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BET Founder: 'Liberal Media' Want Obama to Win
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Posted on 04/18/2008 10:12:20 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

BET Founder: 'Liberal Media' Want Obama to Win Photo of Matthew Sheffield. By Matthew Sheffield | April 18, 2008 - 11:47 ET

Bob Johnson, founder of BETThe continuing left-wing furor over George Stephanopoulos's perfectly valid question about Barack Obama's associations with a known terrorist reminded me of something I wanted to blog earlier in the week before it erupted: an admission of a leftward bias on the part of the media from BET founder Bob Johnson.

Interviewed by the Charlotte Observer Tuesday, Johnson said that the "liberal media" want Obama to win, partly out of racial pandering but also because he is more liberal than Hillary Clinton (whom Johnson supports).

"They sort of dislike Hillary for her vote on the war. They don't want to see Bill and Hillary in power again," Johnson is quoted as saying. "So Obama comes in and runs a smart campaign. But that's not the Second Coming, in my opinion, of John F. Kennedy, FDR or the world's greatest leaders." Story Continues Below Ad ↓

Johnson also said that former Democratic vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro was correct in stating that Obama would not have gotten as far in the race if he wasn't partially black:

"What I believe Geraldine Ferraro meant is that if you take a freshman senator from Illinois called 'Jerry Smith' and he says I'm going to run for president, would he start off with 90 percent of the black vote?" Johnson said. "And the answer is, probably not... ."

"Geraldine Ferraro said it right. The problem is, Geraldine Ferraro is white. This campaign has such a hair-trigger on anything racial ... it is almost impossible for anybody to say anything."

A very interesting interview all around. I think he's wrong about the 90 percent remark since initially, it was Clinton who had the majority of black support. It wasn't until more non-black voters started supporting Obama that the black vote flipped toward him.

Minus that quibble, though, Johnson's comments are pretty good. It's not often you see a media elite like him admit the national press is dramatically tilted toward the liberal side of things.

Photo credit: BET.com.

—Matthew Sheffield is Editor of NewsBusters.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bet; bobjohnson; hillary; liberalmedia; mediabias; obama

1 posted on 04/18/2008 10:12:21 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Klintons must have this guys’ pictures having sex with monkeys or something.


2 posted on 04/18/2008 10:14:00 AM PDT by The_Republican (Ovaries of the World Unite! Rush, Laura, Ann, Greta - Time for the Ovulation!)
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To: Sub-Driver

GEE YA THINK?!?!?!?

(well, I’m glad he had the guts to say it)


3 posted on 04/18/2008 10:14:10 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 1 John 4:15, John 11:25, John 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13)
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To: Sub-Driver

Well I give the guy credit for at least being honest and not supporting Obama based on the color of his skin alone.


4 posted on 04/18/2008 10:15:36 AM PDT by Obadiah (I dream of the day when chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned!)
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To: Sub-Driver
Calling Captain Obvious. Of course the MSM wants the Democrat to win this fall. Its the worst kept secret of the year.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

5 posted on 04/18/2008 10:24:06 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

Oh the whining is getting unbearable. They ask legitimate questions and he gets mad. If he can’t handle tough questions from a friendly media now, HOW is going to be strong as president?? I would love to hear McCain hit him with this kind of thing but he wants to just “reach out.”


6 posted on 04/18/2008 10:26:31 AM PDT by TNCMAXQ
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To: The_Republican
Captain Obvious :D
7 posted on 04/18/2008 10:41:54 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: The_Republican

Has anybody pointed out that this is NOT a prime example of Identity Politics? Obama is not totally black, Hillary’s not totally a woman....... so much for I.P.


8 posted on 04/18/2008 10:43:36 AM PDT by supremedoctrine ("Pain is weakness leaving your body"---U S MARINES)
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To: Snickering Hound

Ever Flavor Flav knows this!


9 posted on 04/18/2008 10:44:25 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus (( commander of the simian host))
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To: F15Eagle
well, I’m glad he had the guts to say it

I'm not so sure this qualifies as "guts". Spin this on a thin dime; if the MSM was drooling over Hillary, would the BET guy be just as vocal or more likely contentedly silent?

10 posted on 04/18/2008 11:04:05 AM PDT by kromike
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To: Sub-Driver
Republicans have ignored the Marxist brain wash of blacks for many decades and Obama is the top of the slime trail.. Whats totally also ignored is the brain wash of white children sent to the ivy League academia.. especially WOMEN.. American women are more or less socialists..

Chickens home to roost indeed.. John McLaim is a fart in a whirlwind..

11 posted on 04/18/2008 11:11:00 AM PDT by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole....)
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To: Sub-Driver

Bob Johnson needs to worry more about the Bobcats winning.


12 posted on 04/18/2008 11:18:55 AM PDT by Between the Lines (I am very cognizant of my fallibility, sinfulness, and other limitations.)
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To: The_Republican
Klintons must have this guys’ pictures having sex with monkeys or something.

HATE SPEECH! Off to reeducation camp, you racist bigot!

Everybody knows "monkey" is just a 'code word' for 'maccaca'.....

13 posted on 04/18/2008 11:28:29 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch (The Great Obamanation of Desolation, attempting to sit in the Oval Office, where he ought not..)
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To: ApplegateRanch

Sorry. I meant Chickens.


14 posted on 04/18/2008 11:30:30 AM PDT by The_Republican (Ovaries of the World Unite! Rush, Laura, Ann, Greta - Time for the Ovulation!)
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To: kromike

Probably silent as you say, but he’s going against the machine who would elect NObama based on demographics and not on ability, patriotism, experience, etc.


15 posted on 04/18/2008 12:00:26 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 1 John 4:15, John 11:25, John 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13)
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To: The_Republican
Sorry. I meant Chickens.

That's is somewhat better, but still slightly suspect, what with the stereotypes of 'chicken thief', not to mention 'fried chicken'.

remember: One of Obama's supporters (probably planted by the campaign) even asked him at a town hall, if Hillary was being "racist" by using "elitist" in referrrence to his 'bitter' statements.

I beleive they want to ban half the words in the dictionary as "racist".

16 posted on 04/18/2008 12:09:23 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (The Great Obamanation of Desolation, attempting to sit in the Oval Office, where he ought not..)
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To: ApplegateRanch
I beleive they want to ban half the words in the dictionary as "racist".

Nah... they just want you to shut up and pay up, Whitey.

17 posted on 04/18/2008 12:11:50 PM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; george76; ...

Hey, that’s pretty farfetched. ;’)

Obama’s secret weapon: the media
Politico | April 18, 2008 | John F. Harris & Jim Vandehei
Posted on 04/18/2008 5:43:45 PM PDT by cdchik123
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2003768/posts


18 posted on 04/18/2008 10:53:45 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_____________________Profile updated Saturday, March 29, 2008)
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