Jewish World Review August 23, 2013/ 17 Elul, 5773
MSNBC has full deck of race cards
By Jonah Goldberg
http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "Why do they seem so determined to also make it racial?"
The irony-impaired Reid was asking that question about a heinous murder in
Reid asked the question while guest-hosting a show on MSNBC, a network that has mastered the art of making unracial things racial. Just two days earlier, Reid had insisted that there's a "neoconfederate thread" running through the gun-rights movement. Whatever that means.
Then there's MSNBC fixture
Another MSNBC host,
And that of course leaves out
Against this backdrop, Reid asking why anyone would bring race into the discussion is a bit like a pornographer asking, "Why make this about sex?"
But let's get back to her question. One high-minded response might be that conservatives are bringing race into this discussion because they are simply doing what has been asked of them by Reid and countless others, including the president and the attorney general: They're trying to have that coveted "national conversation about race." Of course, the conversation that the conversation-mongers want is entirely one-sided; they only want to talk about why their ideological enemies are racists. Any other discussion is an incomprehensible and unjustifiable tangent distracting us from what they want to hear and say.
But the truth is, that's not what is going on. To the extent that people are bringing up race it is to turn the tables, rhetorically at least, on people like Reid and her MSNBC colleagues for their relentless -- some might say shameless and disgusting -- effort to exploit the
Recall that there was no evidence Zimmerman was motivated by racial animus, a fact so inconvenient to
Australian and British newspapers -- which do not care about imposing a monolithic liberal narrative on race -- are reporting that Lane's alleged murderers may have been driven by motives other than boredom. But even if the initial reporting proves accurate and these thugs were just trying to break the monotony of the dog days of summer, the lesson for the MSNBC crowd should be the same.
From Obama down to his cheerleaders in the press, liberals have declared unremitting war on their ideological opponents, cynically polarizing the country along racial -- and, when possible, gender -- lines. They, not conservatives, have been the ones dragging race into any and every political dispute they can. This disgusting strategy has worked well for them, galvanizing minority voters and tarring the Republican brand. I don't particularly welcome the fact that conservatives are fighting fire with fire, but you can hardly blame them given how liberals like Reid have been asking for it for so long.
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