Is Jon Stewart A Racist?

Let’s say a white guy goes on television, puts on an exaggerated Amos ‘n Andy “black voice” and proceeds to make fun of a black man whose politics the white guy doesn’t like.  Actually, let’s say he goes beyond merely making fun of the black man.  Let’s say he tries to make the black man sound downright stupid.  Does that make the white guy a racist?

The correct answer is … it depends.

If the white guy is Rush Limbaugh and the black man is Barack Obama, then of course the white guy is a racist – according to liberals.

But if the white guy is Jon Stewart and the black man is Herman Cain, the conservative businessman seeking the Republican nomination for president, well, then, that’s another story.

The other night Jon Stewart went on his show, and while he didn’t put on blackface makeup and start tap dancing he did put on a “black voice” and proceeded to mock Mr. Cain in a way that would never be tolerated if a conservative had done it.

Yet liberals didn’t scream “racist” the way they do when they see some guy at a Tea Party rally or when conservatives so much as look askance at Barack Obama.  Instead, they laughed.  For them, it was a regular riot when Jon Stewart, someone they adore, made that conservative black guy sound like a dopey character in a minstrel show.

But why isn’t Jon Stewart a bigot, when Limbaugh and Hannity and O’Reilly would be tagged as racists if they had done the very same thing?  That’s easy.  Because Jon Stewart is a liberal and liberals aren’t racists.  It’s a physical impossibility. Only conservatives are racists.  And if you don’t believe me,  ask any liberal.

Yes, this is really, really dumb, but liberals really, really believe it.  This delusion stems from a deeply held belief that liberals are not just right about the issues and conservatives just wrong.  It goes way beyond that.  Liberals believe they’re morally superior to conservatives.  And morally superior people are never racists.  Racism is the domain of morally inferior people — you know …  conservatives.

But we all know what Herman Cain’s real sin is, why liberals think he’s fair game.  He’s a black man who has strayed from the liberal plantation.  And that is something liberal elites – the supposed benefactors of black people in America — have a tough time dealing with.

On the O’Reilly Factor recently, I told Juan Williams who was sitting in for Bill, that conservatives should do what liberals have been doing for years – they should play fast and loose with the word “racist.”  They should promiscuously call every liberal who criticizes Herman Cain – or any other conservative black man – a racist.  Not because it’s true, but precisely because it’s a lie.

Let’s see how those superior liberals feel when they’re the ones being slandered, when they’re the ones being maligned as racists simply because they oppose a black man’s conservative policies.  Let’s see if they recognize that they’re the ones who perfected this form of slander, by calling conservatives racists simply because we disagree with President Obama’s liberal policies.

So, is Jon Stewart a racist for doing his Amos ‘n Andy routine to make fun of Herman Cain?  Yes! Absolutely!  And I will say that over and over again, every chance I get – even though I don’t believe it.  And I won’t stop until my liberal friends finally get it.

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  • joe

    I don’t know about Syewart
    But Goldberg clearly is a racist
    And not just in a rhetorical way.
    He has infact advocated violence against a large number of muslim majority countries

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  • Joseph P. Briglia, Jr.

    Question for Jon Stewart. The Founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, spoke at KU KLUX KLAN rallies in the 1920s! Had an affair with a NAZI officer DURING World War II! And now it has been learned up to 80% of all abortion clinics in AMERICA are in minority communities! Does Jon Stewart think “that” is racist? If he doesn’t? That’s not “shocking” since many “leaders” in the minority community are “O.K.” with “it” too.

  • Vin

    This article sounds like it’s coming from someone who is more of a racist than Stewart. Of course he used a “black voice” for the voice of Herman Cain! Should he have used an Indian voice instead?? And if he used a “white voice” for Herman Cain, wouldn’t that have actually been even more racist?…. YOU, the author, are the one who said minstrel, plantation, and “blackface makeup and start tap dancing”. Invoking racially charged images seems to come to you so easily. You probably wasted a few minutes trying to get “Uncle Tom” in there somewhere too.

    And this paragraph you wrote is classic BS:
    “…This delusion stems from a deeply held belief that liberals are not just right about the issues and conservatives just wrong. It goes way beyond that. Liberals believe they’re morally superior to conservatives…”

    Take a moment to really let that sit in your mental stomach.. Ugh!

    That paragraph above is purely used to rile people up on either side of the issue, attempting to coerce them into drudging through that drivel.

    • rjd

      Why was it necessary for Stewart to use any other voice than his own to deliver his commentary? Oh, I forgot … because Limbaugh does it. Thanks Bernie for your positive, non-denigrading, insightful commentary.

    • Bill Hurdle

      I think you’ve given confirmation for Mr. Goldberg’s assertions regarding liberals’ perceived superior morality. Congratulations on demonstrating the inability to understand that the use of an exaggerated voice was intended to demean the intelligence of Herman Cain. If you don’t understand that association as racist then you indeed do have an issue with blind loyalty to the altar of liberalism.

    • Will Swoboda

      Vin,
      You can read that’s for sure but I doubt you understand what you read. There is a difference you know.
      Will Swoboda

  • Ben Dover

    first of all, Larry Wilmore, a black writer/corespondent/comedian on JS show, writes most of the ‘rasist’
    jokes, you imbbeciles! Hes John’s best friend, a ‘black’ man!! Goldberg, you are so pittiful, just like all the clowns in the nazi party! Bernie, want to see racism at the highest level, watch or listen to Rush Limbaugh show , Hannity, repeats of that psychopat, Beck, and even…you!!

  • Jon Stewart

    Did you see JS Show tonight, in response to this story and the rest of the Fox New Network’s coverage of this story…..CLASSIC, John Stewart. I don’t care if he’s a liberal, a democrat, a conservative, republican etc. etc. etc…the fact is he can really stir up those people over at Fox…like he’s a real competitor to their “News” shows…great comedy!

    And by the way Bernie, I loved you on Real Sports, great sports journalist…Fox News…not so much.

  • Michael

    Is Bernard Goldberg is racist? I don’t believe it, but it needs to be asked.

  • Barney Silverstein

    This guy Bernie is so insecure. He replies to almost every post. Go do a story on the NFL Lockout. No one under 50 cares about you.

  • Sam

    wow I’m sitting half way around the world reading these comments in New Zealand and the thing that stands out to me is most of you put fox news a “news organization” at the same level as comedy central…if you all think like that I guess I’m watching the fall of a civilization

  • Tom Hennigan

    A few thoughts, not unique but in my words: Does anyone think Mr. Stewart is producing Swiftian — or even Nichols and May-like — satire four nights a week? Using stereotypical voices or images is always in questionable taste (I’m not entirely comfortable with Christian Bladt’s Kwok Bros. shtick at Dennis Miller Radio, either). It’s also what comedians call “hacky”. When Stewart goes there he’s being a hack comic. In this case, and others, he’s also hoping that hack, stereotype, shtick to carry a bit that’s shallow. The need to feed the TV machine is certainly a factor there but, with so much in society to pick upon for comment, why choose to inhabit the kiddee pool of comedy if not out of some sort of bias?

    The one question I didn’t hear Chris Wallace ask Mr. Stewart (and I might have missed it) is about his audience’ expectations. The statistics show that they look to him as news and comment source as well as for laughs (as with the 2006 IU study). In light of that, is Stewart any less responsible for the impact of his product than “serious” commentators?

  • Randy

    I won’t call him a racist, but I will say he is not as smart as he thinks he is. I think the greater concern should be the over inflated importance we give to simple entertainers. Why do we hang on every word of a man whose only qualifications are a sharp tongue and a quick wit? Stewart is a clown and his opinions should be given the weight they deserve. Little or none. Just because he’s on TV nightly should not afford him any standing.

  • rupert

    It would have been nice to provide at least 2 or 3 examples of who exactly is calling Obama’s critics racists? I’m not saying I’ve never heard it, but without any details, how is one to judge if the criticism is warranted?

    • Bernie

      Rupert

      I provide examples of libs yelling racist in my last column — let’s play the race card … check it out

  • Dave

    Berie,
    You hit the nail on the head .John Stewart will always be able to fall back on the (I am a comedian) cover. It gives the liberal comedians license to be racists and still hold on to their jobs. Poor Al Sharpton had to bite his tongue on Stewart’s Amos and Andy routine because it wasn’t Don Imus saying it.
    Have you noticed that the liberals ignore American’s killed in action now that General Obama is their leader?

    • Ben Dover

      You’re too dummbbb to deserve a reply! HInts(RUSH, HANNITY, BECK, COULTER..you id$^$@#t!
      There are over 30 major names conservative comedians that insult Obama in their act,DAILY, but why would you know that,no TV in your cave!! what JS does, is harmless compared to you nazis! Because you mean it, you’re not funny!

  • doveryai,no proveryai

    God Bless Mr. Goldberg.
    Truth is stronger than irrational spin.
    I grew up in a time when the Lamestream Media outright ruled the news (late 60s/70s).
    Fox News is the ONLY news organization for those Americans deeply resentful of leftist indoctrination.
    It is indefensible to argue that—Stewart’s “comedy” regarding Herman Cain is acceptable—yet any such conservative attempt at/towards a *liberal* black politician is VERBOTTEN.
    To argue otherwise—is to be intellectually dishonest to others as well as to yourself.

    • http://comcast.net DJohn

      Fox a news channel, lol. Stewart is a comedian just like the hosts on Fox. Only idiots believe what they hear or see on Fox News. When Jon Stewart is not on, I watch Fox News to get my laughs. Fox is not a news channel and everyone knows it. Just like we all saw how Stewart made Wallace pee his pants.
      Stewart is so far above Fox News and its host, you guys really should pick on someone a little closer to your size. He’s to big and to smart for you. He’s just pointing out the truth, so get over it already, lol.

      • Tim Ned

        No DJohn, idiots can’t decipher the difference between political commentary and news. When an entire network, such as Fox, makes you laugh and you disbelieve everything, than who are the real idiots? But I’m glad Fox is giving you laughs, but worried comedy central is providing your political views!

    • Ben Dover

      Hey, ‘rusky’, you oblviously never heard of the most vile people that ever existed on planet earth and the racist
      crap and lies they spew EVERYDAY against the president of the United States: Rush, Hannity, Beck, Coulter, etc…In some countries, they will be in prison by now, but not in US,where Imus got suspended for nothing and so did ED(show), but not that disgusting vile pig , Rush, who even insulted Obamas little girls and Michelle! Obviously under your rock , you only see what you want to see! And, nimrod, Stewart is a..comic, a satirist, he made fun even of his friend, Weiner, Edwards, Blagojevich, Obama..although, he and other comics have no choice but make 90% of their target, the imbeeciles from your party who are asking for it on national TV, everyday! As a matter of fact, Cain,a black man, was racist himself against another black man, Obama! Gooogle it up! Go back under your rock, my freind, you and others ,including this nazi clown, Goldberg, are completelly oblivious to reality!!

      • paul courtney

        Ahh, sweet oblivion! Here, our commentators tell us sheep to call Jon Stewart racist while simultaneously reminding us that JS is not a racist. Over in your reality, the prelude to your tendentious rant against conservatives is an ethnic slur. Of course you can use ethnic slurs, you’re a liberal (man, this sounds familiar). Yes, we are indeed oblivious-to you and your ilk, who spend too much time writing about FNC to ever watch. Or learn.

  • Jim White

    You have taken one routine from a satirist, and isolated it from all of his other work (POOR JOURNALISM). Stewart has mimicked and vocally impersonated many other politicians and every other race equally. Rather than performing due diligence and reporting facts you have created content to fit your jack boot right wing agenda. This piece not only shows you as the poor journalist that you are but exposes your conservative whitewash writing for what it is.

    Well done I could not have written a better piece to expose you myself.

  • lfthooker

    So Bernie says something that he does not believe in. If he says John Stewart is a racist, but does not believe in his heart that he is a racist, then does that truly make him a racist? Saying something over and over again that you do not believe in is just another way to say that you misrepresent yourself. Back in thd day we used to call that lying……….

    • Bernie

      Hooker

      Can you be more shallow?

  • http://aol Ed

    Hope not a Biget for saying this,but why would you say he’s not a rasitt,if you feel he’s not ?Bernard

  • http://comcast DLSTL

    Will everyone just get over this racist nonsense? Listen to Stewart’s routine. Listen to his show (online) from last Weds or Thursday. He recapped ALL his “voices”. He doesn’t leave any ethnicity out, and it’s all done in jest! He’s a comedian! Get over yourselves and your pious judgements, and that includes you, Mr. Goldberg!

    • Bernie

      I am truly amazed at how clueless folks like DLSTL can be

      • http://comcast DLSTL

        Not clueless, Bernie. Well-read, well-educated, and capable of discerning fact from fiction from hearsay from talking points from sensationalism.

        • doveryai,no proveryai

          Now THAT is funny.
          Worthy of SNL material. No doubt a doctorates in Environmental Racism,right?
          Let’s look at it from a *different* perspective: Year 1938 / Germany

          Will everyone get over this Jewish nonsense? Listen to Goebbel’s routine. Listen to his show (radio) from last Weds or Thurs. He doesn’t leave any ethnicity out (except nazis), and it’s all done in jest! He’s a loyal nazi! Get over yourselves and your pious judgements. Heil Hitler!

          • DLSTL

            I don’t get your need to extrapolate to the horrific plot against the Jews or to even compare a comedy routine with a holocaust. The entire world looked the other way during the 30s and 40s. Goebbel was not a comedian nor a satirist. Immitating voices of ethnic or racial groups is childish; however, using that form does not make one a racist.

            You may have the last word, since this entire page of discussion has detiorated into really unkind and virtiolic exchanges. It’s a shame that name-calling becomes de rigeur.

        • Ron Kean

          I don’t think so.

        • doveryai,no proveryai

          **I don’t get your need to extrapolate to the horrific plot against the Jews or to even compare a comedy routine with a holocaust.**

          I’m not surprised at all.

          **It’s a shame that name-calling becomes de rigeur.**

          I agree,Jon Stewart & liberals in general should stop the vile character-assassinations of Cain / Palin / Bachmann etc.

          It’s perfectly fine to argue against a candidate’s policies/viewpoints but NOT to smear/belittle others in the manner that Condoleeza Rice was described as being an Aunt Jemima–even if it was done as “satire” by a “cartoonist”.

          **You may have the last word**

          Thank you!

        • flyphish

          And freaking clueless—no matter how well read or educated. Education does NOT impart common sense and in that area you seem to be deficient.

  • http://josephramunno@aol.com Marti

    You know Bernie I am a LIBERAL. I have never felt superior to any person. In fact Bernie I have conservative friends. We are able to have reasonable, respectful discussions. We have to work together to solve these problems. Will each side get everything they want? No, but we have to bridge the gap here. Name calling or blaming are things we have to get rid of.

    • Bernie

      You’re right Marti. We have to get rid of name calling. So tell your liberal friends to stop calling conservatives racist simply because we disagree with a liberal black president’s policies.

      • Dave Freeman

        While there undoubtedly a small percentage of extremists who think the way you say, and use the race card against all conservatives, that’s just two sides of the same coin. And now you take part in exactly the game the media plays. It’s the extreme news that sells news and gets readers. I’m sure you knew writing this column would get you more readers due to it’s inflammatory topic. (although at least you can spell “Bigot” and “Racist” unlike our friend above). But most level headed people, on both sides, (because most have views on both sides!), I know do not do this. You are falling into your own MSM trap of playing to the cheap seats. Nobody with any brains I know of believes Mr. Stewart is a bigot in this instance or that everyone who decries Obama’s policies are racist at their core. But by writing this column you only make that seem to be so and its just not. Sure it’s the groups that get the press, but it’s not the core of any group. And are you denying there are racists at many tea party gatherings? Of course it’s not everyone. But dollar for dollar, I bet there are more racists at these events than there are at liberal events. And if you deny that reality, than you truly are serving up pablum you know not to be true. Why not spend an hour at a tea party rally and another at liberal rally and I guarantee you there will be more racists at one than at the other. And I’m talking about people you can fallaciously call racists, I’m talking people who are racists to the core. Just set up a simple questionaire, give the same one to attendess @ both rallies and we’ll see. We both know racism usually grows from fear and ignorance. Gee I wonder which group has a lower base of average educational status? Sure it must be all those racists college kids at the ACLU rally. You kn ow, the ones with people of many colors there?
        In fact, most people I know who actually think are people unable to be categorized one way or the other. Much like myself, they are left in some veins and right thinking in others.But like the rest of the MSM, its much neater if you get to the LCD and categorize people as one or the other, black or white, right or wrong. Life is GRAY Bernie. You’d think a Son of Yahweh would comprehend that. (I can say that because I’m a member of the tribe too Bernie. Am I racist too?)

      • bri

        insinuating that a man has the “anti-colonial;british”, views of an african because he is black is not disagreeing with liberal policies and is racist. Embellishing the comment, “bills will be no longer than three pages”, by a presidential candadate is legal commentary of policy and not racist.

        • paul courtney

          Nobody said Obama has anti-colonial views because he is black. The article to which you refer, however, is a fine example that makes Bernie’s point. Because we have been unable to read BO’s writings from earlier years, we are left to guess at what drives him. We know even less about BO Sr., but he did return to Africa at the peak of anti-colonialism. And Jr. wrote a book about his father, didn’t he? Try to tie together a few of these loose ends to shed light on Jr’s outlook, and you’re a racist. How ’bout this, bri, you get your buddies to release Obama’s college and post grad writings and we’ll all know. Course, calling for such makes me a racist, right?

  • Joe

    Is the real Bernard Goldberg really responding to the above comments? I would think he has too many important things to do without wasting his time here. If it is him commenting, it tell me he should get a life!

  • Maria

    I disagree. I’ve heard Rush Limbaugh speak about African Americans and he makes SPECIFIC attacks on them. In the clip Jon Stewart showed of Herman Caine, Herman Caine pretty much says the same exact thing Jon Stewart says afterwards: he complains that bills are too long and that they need to be cut short. Jon Stewart takes that one step further, as he does with everything, and mocks the idea rejecting a bill just because it’s too long….and Jon Stewart is right. Such a law would be absurd.

    • Bruce A.

      John Stewart is a comedian. Many people with an average IQ do not take him seriously. Check Bernies article again & read the correct spelling of Herman Cain.

  • Bj

    The truth lies in individual “Soul Searching” and that my friends would probably tell us that we all have a little racist blood in our bodies. However, most of us would not admit it if we knew it. The problem is the Liberal bias has contributed so much to the word “racism” being connected to the, should I say Black, or African American, or is there another word to use without being considered a “racist?” In an attempt “not to be considered “Racist”, our politicians and “liberal Media” are creating another society that is dependant upon the government as a means for a lack of morals, and the inability to be successful. However, if he is a Black Conservative, look at how he is treated, by not only other Blacks, but also the main stream Liberal media, and the Liberal Black Leaders who thrive on the word “racism” for a living. Even if we do not consider ourselves racist, every word that filters from our mouths has to be scrutinized before the expulsion or you just might be considered a “racist.” Be careful what you say! Most of us who consider ourselves racists would much prefer that all of us, whether you are black, white, yellow or green, be judged on our merits and accomplishments rather than a skin color. The problem being, the government, and the Liberal media will not allow it. That my friend is not racism; it is a basic fact!

  • Bj

    The truth lies in individual “Soul Searching” and that my friends would probably tell us that we all have a little racist blood in our bodies. However, most of us would not admit it if we knew it. The problem is the Liberal bias has contributed so much to the word “racism” being connected to the, should I say Black, or African American, or is there another word to use without being considered a “racist?” In an attempt to “not be considered “Racist”, our politicians and “liberall Media” are creating another society that is dependant upon the government toConservative and how he is treated by, not only other Blacks, the main stream Liberal media and the Liberal Black Leaders who thrive on the word “racism” for a living. Even if we don’t consider ourselves to be racist, every word that filters from our mouths has to be scrutinized prior to the expulsion or you just might be considered a “racist”. Be carefull what you say!

  • Sunny

    Don’t you just love reading these posts??? I do!

  • Scott

    So now that it has been established many times over that white liberals can make fun of black Conservatives and not be racists, what is it that we are to do with it? I’ve felt all along that liberals are only trying to gloss over their latent racism by denouncing Conservatives as racists. But the question still stands, what are we as Conservatives to do with it? In my opinion, nothing.

    Let liberals be who they are for others to see. Give them all the time on the TV, radio and internet that they want as liberals, and democrats in general, seem to be very self-destructive people. Conservatives only have to let them continue down their path and then spotlight the stark differences between their ideology and mainstream America. I would then say that most Americans who live outside of Manhattan, San Francisco and Boulder will see that liberalism is not consistent with traditional American values thereby putting liberals in the minority more so than they are right now.

    Since liberals are self-proclaimed champions of minorities, they can champion for themselves. That would be an ironic concept in itself seeing that liberals are so heavily dependent upon others to do things for them. LOL

    • Ron Kean

      Great point. I agree and that’s the exact point of freedom of speech. Let the KKK, American Nazi’s, and American Commies speak. That way we know what they believe, who they are, and where they are when they step over the line.

      Same with liberals and celebrities. We continue to learn their thoughts and watch their popularity decline as aw avoid

    • Bill

      I’m confused why didn’t you just cut and paste Bernie’s post would have been simpler instead of trying to have your own opinion which most of know is virtually impossible if your a fox conservative

      • Ron Kean

        You were right about being confused.

  • Bubsboy

    As usual, Bernie is correct. A white male is a target for any liberal.

  • Tom

    Wow, Fox just keeps embarrassing itself more and more. This is hilarious, really.

    • Cameron D. MacKay

      Right “Uncle Tom”

    • Ron Kean

      Tell us how.

    • Erika

      Only by allowing you to post.

    • Mary Catherine

      Sigh, I agree, Fox news is joke. They take the words of a comedian and judge them as if they were from a news anchor. I used to watch Fox …the more outrageous they became… the more I felt they weren’t telling me the news but, convincing me that it was the news…………… they lost my audience. Bernie, why are you so intimidated from a show on Comedy Central??? Political satire has been around forever; it it personal? Or do you believe that Mr Stewart is a little too close for comfort?

      • Jeffreydan

        Gosh MC, however do you miss the point so flawlessly? Are you intimidated by the notion of addressing the topic directly? Is making it personal your attempt at persuasion? Or do you simply not care that liberals have rendered the word ‘racist’ meaningless?

        • Bob Hadley

          Of course various liberals have inflated the term “racist” almost beyond recognition. The term “racsist” has almost become akin to “you bastard!”

          But, you’re missing the point. To my knowledge, Jon Stewart has never race baited. Why make him a fall guy on some tongue-in-chek campaign?

          If you’re making the broader point, as Bernie apparently is, that Stewart must be held accountable for all the other things he says, then why not hold Dennis Miller accountable for all his comedic rants on O’Reilly’s show? Have you listened to them? They make Stewart’s routines look tame. If taken literally, Miller makes hateful, vile and bigoted remarks about Rep. Pelosi, Sen. Reid, President Obama and anyone else with whom he disagrees. And he does this on a talk show touted as serous and on a network also touted as serious! Who has gotten their panties in a bunch over Dennis Miller?

          Like Miller, Stewart uses caricature, exaggeration and colorful language to make his point. But comedians, or those who tout themselves as comedians (the Ann Coulters excluded), are given comedic license.I often disagree with Miller, but I’m always amused.

        • Bill

          Talk about clueless look in the mirror

  • Jeffreydan

    To the people insisting that Stewart isn’t a racist: either read the column again or take a refresher course in English. Bernie stated the exact opposite.

    You’re arguing with a man who shares your opinion!

    • Bernie

      Thank you, jeffreydan. They are so in love with Jon Stewart … And detest conservatives so much … That they can’t see straight.

      • Bob Hadley

        Bernie, I know you made the point in your piece above that Stewart is not a racist, but then your comment to Jon (below) is simply “Great post, Jon.” Jon’s post pins the racist label on Stewart. Aren’t you sending mixed messages?

      • lfthooker

        It is not that we detest conservatives so much, it is that doth protest too much methinks.

  • Neal Angel

    Actually, we saw what happens when a liberal is accused of being a racist when we watched Shirley Sherrod rise to a hard boil at the suggestion, however unfairly, that she acted in a racially biased manner against a white farmer. It was indeed a sight to behold. Most conservatives have grown accustomed to being accused of racism at every turn, so these charges don’t stick like they did at one time. The term “racist” was at one time reserved for members of the KKK and their sympathizers; now it simply means anyone belonging to the Republican Party. Rather than being intimidated by these charges, conservatives should now respond by saying; “Do you need me to be your racist, Jesse? OK, I’ll be your racist, so what’s your point?” When liberals understand that their favorite tactic has lost it’s meaning, they will then need to abandon this sound bite for another term with more bite.

    • Nancye

      Neal,

      I keep saying that the libs need to get the message that the race card has expired.

  • Nancye

    So, is Jon Stewart a racist for doing his Amos ‘n Andy routine to make fun of Herman Cain? Yes! Absolutely! And I will say that over and over again, every chance I get – even though I don’t believe it. And I won’t stop until my liberal friends finally get it.

    **************************************

    You’re right, but don’t hold your breath until the libs “get it”.

    • Brenda

      You really need to see Jon Stewart reply to this. He makes fun of many people in bad ethnic voices. This is nothing new. He mocks someone at(least tries) in there own voice. This was NOT a Amos ‘n Andy routine far from it.

      I only hear two people of color complaining about this. IF this was offensive I know more Black people would be say it was. Period!! Not just two on Fox news.

  • David

    I occassionaly watch the Daily Show and mostly watch O’Reilly at 11 since I am usually into something else around 8, I normally enjoy Bernie especially on O’Reilly because he gives a great perspective from a right view whom I don’t consider “insanely right” and tends to try and look at things from different views. And as I would agree with you Bernie that a news agency even one such as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, CNN etc… would have to apologize for making a comment like that, you are comparing apples to oranges when it comes to Jon Stewart and Rush or Bill or any series conservative. Jon Stewart’s show is meant to make people laugh 99% of the time with a 1% serious point on an occassion tossed in to make people think. Rush and others are the exact opposite. The show is even on a channel called Comedy Central while everyone else is on either news or some form of “acceptance” of news. Now while some may want to say that the Daily Show is an “acceptance” of news for liberal people than all I can say is you aren’t liberal. I myself moderate leaning Democrat, enjoy O’Reilly a lot more than other news because he makes you think and consider things in another perspective and does a great job of playing the devil’s advocate even to a base he believes him. If he tossed out racist views I would change my perspective on him because I take him as serious in what he does and isn’t out to get a laugh every moment or at least the vast majority of moments on his show. The Daily Show is like a stand up comedy about news and politics that lasts 30 minutes.

    Now my last point is what I like to consider fishing, which happens between the sides of both liberals and conservatives. Liberals and Conservatives love to fish for problems between both ends and really I find it sad. Fishers tend to watch intently for their prey, looking for the right moment to pull on their fishing rod and say outloud “Gotcha!” Bernie you normally wouldn’t be a person I would consider a fisherman but in the last few weeks Fox apparently has put a hit out on Jon Stewart perhaps because he is considered some sort of threat in the eyes of Fox News. Look at all the publicity Fox has given Jon in the last week or so and I am sure you will agree that even you have joined the fishing tournament.

    • http://www.bernardgoldberg.com/ Bernard Goldberg

      David

      First, thanks for the civil email.

      But …

      Your main point — and that of others — is simply that Jon Stewart is a comedian (and the others I mention are not). Fine. But that raises a question: Can a comedian say anything simply because he’s a comedian and not have to answer for it? Can a comedian do watermelon jokes involving black people? Can a comedian make black liberals out to be stupid?

      You get my point. Saying Jon Stewart is a comedian doesn’t tell me enough.

      Last point: Please remember that I said I do NOT believe Jon Stewart is a racist. My goal was (and is) to turn the tables. To try to wake elite liberals up to the fact that they have to stop throwing the word racist around, that they have to stop accusing conservatives of racism simply because we disagree with POLICY.

      Thanks again

      Bernie

      • Anthony

        Bernie,

        I understand and agree with your point that comedians, especially ones that are taken as seriously as Stewart is sometimes, should still answer for what they say. However this incedent was not isolated to Jon making fun of Mr. Cain, he does this all the time! He comically impersonates tons of people, including his own Jewish and New York backgrounds! Just because the person happens to be black, does not make him a racist. So to suggest that he is a racist, whether or not you believe it, is flat out morally wrong and bad journalism. There is a difference between a guy like Michael Richards and Jon Stewart. By accusing him of being racist, even if you do not believe it, you lose all credibility and unfairly slander a man. It’s stuff like this that makes me, a CONSERVATIVE, watch someone like Stewart more often than most of the “experts” on Fox News. In fact watching shows like “Fox & Friends” makes me laugh almost as much as Stewart does from the sheer idiocracy on that program! Please don’t ever sink to that level, because all you do is lose the respect of rational people. You can try to spin what I say all you want, but I swear to you that I have never voted for a Democrat my entire life, but I HATE Fox News because of childish and ignorant stuff like this. “Articles” like this and most of Fox News makes me feel embarrassed to call myself a Republican. Adios and thanks for even more embarrassment.

        Anthony

      • David

        Hi Bernie,

        Appreciate the response.

        I do agree there is a double standard when it comes to conservatives talking about race and liberals talking about race. More times then not liberals do tend to get away with more than conservatives. So I cannot disagree with you there.

        I will say though when it comes to comedy and making jokes comedians are allowed to joke about what they want and must adhere to the consequences. So for instance if a comedian makes a joke and it comes off racist and people take it as racist and don’t find the joke funny then that comedian may have some sort of backlash. It pretty much falls to risk and reward. In my opinion and I am sure in your opinion and most American’s opinions race and politics don’t mix and honestly its best that we not point to race because it really should have nothing to do with politics in my opinion. I say “should” because it is not always the case.

        May have pressed the reply button on the wrong message, so I apologize for that.

      • Bill

        Have you ever in your life watched a black comedian…. Wake up and get a life

    • Dave Freeman

      Yeah, but Mr. Stewart is a darn comedian, not a voice of the “legit p[ress”. he is supposed to make funny outrageous and ironic statements. These other people are not. You are talking apples an oranges. And sure Bernie states he doesn’t think Stewart is a bigot. Of course, anyone who watches his show knows he’s not. But still, by writing this article, you serve nobody except the extremists whose minds will not be swayed despite anything you may write here. This was a way to get your column read. But in the end, I guess thats what you get paid for, which is fine. But don’t expect any reader with brains to take you too seriously when you use this power for reasoning so ridiculous as this.

  • Charles

    Bernie,

    I appreciate your annoyance or even anger at conservatives having accusations of racism hurled at them when they are critiquing or arguing a point about an elected official’s policies — it has happened to many of us. However, I think an important thing to understand is that the people who cannot refute or accept your arguments and instead resort to attacks against your character, are individuals and do not represent liberal viewpoints as a whole with their poor argumentation skills.

    Furthermore, I think your response to these people’s actions is incorrect. Advocating that conservatives (a very broad group) should, as a retaliation, further lower the level of discourse by using these same bad arguments as much as possible is not serving the goals of conservatives.

    Instead you should be advocating that when a conservative person encounters someone slandering them as racist for their opinions, instead of responding in kind, they should redouble their efforts to prove their point with soundly reasoned arguments. And, should they feel kindly, inform the offending individual of how their attempt at slander was incorrect and a poor way of representing their opinion. After all, if you actually persuade this person towards your viewpoint, would you want them arguing in favor of it by calling other people racist if they don’t agree?

    No one is served by further pushing differences of political opinion into a war of ideologies. We need to focus on having honest, intelligent discussion of the serious political issues that are affecting all of us.

    • Bob Hadley

      Bravo Charles! Your post is probably the most intelligent and level headed thing I’ve read on this website so far (and I do read my own posts!).

    • Ron Kean

      “… individuals and do not represent liberal viewpoints…” sounds a little like the Moslem suicide bomber or Major Hassan who doesn’t represent Islam.

      I and I’m sure most here agree with you. Intelligent discussion, argumentation skills, and reasoned arguments are all the very best way. But one liners and the ‘kiss’ principle (keep it simple…) sadly have the most power. Besides, and it was pointed out in the 1700’s, reason itself is subjective.

      It’s more efficient to say much with few words and that takes skill. Think…’Hope & Change’, ‘They want children and old people to die.’, ‘They hate blacks and hispanics’, ‘They don’t want the rich to pay anything and they want the poor to pay for the debt.’ These are Democratic talking points that seem to be working.

      I’m like you. I wish the argument was different. I’m like Bernie. I’d like pay back in kind. But that’s up to political strategists and sadly, the media.

    • http://www.bernardgoldberg.com/ Bernard Goldberg

      Charles

      I have tried for many years to have what you call an honest, intelligent discussion with liberal elites. I find it, generally, a great big waste of time. They are among the most closed-minded people I have ever encountered.

      Bernie

      • http://foknewschannel.com/ Wil Burns

        They are among the most closed-minded people I have ever encountered. Bernie>>

        There are basically two kinds of conservatives, those who don’t got it and blame liberals and minorities for it, and those who got it and only care about keeping it that way.

      • Bob Hadley

        experience can broaden your outlook and it can narrow your outlook. It can even make one
        closed-minded. Agreed, don’t waste your time on the closed-minded. But it seems that you’re simply trying a different tactic of appealing to closed-minded liberals–fighting fire with with fire or fighting unfairness and bigotry with a type of reverse unfairness and reverse bigotry.

    • Paul Courtney

      Charles, I like a civil discussion, too, but it’s obvious that Bernie has gone to the window to tell us he’s mad as hell and isn’t gonna take it anymore. There’s a post below telling us the use of the term “oriental” is a sure sign of bigotry, and a very good reply saying, essentially, not to an asian. Seems Eric is more sensitive than the “victim”. I think a sign of the progress we’ve made on race is that many ordinary blacks laugh off remarks that hypersensitive white liberals jump all over. You and Bernie (and Bob Hadley and I!) all have the same goal, let’s get this behind us as a nation. Reasoned dialogue is my weapon of choice, too, but what if Bernie’s provocative approach has the desired effect? Or even pushes us a bit toward that goal? ‘Cause if white liberal dems are using race to preserve a voting block, reasoned dialogue alone won’t change that.

    • Bill

      People are simply responding to your insane accusations of racism you want to place that label on people then expect them not to react passionately again completely clueless to what people really believe….take our head out of that fox news sewer and try thinking on your own you might be surprised how much common sense you might actually have

  • Dom

    It’s exceptionally hard to take this article seriously. To call Stewart a racist would be inaccurate, even to call him a liberal would be just lazy, but then again liberal is a term most used by the far right to describe the moderate left, akin to calling someone like Romney a Tea Partier, for subscribing to the most basic tenets of his side. To watch Stewart on a weekly basis is to see a Democrat (who apparently voted for Bush Sr., as I did) who calls out both sides for their absurdity and mistakes. It just so happens that Goldberg’s employers hold the monopoly on both, and sometimes intentionally so. Cain is a caricature, and the joke fit him.

    • AlanABQ

      I don’t think you could have missed the point any harder if you tried, “Dom”;
      For starters, Stewart isn’t some apolitical moderate. He is, indeed a liberal & he’s a typical one at that: all “moderates” are people who believe what everyone else around them believes because that’s what all good, decent people do. He probably actually knows few conservatives personally & the ones he knows probably don’t actually get much of a chance to interact with him because they’re different that him.
      His calling out both sides consists of him calling out conservatives on the slightest gaffes, no matter how insignificant, while only calling out liberal mistakes when they’re too glaring to be ignored (yeah, I watch his show, too).
      But to the main point that you clearly missed is that it might be fun to play the left’s “THAT’S RAAAAACIST!!!” card on Jon since that’s what happens to conservatives any time they stray from the status quo & say something that doesn’t flatter minorities. Or women. Or Gays. Or any other group do jour that’s jockeying for victim status and sympathy.
      To say it in other words, the point – the one that flew over your head with room to spare – is not that Jon’s racist (even though his actions were kinda off color & tasteless). It’s that if any given conservative or Republican public figure had acted the same way toward Obama, Donna Brazile, Jesse Jacksonor any other black Democrat for that matter, well…
      Let’s just say you wouldn’t have to come to Goldberg’s site to read about it:
      It would be front page news in the NY Times & Washington Post. It would be a story aired in the first 15 minutes of the nightly news. And it would be recycled for weeks on end.

      • Dom

        Wow “AlanABQ,” I can guess that means Albuquerque, in which case all of this probably flies over your head. Lord knows the only reason I was coming to this joke of a site is because Fox’s technology decided it didn’t require comments for it on their own site. The fact that you think he “probably actually knows few conservatives” is enough to disqualify the rest of your ramblings. When you’re ready to live in a world of facts, and not reinforce the stereotype of a lockstep Fox reader, then we can have an adult conversation.

        • Bill

          Couldn’t have said it better Dom

      • http://www.bernardgoldberg.com/ Bernard Goldberg

        Alan

        I thought I made the very points you said I didn’t make. You say the point is NOT that Jon’s a racist (I agree, I said he WASN’T a racist) but that if a conservative did the same thing it would practically be a crime against humanity (which was precisely my point).

        Bernie

        • AlanABQ

          Bernie-

          My mistake if I came across like that; you did make those points, and rather well. I was trying to drive the point home (apparently to no avail where Dom is concerned – it seems that Albuquerque is in that “fly-over” part of the country & I MUST be some hick…LOL).
          I do need to give Dom SOME credit: He didn’t miss the chance to use the default mantra of “the stereotype of a lockstep Fox reader” in his attepted response.
          It just wouldn’t be a debate without the same old smug arrogance from the left.

        • lfthooker

          Bernard Goldberg, the modern day Amos.

      • Ron Kean

        The moderates and independents I know don’t really talk about politics. They listen.

    • Erika

      He doesn’t call out both sides. During the Dem. primaries last time around was when I quit supporting him with my viewership. He’s taken a long ride downward ever since.

  • EddieD_Boston

    White liberals that are pro-affirmative action must assume black people are too stupid to get a good score on an exam.

    • Bruce A.

      I would consider any white liberal who makes that assumption to be racist.

  • Mark

    What you seem to fail to realize is the difference between commentators that mean to take themselves seriously in role, like the majority of commentators on Fox News, and a Menippean satirist like Jon Stewart. Stewart is more than a mere comedian in the role he plays in American society. In the tradition of historical Menippeans, like Menippus himself, Rabelais, Voltaire, Swift, Huxley, and Joyce, Stewart uses exaggeration and depictions of the grotesque (like racism) to reveal the truth amidst the prevailing untruths (such as those often promulgated by Fox News in their support of the so-called Birthers, many of the statements made about Obama’s healthcare plan, the Bush Administration’s denial of torture, the falsehoods about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, to name but a few).

    Although it is simplistic and populist to apply political ideological duality to application of racism, one must bear in mind that context is the means through which any action or statement acquires meaning. When one seeks to be taken seriously at face value, like EVERY commentator or self-identified journalist on Fox News (or on CNN, MSNBC, CBS, and all the rest), the use of racial stereotypes is unacceptable. When a white comedian uses racial stereotypes gratuitously – like Michael Richards – it is unacceptable. On the other hand, when a comedian such as Chris Rock or Russell Peters use racial stereotypes in the context of their particular acts, it is that context that creates the comedy, as opposed to specifically what they say. Similarly, Stewart (and Colbert to a different extent), in the particular context of their performances, create clarity through a populist fog.

    I realize that the subtlety of this reasoning may be lost on many people – I don’t know you, Mr. Goldberg, nor your educational background that might help you make sense of this. However, what is needed is more understanding of the nuances that should be informing public opinion, and not the sensationalism and hyperbolic “wedge” issues that are only serving to destroy what once made America great. In this, your use of such a sensationalist and provocative lede as the leading but quasi-rhetorical question that you chose for your piece, does a disservice to the public interest.

    • Tim Ned

      So Mark, based upon your statements the satire of Rush Limbaugh should also not be used for, what did you say, “sensationalism and hyperbolic wedge”?

    • Neal Angel

      Mark, I’m sure you fancy yourself an intellectual, as evidenced by your references to ancient & modern literary characters, & your fondness for certain philosophical terminology like “duality”. Your questioning Mr. Goldberg’s educational background is noteworthy as a not-to-sublte challenge of his ability to grasp subtlety. I can also spout words like epistemological constructs, but we all know your gig, and we’re not impressed.

    • Dr. Bill

      Mark,

      You clearly are an academic, right? Or one who spent a lot of time in school. You write like an academic. That’s not a compliment.

      You write: “I realize that the subtlety of this reasoning may be lost on many people” and then you say, “I don’t know you, Mr. Goldberg, nor your educational background that might help you make sense of this.”

      Mark, do you know what “Pedantic” means? Because when I looked the word up I think I’m pretty sure I saw your picture. You look down your snooty nose at regular folks, who you perceive as too stupid to follow your reasoning.

      Trust me, Mark. You’re not nearly as smart as you think you are, despite your obscure reference to Menippus. You have a lacuna. Look it up, genius. So because Jon Stewart is a satirist he can say or do anything he wants? Even satirists have to be held accountable. You would never accept watermelon jokes from a conservative “satirist.”

      Like many others incapable of thinking deeply, your ideology trumps your intelligence. You’re a liberal. Fine. But you’re letting your liberalism get in the way of your thinking. Why, for instance, is what Michael Richards did “gratuitous”? Because you say so? What’s gratuitous to you, may be brilliant comedy to someone else.

      Here’s the real message of your post, one that I’m pretty sure even you didn’t get: You’re a narcissist who needs to show off his “smarts” by telling us that commoners may not be sharp enough to follow your logic. And in the end, you’re deeply insecure. Secure people don’t tell us that the “subtlety” of their reasoning “may be lost on many people.”

      I’m also guessing you don’t have tenure. You know why? Because you’re not that deep and people don’t like you. I hope the subtlety of my reasoning isn’t lost on you.

    • Paul

      Jon Stewart is a mean spirited arrogant political bigot who tries to use humor to further his own utterly
      jaundiced philosophies and demonize those who present a possible threat to his radical leftist agenda.
      To me he is a nauseating puke bucket who uses his soapbox almost entirely in tirades against conservatives. So much for the humor.

  • BusyLeek

    Bernie, the coward, doesn’t like people to reply to his inane posts.

    Hilarious!

    So much for valuing Free Speech and the US Constitution!

    • AlanABQ

      Right. Because the free speech clause clearly states that you have a right to leave dumb comments on a website.
      Maybe you should take it to the Supreme Court so they can laugh at you, too.

    • Ron Kean

      Did you just say something?

  • BusyLeek

    Don’t be ridiculous. Show me the picture of Cain with a bone through his nose, or next to a watermelon patch, or as a chimpanzee. After that you can show me where you, Bernie, stood up against Jon when he used his “Jewish voice” or his “Chinese voice” or his “Brooklyn voice” or his “Jersey Shore voice”

    Cain was mocked because of his ridiculous statement. As Stephen Colbert pointed out, even the Emancipation Proclamation is 5 pages.

    • http://www.bernardgoldberg.com/ Bernard Goldberg

      Exactly! And conservatives mock liberals for their ridiculous statements. Except we get called racist when we do it. Get it?

      • BusyLeek

        Since when is a Chimpanzee Family Photo a political statement about policy? Or a watermelon patch? It’s not. It’s racist. Get it?

        Herman Cain, himself, said he didn’t like to read long bills. Jon mocked that Political Statement. You’ve failed miserably in your attempt to paint Jon as a racist. I can’t wait until he does a bit on this on TDS.

        Nothing scares conservatives like the Truth. Jon Stewart is out of your League, Bernie.

        • AlanABQ

          I’m still amazed after all these years how the left-leaning people can miss a point so grossly & not even have a clue that it happened.
          It’s easier to re-post a reply I left for someone else above:

          “The main point that you clearly missed is that it might be fun to play the left’s “THAT’S RAAAAACIST!!!” card on Jon since that’s what happens to conservatives any time they stray from the status quo & say something that doesn’t flatter minorities. Or women. Or Gays. Or any other group do jour that’s jockeying for victim status and sympathy.
          To say it in other words, the point – the one that flew over your head with room to spare – is not that Jon’s a racist (even though his actions were kinda off color & tasteless). It’s that if any given conservative or Republican public figure had acted the same way toward Obama, Donna Brazile, Jesse Jacksonor any other black Democrat for that matter, well…
          Let’s just say you wouldn’t have to come to Goldberg’s site to read about it.”

          Do you get it now, or is this whole “reasonable discourse” thingy that foreign to you?

      • BusyLeek

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  • Brian

    Is Stewart still considered a comedian? When he attempts comedy, it just comes off lame. BTW, the Daily Show became famous due to Colbert, Helms, and Carrell. The people who actually can garner laughter.

  • Jon

    Bernie: Love your segments on O’Reilly but I think you are refusing to acknowledge that many liberals, including Stewart, truly are racists. Don’t fool yourself into defending or assuming they are not. Racists do racist things, and Stewart put on the proverbial black face last week. A rose is a rose is a rose.

    I think it is a marvelous idea for conservatives to strike back with charges of racism at liberals, not to make a point, but to bring light to the truth. The fact is far more liberals than conservatives are racist. Liberals have historically been able to conceal their racism with their patronizing social justice positions, which really are a means to maintain power over minority groups. Think about it, why would White liberals continue to endorse policies that have perpetually failed to help disadvantaged groups?

    Stewart has come out of his racist closet, unwittingly. Most liberals will be smarter than he was, but we can open those doors and shed light on one of the biggest lies in American history- one Stewart at a time.

    • Bernie

      Great post, Jon

    • Eddy

      What’s so sad in this country is that people actually believe in this crap. Racism is only still alive to this day because liberal keep accusing conservatives of being racist and (to a lesser degree) conservatives accuse liberals of being racist. Just stop this nonsense. When will you all just give it a rest and stop throwing that horrible word around. You do nothing for the advancement of the human race with these petty and false accusations. Sad world we live…

    • Anthony

      Jon Stewart is not a racist. Show me the proof. If you want to say because “Stewart put on the proverbial black face last week”, then you are wrong because he has tons of “faces”! He impersonates tons of people including, but not limited to, Chinese, New York, Jewish, Italian, Russians, etc!!! Just because it was a black person this time does not mean he hates black people. Does he hate Jews and New Yorkers too?! I’m serious, how does that not get through to you people? People like you are why rational people look at my funny when I say I’m a conservative.

  • Kingfisher

    Great job Fox News. Jon Stewart said on Fox News that he was not happy with the job Obama has done so far, and that he voted for HW. If he was on the fence for the upcoming election, and he’s such an activist, don’t ya think trying to focus on this story is self defeating? He’s a comedian first, he makes fun of people, all people, just because the person he made fun of is Black in that segment is irrelevant.

  • http://foknewschannel.com/ Wil Burns

    Hey Bernie, Here’s a question for you. Can you name one liberal that is a member of the KKK or the Aryan Nation?

    • Betty

      What passes for your logic, Wil, is appalling. You are not a smart man. But let us play your silly game. If some conservatives are bigots then … What? All of them are? So because some liberals have been racists, portraying Condoleeza Rice, for example, as Aunt Jemima then …all liberals including are racist? That clearly is not true, Wil. You are not a racist. You are a fool.

    • Jon

      So Wil, Can you name one conservative that is a member of the Black Panthers or Louis Farrakan’s Nation of Islam?

      • Eric

        Uh, what’s wrong with the nation of Islam?

        • AlanABQ

          Did you really just ask that?

    • AlanABQ

      Not any more; There was Robert C. Byrd, but he passed away not too long ago. An there was David Duke (yes, he was a Democrat when he ran for president & while still a Klansman; he switched to the Republican side after his brief campaign bit because he thought – like so many uniformed people do – that the Republican side would embrace him…he could not have been more wrong).

      Here’s an idea: Look up the KKK & see who started it. Then look up the history of the Republicans & see exactly why that party came into existence.

    • Begbie

      Senator Robert Byrd. And don’t try to say that he was reformed or remorseful or anything else. He was a recruiter, a high level KKK member, who contributed to their cause even as a Senator.

  • http://www,JohnFoxMktg.com John Fox

    No, John Stewart is not a racist. He’s a COMEDIAN. Limbaugh, O’Reilly, etc. are talk show hosts/news reporters, not comedians. Big difference.

    • http://www.bernardgoldberg.com/ Bernard Goldberg

      Thanks so much John for your enlightenment. Now I get it. A comedian can say anything precisely because he’s a comedian. So can a conservative comedian put on black face, talk like the Kingfish from Amos n Andy and make fun of, oh, let’s say, President Obama — because he’s a COMEDIAN? Or would that make him a racist?

      • Kathie Ampela

        Bernie,

        What conservative comedian? Haven’t you heard..conservatives are not allowed on The Daily Show. http://pajamasmedia.com/andrewklavan/2011/06/20/jon-stewart-bully/
        Can you name any conservative comedians in the entertainment industry..let alone the type of material liberals will accuse them of racism over? McCarthyism is totally acceptable..as long as you are on the right side ;-)

      • http://www,JohnFoxMktg.com John Fox

        Anything for a laugh is always my philosophy! And I’m not a comedian.

        • AlanABQ

          And yet, you’re kinda funny…in a sad sort of way…

      • Bob Hadley

        I’m somewhat out of the loop because I haven’t seen (heard?) Amos n Andy.

        But Bernie, i have watched and listened to countless comedic rants of Dennis Miller on on your buddy O’Reilly’s show. They’re entertaining. But, if you took his rants seriously, they’d be full of hatred often laced with bigotry against Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Weiner, liberals in general, etcetcetcetc. I bet that hasn’t even occured to you! If you don’t believe me, just read some of the transcripts of Miller’s rants. I haven’t heard of anyone calling him out for his language or accusations–certainly not you or O’Reilly.

        Just relax! He’s a comedian! Even though he’s doing his schtick on a supposedly serious political talk show, he’s given comedic license. He makes serious points but he often uses extreme exaggeration and coloful language in doing so. That’s part of his routine.

        I often disagree with Miller’s serious points, but I’m not offended by his comedic rants. As I said, they’re amusing.

        You’re being unfair to Stewart by calling for this tongue-in-cheek campaign to brand him a racist. I can’t remember Stewart being fast and loose with that label. A lot of liberals might deserve such a turn-around, but not Stewart.

        On the other hand, right wing crazies are often craftier and more effective in their smear campaigns. They brand those they oppose as anti-American and unpatriotic while hardly ever using those terms. They create the imagery and let their followers connect the dots–European socialist, Obama destroying the ecomony on purpose (even O’Reilly has suggested as much), they’re socialists, theyre making this country into something far different from what “we” have known.

      • Bob Hadley

        I’m a little out of the loop because I haven’t seen (heard?) Amos n Andy.

        But, Bernie have you ever gotten offended at Dennis Miller’s comedic rants on O’Reilly shows? They make Jon Stewart look tame. If you don’t believe me, just read the transcripts of some of his rants. If taken seriously, they’re full of hateful and bigotted remarks about Obama, Reid, Pelosi, liberals in general and anyone with whom Miller disagrees. I can’t specifically remember his routine including what would otherwise be considered racial stereotyping and racial bigotry, but they would nonetheless be considered hateful, bigoted and way over-the-top if taken seriously.

        Miller’s over-all points are serious, but in making them he uses extreme exaggeration, caricatures and colorful language. Even though his schtick is part of a (at least sometimes) serious political talk show, he’s given comedic license.

        Even though I often disagree with his serious, over-all points, I do not get offended by his schtick. Why should I? Anyone who finds his humor offensive should use the clicker.

        You are unfair to target Stewart with your tongue-in-cheek campaign to mock the abusive use of the term “racist.” To my recollection and knowledge, Stewart doesn’t abuse the term “racist.” In fact, i can’t remember him using the term or even hinting at it. Some liberals deserve such treatment, but not Stewart. But, of course, your proclivity is to see liberals as an amorphous mass. You seem to think it’s one for all and all for one, right?

        While many liberals are abusive in playing the race card, many conservatives are abusive in playing the partiotism and anti-American card. A key difference, however, is that these conservatives are more subtle and thus more effective than their liberal counter-parts. With a few exceptions, these conservatives don’t bandy the terms “anti-American” or “un-patriotic” they create the necessary imagery and let their followers connect the dots, so to speak. This technique is very powerful, especially in “solidifying” those who want to be fooled.

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  • JDO

    Herman Cain, whether an electable Presidential candidate or not, is exactly the kind of person young black men should look up to and try to emulate, whether Democrat, Republican, Independent or Indifferent (to politics). For far too long the Left has insulted Blacks (and Hispanics, which I am one) by urging them to sit back and take what the Government gives them, all the while spouting off how “The Man” keeps them down. Too long have Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and others of their ilk been the self-appointed “leaders” of the black community and their “rights.” Didn’t Martin Luther King Jr. fight (and, hey, Jesse, weren’t you there?) for Equality? Equality isn’t “give us more than others because we’re disadvantaged by the color of our skin.” All this wrongful, insulting propaganda has gotten the black community is a 75% out-of-wedlock birth rate and decades of generational poverty. Is THAT the American Dream? Whether or not he becomes our President, Herman Cain is living it.

    I would suggest that anyone that is beholden to the idea that Blacks (and Hispanics … and you notice how no one mentions Asians/Orientals when they speak of “minorites”) need Affirmative Action and need extra help and need handouts to get anything in this country are racists (although, of course, “Hispanic” is NOT a race of its own), including Mr. Stewart.

    • Eric

      Um, hey Einstein. “Oriental” is not an acceptable word to refer to Asians.

      • http://tomsr.net/tellme TomSr

        Why, and per whom?

      • JDO

        Hey, “Einstein,” if that’s all you took out of what I wrote, I pity you. Fact is, when I was young, “Oriental” was THE term used to refer to that race. Over the years, it has also become “Asian.” Why? Far as I can tell, the same reason everything else is “racist.” Some White (excuse me, Caucasian) Liberals (here, in America) decided it was a demeaning term. Of course, someone forgot to tell the Asians (I don’t want to offend your sensabilites again, so I’ll play your game) that I deal with on a daily basis. They, frankly, don’t give a darn.

        Incidentally, when was the last time you refered to a Russian (most of Russians) as “Asian?” How about someone from India? Afghanistan? Iran? They’re Asians, aren’t they? Of course, when YOU say “Asian” you’re not thinking about them, are you? I didn’t think so.

        • snoopy

          Well said, JDO.

        • Eric

          And when I was young, the N word was an acceptable word among many white Americans. What’s your point?

  • Ron Kean

    You can try to start something if you can, Bernie, but we’ve already recognized that the ‘racist’ slur has lost it’s meaning because it’s been applied falsely too many times. We’d just be doing a meaningless gesture.

    Jon Stewart and the Carr writer have insulted Fox viewers and people from Kansas and Missouri. I’d recommend calling his viewers goofy or silly or crazy instead. Same with the readers of the New York Times and Newsweek. We’ll never get those people anyway. We have nothing to lose there.

    • Eric

      I think Bernie already did that when he called them “sewer rats”, and “extremely unsophisticated”, although, he’s also called them elite at another point. Hard to figure out which insult he really meant though!