On July 14th the NAACP passed a resolution condemning the racist elements with in the Tea Party movement. Needless to say that didn?t go over well with the Tea Party or the conservative movement in general.
Now, I’ll be honest, I haven?t read the text of the resolution, but I find it hard to believe that the NAACP was actually condemning the entire Tea Party Movement, and was instead just targeting the racist fringe elements, elements that tend to exist within all most any political movement. Elements that most Tea Party leaders themselves have been trying to remove.
So, on the 19th, Andrew Brietbart dug up some video clips from an NAACP awards dinner in March where Shirley Sherrod, USDA Georgia Director of Rural Development gave a speech, edited them to remove any context, and posted them on his site Big Government in an attempt to prove a point. Using editied video to undermine your political opponents has exploded thanks to the advent of the YouTube era.
I find myself not too happy with Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today. It appears that on Wednesday he went on to the liberal talk radio show of Bill Press and said?
BILL PRESS:? Alright, well good for you. You know, we gotta work on that, because they are just shutting down progressive talk from one city after another. All we want is, you know, some balance on the airwaves, that’s all. You know, we’re not going to take any of the conservative voices off the airwaves, but just make sure that there are a few progressives and liberals out there, right?
SENATOR TOM HARKIN (D-IA): Exactly, and that’s why we need the fair — that’s why we need the Fairness Doctrine back.
As B-Diddy has pointed out before, there is definitely a core group of Democrats that seem to interested in bringing the Fairness Doctrine back in some form or another. Fortunately, Obama has gone on the record against it and as Michael Calderone points out on Politico?
It seems that a lot of Democrats talk up the issue, but then there isn’t any legislation that follows.
Just to be safe though, when I get home from work tonight I will be writing a nice long letter to Senator Harkin letting him know that this Iowan is no where near close to supporting a legislative move that I feel is tantamount to censorship, regardless of how much I would love to see King Limbaugh or Bill O? be taken off the air. Radio talk shows and TV Political commentary shows are balanced by their ratings and advertising dollars. The government has no place in dictating fairness against broadcasters any more than it has with saying I can?t get married.
Cross posted on The Pajama Pundit