Speaking of Big Media deceptions. Today Keith Olbermann, a deranged inmate in the asylum known as NBC/MSNBC, is suspended without pay. Olbermann made several maximum political donations to guests on his circus. Such donations are contrary to ethics rules at NBC (ethics at NBC?) and certainly make a mockery of Olbermann’s attacks on News Corp for making political contributions from their corporate account.
The deception here is not to acknowledge that NBC and MSNBC “news and public affairs programming” are a political contribution to the candidates they like – think Obama 2008.
What today’s nonsense drama headlines prove is that what we have written about Obama also applies to Big Media. Remember:
Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.
They also do a good job of refuting the claim that Hillary is not going to run in 2012 or 2016. The media's trying to run with that like crazy but it's a remark made in passing about whether or not the US will ever get a female president.
I watched on Monday. I just didn't blog about it. Due to a number of issues that had nothing to do with the program.
It was Vanessa's Halloween party on the show. She dressed as Marilyn Monroe. There was a funny Michelle Obama joke delivered by Brian Austin Green. He came with the red head. I've forgotten her name. Bree. That's her character's name. He came with Bree. Bree dressed as a cheerleader and this jerk dressed as a football player kept hitting on her. Leading Brian to go off on him. And then it turned out that Brian had rage issues. He'd been busted for it. And he was embarrassed. Bree admitted she was a recovering alcoholic. I hope they stay together and Brian Austin Green's the only man on the show I root for.
What else happened?
Are they trying to make us hate Gabby? She's showing so much favoritism to her birth daughter (only seen this year) and even Juanita is noticing and complaining. Carlos told Gabby that's exactly why he didn't want them to meet their birth daughter. (Gabby gave birth and someone swapped the babies. They just found out at the start of this season.)
It really makes her look bad -especially with her gifting the girl and praising her beauty while she's ignoring Juanita or making fat jokes about her (Juanita).
Terry lost her job at the school. There was a lot in the episode.
Vanessa got to shine and she and Bree had a really good scene. Oh, Tom's mother's suffering and will be going to a home.
I'll blog on it again next week but this was a good episode.
So Blogdrive is a racist website. They refuse to reply to Cedric's e-mail asking them if those ranting and racist e-mails from them were indeed from them, they refuse to reinstate his account. How typical. That's the Black experience online. We always know that's going to happen at some point.
The point? Kaveesha e-mailed to say hello, that she'd been reading for a long time and thinking and disagreeing with much here but one point she now saw differently was the issue of Barack's race. Barack is bi-racial. I have never pretended otherwise and have noted how for Whites, calling him Black was hip and comfy like Linus' security blanket. I've noted that it was racist to do so. Kaveesha's been contemplating that for some time and her grandmother passed on an article (her amazing grandmother, I should say, the woman's 68 and is a college junior -- she'd had to drop out to start a family and, last fall, decided she wanted her degree so she's enrolled and taking classes) that they discussed that clarified it for her. The article her grandmother passed on was one they discussed in a sociology class, John B. Judis' "Why Barack Obama isn't black" (The New Republic):
When asked about his race on the census form, Barack Obama, the child of a white Kansan and black African, did not take the option of checking both “white” and “black” or “some other race.” Instead, he checked “black, African American or Negro.” By doing that, Obama probably did what was expected of him, but he also confirmed an enduring legacy of American racism.
According to the Census Bureau, a little over 12 percent of Americans are “black, African American or Negro.” According to geneticist Mark Shriver, “the level of European ancestry in African-Americans averages about 20 percent.” Many notable “blacks” have been 50 percent or more “white.” These have included many notable Americans who were publicly identified as “black,” “colored,” or as “negroes,” including Frederick Douglass, NAACP president Walter White (who was one-sixty fourth black), union leader A. Phillip Randolph, and Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates.
The obvious question—perhaps not to an American, but certainly to a visitor from another planet—is why if someone’s ancestry is predominantly white, they are not identified as “white” rather than “black.” It’s not because of the way they look. Walter White was widely “mistaken” as a white person. As a student at Colgate, Adam Clayton Powell was initially believed to be “white.” But once it became known that they had black ancestry, they became black. And American law backed up this conclusion. In the South, the idea that any black ancestry would qualify someone as black, negro, or colored was called the “one-drop rule.”
In New Orleans in 1982, Susie Guillory Phipps went to court to have herself and her parents and blond, blue-eyed siblings declared “white.” When the 48-year-old, pale, raven-haired Phipps, who had married a white man and had always been known as white, had obtained her birth certificate in order to get a passport, she discovered that she was designated “colored.” The reason, she found out, was that she was the great-great-great-great granddaughter of a slave, Margarita, who had had a child in 1770 by a white French planter. The state’s lawyers challenged her claim to be white on the grounds that she was three-thirty seconds black, and they won.
So read it and enjoy. It's been a long night for me. Thank you to Keevesha and I'm glad we agree but honestly you could have written sooner. We don't have to agree. I'm glad you're just willing to read something and consider it. And tell your grandmother that I think she's amazing.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):