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Vetting Obama: Leftists Take Steps To Prevent You From Learning Anything
Townhall.com ^ | March 8, 2012 | Tony Katz

Posted on 03/09/2012 6:18:29 AM PST by Kaslin

In partial fulfillment of Andrew Breitbart's promise to "vet" the President this time, the Breitbart.com team posted a video of President Barack Obama as a law student at Harvard. It also ran on Hannity tonight. The video shows the young Obama asking his fellow law students to "Open up your hearts and your minds to the words of Professor Derrick Bell."

Professor Derrick Bell, the object of young Obama's adoration, was an associate of Reverend Jeremiah Wright and a committed radical. Bell was a proponent of Critical Race Theory, which views virtually all relationships through a lens of perceived race-based oppression.

As Ben Shapiro wrote on Breitbart.com about Bell:

"This is a close associate of Jeremiah Wright, a man who was quoted by Jeremiah Wright regularly. This is a man who posited that the civil rights movement was too moderate because it accepted the status quo, and believed that the entire legal and constitutional system had to be transformed in radical fashion. This is a man so extreme that, as we’ve reported, he wrote a story in 1993 in which he posited that white Americans would sell black Americans into slavery to aliens to relieve the national debt, and that Jews would go along with it."

(That story became a video, complete with former President Ronald Reagan as the slave trading alien.)

An edited version of the video - minus the section in which Obama heaps praise on Professor Bell - was posted earlier on the BuzzFeed.com. Leftists and Obama apologists dismissed the video as inconsequential and racist. Eric Boehlert of Media Matters for America tweeted:

"look @mmfa has been saying this for 2+ yrs: the Breitbart crew = complete clowns. tonight more 'n more pple are figuring that out; #good"

Boehlert can't argue with the video's content; after all, it documents actual events. Instead, he resorts to the standard Alinsky tactic of ridiculing the messenger. He doesn't begin to address whether Obama's association with Bell should have been revealed before the 2008 election.

Shapiro reports what Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree, a close associate to the Obama campaign, had to say about hiding the tape during the 2008 campaign: "We hid this throughout the 2008 campaign. I don’t care if they find it now."

Isn't watchdog Boehlert curious about why a tape would be hidden by the campaign? Exactly what does interest a Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America?

The liberal website HyperVocal.com couldn't wait to recycle the Racer script. Slade Shomer, whose column is predictably entitled 'What's the Right-Wing End Game of This 'Racist Obama' College Days Video?' lacks even the slightest curiosity about Obama's association with Bell and why the '08 Obama campaign wanted it hidden. Instead, keeping with true intellectually dishonest tradition, Shomer plays the race card: (emphasis mine)

While everyone fights this out in partisan terms via Twitter and their websites, we’ll instead ask a more pragmatic question: What is the end game here? Let’s even say there’s more footage that shows Obama standing there in a shirt that reads “Kill Whitey.” Let’s say he professes his deep hatred of Caucasians and says Jeremiah Wright didn’t go far enough. What then? Hasn’t this man been President of the United States for more than three years and white people as we know them are still hangin’ around?

What was Breitbart, and now (editor-in-chief Joel) Pollak and Shapiro, trying to prove exactly? How does digging up 20-year-old video change anything? There’s only one goal here, and that’s to stoke white fear. It’s almost as if the people promoting a “damning” video and the people who want to believe it most are legitimately scared that a racist, classist Barack H. Obama will wipe white people off the map … in his second term.

Certainly we all acknowledge that class warfare is a major component of Obama's re-election campaign strategy. It's not scary, just dishonest and destructive. But how does the release of this video stoke white fear? The assertion is as ludicrous as it is ignorant (assuming Mr. Shomer actually believes his bizarre allegations).

Try as they might, the video is out and the conversation is being had. Just exactly what do we know about President Obama? Does this video change our minds about him leading up to Election Day? If there is one video, are there others? Who is Derrick Bell, and what do we know about him?

These are just some of the legitimate questions that Eric Boehlert and Shomer, and their fellow Leftists and Apologists, will never ask, and would prefer you didn't either.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; bell; breitbart; breitbarttapes; corruption; democrats; derrickbell; elections; liberalfascism; liberalmedia; obama; obamatruthfile; partisanmediashills; soledadobrien; twitter; vettingobama
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To: carriage_hill
That video was a non-issue.
Can you be any vaguer? As a newbie you might take the advice I'm about to give you to heart.

When you're trying to make a point you need to make more than a declaratory statement. A reasoning of how and why you came to your conclusion would free you from nagging questions like the one I'm fixing to ask...

Why is it a non-issue?

21 posted on 03/09/2012 8:00:58 AM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: philman_36
Why is it a non-issue?

Because that's what he/she is being paid to say?

22 posted on 03/09/2012 8:04:08 AM PST by liberalh8ter (Barack has a memory like a steel trap; it's a gift ~ Michelle Obama)
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To: carriage_hill

If you talking about the video from Buzzfed, than I agree. Ben Smith the 0bama puppet who used to work for Politico which is a leftwing rag cut a whole bunch of the video off. Buzzfed and Politico are two sites that should not be taken seriously. They are a joke


23 posted on 03/09/2012 8:07:31 AM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: philman_36

The released video from Buzzfeed showed nothing incriminatory for Obummer.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/at-harvard-obama-dived-into-diversity-fight

Thanks for the advice.


24 posted on 03/09/2012 8:11:09 AM PST by carriage_hill
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To: ILS21R

Bannon said AB had hired ‘fighters’ .... after seeing Joel in action, I would agree. He was terrific.


25 posted on 03/09/2012 8:12:20 AM PST by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: liberalh8ter; carriage_hill
Because that's what he/she is being paid to say?
That may be, but I'd at least like to run his/her thoughts to ground and establish some base for conversation or debate. Just saying "it's so" doesn't make it so. So I'll keep asking questions as necessary until some reasoning is given.

As it is he/she isn't getting any message across, pro or con, whatsoever and he/she is being ineffective at their "job".
There must be some amount of pride in doing your job well somewhere in his/her makeup.

Of course, I no more expect a reply than I expect the MSM to be honest.

26 posted on 03/09/2012 8:13:35 AM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: saleman

THAT would have made my week!


27 posted on 03/09/2012 8:13:51 AM PST by carriage_hill
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To: douginthearmy

“Even if we win the election we may very well be doomed.”
//////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

You may be slammed on FR for not having the “Never Give Up” attitude but I would say there is a lot of truth to that sentence. Just imagine that tomorrow, not next January, we could send the current crop of rats to Antarctica and put in whomever you select as president and give that president a congress to support him or her. We would still have a dumbed down population of which a huge percentage would scream bloody murder the first time something that makes sense is passed into law. We would also still have mountains of debt even if spending could be cut to the bone instantly, we would still have the situation in the middle East and we would have millions who claim to be conservatives suddenly realizing that they are not really so conservative after all.

Not so many years ago I would have said that the needed medicine is easy to identify and prescribe if only the patient (the USA) could be convinced to take it but I confess that now I don’t know what treatment might work before the patient expires. It is for certain that the present course of action leads only to a bad end.


28 posted on 03/09/2012 8:20:00 AM PST by RipSawyer
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To: carriage_hill
The released video from Buzzfeed showed nothing incriminatory for Obummer.
Well the issue is the video from Breitbart.com, not the video from Buzzfeed. The Buzzfeed video doesn't show Ogletree saying before a crowd, with pride, that the video was hidden from the public before the last election.

That is the story, not the Buzzfeed video.

So, having said that...Do you think the Breitbart.com video is a non-issue?

29 posted on 03/09/2012 8:21:07 AM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Kaslin
If you talking about the video from Buzzfed...

I'm trying to narrow things down even now.

30 posted on 03/09/2012 8:24:20 AM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: liberalh8ter; carriage_hill
Of course, I no more expect a reply than I expect the MSM to be honest.

Well, I did get a reply so points go to newbie carriage_hill.
The question now becomes...Will there be a reply to the follow up question?

31 posted on 03/09/2012 8:30:49 AM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: philman_36
LOL....pride in workmanship.

I've noticed lately we have new posters who have been attempting to downplay the significance of recent events. It reminds me of 2007 and 2008 where on various boards, people popped up suddenly with the sole intent of discrediting any negativity directed toward Obama. I suspect Obama has unleashed his blogging brigade once again.

32 posted on 03/09/2012 8:37:54 AM PST by liberalh8ter (Barack has a memory like a steel trap; it's a gift ~ Michelle Obama)
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To: liberalh8ter; carriage_hill
I suspect Obama has unleashed his blogging brigade once again.
Well if carriage_hill is an example of that brigade then they're going to take some serious casualties and eventually deplete their brigade.
33 posted on 03/09/2012 8:44:47 AM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: carriage_hill
Come on, carriage_hill! Disprove my growing concern that you're nothing more than an issue troll.

Do you think the Breitbart.com video is a non-issue?

34 posted on 03/09/2012 8:46:55 AM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: philman_36

Indeed!


35 posted on 03/09/2012 8:47:26 AM PST by liberalh8ter (Barack has a memory like a steel trap; it's a gift ~ Michelle Obama)
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To: carriage_hill
Your response illustrates the importance of the presenter of the video providing context for its significance.

Sadly, Hannity's style gets in the way of clarity on Breitbart's point here--that there was no intensive examination or scrutiny of the would-be President in 2008, and that there was material edited, hidden and downplayed in an effort to present the candidate as a Constitutional scholar in the tradition of former Presidents.

Hannity just can't help self-congratulation and repetition of his trite memorized phrases, not realizing that straightforward introduction of relevant evidence of media bias would stand on its own.

36 posted on 03/09/2012 8:49:45 AM PST by loveliberty2
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To: carriage_hill; All
That video was a non-issue.
Since you thought that Buzzfeed video was such a non-issue can you tell me what you think of this video?

@Bell: 'I Live To Harass White Folks'

37 posted on 03/09/2012 8:55:34 AM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: All
Second return...@Biona Macdonald mississippi
THURGOOD MARSHALL COMMEMORATIVE ISSUE: Racism Is Here to Stay ...
... quiet, heat-hushed evening in Harmony, a small black community near the Mississippi
... Walking with Mrs. Biona MacDonald, one of the organizers, up a dusty, unpaved road
38 posted on 03/09/2012 9:09:20 AM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: TheOldLady; Brown Deer; PA Engineer; Godebert; mojitojoe; LucyT
@Who’s next? Obots and trolls are out in force on FR because of the upcoming election.
Per your comment yesterday...It looks like they may be out well in advance of the upcoming election on other matters, Joe.
See 34 and the video at 37 if you haven't already seen it.
39 posted on 03/09/2012 9:23:10 AM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: All
Given Bell's penchant for fiction I have to wonder and ask myself if there ever even was a Biona MacDonald.
40 posted on 03/09/2012 9:26:17 AM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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