ROGER SIMON: DATELINE TAMPA: RACISTS OF THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA.
Racism is stalking the Republican Convention in Tampa. But it’s not from the Republicans. It’s from the mainstream media.
First it was MSNBC treating convention speakers Artur Davis, Mia Love, and Ted Cruz like nonpersons. And now it’s Yahoo! Washington Bureau Chief David Chalian getting caught on an ABC webcast saying Mitt Romney would be “happy to have a party when black people drown.”
Chalian, not surprisingly, was fired almost immediately when the word got out, but the climate in which he would make such an insane statement is very much alive and well. Why would anyone dream of saying such a thing in a semi-public situation if he didn’t feel safe and among friends?
The left/liberal need to think Republicans and conservatives racists is more than just projection. At this point, it is nothing short of a mental illness. It is so far divorced from reality, it has to be pathological. No longer are these people able to observe reality with anything close to impartiality. We are not in the world of politics, ladies and gentlemen. We are in the world Freud, Jung, Adler, and people bouncing off walls.
Indeed. Plus this: “The executives at Yahoo, and ABC, where Chalian once worked, are obviously in damage control mode. But they would be better advised to examine the culture (their culture) that allowed this to happen.”
People are joking on Twitter that NBC stands for “No Black Conservatives.”
UPDATE: Prof. Stephen Clark writes:
The sheer pathology that Roger Simon highlights may well be one of the biggest stories of this election season. It’s becoming hard to ignore it and becoming more apparent to a larger number of people. At the same time, intended victims are less likely to be cowed.
Democrats and the left have lazily relied on the power of ad hominem coupled with race for the better part of 40 years now. The power of that was bound to diminish with passing time and generations. We’re seeing it now and also seeing that Democrats, and the left generally, have done nothing to prepare for that day. They are desperate, because they have nothing else to offer as rebuttal in policy disputes. Nothing.
This is the price to paid for 40 years of intellectual stasis on the left.
I believe they are preparing the way for a preference cascade.