Avoiding the Truth by Bastardizing the Language
JUNE 22, 2012 4:00 A.M.
NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE
by Ian Tuttle [Edited, emended and truncated with added emphasis by FT]
Here’s a little secret,” Keith Olbermann told viewers in 2010. “When racist white guys get together and they don’t want to be caught using any of the popular epithets ... in use every day ... about black people ... [instead they] resort to euphemisms and code words.”
Olbermann [did acknowledge then] that not all white people are racists, but three and a half years into “the first post-racial presidency,” one might [not] get that impression.
Take the list Olbermann enumerated on air: “Cocky, flippant, punk, and especially, arrogant.” Last week, Congressional Black Caucus executive director Angela Rye added cool to the list: “Even cool, the term cool, could ... be deemed racial.”
|Keith Olbermann censoring the truth|
Liberals have spent the past four years tearing out page after page of Merriam-Webster. “Articulate” and “bright” [deemed condescending] were forbidden early in the 2008 primary season, ... [However, [numerous] media outlets had bestowed the same compliment on John Edwards ... years before. [In] 2004 Slate called Edwards “bright and articulate and really, really youthful” ... Steve Benen [of] The Carpetbagger Report wrote in 2003, “Edwards is ... bright, articulate, and aggressive ...”
In April, Mitt Romney unveiled a new campaign slogan at a stop in Ohio:
“Obama Isn’t Working.”
“Racist!,” cried Mediaite ... It evokes “the stereotype of the ‘lazy,’ ‘shiftless’ black man.” [Communist activist] Van Jones, Obama’s erstwhile “green-jobs czar,” said ... the slogan set off “racial fire alarms.”
[T]he Romney campaign explained, the slogan was a tribute to Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative party, whose 1978 “Labour Isn’t Working” poster ... was named “The Poster of the Century” by Campaign magazine: ...
[Any] criticism of Obama policy is also [deemed] racist. During [the] health-care overhaul debate, NPR claimed “a sharp divide between liberal and conservative whites on racial issues.”
[R]esponding to ... Congressman Joe Wilson’s “You lie!” outburst during the president’s 2009 health-care address ... New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote, “But, fair or not, what I heard was an unspoken word in the air: You lie, boy!”
... Michael Moore [claimed] “Obama succeeded [with] young voters “because they’re not as racist as the [older] generations,” implying, of course, that all those older white folks who rejected Obama ... were racists.
[I]f liberals can find racism in Obama’s ... victories, they can certainly locate it in his defeats. When a federal prisoner in West Virginia received more than 40 percent of the vote against Obama in May’s primary, state Democrats blamed “racist voters.” However, a closed Democratic primary admits no Republican voters, so the Democrats effectively condemned their own.
The Left hears so many “dog whistles” in today’s public discourse that one fears to say anything at all.
And that’s the point. Liberals use the accusation of racism as a cudgel to cow political opponents. [The tactic] forestalls or derails substantive debate. ...
Liberals have spent the last four years manipulating and excising words because they refuse to confront reality.
But then, we already knew that, [didn’t we?]
You may find Mr. Tuttle’s complete article, as originally written, at: