November 12, 2007

Name that Party: "Little Rascals" Edition

Read the lede and guess the candidate's political party. Just don't count on finding it in the first six paragraphs:

A state representative in a runoff election infuriated civil rights leaders after she ended a conversation with the mother of the NAACP's local president by saying, "Talk to you later, Buckwheat."

State Rep. Carla Blanchard Dartez, of Morgan City, acknowledged she made the remark during a Thursday night telephone conversation with Hazel Boykin to thank her for driving voters to the polls.

Buckwheat, a black child character in the "Little Rascals" comedies of the 1930s and '40s, is viewed as a racial stereotype demeaning to black people.

Yes, that's only three paragraphs, but when the entire article is just nine paragraphs long, you can only cite so much before violating the spirit of fair use.

On the bright side, the candidate's husband does support minorities, as has been shown by his indictment for hiring illegal aliens.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at November 12, 2007 05:53 PM

Had me feeling sorry for her in a world that is ate up with the PC's until I read the 'hiring illegals'. She's just a typical democrat backroom racist.

Posted by: Scrapiron at November 12, 2007 11:31 PM

The current MSM style manual is different for Democrats and Republicans. If the story is positive and about a Democrat, the manual calls for mentioning the party affiliation as early, as often and as prominently as possible in the story. If the story is negative and about a Democrat, the manual calls for omitting the party affiliation altogether. Failing that, the alternative is to bury the party affiliation as deeply into the end of the story as possible. The parameters are completely reversed for Republicans. For example, in a negative stoty about a Republican, the style manual would call for mentioning the party affiliation prominently, early and often.

Based on your description, the story is obviosly about a Democrat.

Posted by: daleyrocks at November 12, 2007 11:34 PM

Maybe the candidate is a Joe Biden Democrat.

Posted by: daleyrocks at November 12, 2007 11:36 PM

If I'm not mistaken, they never say what party she is with, just her husband's attachment.

You actually have to interperet her party from that.

Unless I missed something.

Posted by: Retired Navy at November 13, 2007 08:25 AM

Hey - it's O-tay she call me Buckwheat - she a Dem0-Cat

Posted by: buckwheat at November 13, 2007 08:29 AM


Isn't interesting how quick the NAACP is to forgive such racist tendencies by Democrats?

Posted by: memomachine at November 13, 2007 11:09 AM

You're a whack job.
This story means what? That Bush is not a dolt?
That Iraq is killing our young boys faster than Al Queda?

Posted by: buckley at November 13, 2007 01:23 PM

Obviously, the story means it's a great excuse for a random troll to make a driveby in a desperate attempt to spread Teh Narrative!™.

Though I suppose the wind blowing is also a great excuse for that...

Posted by: Patrick Chester at November 13, 2007 02:27 PM
Isn't interesting how quick the NAACP is to forgive such racist tendencies by Democrats?

There's nothing about being forgiven in the article I read. Did you read an update somewhere else?

Posted by: Novanom at November 13, 2007 03:40 PM

If this were a Republican that evil conservative-controlled media (sic) would be going full throttle with horns-a-blowin' and trumpets-a-blarin' on this one. Jesse Jackson and Al 'I-ain't-too-sharp' ton would be in a tizzy and given unlimited airtime to demand apologies and stick in a dozen or so subtle blame Bush comments in the mix. However, since this person is a Democrat, it's ignored and, thus, by default forgiven by all, including the NAACP and the blowhards Al and Jesse.

But if Trent Lott tries to say something nice about a 100 year-old man at a birthday party, and misspeaks, the MSM trounces on that like an animal in heat.

Posted by: Froggy at November 13, 2007 04:21 PM

Folks, I really hate deleting on-topic comments, but I won't tolerate profanity.

Clean it up.

Posted by: Confederate Yankee at November 13, 2007 07:53 PM

Yeah, whatever. Even though the comment had you dead to rights. Funny how you didn't have the time to correct your post.

I will just leave you to contemplate the fact that the LLL/MSM/BDS doesn't usually feel the need to need to write "President Bush (R)" because most people in America know by now. Similarly, this was a local story for local consumption, and given that this was a runoff election (ergo: people have already been hearing her name for months) they figured it wasn't necessary. Shocker. Similarly, they don't write "Democrat Kathleen Blanco", they write "Governor Kathleen Blanco". If you look at a story on the AP wire, like say for this very story, you'll see that they do in fact include party affiliations for the benefit of people living in other metropolitan areas.

If someone wants to point out which part of this "narrative" is false, I'm all ears.

Posted by: scarshapedstar at November 13, 2007 10:24 PM