Guest Post by Karl Denninger
Conservatives would like us to believe that hatred of government and racism are totally separate phenomena. That one has nothing to do with the other. They’re wrong.
Conservative commentator Crystal Wright labeled Bundy’s comments “racial missteps.” Texas Governor Rick Perry called them a “side story” to the real story — an abusive federal land grab.
Today, the Republican Party is the anti-government party. Therefore, it has inherited the same support from racists that Democrats used to have.
So exactly who are the racists? The cited author of that piece on Reuters, and a bunch of others, would have you believe that Bundy is a nasty, evil racist bastard. They will cite an alleged interview he gave.
What they won’t do is give you the unedited footage. And yes, folks, it was edited.
Now for the questions:
- Is it racist to point out that black people appear to be unhappy and not free because they have been tricked into dependence, but that even so we would not want to return black people to slavery? Exactly how is it “racist” to point out that economic slavery is just as bad as physical slavery and it is the actions of so-called “liberals” and big government that have created this environment?
- Is it racist to point out that Hispanics have, in Bundy’s experience, better family values than whites? Exactly what’s racist about lauding those who work hard and have better family structures — those very same hispanics?
That’s the unedited clip that, once doctored and tampered with, led everyone from Hannity on down the line to demonize this man as a horrifying racist bastard. Listen to it. Do you hear racism when you hear the entire clip and not the version edited for the purpose of deliberately misrepresenting what Bundy said?
Anyone remember the “video footage” of Zimmerman in the copshop? They intentionally framed the clip they ran on the news so that the back of Zimmerman’s head, which had a clearly-visible injury, was covered by the station logo — and of course this footage was cited to “prove” he had no visible injuries.
I’ve dealt with the media for much of my professional life. It’s difficult to do and not have this sort of thing done to you as soon as someone decides they don’t like you. There is little or no recourse you have when it happens too. What I was taught when I first started being solicited for interviews two decades ago was to never speak in a sentence of more than four or five words and never use compound thoughts that were incomplete within a single sentence. If you violated either of these rules you were very likely to have this sort of hack job done on you.
The majority of people cannot have a camera stuck in their face and think on their feet quickly enough to evade these sorts of traps. This sort of crap is as old as journalism and it is fundamentally dishonest, but this is how the game is played — and always has been.
But in today’s world of the Internet where everyone has a cellphone with a video recorder built in it’s harder to get away with it, and this time, fortunately, someone else had a camera running and was able to capture and make available the unedited footage.
So let me ask again: Who is the racist, given that it’s clearly NOT Bundy?