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Bozell: NPR Versus 'Minstrel' Cain

By Brent Bozell

National Public Radio proved a long time ago it disdains black conservatives. Remember when NPR's Nina Totenberg launched the unproven sexual harassment charges against Clarence Thomas? NPR doesn't even like black liberals who appear on Fox News: They canned Juan Williams. The sexual harassment charges against Herman Cain aren't ruining him as quickly as the media hoped, so on Nov. 11, NPR viciously attacked Cain for being an enemy of blacks and a "minstrel" to white conservatives.

Reporter Karen Grigsby Bates began with Harvard Professor Randall Kennedy. "Black people know that if Herman Cain had his way, their lives would be diminished," he announced. "And they intuit that Herman Cain's policies are against their interests."

Who is this man to judge like that? NPR made no attempt to identify Professor Kennedy as having served on the editorial board of the hard-left Nation magazine. They didn't even call him "liberal." He is partisan enough to have insisted in April that liberal Supreme Court justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer should retire now because they couldn't survive a two-term Republican president.

Kennedy somehow gets to speak on behalf of all black Americans everywhere, that if Herman Cain "had his way," he would want blacks to be diminished. This is really rich drivel coming from the Left. They are the ones who placed blacks in dangerous public housing, high-rises in high-crime neighborhoods in the "War on Poverty." They are responsible for subjecting black children to atrocious public schools with no chance of escaping to a private school that cared about them. They entrenched a welfare state that chased away black fathers and placed Planned Parenthood clinics in urban neighborhoods for their abortion "needs." But Randall Kennedy and NPR apparently think that's the Nirvana of black interests; Cain is evil for opposing their agenda.

NPR then turned to Jack E. White, a former screed-writer for Time magazine. He also wasn't labeled a liberal, despite working for Time and now for the black liberal website The Root, owned by The Washington Post. NPR's Bates said White was outraged that Cain, like Thomas, would call unproven sexual harassment charges a "high-tech lynching." Bates said, "He believes Cain and his white supporters have struck a bargain."

A racist bargain. "Basically, Herman Cain tells them what they want to hear about blacks, and in turn, they embrace him and say, 'See, that proves we aren't racist,'" said White. Then he stuck in the knife: "He's even willing to be a minstrel for them, referring to, himself sometimes as 'Cornbread,' or quoting his father as speaking ungrammatically, as saying, you know, things like I does not care."

Even Bob Beckel on Fox called the "minstrel" line "obscene." In Jack White's mind, we are forever stuck in 1963, and every white conservative is somehow a Southern Democrat racist Bull Connor. But today's 18-year-old Americans who may turn out to vote for Herman Cain early next year were born in 1993. You can't endlessly suggest that racism is taught in schools, on TV and over every Republican dinner table ... unless you're a crank or a guest on NPR.

The third black Cain critic was a professor named Vincent Hutchings, who said Cain was "crazy," but "crazy like a fox."

There were no black conservative professors allowed -- not Thomas Sowell, or Walter Williams. NPR doesn't want blacks to consider it conceivable that a black could choose to be a conservative and still be considered respectable.

The only conservative view allowed was a clip of Ann Coulter. (NPR somehow couldn't acquire an original interview.) Coulter said on Fox that black conservatives have to swim against a very strong tide of black opinion, so "our blacks are so much better than their blacks."

To which "objective" Bates replied: "Observations like that may be why their blacks are so few in number." Bates clearly believes (as her report demonstrates) that black conservatives are metaphorically owned by masters and simply cannot fathom why blacks would want to be released from the liberal plantation.

Herman Cain may win the Republican nomination, or he may not. But it's quite clear from all the media coverage that the liberal media don't want him even standing on the debate stage. It ruins their preferred caricature of the Republicans as an all-white country club that sees blacks as the people who hand them towels in the restroom.

If they can't push Cain off the stage, then they'll try to smear him into a cartoon minstrel. As so often happens in liberal media circles, the goal of accuracy takes a back seat to victory.

Ask yourself: Would this vitriol against Cain exist if he were white?


L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center.


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  1. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    November 16, 2011 @ 8:57 am

    It is our half Black, half White President who is putting on the Minstrel show and his situational morality allows him to put on the boot black or whiten his face depending upon which audience he speaks before and needs to pander votes from. Our Liberal Democrat Soros controlled Stepin Fetchit President may be a professional campaigner but his lack of leadership skills pale before a real Black “Results-oriented” Black man like Herman Cain. When you swim against the dark current like Herman Cain you become stronger than those who take the Democrat African American path of least resistance to flow, and get sold down the Progressive River which leads to their Liberal ideological sewage plant of failure and entitlement.

    It’s time to defund NPR and let them sink or swim in their own cesspool of Liberal Insanity.

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  2. onewildmanComment by onewildman
    November 16, 2011 @ 10:01 am

     Those two idiots are two of the biggest racist in the country. They are trying to create racism where it does not exist any longer. They have absolutely no proof of what they are saying. NPR is just as guilty. By not informing the viewers of the political leanings of these two. Nothing they said was based on fact. It was in fact based on their biased racist opinions. That should say it all. NPR is out to smear Cain and anyone who is a threat to their glorious imperial leader Obama. Gag me with a mounting, because that is one heaping pile of manure.
    IMPEACH OBAMA NOW! ! ! ! ! ! !

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    • teapartyproudComment by teapartyproud
      November 17, 2011 @ 6:32 am

      Blacks like the ones on his show are ten times more racist that any whites. They’re so steeped in it that their very livelihood and reason for existence depends on  it. How can anyone possibly take anything they say seriously?

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