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What's the Matter with Soledad O'Brien?
Townhall.com ^ | March 14, 2012 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 03/14/2012 4:09:10 AM PDT by Kaslin

What's the Matter with Soledad O'Brien? CNN's Soledad O'Brien isn't used to criticism. In the world of media elites, she's a beloved figure and an award-winning news anchor. But last week, she revealed her true, decidedly non-neutral colors. And she's not happy about the hoi polloi questioning her hallowed journalistic objectivity.

On Thursday, O'Brien interviewed Joel Pollak, editor-in-chief of the late Andrew Breitbart's online empire. Breitbart's BigGovernment.com released a 1991 video of Barack Obama (then a 30-year-old law student) at a Harvard rally embracing radical racialist Derrick Bell and his push for more aggressive race-based hiring at Harvard. Bell is a proponent of critical race theory (CRT), which posits that America remains a hopelessly racist country dominated by Jews and white supremacists.

O'Brien lost her cool when Pollak shed light on Bell's fringe legal theories. Acting more like an Obama campaign surrogate than a disinterested host, she angrily jumped on Pollak's mention of CRT. "That is a complete misreading of critical race theory," she shrieked. "That's an actual theory. You could Google it and some would give you a good definition. So that's not correct!"

When viewers took to Twitter to pepper O'Brien with follow-up questions about critical race theory, the CNN star had a twit fit. She invited a liberal professor, Emory University's Dorothy Brown, on her television show to back her up and then lashed out: "See? That was our critical race theory 101. Stop tweeting me. We have moved on, people."

Not so fast, sister.

Turns out that O'Brien, a Harvard grad, has a rather emotional connection to Bell. As documented at my new Twitter curation/aggregation site Twitchy.com, O'Brien tweeted that it was a "rough day" for her when Bell passed away last fall. She wrote that she had "just started re-reading" one of his books and mourned again: "RIP Prof. Bell." O'Brien also shared tributes to Bell from fellow Harvard prof and friend of Obama Charles Ogletree. That's the same Professor Ogletree who bragged that he "hid" the Obama/Bell video during the 2008 campaign.

O'Brien failed to disclose her pro-Bell bias to viewers before her segments.

O'Brien also failed to disclose that the liberal prof who denied on her show that critical race theory had aaaaaanything to do with bashing America as a white supremacy-ruled government actually wrote the exact opposite. In one of her own books, Brown asserted that the purpose of CRT was to "highlight the ways in which the law is not neutral and objective, but designed to support White supremacy and the subordination of people of color." Oops.

O'Brien is entitled to her opinions, of course. The problem is that she masks her political activism under the banner of corporate media "diversity." Of multicultural heritage, O'Brien has won countless accolades for her "Black in America" and "Latino in America" documentaries for CNN. The medical school at historically black Morehouse College created the "Soledad O'Brien Freedom's Voice Award" to honor "outstanding catalysts of social change." The first recipient of the activist award? Soledad O'Brien, of course.

O'Brien is also a card-carrying member of two racial/ethnic-centered journalism lobbying groups: the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. These organizations are inherently politicized entities that enforce a skin color-deep ideological solidarity and push a social justice agenda of advocacy journalism. I know because I've fought their collective herd mentality for the past 20 years.

Liberal minority journalists have themselves acknowledged their slavish fealty to Obama and his progressive agenda. During the 2008 campaign, the NABJ, NAHJ and Asian American Journalists Association held a "journalists of color" confab where then-candidate Obama was welcomed with Justin Bieber-style mania. One journalist squealed, "He touched me!" after Obama's address, which was interrupted multiple times with standing ovations, cheers and whistles by the press.

Organizers were so concerned about public displays of Obamedia affection that they issued several warnings to their news professional members that the speech would be broadcast live on (Soledad O'Brien's) CNN. "Professional decorum" was encouraged. One wire story even fretted: "Can minority journalists resist applauding Obama?"

Nope, liberal minority journalists simply can't resist carrying water for Obama. That's because their journalistic unity demands political unanimity. If you don't accept the left-leaning agenda of "social change" journalism, you're enabling racism. If you don't support the pursuit of racial hiring goals as a primary journalistic and academic goal, you're selling out.

Now you know the reason for O'Brien's thin-skinned reaction to Obama's critics. When you vet the president, you vet the media. And they don't like the narrative table-turning one bit


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: bell; breirbart; cnn; conflictofinterest; corruption; derrickbell; haaaaavaaaad; harvard; obrien; partisanmediashills; racist; soledadobrien; twitter
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To: RoosterRedux

And the accusation of racism has been what they’ve used in lieu of actually addressing criticism of liberal policies.
Now they’re actually going to have to think, reason, and argue. Not something a liberal does well in the first place, or they wouldn’t support illogical, unworkable, immoral and destructive policies.


41 posted on 03/14/2012 5:37:28 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Kaslin

"Stop tweeting me."

42 posted on 03/14/2012 5:37:28 AM PDT by 6SJ7 (Meh.)
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btrl


43 posted on 03/14/2012 5:40:38 AM PDT by Clinging Bitterly (We need to limit political office holders to two terms. One in office, and one in prison.)
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To: Kaslin
Soledad O'Brien? Isn't she that mulatto bitch that the black guy told her she wasn't dark enough to count as being a black?

I'll bet God is laughing his butt off.

He gives man a brain and ability to reason and man spends so much energy fighting about shades of skin color.

44 posted on 03/14/2012 5:40:41 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorists savages.)
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To: liberty_lvr

I think it is that solar company that went bankrupt.


45 posted on 03/14/2012 5:43:30 AM PDT by JoePost
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To: SMARTY
I agree. I watched the whole interview she did with the guy from Breitbart.

I didn't notice a thing out of the ordinary. Yes, she was an allegedly "unbiased" journalist foaming at the mouth in defense of Obama and this racist professor. Yes, she was condescending and patronizing, even though she didn't know even a tenth as much as her conservative guest. And yes, she showed complete disdain for anybody who disagreed with her malformed opinions based on ignorance and bile.

As I said, I saw nothing out of the ordinary. I don't even know why it became a big news story.

46 posted on 03/14/2012 5:45:50 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dead

OK... I thought it was just me or something.

She’s one of the main reasons I quit watching TV news...years ago


47 posted on 03/14/2012 5:48:35 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: kanawa

Marking thanks!


48 posted on 03/14/2012 5:51:51 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Kaslin
One journalist squealed, "He touched me!" after Obama's address, which was interrupted multiple times with standing ovations, cheers and whistles by the press.

What a sad, pathetic, dangerous joke "journalists" have become. I wish we would stop referring to them as journalists, and instead refer to them as what they really are: propagandists.

49 posted on 03/14/2012 6:02:46 AM PDT by Sicon ("All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." - G. Orwell)
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To: liberty_lvr

It means “solitude” or “loneliness” en Espanol.


50 posted on 03/14/2012 6:06:52 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Kaslin

Interesting that Amy Holmes, another black journalist, asked the important question...”Why wasn’t this video shown in its entirety during the 2008 campaign”.

I wonder that, too. But we all know the answer.....


51 posted on 03/14/2012 6:20:42 AM PDT by LUV W (This space reserved for heroes............my AF son....our troops....the vets from all wars...)
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To: tobyhill

LMAO libtards will never make that. White people who have the greatest contributions to science,culture, and mankinds advancement throughout human history cant ever be looked at with pride or its called rayciss.


52 posted on 03/14/2012 6:22:30 AM PDT by MARKUSPRIME
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To: Kaslin
So we have ONE black guy with tenure at Harvard and he does "the crazy talk".

I can understand that. Frankly, he'd been much better off anywhere else and wouldn't have had to resort to that sort of thing.

One, folks, one! He was the only black guy with tenure at Harvard, and at that time that meant "EVER AT HARVARD".

Seems to me the folks who run the place had brought Bell in as a "bad example, see?" type of crazy Negro ~ just for the purpose of making sure the entire tenured faculty remained pure of folks of African origins. This was a technique not unknown in the Automotive Industry at the time.

None of which means that Bell was other than a wild eyed radical ~ he was ~ but Harvard was using him.

At that time in contrast the United States military was fully integrated with well over 1000 black General grade officers to its credit. Harvard had its LONE NEGRO.

53 posted on 03/14/2012 6:24:43 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: liberty_lvr

She was named after a prison in California


54 posted on 03/14/2012 6:31:20 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Blame the Slut Media and Slut Voters . . . Sandra Fluke = Useful Idiot)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

Au contraire. Her stupid parents named her after Soledad, a suburb of Barranquilla, Columbia.


55 posted on 03/14/2012 6:36:16 AM PDT by IbJensen (We now have a government requiring citizens prove they are insured but not that they are citizens.)
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To: Kaslin

>>>What’s the Matter with Soledad O’Brien?

She’s George Snuffleupagus in Drag - a Democrat Operative playing an “objective” newsperson on TV.


56 posted on 03/14/2012 6:37:43 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Willard Romney, purveyor of the world's finest bullmitt. | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: Scotswife
The other hysterical thing about that interview was the guy who tried to make out that Pollak was 'scared of black people'.

Pollak knew he had won right then: you can see him trying to stifle a grin. In true Breitbartian fashion he stayed on topic and reserved his enemy's mistake for later exploitation.

(For Freepers who might not know what I mean: check out the first picture of the black-hating Pollak's wedding album)

57 posted on 03/14/2012 6:37:43 AM PDT by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: dead

yes...

if we could buy libs for what they really know and sell them for what they think they know, we’d all be rich.


58 posted on 03/14/2012 6:38:40 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Kaslin
Soledad Obrien wants dog kicked out
59 posted on 03/14/2012 6:39:11 AM PDT by Harley (Will Rogers never met Harry Reid.)
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To: Kaslin

She is part of the CORRUPT LIBERAL MEDIA !

Nothing “mainstream” about it.

Nuff said.


60 posted on 03/14/2012 6:42:07 AM PDT by Uncle Lonny
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