The other day, Newt Gingrich took a pot shot at President Obama. He told Republicans meeting in New Orleans that, “shooting three-point shots may be clever, but it doesn’t put anybody to work.” It was a reference to President Obama’s televised shoot-out with CBS sports analyst and former basketball star Clark Kellogg during the network’s coverage of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.
No big deal, right? Guess again, Sunshine.
A day later on “Morning Joe” on MSNBC, Norah O’Donnell, the cable network’s chief Washington correspondent, told the other guests the following:
“But I’m not sure what he [Gingrich] means by this particular sound bite and I think it’s open to some criticism because it suggests that the President is an athlete and some people may suggest, you know, because all black people are good athletes. I mean that’s what it sort of sounds like to me.”
No kidding. She really said that.
The good news is that the rest of the panel didn’t buy it. There was a lot of scoffing at Ms. O’Donnell’s expense. But she wasn’t done. “Well what’s this suggestion about him playing basketball? That he’s not doing his job?” O’Donnell demanded to know.
One of the panelists defended O’Donnell’s take on Gingrich’s remark. Jonathan Capehart who writes editorials at the Washington Post said, “Norah, I will back you up, because my eyebrow arched as well.”
Hey, my eyebrow is arching too. It often does when I’m about to call members of the lamestream media … dolts!
But since exploring dopiness can be fun, let’s try to answer the million dollar question: Why did Ms. O’Donnell see racism in Gingrich’s pot shot. The answer, sports fans, is simple:
Because she’s a liberal, that’s why.
Liberals see everything through the prism of race. If someone throws garbage in the river and you complain, you’re a good citizen who cares about the environment. If the guy who tossed the garbage is black and you complain, you’re a racist.
On the eve of The Masters, Augusta National chairman Billy Payne delivered a public lecture to Tiger Woods, which prompted this from New York Times columnist George Vescey:
“Just asking, but would Payne have been so quick to deliver his little sermon to a white golfer who was caught straying?”
I thought the election of our first black president was going to usher in a wonderful post-racial era. Well, it hasn’t. Just the opposite has transpired. Now you run the risk of being tarred a racist if you criticize President Obama for just about anything. As far as some liberals are concerned, there is no such thing as honest disagreement over policy. No, if you disagree with the messiah, you hate black people.
That’s how the tea party protestors are caricatured. There have been at least four recent columns, all in major newspapers including the New York Times and Washington Post, that have accused tea partiers of racism. Never mind that they think President Obama is spending us into the poor house. That’s just a cover to mask their bigotry – or so the narrative goes.
And if your name is Newt Gingrich and you have an eye on the White House, and you try to score political points by accusing the president of spending time playing ball when he should be working on jobs, then you’re something akin to a racist, too — at least according to the ever-vigilant Norah O’Donnell.
Liberals are doing the nation a lot of harm with their promiscuous slurs. A lot of Americans are starting to think that yelling “Racist” is just a way to shut up the opposition. And they’re getting tired of it. Besides, you can cry wolf just so many times before people stop listening altogether. Something to think about, Norah.