Jewish World Review Nov. 20, 2013/ 17 Kislev, 5774
Oprah, Obama and the racism dodge
By Jonah Goldberg
Now there's a fresh take.
Either Gompertz has been handcuffed to a radiator in someone's windowless basement for the last five years or, more likely, he was riffing off the suggested questions Winfrey's PR team handed out to interviewers. Neither explanation would lift the stench of staleness from the question -- or the answer.
Winfrey responded: "Has it ever crossed my mind? ... Probably it's crossed my mind more times than it's crossed your mind. Just the level of disrespect. When the senator yelled out, 'You're a liar' -- remember that? Yeah, I think that there is a level of disrespect for the office that occurs, and that occurs in some cases and maybe even many cases because he's African-American."
Now it's true that Rep.
However, a lack of evidence hasn't stopped countless liberals, editorial boards, pundits and stand-up comics, not to mention administration officials, from propagating the idea that Obama's problems boil down to the irrational bigotry of his opponents.
Looking for examples of this relentless smear is like hunting for sand at the beach. In July, Health and Human Services Secretary
It's all very stupid and lazy. When
This is not to say there aren't racists -- even in the
For liberals, it's not so clear. Since Democrats steamrolled the Affordable Care Act into law, its defenders have acted as if any opposition to the law is irrational, extremist, absurd and, of course, racist. They gave themselves license to dismiss all inconvenient facts simply by impugning the motives of those who point them out.
Just days before HealthCare.gov crashed on takeoff, Majority Leader
"We are going to accept nothing that relates to Obamacare," he added. "Let them find something else to be weird about."
In recent polls, 58 percent of Americans have a negative view of the health-care law, 54 percent disapprove of Obama and 50 percent think he isn't honest or trustworthy. Are they all racists and weirdos?
Winfrey, a billionaire twice over thanks in no small part to her popularity among whites, told the
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