Evidently we’re getting treated to a re-hash of last year’s “magic negro” uproar in the main stream media(MSM). And again, just like last time, they are totally misrepresenting it. Look, I’m not gonna be a Rush Limbaugh defender or anything on this site. I listen to him daily and generally agree with most of what he says, but he doesn’t need me to fight his battles for him. So why even bring it up? It’s to prove a larger point about the MSM. You just simply can’t believe a single word you read anymore in a major news outlet. Honestly, it’s disheartenting. Here’s how they describe the origin of the parody:
The song was written by a parodist, Paul Shanklin, whose work frequently airs on Mr. Limbaugh’s show, and Mr. Limbaugh has defended it against critics who called it racist. Mr. Limbaugh said that it was inspired by an opinion column in The Los Angeles Times by a black writer, David Ehrenstein, who likened Mr. Obama to “warm and unthreatening” black figures like the actors Sidney Poitier and Morgan Freeman.
So we are led to believe in this synopsis that Rush came up with the whole idea of labeling Obama as a “magic negro” by himself after reading an “opinion” piece in the LA Times. This opinion piece evidently merely referred to Obama as “warm and unthreatening”, leaving Rush to churn his evil hate machine and come up with the rest on his own. Nowhere in the article does it mention that the actual title of the aforementioned article that Rush based the parody off of is Obama the ’Magic Negro’. The piece is subtitled The Illinois senator lends himself to white America’s idealized, less-than-real black man. There is also no link to the source article anywhere in the NY Times article. This is just the shoddiest kind of biased reporting.
All Rush did was reference a phrase used in the exact article, but you wouldn’t know that without doing some digging on your own. This is something that reporters know most people won’t do. Talk about mis-reporting a backstory. I just get so tired of this type of thing. Rush has said time and again that conservatives aren’t just running against liberals, we are also running against the media, so that makes our job doubly hard. He’s right of course, and it’s just going to get harder now that the MSM is in full blown Obama orgy mode.
Rush has also been saying something else lately that is actually in this very source article. “It’s not what he says, it’s how he says it.” He’s obviously referencing Obama and how he’s able to fill a one hour speech with absolutely no content and still have people swoon over it. Here’s how David Ehrenstein said it:
Obama’s fame right now has little to do with his political record or what he’s written in his two (count ’em) books, or even what he’s actually said in those stem-winders. It’s the way he’s said it that counts the most. It’s his manner, which, as presidential hopeful Sen. Joe Biden ham-fistedly reminded us, is “articulate.” His tone is always genial, his voice warm and unthreatening, and he hasn’t called his opponents names (despite being baited by the media).
You Obama lovers out there think about that next time as you’re listening to one of his speeches. Make a conscious note as to whether it’s what he’s saying that you are attracted to or how he’s saying it. If it’s the latter, and I’m certain it is because he never actually gives details of anything, then you are in dangerous territory. Don’t be sucked in by the “magic negro” effect. Hold him to account. Make him actually say something substantive before you swear him your undying allegiance. My bet is that you will be waiting a long time.
Update: Just saw a link on Newsbusters to an Anderson Cooper post about this same thing. Guess what. He doesn’t link to the original article or reference it’s title either. Surprise, surprise. This is just disgusting rhetoric.