“Uncle Tom?” … Earlier this week Kanye West appeared on TMZ and said, among other things, that slavery was “a choice.” That’s when media critic/cheerleader Brian Stelter decided to weigh in. Stelter, who is white, called Kanye a “gift to racists.” That’s dangerously close to calling Kanye “Uncle Tom.” Is that really something Stelter wants to be doing?
CNN's Brian Stelter attacks Kanye West: He's "a gift to racists."https://t.co/xNeBZVRdra
— Ryan Saavedra ?? (@RealSaavedra) May 2, 2018
Let’s also take a look at Kanye’s follow-up actions. In a tweet (archived version), since deleted, Kanye shared a quote misattributed to Harriet Tubman: “I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.” This is a quote often misattributed to Tubman and shared by many people.
Some of the more prominent people who have shared the quote are current U.S. Senator Cory Booker, D-N.J., and N.Y. Times columnist Charles M. Blow. Both of these gentlemen are African-Americans. Where was Stelter’s outrage when they shared the quote and its meaning? That’s right: Those two gentlemen aren’t beginning to profess a political view that is counter to Stelter’s. It is also worth noting that Kanye has deleted the fake quote tweet, while Booker and Blow have not.
Will attacks like Stelter’s against Kanye work? CRTV host Michelle Malkin wrote that playing the “Uncle Tom” card is dead and ineffectual in her column this week. Nevertheless, Stelter has persisted. Here’s another data point that attacks from leftists like Stelter won’t work: After Kanye came out in support of Donald Trump, the president’s approval number among black males doubled in just one week, according to at least one poll.
Quite the gift … Just how much focus did CNN put on the Stormy Daniels story over the past two months? The network had Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, on a total of 59 times in less than two months, according to an analysis by NewsBusters. In the same time period, GOP senators only appeared on the network 34 times, according to the analysis. Any time someone like Stelter tells you CNN is only covering the news, or doesn’t have bias, shove this statistic right back in his face.
Stormy … Speaking of Avenatti, he’s apparently been asking the head honcho at MSNBC for a show of his own. This makes sense. Why would CNN pay for what it’s been getting for free?
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Won’t you run? … Cecile Richards just ended her run as the head of the nation’s premier home for abortionists, Planned Parenthood. News anchors have been fawning all over Richards. As NewsBusters shows, no less than six of those anchors have asked Richards if she’ll “run for office.” The questions seem more like encouragement than straight news. But remember, these folks are unbiased.
Fact-free … Tommy Vietor, the host of one of the most influential podcasts on the Left, “Pod Save America,” and his fellow Obama administration compatriot Ben Rhodes are out defending the Iran deal in full force. CR’s Jordan Schachtel has the details on their “fact-free” campaign to mislead America about the deal and the threat posed by Iran. Schachtel also outlines how the dynamic duo’s false claims “have been repeated verbatim” by mainstream media outlets. This is how #FakeNews starts, with people who flash their credentials and then just tell lie after lie, and their fellow leftists in the media repeat them without checking.
It just dawned on me: 2018 is already a third over. How did that happen? Where does the time go? For all the young folks reading this newsletter: Seize today, because like 2018, time flies, and one day you’ll look up and you’ll realize that you are closer to 70 than you are to high school graduation – this may or may not have been something I realized this week.
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Robert Eno is the director of research for Conservative Review. He is a conservative from deep blue Massachusetts but now lives in Greenville, SC.