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February 03, 2006

If He Were A Republican...

...this would be hate speech.

Civil rights activist and NAACP Chairman Julian Bond delivered a blistering partisan speech at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina last night, equating the Republican Party with the Nazi Party and characterizing Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her predecessor, Colin Powell, as "tokens."

"The Republican Party would have the American flag and the swastika flying side by side," he charged.

But since he's a Democrat, nothing will happen, and mostly because the MSM won't notice. A search of "'julian bond' swastika" in Google News (at this moment) showed only WorldNetDaily covering this. A blog and a college newspaper were the only other mentions of it. Just a collective yawn from the Left.

This time.

UPDATE: James Taranto has more.

Posted by Doug at February 3, 2006 12:40 PM

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You imply - once again - that absence of coverage by the MSM of something you don't like means the MSM shows liberal bias. But there hasn't been much mainstream coverage of the following events either:

1) Chris Matthews compared Osama bin Laden to Michael Moore.

2) Neil Cavuto of Fox News said that people opposed to the Iraq war made him sick.,2933,85403,00.html

3) Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly and Anne Coulter have all accused liberals of being traitors.

4) Coulter suggested Justice Stevens should be poisoned.

5) A GOP invitation to a fundraiser in Illinois included an advertisement for a Jesse Jackson pinata and suggested the event would be fun for children.
Nothing like hitting a hanging black man for a wholesome family outing, right?

Now I'll try to be charitable. Both sides say things they shouldn't, and both sides lose credibility when they speak in hyperbole. I hope we agree that those actions are most reprehensible when the people perpetrating the slander are themselves members of the press. Conservatives think those people tend to be liberals, and liberals think those people tend to be conservatives. But your example didn't originate in the press. You accuse the press of a sin of omission, which is much harder to prove than a sin of commission.

Posted by: dem at February 3, 2006 04:17 PM

Yawn. For it to be slander, it would have to be false.

Posted by: s9 at February 3, 2006 07:30 PM

Of all the people in items 1-4, I'd only consider Cavuto a press guy. The rest are editorialists, paid to present their own opinions, regardless of how distastefully they present them. I'd also add the entire Air America slate to that list. If they say something over-the-top (and they do), I'd nearly expect it. Julian Bond is paid to lead a movement. His speeches speak, supposedly, for the movement, and thus his words carry far more weight and influence.

Even Cavuto has a segment where he speaks his mind, editorializes, speaking for himeself, and that's likely where the quote came from. There are those from the Left that do that, too (Lou Dobbs, for example). When it's presented as opinion, and not masquerading as news, I have no problem with it. But please don't try to equate Cavuto's mild "sickness" with Bond's devaluation of the Nazi comparison.

The GOP fundraiser was, I'll gladly admit, utterly tasteless, and I'm ashamed of it. But I find it interesting that you immediately insist that the presence of a Jackson effigy is due to his race rather than his politics. Can't you look past a man's color? Do I detece a bit of projection here? <end mild snark>

Even the slightest inappropriate Nazi reference by a Republican gets big notice by the media, even when that Republican is speaking only for him or herself. But Bond was speaking as a representative of the NAACP, and it has been utterly ignored. That says something that I think you're not willing to notice.

Posted by: Doug Payton at February 3, 2006 08:49 PM