And Now You Know the Rest of the Story

A few words on hypocrisy:

You may have noticed that all sorts of media from the New York Times on down, made sure their audience knew that the folks at Glenn Beck’s rally in Washington were “overwhelmingly white.”

Reporting on the gathering, the Times described it as “The overwhelmingly white and largely middle-aged crowd.”

Nothing really new here.  The “mainstream” media have been calling Tea Party rallies “overwhelmingly white” for quite some time now.  Here are a few examples, compliments of the Culture and Media Center, an offshoot of the Media Research Center:

“The crowds turning out for the Tea Party Express rallies are overwhelmingly white.”

Ed Lavandera, CNN “American Morning” March 31, 2010.

“The crowd is still overwhelmingly white.”

Jessica Yellin, CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” April 15, 2010.

“The crowd that greeted Palin did nothing to contradict the common description of Tea Party supporters as overwhelmingly white and mostly older.”

Ina Jaffe, NPR “Weekend Edition Sunday” March 28, 2010.

“They are overwhelmingly white and Anglo …”

USA Today July 2, 2010.

“Do you have any concerns when you look out at the crowds and they’re mostly, well, overwhelmingly white people?”

Terry Moran, ABC “Nightline” Nov. 2, 2009.

“You know, one thing to keep in mind about the Tea Party is that it is an overwhelmingly white movement.”

Ron Brownstein, NBC “Meet the Press” April 18, 2010.

And yes, the crowds at Beck’s rally and at Tea Party rallies have indeed been overwhelmingly white.  But the folks who turn out to environmental rallies and anti-war rallies and feminist rallies are “overwhelmingly white” too.  But for some reason the media feel no need to point that out.  They drag race into the discussion only when conservatives are involved — because they see something sinister at these rallies.  The ideas put forth are alien to liberal journalists.  They’re not mainstream ideas, not as far as liberal journalists are concerned.  So noting that the crowds are “overwhelmingly white” is a kind of warning label, not unlike the cancer warning on a pack of cigarettes.  This warning label says in essence:  BE ON YOUR GUARD.  THE PEOPLE AT THESE RALLIES ARE CONSERVATIVES.  AND OVERWHELMINGLY WHITE.  CONSIDER THESE FACTS WHEN YOU LISTEN TO THEIR RIGHT WING ARGUMENTS.

But there’s another angle here that the media have shown no interest in covering.  You see, the crowds at these conservative rallies aren’t the only groups that are “overwhelmingly white.”  So are the journalists reporting the story.  Can you imagine?  So what we have here are “overwhelmingly white” liberal journalists calling conservatives at rallies “overwhelmingly white.” I guess you could call it irony.  I prefer hypocrisy.

A few years ago I came up with an idea to make sure we got more racial diversity in our newsrooms – and in all of corporate America, actually.  It’s a brilliant idea, if I do say so myself.  Here goes:

Every white person in America who thinks affirmative action, as currently practiced, is a good idea, every white person who thinks diversity is important in the workplace, voluntarily gives up his or her job and gives it to a qualified minority person.

That way, instead of waiting another ten or twenty years for “equality” in newsrooms and corporate offices, we’d have that worthy goal accomplished overnight.  By tomorrow morning, there would be thousands upon thousands more minority Americans in important jobs.  Like I said, it’s brilliant!

I pitched my idea to two network news executives.  “Give up your job,” I told them, “and hand it over to a qualified minority.”  Both these men were big time advocates of diversity and affirmative action and have given jobs out, at least in part, based on race.  Both said it was a very bad idea.

So ends my few words on hypocrisy.

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  • TOMMY FREEDOM

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    THEY HAD HIS FAMOUS HAT, SWORD, GOLD MEDALLIONS,
    PAINTS, HIS CLOTHES. ONE THING CAUGHT MY EYE, HIS
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  • TOMMY FREEDOM

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  • JOE MCKEE

    VERY INTERESTING INDEED.

  • CCNV

    Hi, Bernie! I received this in an email. I do not know who the author is to give credit, but thought I’d share!
    *********************************

    ‘Twas the night before elections
    And all through the town
    Tempers were flaring
    Emotions all up and down!

    I, in my bathrobe
    With a cat in my lap
    Had cut off the TV
    Tired of political crap.

    When all of a sudden
    There arose such a noise
    I peered out of my window
    Saw Obama and his boys.

    They had come for my wallet
    They wanted my pay
    To give to the others
    Who had not worked a day!

    He snatched up my money
    And quick as a wink
    Jumped back on his bandwagon
    As I gagged from the stink.

    He then rallied his henchmen
    Who were pulling his cart
    I could tell they were out
    To tear my country apart!

    ‘On Fannie, on Freddie,
    On Biden and Ayers!
    On Acorn, On Pelosi’
    He screamed at the pairs!

    They took off for his cause
    And as he flew out of sight
    I heard him laugh at the nation
    Who wouldn’t stand up and fight!

    So I leave you to think
    On this one final note-
    IF YOU DON’T WANT SOCIALISM
    GET OUT AND VOTE!!

  • voted against carter

    ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN,… their on air staff is “Mostly White and OLDER” so I guess they ARE RACIST too? Jus say’n.

  • Ron Kean

    I went to an anti-Viet Nam rally at the same place as Becks only it was in November of 1969 and it was accurately portrayed in the movie Forrest Gump.

    It was overwhelmingly white.

    I didn’t go to Woodstock but I saw the movie.

    It was overwhelmingly white.

    I went to a baseball Cardinals game a couple of years ago.

    It was overwhelmingly white.

  • PoorOppressedWhitey

    It’s a very diverse crowd. Lots of Norwegians, Germans and Anglos at these Teabagger Incorporated rallies.

    • http://www.democraticunderground.com/ Wil Burns

      I didn’t see Charles and David Koch at the Teabagging rallies, but they were there in spirit.

    • EddieD_Boston

      They’re the ones working and paying taxes. Makes sense.

      • CCNV

        Almost sounds like Wil is jealous.

  • Nancy

    Bernie–

    Right on! As a minority, I find it interesting how the “overwhelmingly white” liberal elite also seem to live in “overwhelmingly white” neighborhoods, send their kids to “overwhelmingly white” schools, run in “overwhelmingly white circles” all the while calling other folks racist. Even President Obama (who is not white) sends his kids to an “overwhelmingly white” school. Here are some interesting facts I found on a blog:
    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population distribution of Washington, D.C. is 55.6% Black or African American, 36.3% White, 3.1% Asian, and 0.2% American Indian.

    Yet here is the breakdown at some of the most talked about private schools in D.C. per Education Bug:

    Sidwell Friends: 67% White, 16% Black
    Maret: 78% White, 14% Black
    GDS: 71% White, 16% Black
    NCS: 73% White, 17% Black
    St. Albans: 80% White, 14% Black

    Interesting stuff, no? This is the rank hypocrisy of liberals. They talk the talk but don’t walk the walk.

  • Buz Chertok

    The commentators in the media are overwhelmingly biased and truly are a clear and present danger to our society because of their very obvious intent to incite non-whites by harping on the color of every gathering that they disapprove of. This stupid emphasis is nothing more than an attempt to appeal to what the treacherous reporters and commentators believe to be an inate fear and hatred of white people by non-whites who should be highly insulted by it and react as every decent white person should by tuning these hateful morons out.

  • Nachum

    Since they are coastal and urban elites, the MSM may not realize this, but the United States is “overwhelmingly white.”

    • EddieD_Boston

      They don’t get out enough.

  • Nate

    Why only mention the color of the participants’ skin and not the content of their characters?

  • Kathie Ampela

    Not only is the MSM racist in the way they described Glenn Beck’s 8/28 rally (“overwhelmingly white”), liberals are racist in the way they describe black conservatives who participated in Glenn’s rally:
    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/black-conservatives-stand-for-truth/
    Why aren’t the tolerant liberals in the MSM calling out the racists in Sharpton’s rally?

  • Bruce A.

    Did anyone from the lamestream media show up to report on the event itself?
    Did they mention the message Glenn Beck & the speakers were trying to get out?
    It looks like they only showed up to report on the ethnic makeup of the crowd.

    • http://www.democraticunderground.com/ Wil Burns

      Bruce, Beck doesn’t scare me, it’s his toadies (You) I worry about. BTW. I hope you don’t own a high power rifle!

      • Bruce A

        Good news Wil, it is safe for you to come out of your bunker. I was at work the past Saturday & according to the news reports I heard there was no violence at Becks rally.

      • EddieD_Boston

        As opposed to Keith Olberwoman’s toadies????

  • Ken Besig, Israel

    It is true that the vast majority of African Americans wildly support Barack Hussein Obama and the Democrat Party, as do the vast majority of Arab Americans. These are facts, and it is probably also true that the vast majority of African Americans and Arab Americans do NOT support candidates associated with the Republican Party. But just because that is true is no good reason for a news report to mention the racial or religious makeup of ANY political crowd, just as there is no good reason for a news story to include the race or religion of a criminal suspect. Although in fairness, whenever I come across a story of a seemingly irrational mass murder of innocents, I expect to see the name Achmad or Mohammed pop up shortly in connection with the killer.

  • Berg

    While you’re absolutely correct about all you’ve wrote, the question remains: why are there mostly white folks at the tea party rallies, as there were on the GB rally.

    I think that is has to do with economic status. Those are mostly middle class people, who see their country becoming too much of a socialism. So they speak up. Most middle class people in the US are white, hence the white turnout.

    Also, non-black people don’t identify with Obama the same way black people do.

    • CCNV

      From what I’ve read, those who are non-white Conservatives are heckled by their own race. (Isn’t that a form of racism?) However, I’m sure these folks will have their ‘say’ come November.

  • Alex

    Mr Goldberg, you opened my eyes when I read “Bias” at the age of 19 and you continue to “Hit the Spot” everytime I read one of your articles. Thank you for pointing out this blatant reverse racism in lamestream media. I believe that these media moguls and reporters have what I like to refer to as White Guilt.

  • EddieD_Boston

    Reading all of those quotes it appears Journolist is still alive and well. I began to read the Boston Globe story (online, I don’t buy the propaganda sheet anymore) on the Beck event and “overwhelmingly white” was the opening sentence (or at least the second sentence) and I stopped reading as I knew that their agenda drove the reporting and I didn’t want my intelligence insulted.

  • http://www.bigbureaucracy.com/ Ellie Velinska

    It is true for the conservatives too. We are all for personal responsibility, but when Bush tried reforming the Social Security he did not find enough support, because we are only for personal responsibility when it is somebody else’s personal responsibility.

    Liberals are for taxing – as long as they are not the taxed ones and for affirmative action as long as it is not their own cubicle on the spot.

    It is one thing to dream – it is a whole other thing to face reality.

  • http://anotherwritewingconspirator.wordpress.com/ Jim Seeber

    Bernie:

    Excellent point about the anti-war and feminist rallies also being (but not reported as) “overwhelmingly white.” Thumbs-up, also, for your suggestion to the network news executives (yet another in the endless stream of do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do illustrations that dominate both the media and the workplace).

    Why the lamestreamers, liberals, Dimocrats, and other useful idiots persist in focusing on race is really quite simple: In checking their “arsenal” (hold your laughter, please) of allegations, talking points, and laments…well, basically that’s all they’ve got. The only cards they have to play these days are to blame George W. Bush (and even that one’s about played-out) and to whip-out the ol’ race card (and its newer variations related to “Islamophobia” and the newly-popularized “nativist” drumbeats)—which also seems to finally be nearing the end of its useful life. They certainly don’t have a prestigious track record of competent governance on which to hang their hats; indeed, it’s very telling when a recent poll suggests that a majority prefer a third Bush term to continued rule by Obama and his coterie of obstinate equines (I’m trying to be more “sensitive” these days, and I feel that “obstinate equine” sounds less pejorative than references to the jackass that Dimocrats embrace—appropriately—as their symbol).

    This is all merely the latest manifestation of pandering to minority votes by vilifying white conservatives. And moderates. And anyone else who doesn’t view the world through their warped lenses.

    Jim Seeber (aka “The Curmudgeon”)
    Danville, Alabama

  • http://www.lillian-davis.blogspot.com Lily

    I take offense at the “Anglo” classification…does the “journalist” know their history???? You know those forms that ask for race, unless they say white I will not check that box, I am neither Caucasian nor Anglo. OK enough about that rant. I find this article funny because one day last weekend I actually wrote a letter to NBC news asking why they didn’t point out the race of the people at Al Sharpton’s “rally” or at the environmental rallies or Green Peace or fill in the blank. So Bernie, it makes me feel good that we’re on the same page. =>

  • http://www.blurb.com/user/store/DanFarfan Dan Farfan

    “This warning label says in essence:”

    Excellent construct, Bernie. If I may be so bold to offer my own.

    CAUTION. THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONSERVATIVES (THE OVERWHELMINGLY WHITE FUNDAMENTALIST CULT) HAVE NOT BEEN AUTHORIZED, FILTERED OR TRANSLATED INTO PROGRESSIVE-SPEAK BY A LICENSED MEDIA OUTLET AND LIKELY CONTAIN PRINCIPLES AND IDEAS INCONSISTENT WITH THE INCONTROVERTIBLE, EMPOWERING PHILOSOPHY THAT YOU ARE A VICTIM AND DESERVE COMPENSATION.

    Dan
    - “The Next 10 Amendments”
    http://bit.ly/bdnwgC

  • StB

    I am waiting for a story that mentions how Al Sharpton’s rally was overwhelmingly black.