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RNC chairman condemns controversial Obama song
CNN ^ | 12/29/08 (updates 12/27/08 story) | Rebecca Sinderbrand

Posted on 12/29/2008 10:12:03 AM PST by Gondring

The chairman of the Republican National Committee said he was "appalled" by a song called "Barack the Magic Negro" on a CD distributed by one of his political rivals.

"The 2008 election was a wake-up call for Republicans to reach out and bring more people into our party," RNC Chairman Mike Duncan said in a statement reported Saturday afternoon by Politico.

"I am shocked and appalled that anyone would think this is appropriate, as it clearly does not move us in the right direction."

Chip Saltsman sent RNC members the parody CD "We Hate the USA" for Christmas, which includes the controversial tune. He defended his decision Friday, telling CNN the song was clearly intended as a joke.

"I think most people recognize political satire when they see it," Saltsman told CNN. "I think RNC members understand that."

[...]

The song, set to the tune of the 1960s pop hit "Puff the Magic Dragon," was first played on Rush Limbaugh's radio show in 2007. Its title was drawn from a Los Angeles Times column that suggested Obama appealed to those who feel guilty about the nation's history of mistreatment of African-Americans.

Saltsman said the song, penned by long-time friend Paul Shanklin, should be easily recognized as satire directed at the Times.

[...]

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: comedy; humor; magicnegro; parody; rnc; rush; shanklin; talkradio
Note that they bury the source of the song title way down in the THIRTEENTH paragraph!!

Then, they don't even say that the LA Times used the term...they imply that the song is simply mocking the story about Obama.

Ther LA Times op/ed by David Ehrenstein:

Obama the 'Magic Negro'

Note: text wasn't bolded in original. I did that for emphasis.

1 posted on 12/29/2008 10:12:03 AM PST by Gondring
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To: tobyhill
Also interesting is that this seems to be an update to the story posted two days ago. (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2155002/posts)
2 posted on 12/29/2008 10:12:54 AM PST by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: Gondring
This Duncan guy seems to be out of the loop.

Certainly he can't be serious about being put back in charge of the GOP.

3 posted on 12/29/2008 10:14:15 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: All

Also, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magical_Negro


4 posted on 12/29/2008 10:15:32 AM PST by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: muawiyah

Of course, I wouldn’t assume veracity in CNN reporting.


5 posted on 12/29/2008 10:16:28 AM PST by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: Gondring
magic negro video
6 posted on 12/29/2008 10:17:21 AM PST by G.Mason (Duty, Honor, Country)
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To: Gondring
"The 2008 election was a wake-up call for Republicans to reach out and bring more people into our party,"

Considering that we had plenty of Republicans, but they didn't vote for the candidate at the top of the list, where did Duncan come up with this?

Is he still pushing that Hispanic agenda or what?

What you have to do is get good candidates that your party will vote for. If you don't have a good top candidate in the Presidential race, it doesn't matter what the process was that got him to that position ~

7 posted on 12/29/2008 10:17:34 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: Gondring

Duncan the magic RINO
Lived in DC
Had no idea how to win
An election victory

Need a little help here


8 posted on 12/29/2008 10:20:17 AM PST by screaminsunshine (.)
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To: muawiyah
Certainly he can't be serious about being put back in charge of the GOP.

Believe me, he is. I have been following the "race" for chairmanship of the RNC. This is very much an insiders game. There are only about 168 members who get to vote. Many have implied, and at least one candidate has come right out and said, that the opinion of the rank and file does not matter. They claim that they set "strategy" and not "policy" as if that justifies their elitism. It is very discouraging.

9 posted on 12/29/2008 10:21:48 AM PST by outofstyle (There's a rake at the gates of Hell tonight)
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To: Gondring

Another reason why I no longer donate to the RNC.


10 posted on 12/29/2008 10:23:26 AM PST by MahatmaGandu (Remember, remember, the twenty-sixth of November.)
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To: All

Apologize for what?

A fictional character created by Hollywood liberals and espoused by the LA Times?

Spineless RNC should tell the MSM to stuff it and to criticize the actual source, not the person who is making a parody of the character created by Hollywood liberals.


11 posted on 12/29/2008 10:25:48 AM PST by Rodney Dangerfield (Barack Obama aka "The Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers")
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To: Gondring
Good grief...that song's been out since at least last spring when I was home and heard it.

The liberals are just now whining about it?

12 posted on 12/29/2008 10:30:16 AM PST by Allegra
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To: Gondring

Eh.... pretty stupid lyrics, when you get right down to it. Coulda been funny, but it’s just not.


13 posted on 12/29/2008 10:31:37 AM PST by r9etb
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To: Gondring

Mike Duncan is humorless and, apparently, very stupid.


14 posted on 12/29/2008 10:33:27 AM PST by ConservativeMind (What's "Price Gouging"? Should government force us to sell to the 15th highest bidder on eBay?)
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To: Gondring
Conservatives need a fresh start. Hitching our wagon to this star is a dead end.
15 posted on 12/29/2008 10:45:58 AM PST by April Lexington (Study the constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: Gondring
This has to be about the third or fourth thread I've seen on this subject.

I'm actually sensing yet another strategy by the MSM to destroy the GOP and Conservative movement before Obama is sworn in, and well into his presidency...and to blunt any efforts during the 2010 Midterm Elections.

Otherwise, why would they unearth a story on something that was done well over a year ago (at least according to the date of one of the threads)?

I'm not defending what Shanklin has done here, but this is really too much...or the news cycle is dreadfully slow. Had it been a Palin parody done by someone from The New Republic or Rolling Stone, it would only register as a yawn on the MSM Richter Scale.

Not to seem paranoid or anything, but there's a story behind the story...and the reason the Media is running interference.

16 posted on 12/29/2008 10:57:04 AM PST by T Lady (The MSM: Pravda West)
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To: Gondring

Duncan needs to learn how to use Google before he opens his trap and inserts foot about a topic. Don’t take the MSM bait!


17 posted on 12/29/2008 11:01:02 AM PST by 6SJ7 (Atlas Shrugged Mode: ON)
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To: T Lady
It started when someone leaked it to a 'reporter' at The Hill and that is what created the controversy. The initial report didn't actually contain ANY quotes of anyone actually complaining - not now and not even from when the song was released.

Most likely, one of Saltzman's rivals pushed the story.

18 posted on 12/29/2008 11:06:37 AM PST by mbraynard (You are the Republican Party. See you at the precinct meeting.)
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To: mbraynard
That's nice...nothing like a little political infighting to get the juices flowing.

These people are so over...I just wished they'd shut the Beltway down and let the country run on its own. My cat could do a much better job.

19 posted on 12/29/2008 11:11:50 AM PST by T Lady (The MSM: Pravda West)
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To: Gondring

It takes ba!!$ for peter yarrow, convicted child molester, to comment publicly on anything. And a Zero supporter to boot! Who woulda thunk it?


20 posted on 12/29/2008 11:43:30 AM PST by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck)
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To: Rodney Dangerfield
Spineless RNC should tell the MSM to stuff it and to criticize the actual source, not the person who is making a parody of the character created by Hollywood liberals.

That is exactly Rush's point and the point of the song. Anyone who suggests that anyone should "apologize" for this song or stop playing it, should take a flying leap! You are exactly right - the RNC should (but won't because they are too spineless) tell the media to shove it! People either don't "get it" or they do get it but want to use it to disparage the RNC anyway...time we stop rolling over! The song is funny and moreover, the term was not coined by a conservative.

21 posted on 12/29/2008 11:52:34 AM PST by JaguarXKE
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To: ConservativeMind

This “””controversy””” has proven to me, One thing... there is a “HEAD of the RNC” ... I did NOT KNOW that there WAS ONE. And he does NOT have the Backbone to Be it.

#2. Saltsman gave the entire CD to members. There are songs on that CD that are a lot more “meanspirited” than “the Magic Negro”. SCumBag Media makes it sound like he only gave that SONG.

RNC Members should WAVE that CD, Name the LA TIMES Reporter, and say...”This is what DEMOCRATS REALLY FEEL about Black folk, in General, and their President in Particular!!” I’ve already upset several people with this line... what’s a few more ??
/sarc


22 posted on 12/29/2008 12:49:51 PM PST by gwilhelm56 (Orwell's "1984" .. to Conservatives- a WARNING, to Liberals - a TEXTBOOK)
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To: muawiyah

A year and a half later, now he gets upset? No, Duncan is playing the liberal’s political game to keep his position at the top of the RNC. That is reason enough to get rid of him. Don’t imply fellow Republicans are racists for no good reason. That harms the GOP Brand, which you, Duncan, claim to want to protect and expand. You can’t do both, attack Republicans as racist and improve the GOP brand.


23 posted on 12/29/2008 1:38:11 PM PST by Jabba the Nutt (Barack Obama, the American Salvador Allende.)
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To: G.Mason

Its been removed,PC police I guess.


24 posted on 12/29/2008 4:53:51 PM PST by nomad
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To: Gondring

It’s got a nice beat and you can dance to it.


25 posted on 12/30/2008 1:17:52 PM PST by jarofants
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