An op-ed at Bloomberg written by Jeffrey Goldberg on Monday perpetuates the smear that anything Republicans say is racist.
It's not that Republicans are actually saying anything racist, it's all part of that secret "dog-whistle" language that supposedly only conservatives understand.
He starts his screed by completely misrepresenting what GOP candidates have actually said.
"Here are some things you could learn about black Americans from the recent statements and insinuations of Republican presidential candidates, Republican congressmen and Republican-friendly radio personalities:Black people have lost the desire to perform a day’s work. Black people rely on food stamps provided to them by white taxpayers. Black people, including Barack and Michelle Obama, believe that the U.S. owes them something because they are black. Black children should work as janitors in their high schools as a way to keep them from becoming pimps. And the pathologies afflicting black Americans are caused partly by the Democratic Party, which has created in them a dependency on government not dissimilar to the forced dependency of slaves on their owners."
Consider his first claim - that Republicans think blacks have lost the desire to work. The article he links to as"evidence" does not even mention the phrase but does cite Gingrich's statement that Republicans "believe in work." Goldberg twists that statement to argue that Gingrich believes that blacks have lost the desire to work.
His second example relies on a now thoroughly debunked claim that Santorum allegedly said he didn't want to make black people's lives better. As in the previous claim, Santorum never mentioned food stamps, althought the author of the Huffington Post article did. Still, it's a smear, and Santorum is a Republican holding conservative views. Therefore, in the liberal caricature of Republicans, it must be true.
His third claim relies on progressive spin from the George Soros-funded Media Matters, an organization that once declared a guerilla war on Fox News. The link clearly deals with a monologue Limbaugh gave stating his opinion of the Obamas in the White House. At no time does Limbaugh imply all "black people." Goldberg does that himself, putting words in Limbaugh's mouth.
The fourth example - that Republicans think black children should work as janitors - is a repeat of the same smear that caused Gingrich to call Juan Williams by his first name, a move liberals also claimed was racist. Naturally, the article never quotes Gingrich as saying "black children" should work as janitors - Goldberg put those words in his mouth. Gingrich also never uttered the word "pimp." It was spoken by the person interviewing Gingrich, and is mentioned several times in the comments.
His next claim - that blacks have been put into a dependency status by the Democratic Party is based on Herman Cain's remark that "African-Americans have been brainwashed into not being open minded, not even considering a conservative point of view." Cain's point is that many minorities have been put into the position of thinking that only Democrats care for them, despite personally holding conservative views.
Judging by these claims, all of which have actually been put forward recently, here is a modest prediction: This presidential election will be one of the most race- soaked in recent history. It is already more race-soaked than the 2008 election, which, of course, marked the first time that a black man became a major-party candidate.
Actually, none of the claims Goldberg cites have been put forward by anyone in the GOP, but have been repeated by operatives of the Democrat-media complex. It is quite instructive that he never actually quoted any Republican saying these things.
The rest of the article is little more than propaganda - all of it based on a series of misrepresentations and false premises, and concludes by comparing Republicans to cartoon caricatures.
His piece is instructive in one way - it shows the cartoon caricature voters will be spoon-fed every day between now and the November election, and it proves Rep. Allen West (R-FL) right: Joseph Goebbels would be proud of the modern Democratic Party and its media machine.
Of course, it's easy for Goldberg and the rest of the Democrat-media complex to call Republicans racists as it requires no actual thought.
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