Skip to comments.Hartford Headline Spins Blackface Photo for Lamont
Posted on 08/03/2006 5:52:47 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
You're a Connecticut resident, a good citizen but not a political junkie. You scan the Hartford Courant - the state's largest paper - this morning and see the following headline:
'Lamont Spokesman: Blog Photo Offensive'
Quick: which campaign did something wrong, and which is rightly outraged? Based on the headline, you could certainly be forgiven for assuming that Lamont was the injured party.
As it turns out, the facts are just the opposite.
As detailed here, Jane Hamsher, a blogger very closely tied to the campaign of Ned Lamont yesterday wrote a column at Huffington Post containing a doctored photo of Joe Lieberman in blackface. The photo quickly made the rounds of the internet and was yanked a few hours later.
But this was the first day of coverage of the event by the Connecticut newspapers. You would have thought the headline would have been along the lines: 'Lamont Blogger Uses Blackface, Lieberman Campaign Outraged'. Yet the headline is virtually the diametric opposite. To be sure, the full story is contained in the body of the article, but even there the lead focuses on Lamont's condemnation of the photo rather than the offense to Lieberman.
A pro-Lamont current at the Courant?
By the way, for whatever reason, Hamsher has blackface on the brain. Her blog item of September 13th, 2005 contains yet another blackface photo. Hat tip to NewsBusters poster Caring White Guy.
Watching the first half-hour of the morning news shows on the broadcast networks this morning yielded no mention of the incident. Think they might have found time for coverage if it were a campaign insider supporting a conservative Republican, rather than liberal Dem Lamont, who had, er, tarred an opponent with a fabricated blackface photo?
Hartford Courant/NewsBusters ping to Today show list.
Whew! Good thing the Courant's editor was on the job checking for accuracy or people may come away with the wrong impression based on the headline.
And the MSM denies it's biased! Here's an email joke I just received...right on point.
"Two boys in Boston were playing baseball when one of
them was attacked by a rabid Rottweiler. Thinking
quickly, the other boy ripped a board off of a nearby
fence, wedged it into the dog's collar and twisted it,
breaking the dog's neck.
A newspaper reporter from the Boston Herald witnessed
the incident and rushed over to interview the boy. The
reporter began entering data into his laptop,
beginning with the headline, "Brave Young Red Sox Fan
Saves Friend From Jaws Of Vicious Animal"
"But I'm not a Red Sox fan," the little hero
interjected. "Sorry" replied the Reporter. "But since
we're in Boston, I just assumed you were." Hitting the
delete key, the reporter began, "John Kerry Fan
Rescues Friend From Horrific Dog Attack"
"But I'm not a John Kerry fan either," the boy
responds. The reporter says, "I assumed everybody in
this state was either for the Red Sox, John Kerry, or
Ted Kennedy. What team or person do you like?''
"I'm a Texas Ranger fan, and I really like George W.
Bush" the boy says. Hitting the delete key,
the reporter begins again: "Arrogant Little Conservative
Bastard Kills Beloved Family Pet"
No mention of Fred Sanford or Lamont's buddy Rollo?
Did anyone save the picture, it's not on Huffnpuff's web site any longer?
...from Malkin's HotAir.com site.
haha! But it should read the Boston Globe, no? Not the Herald which is supposed to be conservative (or was at least when I lived there.)
Excellent catch... THANK YOU once again, Mark. Great job!
Please Freepmail me if you want on or off my infrequent Connecticut ping list.
So, after defending the blogger, Arianna caved in and pulled it from the website huh? No wonder her ex-husband started having sex with men. Having to live with that witch could make one become and do anything.
My pleasure, nutmeg!