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Breaking Obama

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Ishmael Reed, author of the new book Barack Obama and the Jim Crow Media: The Return of the Nigger Breakers, explores how people are assailing President Obama and how the media is involved.

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Comments [41]

Dan-O from North NJ

Come on Brian!! This guy is racist and you didn't even call him out when he used the perverted sexual term "tea bagger"...

Apr. 26 2010 10:53 PM

THE truth-- "racism is not only a tool, it is a way of life for a whole lot of people!"

lifestyle for some just a tool for others

Apr. 22 2010 01:56 PM
Smiles

Thanks hjs. Becky, I am not making any assumptions about you, how could I? I don't know you. I am trying to understand how we can propel the dialogue forward and move past simplifying complexities too much. I hope, though it seems not to be the way comment boards work, that we can can also speak respectfully to each other. If my first post set you off, that was not my intention. Be well.

Apr. 22 2010 01:14 PM
The Truth from Becky

Thank you HJS for translating, smiles reeeeallly thinks that I am afraid to say what I mean, if he/she was smart she and was listening to the show and not just responding to posts, he/she would note that mine is/was a response to Reed, not an attempt to avoid saying Black or white...I am not shy smiles, I dont hide behind word games, thanks for playing try again.

Apr. 22 2010 12:39 PM

Smiles
seems to me from reading the post "they" refers to those who hate obama.

Apr. 22 2010 12:31 PM
kbinps from park slope

john from the office- if you don't agree with him he must be taken off the air? Even if one doesn't agree isn't it worthwhile to have opposing views? Maybe you need to stick to Fox where you won't have the unfortune exposure to thoughts that might differ from yours.

Apr. 22 2010 12:26 PM
Smiles

I don't really understand Becky. I am looking for truth, not word play.

Apr. 22 2010 12:23 PM

Zach
know where u came from to know where you're going!

Apr. 22 2010 12:22 PM
The Truth from Becky

Agreed NMW...most will need to get a dictionary before responding to your post but....agreed.

Apr. 22 2010 12:09 PM
nmwmdmph from New Jersey

Interesting discussion but apart from the direct malicious opposition to Obama, two other issues seem fundamental to understand poor civic climate.

One, is the lack of commercial viability of pragmatic civic minded media to counter the oppositional sound bite model that feeds our tabloid hunger. Reasoned policy discussions are boring compared to emotional WWF takedown language.

Two, there is an inherent human nature not to listen to views that are different from our own no matter what evidence is presented. We protect and apologize for our own, regardless of their guilt. Tribalism, cognitive dissonance, confirmation bias represent closed minds that will argue and defend regardless of the facts. That cannot be changed.

But there is a proportion of the electorate that is skeptical and emotional whose minds are not completely closed. we must be more effective in using the tools of persuasion and emotion to pull them to the truth and away from the mindless crowd.

NMW

Apr. 22 2010 12:04 PM
The Truth from Becky

Voter, can't believe I am agreeing with you today...will wonders never cease! but you are spot on.

Apr. 22 2010 12:04 PM
The Truth from Becky

@ "you are not the truth" - I am the TRUTH and you are a coward! Truth hurts...get gonads together and post a REAL name thanks. Oh and I don't recall saying I was Black...hmmm, check your racism meter.

Apr. 22 2010 12:02 PM
The Truth from Becky

Smiles - you are they

Apr. 22 2010 12:00 PM
DarkSymbolist from Take back NYC!

mnhtn

Stirring up racist feelings among the populace in order to "play politics" is NOT ok and does not get a pass. The thought that that can be excused as "playing politics" is disgusting.

Apr. 22 2010 11:59 AM
smiles

I'm all for clear, perceptive, and even brutal criticism of our collective, American identity. It's the overly broad brush stokes that fail us. I expect more of intellects like Mr. Reed.

Apr. 22 2010 11:58 AM
Voter from Brooklyn

The Truth from Becky,
I think non-black members of the media who get hung up on Barak Obama being half Irish forget what I’ve posted before (and usually gets redacted): Racists don’t check your birth certificate before calling you “n-word”.
(Funny Note: Apparently now I can't even post the title of the book: "Watch your mouth! The words "n----r" are not allowed here" --care of the WNYC site)

Apr. 22 2010 11:48 AM
DarkSymbolist from Take back NYC!

...and another thing:

back when the Iraq war started, the protestors were treated in the media (including on NPR) as a fringe movement made up of extremists and weirdos. Despite the fact that there were serious questions about the premise of the war (which turned out to be justified in the end as we all know)

and yet...these looney tune tea baggers who seem to be fueled mostly by hate and no real coherent ideology when you scratch the surface quite frankly, are taken with the utmost seriousness by the media (including NPR and your show in particular).

Apr. 22 2010 11:48 AM
The Truth from Becky

Thankfully a short segment, it was a faux pas to have this guest.

Apr. 22 2010 11:45 AM
Smiles

Who's "they" again Becky?

Apr. 22 2010 11:45 AM
You are not the Truth

The Truth from Becky, it is people such as yourself who give African-Americans a bad name, not everyone is out to get us

Apr. 22 2010 11:45 AM
mh

How ironic that the same person decrying racist treatment of Obama and saying that no one brings up Obama's Irish heritage then used the offensive term "paddy wagons." I wish you had called him on that, Brian!

Apr. 22 2010 11:43 AM
Voter from Brooklyn

Brian, NPR does it own racial stereotyping. Weekend Edition went so far as to call candidate Obama a racist for not defending John McCain and lauded candidate McCain for adopting a dark-skinned child.

I agree with the guest; however, using the charge of Jim Crow by the media against a markedly pro-Crow president it a bit ironic, don’t you think?

Apr. 22 2010 11:43 AM
The Truth from Becky

FYI ZACH, I was responding to HJS' comment..see hjs second comment thanks.

Apr. 22 2010 11:43 AM
Mike from Midtown

Wait- I didn't catch that joke. Could you repeat it one more time?

Apr. 22 2010 11:42 AM
Elaine

White middle-aged woman from suburbia-this premise is 100% correct!

Apr. 22 2010 11:41 AM
test from mnhtn

This guy sounds like a paranoid conspiracy-theorist. Yeah, now Hillary Cinton is a Jew-hating racist b/c of Graham. WTF!
Enough already, they're playing politics. Has your guest ever heard of POLITICS!
He sounds racist to me - generalizing and always looking for faults.

Apr. 22 2010 11:41 AM
Amy from Manhattan

I didn't catch the word Mr. Reed said before "Diaries" when he was talking about Billy Graham. Was this a book Rev. Graham wrote? How far back does it date--does it necessarily reflect his current attitude?

Apr. 22 2010 11:41 AM
The Truth from Becky

Oh please don't forget to mention what Time Magazine did.

Apr. 22 2010 11:41 AM
An American Citizen from NYC

Why must everything said which poorly reflects on President Obama be race-related? There is nothing worse than the over-sensitized nature of race relations here in America and it benefits NO ONE. Mr. Reed makes the point that media critics don't reference the President's Irish heritage, however when filling out his census form, President Obama himself refused to identify these roots. As a proud Irish-American, should I take this to mean he is disgraced by this portion of his heritage? If I was and I came out publicly and admitted this, would I then be stapled as a racist-thinking white man?

Apr. 22 2010 11:40 AM
john from office

The joke was not funny, there are black conservatives, who are made to feel inadequate by fools like this guest. Get him off the air, he is a joke and a stereotype.

Apr. 22 2010 11:40 AM
The Truth from Becky

The Black race thanks you so much john from the o, for your support...NOT

Apr. 22 2010 11:39 AM
Zach

Aren't sweeping historical analogies like this just reductive and lazy when it comes to analyzing the REAL and pervasive racial bias against this president? Writing about slave-breakers or making erroneous statements about "The Jews," (see "The Truth's" FOURTH comment) serve only to distract from the issue.

Apr. 22 2010 11:38 AM
The Truth from Becky

Yes Brian, he is Black enough...in the United States they still believe in one drop. I don't know any Black person who asked that question, had to come from someone in the media someone white.

Apr. 22 2010 11:38 AM
john from office

Brian, where do you find these guests. He is not a spokesman for the black community. Another voice of victimhood,

Gates was not Harrassed, he overreacted to a police inquery. Gates was the aggressor.

Apr. 22 2010 11:38 AM
DarkSymbolist from Take back NYC!

"Not part of the mainstream commentary", Brian?

Are you nuts??? The media is extremely disresptful of this President on a level I have NEVER seen in my life, including with the last moron we had in office (who actually DESERVED to be beat up by the media-but the press KISSED his butt instead)

Perhaps you are too busy listening to Rush Limbaugh (I've noticed all the Limbaugh references of late- WTF???) and it's rotting your brain.

Wake up already.

Apr. 22 2010 11:37 AM
The Truth from Becky

"They" hate President Obama more than hitler hated the jews.

Apr. 22 2010 11:32 AM
john from john

Brian, I am soooo proud of you for using the N word. Wow. You broke every PC rule in the book.

This guest is just another black activist that is paranoid and a weight on the black community. Always seeing the negative.

Apr. 22 2010 11:32 AM
The Truth from Becky

HJS - racism is not only a tool, it is a way of life for a whole lot of people!

Apr. 22 2010 11:32 AM
The Truth from Becky

I have to say that you are correct Ishmael "they" are extremely disrespectful and degrading of this President. It is beyond the normal government hating behaviour.

Apr. 22 2010 11:31 AM

it seems to me that racism is just a tool used by some in the on going war between working people and the trust funds that own this country.

Apr. 22 2010 11:31 AM
The Truth from Becky

You had already said the N-word Brian when you read the title, you didn't seem to have problem, why switch back when you asked the question?

Apr. 22 2010 11:29 AM

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