March 20, 2008

ANOTHER Pastor Problem for Obama? PLUS: A Reporter in the Tank

When it rains, it pours:

Without permission from CBS 2, the Fox News Channel ran Wednesday evening parts of a 2-year-old story by CBS 2 Political Editor Mike Flannery on language used by State Sen. James Meeks, who is now a delegate pledged to Obama.

"We don't have slave masters, we got mayors," Meeks said then while preaching. "But they are still the same white people who are presiding over systems where black people are not able to be educated. You got some preachers that are house n------. You got some elected officials that are house n------. Rather than them try and break this up, they're gonna fight you to protect that white man."

Here's what I believe is a copy of the original CBS News story, which contains Meeks' language.

What is striking about this story, apart from the Wright-like, racially-divisive language of Obama-pledged superdelegate, Democratic member of the Illinois Senate, and Chicago Baptist minister Meeks, is the remarkable tone of of the CBS reporter on this story, Mike Flannery.

Flannery's story is extremely defensive in nature, and seeks to make apologies for Meeks' choice of language, which originally appears two years ago.

An important part of the truth that Fox News did not report Wednesday night is this: Shortly after Flannery's story aired two years ago, Rev. Jesse Jackson said it was time to stop using the N-word. And Rev. Meeks announced from his South Side pulpit that he was "retiring" the N-word from his vocabulary.

Although Meeks was never very close to Obama, last month he was elected as a delegate pledged to Obama.

Look for Obama's critics to repeat this tactic in the weeks and months to come. Sen. Hillary Clinton demanded he denounce Louis Farrakhan. Obama did. Tuesday, it was his longtime pastor.

Could Flannery's defensiveness and pro-Obama bias be any more apparent?

Flannery's CBS News bio says that he "has been the political editor for CBS 2 since 1980."

How long he has tossed his objectivity out the window and began voicing such obvious support for one candidate is less apparent.

Update: A correction above. Meeks is a delegate pledged to Obama, not a superdelegate pledge to Obama.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at March 20, 2008 09:39 AM

CBS=see BS

Posted by: grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr at March 20, 2008 10:12 AM

Will Hillary denounce this New York based Liberation Theology preacher?

Posted by: Justa at March 20, 2008 10:18 AM

And this is merely in the primary where we can assume, if Lefty bias is the issue, it will ameliorated by some level of openness to the rival Dem. Can McCain count on such an avenue to fairmindedness? Ya know, he might have thought so until the Attack of the NYT. It will be worse and FAR worse come the general. It will also, however, be played out.

Posted by: megapotamus at March 20, 2008 10:28 AM

Flannery's just your garden-variety Lib-Dem schwanzlicha in the Chicago press. That's all we have here.

Posted by: Jaibones at March 20, 2008 10:33 AM

I'm sure if Obama felt the need to comment on something like this he could wave it off as he did in his speech Tuesday by saying this is this type of rhetoric you hear black politicians uttering all over over the country. He can't ignore them or disown them. Just look at Maxine Waters, Kwame Patrick, John Conyers, and Cindy McKinney, for example. You can't make this stuff up.

Posted by: daleyrocks at March 20, 2008 10:46 AM

If "they are the same white people who preside over systems where black people are not able to be educated" why do blacks vote so overwhelmingly for "them"? Why do black voters support permissiveness so overwhelmingly? Why do blacks vote for politicians who oppose school choice, who are in the largely-white teachers unions' tank?

It makes me crazy.

Posted by: GerryG at March 20, 2008 11:38 AM

I am hoping that the RNC and the state GOP's will have the cajones to make sure this type of information continues to be known after the Obamessiah gets the nomination, and as we get closer to November.

Not holding my breath, though. The RNC will probably fold like a house of cards when the Dems start calling them racists.

Posted by: William Teach at March 20, 2008 12:07 PM

It's amazing to me that the Dems are actually about to nominate that racist Obama -- a man who has openly attended and financially supported a Marxist, racist organization. Black liberation theology is just flat out evil -- it literally opposes almost everything good about America. It stands for Marxism, racial segregation, and black supremacy. How did such a man get this close to the White House? Have the Dems gone insane?

Obama is the most radical left-wing nutjob presidential candidate this side of the Communist Party -- or I guess the Green Party. The Greens are basically Communists anyway -- I think the term is watermelons -- green on the outside, red on the inside.

Posted by: jj at March 20, 2008 12:39 PM

Welcome to the Chicago media. They've been in the tank for Obama for a long time now. They also cover up the blatant corruption in the Daley administration on a daily basis, as well as the stench coming from the governor's office.

Flannery's just a butt-kisser, like most of the Chicago political reporters. All they're interested in is greater access to pols (the governor, the mayor, Obama) to further their careers - and since they preach to the choir (the only people who watch local news around here anymore are people who can't afford cable), the way to do that is by being a shill for the Democrats.

Posted by: Not Tony at March 20, 2008 01:25 PM

Who is keeping the blacks from a good education? Surely not our public school and higher ed apparatus that is full of Democrats! So who? How can they possibly not advance when the deck is so decidedly stacked in their favor unless....unless the reason they fail is a failure of effort given their opportunities? But then that's no one's fault but their own!

Bush was right when he spoke of the soft bigotry of low expectations! Democrats totally run the show in areas where minorities are "the majority" - so the only people to blame for their lack of advancement compared with Asians and Whites in the suburbs is....the education/government complex run by Democrats themselves.

Posted by: John at March 20, 2008 01:45 PM

Its amazing to me that the press and the Democrat party has been able to turn the 2008 presidential election into a referendum on race & religion. Although an important factor in the American fabric, we've been over this before, "been there,done that". As a white Republican I feel misled and betrayed by the MSM in their attempt to hijack this election, not marginalizing black people (about 12% of Americas population) but under representing white conservatives, our isues and concerns.

Posted by: tonynoboloney at March 20, 2008 01:45 PM

I understand that there are no "operational ties" between Barack Obama and Hiliary Clinton.

Posted by: Neo at March 20, 2008 02:28 PM

What does McCain have to say on America's race issues? Didn't he vote against making MLK Day a national holiday?

Posted by: chris lee at March 20, 2008 02:29 PM

Don't worry, Obama could no more disavow his delegate than to disavow an elderly white woman who is afraid of strangers....

Posted by: DaMav at March 20, 2008 03:45 PM

The blacks that hate America should remember there is still time to immigrate: to Africa that is, the land of the free. You know the land of milk and honey. Why oh why stay in USA when your homeland becons you.

Posted by: Ken E at March 20, 2008 05:50 PM

The Democratic Party is the voice of "its not my Fault ad nauseum..." From systemic racisim, greedy corporations,evilRepublicans,etal; our Nation is divided . Conjoin this with a dishonest press and you now have a populace that would never acknowledge-ask not what your country can do for you...-it is shameful. Thank GOD for our brave Men and Women who protect us from a real evil that many in the Democratic Party embrace.

Posted by: mike191 at March 20, 2008 06:15 PM

Is Meeks a typical black person?

Posted by: A Typical White Person at March 21, 2008 10:55 AM

An eye for an eye
A tooth for a tooth
Vote for me an' I'll set ya freee
Rap on brothah
Rap on..
"Ball of Confusion"

Posted by: chris lee at March 22, 2008 07:03 AM

Am I the only one who recognizes the hypocrisy of 'fighting racism' only through gotcha politics during campaign season?

As soon as Obama loses, the lot of you won't give a hoot.

Posted by: Cobb at March 24, 2008 04:51 PM