Skip to comments.What's Whiter Than the GOP? The Media
Posted on 08/31/2012 12:10:48 PM PDT by Kaslin
Ah, to be a member of Big Media when the white Republicans gather to nominate their white ticket for the White House. It's like shooting white elephants in a white convention center, what with their unbearable whiteness of being -- so "non-diverse," as Big Media strenuously signal their audiences.
Gallup tells us Republicans are 87 percent white and Democrats are 63 percent white. But even when Republicans are not white -- which occurs despite Big Media efforts to fool viewers (conservative websites observed that NBC failed to post speeches by non-white Republicans at its website, while MSNBC cut to its pundits on such non-white occasions) -- they might as well be white. That's because "white" is the media's slam on the GOP, their hectoring, subtle-as-a-sledgehammer message: Republicans are too "white" to deserve any decent person's vote. Perhaps veteran ABC and PBS political editor turned Yahoo! News Washington bureau chief David Chalian blurted out the storyline best: "(The Romneys) are happy to have a party with black people drowning."
This, it turned out, was a race-bait too far. Chalian lost his job after his comment went viral. But who will take his place? Someone just like him. Probably someone who looks like him, too -- and those dread, white Republicans.
That's the dirty secret. Big Media are castigating the party of Lincoln and Reagan for displaying, as the Los Angeles Times put it, "a distinctly pale hue" while "the United States has become an increasingly more diverse country," but the newsrooms of America are just as pale if not actually more so. According to 2012 figures from the American Society of News Editors (ASNE), minorities make up 12.32 percent of newsroom employees. That leaves 87.68 percent of the writing and editing jobs in white hands. That means newsrooms are lily-whiter than the GOP!
Some news organizations take this to the limit. While Time magazine dings the GOP for being "a mostly white, aging party (doing) its best to avoid looking like it," the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) gave Time its 2012 Thumbs Down Award for, among other grievances, not having a single full-time black correspondent.
The media also hold a slim white edge over the GOP in the racial composition of television newsroom managers. According to a 2011 NABJ study, white people -- mainly white men -- hold 88 percent of these decision-making jobs, leaving 12 percent to minorities. As for news anchors and presidential debate moderators? To build on a title of a Salon.com piece about the GOP convention, welcome to the "Heart of Whiteness."
Stunningly, these same Caucasian newsies are blind to their own skins. How else, for instance, could "NBC Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams in July have asked Mitt Romney "to confirm or deny" whether he was looking for a running mate who is "an incredibly boring white guy"?
"You told me you were not available," quipped Romney.
But Williams and the rest of his mainly white media brethren (also sistren) seem to regard their core liberalism as their camouflage. It is the shield and spear they carry in the Left's push to demonize people of one color (white) and a particular sex (male) in order to delegitimize a glorious political philosophy -- small-government, low-tax, anti-statist conservatism. This philosophy is what draws together Republicans and their delegates, not their "whiteness."
What the Left and its media acolytes are trying to do is poison the wider appeal of the Republican message by depicting it as race-based and retrograde. This is a dirty operation. It is also the height of hypocrisy, given that it is being led by a bunch of truly "angry white men" against what is purported to be another.
GOP membership is 53 percent male and 47 percent female. (The Democrats are 45 percent male and 55 percent female.) But take the perfectly liberal New York Times. While it perseverates on the GOP becoming "a smaller, older, whiter and more male party" from the confines of its mainly white and male newsroom, it publishes 80 percent male-written op-eds, according to a recent byline survey cited in the Columbia Journalism Review. Meanwhile, the newspaper's own "party" of readers, according to the Pew Research Center in 2010, is 59 percent men and 41 percent women. Call in the "gender gap" police!
Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert -- a major "news" source for young adults -- sarcastically razzes Mitt Romney for his "bold" choice of a running mate who is "white, Christian and male." But with an audience that is largely white, likely majority-Christian and, says Pew, 65 percent male, how does Colbert rate as "bolder"?
The answer is that "The Colbert Report," like the rest of what passes for news media, is much, much further to the left. They are so far to the left they can't imagine anyone can see their acid hypocrisy and ideological warfare play out in living color.
The Lamestream Media
The State Run Media
Take your pick or post your own ideas
What continues to amaze me is that minority voters continue to vote the same Democrat ticket despite the fact there are more minorities in poverty now than ever before. You’d think they’d catch on by now...
Chuck Todd: Why Do Republicans Have More Women and Hispanic Governors?
They poor ‘cuz a’whitey, donchaknow.
And dems say they’s gonna get whitey and take what he have!
So I’s votin’ for ‘em!
Jus once I want to see/read about a Con/GOP/Right wing person in an interview say “So Chris/Ed/Whoever, are you saying that MLK was being racist in his call for people to be judged on the content of their character rather than the color of their skin? Because it sure as hell seems like it to me with all the race baiting you do. Don’t change the subject, answer my question”.
Then push that in every interview thereafter.
MAKE the bastards answer it/talk about it/expose themselves. And as we all know, nothing is more disgusting than a liberal exposing themselves. ;)
I owe someone on here a Great Big “Thank You” for clueing me in to the fact that some Ch.’s were not showing everything. I then switched to C-Span and all was well! No commercials and no riff-raff such as Chris Matthews, Al Sharpton and Rachel Maddow. I was amazed to find people of many races representing the Rep. Party which is how it should be. Also, I thank FreeRepublic for bringing us so many diifferent people’s thoughts and opinions. It’s one part of my day that I really try to not miss. Thank you all for your great posts.
Shorthand for ASiniNE.
See, but they are Liberals, so that doesn't matter. What matters is the seriousness of their accusation against Repubs and Conservatives. They will inform blacks that they do not have a place on the right side of politics, and they are positive that blacks know their place within the Democratic party
Great post - thanks.
They are otherwise the most "diverse" (perverse?) group of reporters on the planet...
I can hear Sgt Schlitz now...
"D*mn the facts..."
And SissyChrissy "Tingle" Mathews cheering on Stephanopoulos...
"Full speed ahead"
Then there's Maddog...
Liberals claim to love minorities, yet whenever a minority republican candidate starts moving up, the libs do everything they can to destroy that person. And they will use vile, nasty language about them. Too bad more minorities won’t see the truth that they are just being used by liberals and that liberals really don’t give a crap about them or their futures.
Actually, in these times, that IS a bold choice. As proven by the criticism Romney got for that choice.
I think "not catching on" to things may have something to do with why they're poor.