Friday, July 9, 2010

Beck is jumping on another race-baiting opportunity

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Glenn Beck has seized on an excuse for further race-baiting using the manufactured scandal following Christian Adams' accusation that the President's Department of Justice engaged in racially charged "corruption" in the New Black Panther Party case.

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Once again, Media Matters for America is on top of this right wing distortion.

The following is from their press release of 7/7/10:
Adams: DOJ's action in New Black Panther case shows unprecedented, racially charged corruption
Adams: DOJ decision not to pursue charges in New Black Panther case demonstrates unprecedented, racially charged corruption. Adams, a GOP activist, penned a Washington Times op-ed leveling accusations of a "corrupt" and racially charged dismissal of the New Black Panther Party case and appeared in a two-part interview with Fox News' Megyn Kelly. During the interview, Adams accused the Justice Department of "a hostility in the voting section and in the civil rights division to bringing cases on behalf of white victims for the benefit of national racial minorities." Adams further said that "the decision to dismiss this case was corrupt," adding, "to abandon law-abiding citizens and abet wrongdoers constitutes corruption." In a Pajamas Media post, Adams wrote:
If we had that frank, truthful discussion about race, we'd learn that the Obama administration doesn't believe some civil rights laws protect every American. The Bush Civil Rights Division was willing to protect all Americans from racial discrimination; during the Obama years, the Holder years, only some Americans will be protected. Americans have a right to know and judge the racial policies of the administration they elected in 2008.
This follow-up is from another press release of 7/7/10:

Adams: "There's actually a record" of hostility "where they dismissed a case the Bush administration brought against Missouri." During an appearance on the July 7 edition of Fox News' America Live, Adams claimed that the Justice Department had issued a mandate not to enforce election laws that deal with voter registration maintenance, which host Megyn Kelly claimed amounted to "sanctioning voter fraud." To support his unsubstantiated allegation, Adams said:
And you could look at the record. There's actually a record on this during this administration where they dismissed a case that the Bush administration had brought against Missouri, and they haven't brought any new cases.
Fund cites dismissal as "evidence backing up" Adams. In a July 8 Wall Street Journal post, John Fund cited the Justice Department's decision not to pursue the lawsuit against Missouri as "evidence backing up" Adams' claims. Fund asserted:
When filed in 2005, one-third of Missouri counties had more registered voters than voting-age residents. What's more, Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, a Democrat who this year is her party's candidate for a vacant U.S. Senate seat, contended that her office had no obligation to ensure individual counties were complying with the federal law mandating a cleanup of their voter rolls.
The case made slow but steady progress through the courts for more than three years, amid little or no evidence of progress in cleaning up Missouri's voter rolls. Despite this, Obama Justice saw fit to dismiss the case in March 2009.
The lawsuit against Missouri was dismissed for "outdated evidence."

  • The lawsuit against Missouri was filed in 2005 over the objection of the U.S. attorney and approved by Bradley Schlozman, who participated in the Bush-era politicization of the Justice Department.
  • The Bush-era lawsuit was harshly criticized as emblematic of the politicization of the Justice Department and the U.S. attorneys scandal.
  • The Justice Department said that the case was dismissed due to outdated evidence.

Beck jumps on race-baiting opportunity

Beck accuses Obama of aligning himself with "community organizers" like the Black Panther Party. On the July 7 edition of his radio program, Glenn Beck played an audio clip of one of the New Black Panthers who stood outside the Philadelphia polling place. In the audio, which was from a 2008 National Geographic documentary on the New Black Panthers that was completed before the 2008 election day, the New Black Panther said, "I hate white people. All of them. Every last iota of a cracker, I hate it. ... You want freedom, you're going to have to kill some crackers. You're going to have to kill some of their babies." Beck likened the New Black Panthers' rhetoric to "the kind of stuff" Van Jones "was holding up" with the group STORM, stating: "These are the kinds of people that our president aligns himself with. He already has Van Jones and STORM. How many people do you have to have that are community organizers? Because, really, that's all that the Black Panthers are: community organizers."
Beck: "This administration is full of ... people that will excuse" the "hatred" of the New Black Panthers. On the same edition of his radio show, Beck stated: "What everyone is leaving out is that this administration is full of radicals, full of revolutionaries, full of people that will excuse this kind of hatred." He then played the audio clip from the National Geographic documentary and stated, "That is incredible. And talk radio is deemed hate speech. I've never heard anything like that. I've never heard anything like that on talk radio. And if I did hear that on talk radio, I would be all for turning that person off."
Beck: "I'm not sure what racism is any more." Also on the same edition of his radio show, after again playing the audio from the New Black Panthers documentary, Beck stated, "Now, some people might call this racism because he hates all white crackers." Beck later said: "I heard this language before in the '60s, and it didn't end well. I think we all have to watch our language. I wonder if Nancy [Pelosi] is going to give a speech today about the watching of our cracker language. Of course not. So, I'm not sure if it is officially racism because I'm not sure what racism is any more.

From a Media Matters press release of  7/6/10:

Assistant Attorney General explained DOJ's decision before the Civil Rights commission

Assistant AG Perez explained DOJ decision to proceed with default judgment in caseIn his May 14 testimony before the United States Commission on Civil Rights, Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez stated that the Justice Department had obtained "sufficient evidence to sustain the charge" of voter intimidation against King Samir Shabazz, identified by Perez as "the defendant who had the nightstick," and that "the default judgment was sought and obtained as it related to him." Perez testified:

PEREZ: Based on the careful review of the evidence, the Department concluded that the evidence collected supported the allegations in the complaint against Minister King Samir Shabazz. The Department, therefore, obtained an injunction against defendant King Samir Shabazz, prohibiting him from displaying a weapon within 100 feet of an open polling place on any Election Day in the City of Philadelphia or from otherwise violating Section 11(b).
The Department considers this injunction to be tailored appropriately to the scope of the violation and the constitutional requirements and will fully enforce the injunction's terms.
Perez testified "the evidence did not support" case against others. In his testimony Perez further explained that "as it related to the other defendants in the case, [DOJ attorneys] Ms. [Loretta] King and Mr. [Steve] Rosenbaum concluded that the evidence did not support that. And that was the decision that they made." From Perez's testimony:
PEREZ: The Department concluded that the allegations in the complaint against Jerry Jackson, the other defendant present at the polling place, as well as the allegations against the national New Black Panther Party and its leader, Malik Zulu Shabazz, did not have sufficient evidentiary support.
The Department reviewed the totality of the evidence in the applicable law in reaching these decisions.
To read a conservative's view on this case, see "The New Black Panther Case: A Conservative Dissent" by Abigail Thernstromthe author, most recently, of Voting Rights — and Wrongs: The Elusive Quest for Racially Fair Elections. She is an adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and vice chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Beck, race baiter, is always willing to make connections where none usually exist and exploit "controversial" stories presented on Fox "News" no matter how baseless or slanted. Watch him continue to pull more links between The New Black Panther Party and President Obama out of his rectum and declare it to be "the truth." Why would he do this? Glenn Beck is a yellow, race-baiting, deceitful, persuasive, clever and hypocritical propagandist. Malik Zulu Shabazz believes Beck to be a neo-racist, but The Glenn Beck Review has yet to find evidence to support this claim. 

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