a sad day. Right-Wing Howler reports that, due to family problems, he’s decided to give up blogging. This really hurts because (a) Howler had promised he’d do a review of our book, and (b) he was one of the few guys on the blogosphere who was more politically incorrect than me. I’ll especially miss the raunchy cartoons and the infamous "Chick of the Week" feature. Farewell, dear Howler!
Fortunately for us, Right Wing Howler decided to stay in business, which allows us to see the kind of guys that Robert Stacy McCain likes to hang with, when he’s not journalisming and stuff.
Maybe, just maybe, the next time Washington Times editorial page editor and frequent talk show guest Tony Blankley goes on TV with Wolf or Chris or Brit*, they could ask him what it’s like to work with a klansman who has turned in his white robe and hood for a white shirt and tie.
*Okay. I was just kidding about Brit.
Previous posts in the series:
Matt O. over at The Great Society has been compiling racist quotes from right-wing websites. It is quite a resource.
(TBogg adds): Apparently I misread the post on the Lott affair and the comments are those of Michael Hill, president of the League of the South, an organization that Mr. McCain is affiliated with. I apologize, but not for caling him a racist. That is indisputable.