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For Fox, Beck, Limbaugh -- Race Baiting Has Become Standard Fare, with More to Come This Summer

Irrational Obama Derangement Syndrome has spread across the airwaves, frothing into pure racist paranoia and hate talk.

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Looking back, Beck, like an overeager toddler anxious to be the first on the playground swings, might have simply sprinted out too fast in front of his playmates last summer when he went on national television and announced the President of the United States hated white people. But as irrational Obama Derangement Syndrome has continued to ferment for an additional twelve months, and as radical right partisans continue to dream up all kinds of dark conspiratorial tales about the president, Beck once again seems comfortable playing the race card, and playing it hard.

And so do lots of other Obama haters, like Limbaugh, who’s had  lots of practice in the past:

  • "We are being told that we have to hope [Obama] succeeds, that we have to bend over, grab the ankles ... because his father was black."
  • "I do believe" Obama is an "angry black guy."”
  • “Obama is "more African in his roots than he is American" and is "behaving like an African colonial despot."

Just typically rancid stuff. What’s new now though, is the jaw-dropping notion that Limbaugh’s pushing about how Obama’s policies, which the AM talker insists are ruining this country, can be explained by the president’s burning desire  to exact revenge on America for its historical sin of slavery and long-running discrimination against minorities. In fact, that’s why Obama ran for president in the first place -- to  drive unemployment up and make white people suffer economic hardships just like blacks have for decades.

Why is this kind of aggressive race-baiting thriving now? Aside from the arrival of the New Black Panther Party (non) story, it’s because Limbaugh, and the rest of the full-time Obama haters who make millions spinning increasingly wild tales about the almost uncontrollable evil that drives Obama and his fellow Democrats, needs to continually come up with some sort of explanation for  why Obama is bent on destroying America and shredding the Constitution, demonizing this country, trashing our allies, and purposefully making life miserable for most. I mean, that’s not typically what U.S. presidents do, right?

The professional haters have to at least invent some reason -- an Obama motivation -- as to why. And right now the latest answer (coming in the wake of claims that Obama’s love of socialism, and communism, and fascism was to blame) is it’s because of racism. Specifically, the reason Obama  wants to destroy what makes America great is because Obama himself hates America and its history of injustice. So now that Obama’s sitting in the White House he’s exacting revenge and one way to do that is to team up with the New Black Panther Party.

Got that? In the summer of 2010, that’s the narrative being constructed and re-enforced within the right-wing media: Obama is some kind of Black Manchurian Candidate who ran for president in order to score payback against  whitey.

That’s pretty astonishing stuff, but in terms of chronicling all this obvious and unapologetic ugliness, where has the Beltway press been? On that front, it’s been mostly media silence this summer.

I assume journalists are nervous about the blowback that would come with calling out the right-wing media for so blatantly  playing the race card. So instead of doing their job, let alone stepping out on a limb and actually condemning the hate brigade, journalists mostly look away. Although honestly, if the White House were currently occupied by the first Jewish president, for instance, and his hardcore partisan critics spent their days and nights broadcasting trumped-up allegations about how the president hated Christians, it’s hard to imagine how the Beltway press corps wouldn’t considered that to be newsworthy, not to mention deplorable.

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