While everyone was recently fixated on Jesse Jackson's expressed interest in castrating Barack Obama almost overlooked was another insult to Obama made by John McLaughlin, host of the McLaughlin Group
McLAUGHLIN: Question: Does it frost Jackson, Jesse Jackson, that someone like Obama, who fits the stereotype blacks once labeled as an Oreo — a Black on the outside, a White on the inside — that an Oreo should be the beneficiary of the long civil rights struggle which Jesse Jackson spent his lifetime fighting for?
First, calling someone an Oreo is as outdated as wearing Ivy League pants. Second, who is McLaughlin to reduce Obama and all that he has accomplished to a racial stereotype? Third, Obama is not Black on the outside and white on the inside; he's Black and White inside and out. That puts him in a unique position to help narrow the racial divide in this country. Obama has clearly stated that he is rooted in the African American community but not limited by it.
While we're on the subject Jesse Jackson, anyone who has been around him for any length of time probably wasn't surprised by the coarse language he used to describe what he would like to do to Obama. Knowing how crude Jackson can be, my first response was: "That's all they caught on tape?" Of course, that's doesn't make Obama feel any better. And if he shows up at a future campaign appearance with a jockey strap and athletic cup, we'll know why.
More important than polls that purport to show "Who Speaks for the Negro?" is the way Obama and John McCain are placed in context of their public pronouncements. Earlier in this space, I wrote about journalists repeating McCain's accusation that Obama flip-flopped on whether he would accept public financing without noting that McCain also reversed his previous position on the issue.
Things haven't gotten any better since I pointed out the uneven coverage of Obama.
"In a July 19 Washington Post article analyzing an ad by Sen. John McCain claiming that Sen. Barack Obama 'never held a single Senate hearing on Afghanistan,' media reporter Howard Kurtz wrote that the ad 'is accurate in saying that Obama, who has spent most of the past two years campaigning, has not held a hearing on Afghanistan in the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee he chairs,'" reports MediaMatters for America, the media monitoring group. "But Kurtz failed to note that McCain is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, but reportedly has not attended a single Armed Services Committee hearing related to Afghanistan in 2007-08."
MediaMatters stated, "It turns out .... Sen. John McCain has attended even fewer Afghanistan-related Senate hearings over the past two years than Obama's one. Which is a nice way of saying, McCain, R-Ariz., the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, has attended zero of his committee's six hearings on Afghanistan over the last two years.
"Meanwhile, Obama attended the full Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Afghanistan in March 2007, although he used the opportunity to ask Gen. James L. Jones, then the commander of NATO, about Pakistan. But McCain was a no-show."
Some news outlets state lies as though they were the truth.
MediaMatters found: "During the July 19 edition of Fox News' America's Election HQ, anchor Gregg Jarrett falsely claimed that Sen. Barack Obama's overseas trip, which includes planned stops in Iraq, Israel, and Jordan, constituted his 'first trip to the Middle East.' In fact, as Media Matters for America has documented, Obama made a January 2006 Middle East trip that included stops in Iraq, Israel, and Jordan."
Who says Obama is getting more favorable media attention?
George E. Curry, is former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine and the NNPA News Service.