What If Herman Cain Were a Liberal?

I don’t know what Herman Cain did or didn’t do with those women, but I do know this:  while reporters will run over their grandmothers to get their face on the air or their byline in the newspaper, they will salivate more when going after a conservative Republican than a liberal Democrat.

Yes, the so-called mainstream media uncovered Gary Hart’s sex scandal when he was running for president in 1988, and he was a liberal Democrat.  They also went after Anthony Weiner, another liberal Democrat, who eventually resigned from Congress.  John Edwards was something else.  Reporters didn’t want any part of that lurid sex story and covered it only when they couldn’t ignore it anymore.

How about Bill Clinton?  Yes, reporters covered Monica and the blue dress and all that.  So we certainly can’t say they ignored his sexcapades.  But it’s more complicated than that.

Let’s go back to Herman Cain.  His accuser is being described in the press as an Ivy League graduate.  They never explain the relevance of that, so I’ll tell you:  it’s to let you know that she’s smart – just like the reporters who are covering the story – and that people who go to Ivy League schools should be taken seriously.

Unlike Paula Jones.

Paula Jones, you may recall, was the Arkansas state employee who said Bill Clinton, when he was governor, summoned her to a hotel room and exposed himself in front of her.  Given what we know about Clinton, the story is hardly incredible.  But the day she came forward with her story, NBC and CBS ignored what she had to say and ABC News devoted a measly 16 seconds to her story.   (The networks started covering the story more seriously three months later when she filed a lawsuit against Clinton.)

Charlie Gibson of ABC asked a colleague on the air:  “Why does anyone care what this woman has to say?”

And Evan Thomas of Newsweek said Ms. Jones was nothing more than a “sleazy woman with big hair.”

We all know about the media’s liberal bias when it comes to journalism.  But this bias – this elitism – is worse.  It’s repulsive. Paula Jones spoke with a thick southern accent, which is tantamount to a crime against humanity as far as elite journalists are concerned.  She went to high school, but that was it.  If she had gone to Harvard or Yale or Princeton they might have taken her more seriously.   And, of course, she had “big hair” — perhaps biggest crime of all.

If there was a Ku Klux Klan for snobs, Evan Thomas would be the Grand Kleagle.

And when a respectable Arkansas businesswoman came forward when Bill Clinton was president and accused him of raping her in a hotel room, when he was attorney general of the state, the liberal media virtually ignored the story.  NBC News had an exclusive with the woman but the president of the division didn’t want to put it on the air.  He finally relented, after a lot of internal pressure, but he still held held the story for a month, until Clinton’s impeachment trial had ended, apparently fearing that putting it on during the trial might hurt Clinton.

But day in and day out there are Herman Cain sex scandal stories on the air and in the press, even though we don’t know what he allegedly did or to whom he did or didn’t do it.  Part of the blame, of course, goes to Herman Cain himself for his amateurish handling of the story.  But let’s go back to my handy-dandy rule of thumb:  reporters salivate more when they’re going after conservative Republicans than liberal Democrats.  That’s why they won’t let this one go.

Imagine if Herman Cain were a liberal and all this was happening to him.  And while we’re at it, imagine that Clarence Thomas was also a liberal.  Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton would be on television day and night screaming racism.  “First they try to bring down a black man nominated for a seat on the Supreme Court,” they would say,  “then they try to bring down a black man leading in the polls who is running for president.”  And the editorial board of the New York Times would be working overtime to portray their critics as world-class racists.   But because they’re conservatives, the liberal civil rights establishment goes silent.

So, is race involved in the Cain sex scandal?  Not in any traditional way.  His critics aren’t racists in the way we usually mean it.  They don’t hate black people because they’re black. But make no mistake: liberals – in and out of the media – hyperventilate when a conservative black man gets too powerful.  Black folks aren’t  allowed to stray from the liberal plantation.  Liberals are the benefactors of black people – at least that’s how they see themselves – and a black man with a conservative message – a message that says, “We don’t need your paternalism”  — poses a threat to their image of themselves as good white people who really, really care about black folks — black folks who could never make it in society if it weren’t for liberal support.

Politico broke the Cain story but hasn’t told us where they got it. Politico doesn’t have to give us a name of its confidential source, but it does need to tell us his or her motive.  We know that whoever leaked the story was trying to hurt Herman Cain.  But that’s not enough.  We need to know, for example, if it was some other politician trying to bring Cain down.   That would be important news.

One more thing:  You think Politico would have gone with the story involving unnamed sources, unnamed accusers and unnamed supposed acts sexual misconduct … if Herman Cain were a liberal?

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  • A. J. Alexxandar

    This post sounds bias . . . The John Edwards’ scandal was on FOX day and night. Media on the left demonizes the right and the Media on the right demonizes the left. This a never-ending game the Media facilitates as instigators.

    The problem is the Democratic and Republican Parties have split this country. Academic research shows they are only different on a few issues compared to most political parties around the world. So, why do United States citizens — and the Media — contribute to this conundrum.

    Einstein noted, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

    You and the Media contribute to this by not pointing out how this great country needs at least a third party national party in Congress. Three more national parties would be good, or the Media could at least show some data or present information on third parties.

    As a part of the Media — be it ever very small — I argue this often with media contacts. NO one listens because the Media makes it money in this fashion. Therefore, money-making comes before good journalism. The Media, therefore plays an integral roles in dumbing down the public for our oligarchy called a two-party system.

    You lean to right. This is based on your responses and notations on FOX. Yes, you are watchable until your irritate. You talk about the right faults, but you never give pertinent examples or pinpoint people as you do for the left.

    I drank my V8, so I do not lean either way. Both parties got this country to where it is today, not Obama, Bush, Clinton or the next president, but the partisan political establishment they must operate in to remain viable as presidents. We will not see a difference until a non-Democrat/non-Republican party or independent takes hold in the White House or gains a few members in Congress.

    Be brave. Bulk the asinine system every now and then.

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  • Ellie Velinska

    What would the conservatives say about national sales tax on top of income tax if Herman Cain was a liberal?

    I remember them screaming when Nancy Pelosi was advertizing VAT.

  • Adrian Vance

    Certainly such sexual exploits as he has been accused of would be a resume’ enhancement if he were an “on-the-plantation” liberal black.

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  • Kathie Ampela

    Saw you on O’Reilly last night, Bernie. Not everyone watches opinion shows to have their views validated. At times you sound like one of the elitists you have been fighting against. Not all of us have been lucky enough to attend “top universities.” Some of us are left to self-educate. I believe there is nobility in self-education although it doesn’t sound sexy at network cocktail or WH Christmas parties.

  • Drew Page

    If Herman Cain were a liberal, apologists James Carvell and Paul Begalla would be all over TV saying about the woman claiming sexual harrassment that “You never know what you will find when you drag a twenty dollar bill through a trailer park.”

  • Kathie Ampela

    Has it become to M.O. of the liberal media and the Left to try and bring down a black conservative via the “sexual harassment” strategy..I’m getting this eerie feeling of deja vu a la Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill circa 1991…

    I don’t think Herman Cain is qualified to be President and I don’t know what happened with the women in question. (if anything) But it sures takes a hell of a lot of courage to be a publicly black conservative in this country and it shouldn’t be that way. Another reason the MSM is on my sh*t list (excuse the expression!)

    • EddieD_Boston

      I think that’s why he’s so popular. He came out of the closet as an African-American Republican and people figure he has guts and feel that’s an admirable quality.

      Kinda like Reagan and “I’m paying for this microphone”.

    • Drew Page

      I couldn’t agree more Kathie. The only people who really know if the charges of sexual harrassment are true are Herman Cain and the women who are making the charges. I tend to believe that Cain is innocent of these charges. I don’t know it for a fact, but at this point I tend to believe him.

      I worked in an H.R. office for a large company for years. I have seen and had to deal with both real and imagined sexual harrassment in the workplace. When real, it was punished up to and including termination. However, there were times when such claims of harrassmet did not meet the definition of sexual harrassment.
      In one situation, a womean came into my office
      complaining of “sexual harrassment” by a male coworker. asked to describe the nature of the harrassment, she said “Every morning this male employee passed her desk he would say “Good morning sunshine”. Asked if she ever told the male employee to refrain from dressing her in this way and she said “Well, evertime he does it I just give him a dirty look.” I spoke to the male coworker whose response was “You’ve got to be kidding.” I assured him I wasn’t and that the woman in question was offended. I had both come into my office and address the issue face to face in the presence of myself and the company attorney, who explained that while the male employee should respect the woman’s preference to be addressed in a less familiar way, the were no grounds for a charge of sexual harrassment. The male coworker agreed to be more formal when speaking to her and the female coworker felt vindicated that she had stopped behavior that she didn’t like. Unfortunately, not all of claims of sexual harrassment can be handled so easily.

  • seebee

    If Herman Cain were a liberal, the response would be “so what”? Liberals like and support morally reprehensible men like Clinton and the Kennedys and then there is Obama and his off-the-wall ideology. Liberals prefer to have no moral discernment.

  • Ron Kean

    The media insulted Linda Tripp too.

    • Bob Hadley

      What insult did the media hurl at Linda Tripp? All I remember is that a Clintonista or two made fun of her girth.

  • Tom Humphrey

    You forgot one other Democratic example. Ted Kennedy drove off a bridge and then ran back to his hotel room instead of calling for help. As a result, the woman trapped in his car under water slowly suffocated to death. This “incident” did not impair his political aura and position the slightest bit. What if he had been a Repubican?

    • Bob Hadley

      As I recall, Ted Kennedy was political damaged goods after that incident. Was’t that a major issue haunting him in his brief primary challenge in 1980?

      What about Hillary Clinton in the 2008 primaries? She gave a somewhat garbled answer to a question regarding a New York immigration policy at a Democratic primary debate shortly before the Iowa caucuses. She was pilloried by the media and, shortly thereafter lost her standing. Before that she was far ahead of President Obama and the others.

      Then, the media pilloried her again when she shed a few tears in response to a question just before the New hampshire primary. BTW, my hunch is that this media ado gave Hillary her edge in the NH primary.

      During the ’08 primaries President Obama was lambasted about Bill Ayers and Rev. Wright, admittedly with Fox News leading the charge. If Obama had sexual harassmant charges filed against him, I think the media would have played that up. Although Obama would have handled the matter more deftly than Cain.

      Imagine if any of the Democractic hopefuls had shown the ignorance/gaffes of certain Republican hopefuls.* They’d be toast.

      *A few examples are: Cain talking as if China doesn’t have nuclear weapons, Cain saying he could very well release all detainees at GITMO in exchange for an American political prisoner, Cain’s many bizarre flip-flops (some almost in the same sentence) on the abortion issue, Bachman claiming that our Founding Fathers resolved slavery, JQ Adams was a Founding Father even though he was about 8 years-old during the Constitutional Convention, the Revolutioary War was started in New Hamshire and her rejection of personal responsibility by obliquely blaming a staffer for this gaffe.

      I agree that there is a liberal media bias, but it is often over-stated.

      When prominent conservatives whine about the liberal MSM (excluding Fox News, of course) they are often trying to “work the ref.”

      • Richie

        Early on, Hillary stumbled answering a question about whether illegals should be allowed driver’s licenses. She came off like Rick Perry is coming off today. Regarding Rev Wright, Obama said he didn’t hear any inflammatory sermons in the 20 years he attended Wright’s Church. His answer was good enough for the MSM. Also, please recall John McCain was smacked by the MSM about knowing some priest who preached fire. Not the same as Wright, but good enough for the media to not make religion an issue in 2008. I don’t remember the MSM especially the WAPO and NYT printing anything about Bill Ayers except to report that he was not a close friend of Obama’s.

        • Bob Hadley

          At the ’08 primary debate Hillary made the point that she understood that the New York governor advocated the policy, re: illegal immigrants and drivers’ licenses, because the federal government had failed to pass a comprehensive immigration policy. Hillary said that, on the other hand, as POTUS she would push through a comprehensive immigration policy that would obviate the policy advocated by New York’s govenor and that, therefore, she would oppose any such policy.

          She made her point a little less artfully than I made it abcve That didn’t stop a few of the other contenders from demagoguing her answer. The MSM (including Fox News) further demagogued it saying Hillary was talking non-sense out of both sides of her mouth. This apparently brainwashed enough of the electorate, appaently yourself included.

          Bernie would probably say that this proves his point that the MSM (excluding Fox News) was always on President Obama’s side. But, at that early point even before the Iowa Caucus, I think the MSM (including the Fox News)wanted a horse race, as opposed to a coronation. Chris Matthews, long vefore the thrill went up his leg and before the Iowa Caucus, almost begged all the other contestants to go negative on Hillary.

        • Ellen L.

          The Rev. Wright issue is why I did not vote for Obama last time. I just can’t believe he sat there for 20 years and didn’t hear any of that crap the Reverend was spewing unless he only started this line of rant more recently, but I don’t believe that either. I haven’t trusted Obama since, and I still don’t.

          • Bob Hadley

            To the best of my knowledge, President Obama and his family were members of Rev. Wright’s church for 20 years, but that they rarely attended church services. Members of a church frequently do not attend church services. I know this from being a PK (preacher’s kid).

            There were a lot of members of my Dad’s church who I’d only see at Christmas and Easter services, and some not even then.

            Remember, there were only a few sermons, sounds bites from which were played constantly over cable news. If there were other controversial sermons, I’m sure we would have heard about it constantly.

          • Richard Hilger

            I think your instincts are sound.

      • Dave Robinson

        Bob:

        20 or 30 years ago the news media was less biased than they have been since the days of Clinton. For example Obama publicly stated he’d been to all 57 States. Dan Quayle made a simple spelling mistake and was publicly ridiculed for months. Yet the myth lives on about how brilliant Obama is despite his many speaking bloopers such as his statement “My Muslim faith” after attending a Christian church for years. Is that your idea of handling things more deftly than Cain?

        Biden has constantly shown off his dementia with comments like TV being around during WWII when Roosevelt was President, yet nobody questioned if he was capable of taking over the job as president.

        If Obama or Biden were conservatives they would have been laughed out of Washington years ago.

        • Bob Hadley

          Biden is obviously a gaffe machine.

          As for the very few gaffes that President Obama has made, they are not very substantive. They pale in comparison to the gaffes made/ignorance shown by, for example, Cain and Bachman regaring bargaining with terrorists, China being a nuclear power, whether or not abortion should be legal, who the Founding Fathrs are and when slavery was ended.

          Given the extreme rigors of the campaign trail, it is only to be expected that serious candidates will stumble over their words (in fact, I’m surprised they don’t stumble over their words more). But to confuse bargaining with terrorists, China being a nuclear power, the founding principles of our country, etc., this is an entirely different matter.

          The gaffes that Democratic leaders have made generally pale in comparison to the gaffes made by the Republican candidates.

          Cain and bachman have made much more substantive gaffes/displays of ignorance than President Obama or even Vice President Biden (who is a gaffe machine).

          • Lonesome George

            Bob, I disagree completely with you. I have observed the bias of MSM media since Nixon era. In case you don’t know that’s long before Bernie wrote “Bias” and before I ever heard of Rush. Example: when the Vietnam war comes up MSM always mention Nixon. Not Kennedy or Johnson.

          • Bob Hadley

            Lonesome George,

            I’m not sure what your disagreement with me regards (even tho’ you said “disagree completely”).

            If you read my posts above, you’ll see that I recognize a liberal bias in much of the MSM. Do you disagree with that?

            I made specific points. Kindly cite the specific points with which you disagree.

          • Richard Hilger

            Let’s not forget the good ole Marine Corpse.

  • Morning Glory

    I wish the lap-dog media had done as much “investigating” of our current pretender-in-chief as they have Mr. Cain. We may not have ended up with the worst ‘president’ (and I use that term very loosely!!!) in the history of our nation. But, “pretender” isn’t conservative, is he……. my bad~~

  • Davie

    Barker, when has Cain shown a “quick temper”. He may have responded clearly, promptly and pointedly to some questions, but I think candor is a good thing in most cases. Did Harry Truman have a “quick temper”? He was often blunt and to the point, and many found that admirable, though some (mostly his opponents) may have found it offensive. No one can please everyone all the time. Granted, foreign policy can be tricky business, but I would venture to say that even many foreign diplomats would find candor refreshing.

  • Davie

    Timothy, one thing I know about you is that you are clearly not a “conservative” (maybe a “moderate” Republican, though). Cain wasn’t a party to the agreement between the Restaurant Association and the complainant – how could he have lied about anything in it? We don’t know whether Cain’s accuser ever complained directly to him, as far as I’ve heard. The complainant’s attorney couldn’t remember the facts of the claim, and apparently has no written record of it. The media furor over this incident is far out of proportion to the reality, and anyone who goes along with it is not reasonable or fair-minded, and certainly not a “conservative”.

  • anna zachariah

    Good article, as ususal. Enough about what MIGHT have taken place. By allowing this story (or lack thereof) to continue we aren’t focusing on the issue of Obama and his failed policies. (Which, I think, pleases this admistration.) Let’s unite to vote Obama out of office so we can restore our country’s reputation and respect in the world. — Keep writing, Mr. Goldberg

  • rbblum

    Once again during the historic timeline of mankind’s process of enlightenment, it has become paramount for an individual to diligently pursue valid information regarding life’s events from sources actively desiring to maintain their integrity.

    ‘Mainstream media’ should no longer be an acceptable path (nor an acceptable term) when persuing verifiable, factual information in times characterized by truths that are lies . . . and lies that are truths.

  • Wally M

    Bernie, you said it well. Last night,Huckabee said a similar version. In it he stated that maybe he should file a harassment complaint toward many southern women who use the southern expressions in addressing people with a “What would you like honey?” when waiting on tables etc. Its easy to file a complaint on a person with wealth and power and in some cases the cost of defending a lawsuit may not be worth the negatives. When payment has occurred, the media needs to be responsible to view the settlement as similar to a trial where the debt has been paid and the slate has been cleared.

    • Andreas

      Ever hear being real ?I think we all would have an oipoinn if asked, who would you see running together out of the candidates? The same thought is in the candidates head themselves.

  • Timothy

    Funny you say that Bernie, because when we hear Herman talk, half the time at first he sounds a lot like a liberal, that’s of course before he finds out what he said is not the conservative point of view, then he misspoke or did not hear the question very well.

    I am a conservative, at I think its soooo sick that so many of my fellow conservatives have decided to pull the race card the first time they had a chance, after hearing liberals say who ever says something bad about Obama is a racist, we should not be so quick to pull that card ourselves.

    I will tell you what we do know.

    We know Cain lied about knowing about the sexual harassment allegations, he then said he knew about them, but did not know about a settlement, then it was he knew so much that he had told a advisor while running for senate in 2002, then he blamed Rick Perry, and now its racist trying to take him down. Problem is, we have learned everything that has been reported is true. Politico did not lie, they did post a pretty honest piece that had some Cain defenders in it, we know Cain has done anything but answer the question.

    All he has to do to fix this is tell the truth, the whole story, and then let people judge.

    Cain is trying to keep us from finding out the truth, he wants people to talk about who leaked the story, but we should be glad they leaked the story because this was coming out someday, better before we nominate him.

    Cain has acted guilty, and whether we like it or not, he has this hanging over his head. We cannot afford to have more come out when we are running against Obama.

    Cain was asked if he had anything in his past that would become a scandal if he had been nominated, the question was posed in May, he said flat out, NO. He also had ten days to get ahead of the story. So he is not the one.

    • CCNV

      Two words: Bill Clinton

    • Lonesome George

      Timothy did you read Bernie’s column? He is not giving an opinion of Cain. He is simply pointing out how media handles the reporting of politics. But you are right. We need all info available on candidates; but it should be accurate, truthful and unbiased.

      Thanks again Bernie!

  • gerry tache

    Bernie:
    Always look forward to your weekly sparing sessions with Bill O’Reilly. From my perspective I believe you trump O most of the time. I get frustrated when you respond to his questions and he cuts you off mid sentence.
    Now. Let’s talk about the Herman Cain alledged sex harrassment issue. Can you or someone explain sexual harrassment. What is sexual harrassement? In one leak Cain alledgedly asked some anonymous women about her height. Is this sexual harassement? Having worked in a corporate environment for 44 years I can honestly tell you I am guilty of sexual harrassement. I have patted women on their backs for a job well done. I have complimented attractive women for their appearance. Is that sexual harrassement? In my judgement 99% of company bosses can be charged with sexual harassement. Whatever Cain did or did not do pales by comparison with WEilly Clintons harrassement and sexual encounters while he was married to Saint Hillary. Yet, the lefties in the media idolize thia predator.

    • Timothy

      WEll then you are lucky you have not gotten in trouble, but Cain’s have been reported to be much worse, just not by Fox or Bernie.

  • Andy

    As usual, right on Bernie. Come to think of it, I can’t think of any reporters on network news that speak with a southern accent- Fox News, too. Why is that?

    • Julie

      They send you to elocution lessons in the j-school to scrub it out, Andy. On air accents are to be as neutral as possible — when was the last time you heard a strong Boston accent, either? Southern drawls in particular are considered ignorant. And that’s how I have two voices: my speaking accent from the South and a “professional” cadence you hear on voice mail, etc.

      • EddieD_Boston

        Very good point Julie. When I’m in a business situation I have to be aware that others can’t understand me. Plus, the Boston accent has been butchered by Hollywood over the years to the point some don’t recognize it when they hear it. Thank God for Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. If you saw The Town Affleck’s accent is the one I grew up with.

  • Barker

    These allegations, while serious, have not yet been proven. What bothers me more is Herman Cain’s espousal of the 999 tax gimmick, which would actually raise taxes on middle and low income people
    A better way ro cut taxes and create jobs is the simple flat tax of 15% across the board, and cut out Obama’a government regulations that are strangling all businesses, both big and small. Other Republican candidates including Gingrich, Romney and Bachmann, favor this plan, which cuts taxes and since a smart 6th grader could do it easily, there’s no need to pay a tax expert to figure it out.
    Also, Herman Cain needs to curb his quick temper, which is a big handicap in foreign relations.

  • Randy

    The only things missing in this whole deal is a Senate confirmation hearing and a bunch of morons running around in their bed sheets.

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  • EddieD_Boston

    The reason conservative blacks are hated by liberals is b/c he/she is usually very successful, well educated and has reached this level of success on his/her own.

    In other words, they didn’t need these white liberals to live the American dream. That makes all of their stupid theories and policies look foolish and they know it. Their venom is their anger.

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  • Bruce A.

    Another fine article Bernie. This brings back memories on how the MSM and Clinton supporters swept Bill Clintons encounters etc. under the rug. Quite frankly I feel many charges such as this may be blown way out of proportion in our PC world & just easy money for a plantiff & lawyer.

  • Cmacrider

    Mr. Goldberg:
    Your analysis of the “Cain story” is as the English say “spot on”. However, I suggest there is a corrollary point to be made. Why is it that this media expose of Cain has had little effect on either his standing in the polls or his ability to raise funds? The reasons I suggest are as follows:
    1. Since you published “Bias” a substantial segment of the public view the media and their stories with considerable scepticm.

    2. The mainstream media’s deliberate attempt to ignore the significance of “Climategate” (and many other instances) have simply re-enforced that scepticism.

    3. As the Internet became a viable source for information, the MSM have become increasingly irrelevant. e.g. although I am a political junkie, I have not read the NY Times in at least 5 years …. I already have the details of the story they have selected to publish from a variety of perspectives off the Internet and I hardly need some columnist, who probably has less formal education than I do, to do my thinking for me.

    So in essence, whether the MSM likes it or not …. their attempts at being the information gate keepers is simply no longer a viable position.

    We will all wait patiently for the facts in the Herman Cain story to emerge …. if they don’t come forward quickly with some credible damning evidence …. then they have unwittingly made Herman Cain a household name.
    Cameron D. MacKay

  • RecknHavic

    Great article, all true.

    The Left will cont to character assassinate any viable conservative minority or women because they are a threat to their political base.

  • Danna Mayhall

    Yes, Mr. Goldberg, this story would have been hidden by the lame stream media, had Herman Cain only subscribed to the left-wing pablum, like all “good” blacks, Hispanics, and other traditional “minorities”, (i.e. not “white”). It’s not about Herman Cain’s race, except for the fact that they can’t stand it that he has so much support, still nearly a week later. These allegations have not been proven in court and as long as no one comes forward to “tell the story”, then I’m not convinced anything other than a misunderstand occurred.

  • Bob Hadley

    The long and the short of your article is apparently as follows: that the MSM (FNC excluded, I assume)will ravage any titillating story, but they will excrete more saliva, i.e. pursue the story with more glee and bounce in their steps), if the story targets a conservative, and much more so if the conservative happens to be black; but that on some occasions the MSM will let a liberal skate even if the story is titillating.

    Hadn’t John Edwwards already dropped out of the primaries (and, thus, become almost a non-story) before the MSM had the goods on him? I’m fairly sure that if they had the goods on John Edwards at a time that he was a major contender, if not the leading contender, in the primaries for the presidency of the United States (as Herman Cain presently is), that story would be all over the MSM–especially FNC.

    If a similar story emerged about Mitt Romney, I’m quite sure the MSM would cover it aggressively, perhaps sans dripping saliva. There is a difference between Romney and Cain, however, aside from race or skin color. Cain–regarless of skin color–is flamboyant and fascinating while Romney is, well, regardless of race, merely vanilla by comparison.

    I think that the MSM was so enthralled with Bill Clinton’s problems during the 1992 primaries not because he was white or (moderately) liberal, but largely because he was flamboyant and fascinating. Do you think Paul Tsongas would have received the same media coverage (involving the same amount of saliva)during the 1992 primaries if he was the one with Clinton’s problems? I doubt it.

    One further point. You keep refering to “liberals in general,” as you twice did in your interview with Megyn Kelly on America Live. Read the transcript if you forgot what you said. You spoke of the character traits of “liberals in general” regarding double standards with black conservatives and the underlying reason for these character traits. Of course this is bigoted.

    You don’t know liberals in general. Perhaps you can knowingly generalize about “liberal elites.” Maybe, maybe not. But you obviously need to get out more before generalizing about liberals.

    BTW, I agree with several of your points above and on America Live.

  • Paul Courtney

    “Grand Kleagle”? Good one. Another example is the AP, which ordinarily describes cops as “police”, but cops who currently patrol around Zucotti Park are “police with nightsticks”. Anyone else notice that?
    Reading this site, I’ve been wondering what, if anything, we can do to restore some balance in the MSM. The answer seems to be, keep hitting them with these daily samples of profound bias, but (like an addict) the MSM has to want to change. Someone within (we recently learned Andy Rooney passed on the chance) will have to kick over some plant stands or it’ll be this way until it collapses. As Bernie says, they are losing relevance, but not fast enough. Would BO have a prayer of re-election without the MSM?

  • Gregg

    Herman Cain said this is all about race.. and he is right. He only sexually harasses white women. He respects black women and married one. White men should be embarrassed how they sell out their mothers and daughters while Cain fund-raises off their harassment.

    • Richard Hilger

      The point is we don’t know that he has harassed anyone as they still haven’t produced a viable plaintiff. Who is this ivy league, moral standard-bearer of the fairer sex?

    • Timothy

      Cain is not presidential, AT ALL, even wothout his sex scandal.

      • Quyen

        I see you’ve drunk the class warfare klaiood, too.Governors attacking union socialists and immigrant leaches will not harm their chances, if they were running, but they aren’t, so that seems like a gratuitous cheap shot by you. Those specific groups won’t vote Republican anyway, so what’s the harm on calling them on their BS?