February 25, 2008

NYT: OMG! Is Barack Safe?

In a thinly veiled effort to drape Obama in the mantle of JFK, RFK, and MLK, New York Times writer Jeff Zeleny, uses a little fearmongering in a "noble" cause, of course:

DALLAS There is a hushed worry on the minds of many supporters of Senator Barack Obama, echoing in conversations from state to state, rally to rally: Will he be safe?
RFK and MLK are mentioned early, but note the dateline (JFK is invoked later on). What a clever little bit of subliminal propaganda.

Message: "We don't know of any credible threats, but Barack might be targeted because he is John, Robert, and Martin all rolled up into one hopey-changey package and everyone knows that non-progressives are dangerous maniacs who play with guns."

I'm sure the Gray Lady was every bit as concerned for the safety of President Bush when the threats were much more overt. Like, when Craig Killborn, working for David Letterman's Worldwide Pants production company, ran a "Snipers Wanted" crawl over a Bush speech. And didn't some nutjob actually produce a movie depicting the assassination of the President?

Update: Good Lt.'s comment to this post is too good and pithy to leave it in the comments:

Well, they've already proven over the last week or so who their candidate of choice is.

Prepare for more of this.

If you criticize the socialist policies of Obama, you're either a racist or want to assassinate him. Wingnut.

If you point out that his voting record is perhaps the most divisive in the US Senate, you're either a racist or want to assassinate him. Wingnut.

If you bother to point out that Obama is not The Lord High Savior of America, you're either a racist or want to assassinate him. Wingnut.

If you point out that Obama really has no executive experience to speak or, coupled with a short and unimpressive political career with a jaunt as a state senator and two years as a US Senator, you're either a racist or want to assassinate him. Wingnut.

If you point out how utterly hollow and vapid Obama's empty rhetoric is when it comes to naming specific policies he will try to enact, you're either a racist or want to assassinate him. Wingnut.

If you criticize Obama AT ALL, for ANY REASON, you're either a racist or want to assassinate him. Wingnut.

See? The NYT says so. Being a Democrat is easy. No thought required.

On the other hand, writing books about assassinating Bush, Bill Maher wishing death on Dick Cheney, making movies flirting with the "nuanced political criticism" of assassinating Bush, etc. is just fine and dandy. Political speech. Rational thought. Politically correct.

But turn the rhetorical guns (pun intended) the other way, and suddenly the line which should not be crossed has been crossed.

Hypocrisy, thy name is Democrat.
Good Lt | 02.25.08 - 1:32 pm | #

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