Sunday, November 30, 2008

Bill Cunningham and Media Matters

Media Matters is targeting conservative talk radio host Bill Cunningham.

You might know Cunningham from the "Hussein" controversy. When Cunningham used Barack Obama's middle name while introducing John McCain during a campaign rally, McCain slammed him.

McCain said, "I absolutely repudiate such comments. It will never happen again."

That whole thing was ridiculous.

When Obama is sworn in, I assume he'll use his middle name.

Every president since FDR, other than Lyndon Johnson, inserted his name into the oath of office, in accordance with Article II, Section I of the U.S. Constitution.

Before he enter on the execution of his office, he shall take the following oath or affirmation:

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States; and will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend, the Constitution of the United States."

"I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear..."

Obama may omit his middle name. Who knows?

I wish he'd solemnly swear to stop using that lame "OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT-ELECT" sign right now.

I digress.

I think Billy Cunningham is the first on what will be a long list of conservative radio talkers to be deemed a "purveyor of hate speech" by the Left.

The effort is underway to silence conservative talk radio, to squelch free speech, to muzzle dissent.

Media Matters is a Left-wing attack machine, yet it has tax-exempt status.

Byron York writes that David Brock's Media Matters is an "avowedly political institution."

Read more.

I think someone should strip Media Matters of its apolitical, tax-exempt mantle.

If Media Matters is tax-exempt, than conservative talk radio shows should be tax-exempt as well. All watchdogs should be treated equally.


Other Side said...

Show one thing that Media Matters has said about Cunningham that is inaccurate. Just one.

You can't and you know it.

And, by concentrating on the use of Obama's middle name, you completely ignore the hateful words Cunningham has used to incite his viewers.

So typical.

Mary said...



I don't think speaking the truth qualifies as hate speech.

Media Matters complains about Cunningham's remark regarding absentee black fathers and Obama's biological father being absent.

It's inaccurate for the Left-wing propagandists at Media Matters to accuse Cunningham of hate speech on this count.

Obama himself talks about the scourge of absentee black fathers.

Read Obama's speech, Father's Day 2008.

Is Obama guilty of hate speech?

Obama said:

But if we are honest with ourselves, we'll admit that what too many fathers also are is missing - missing from too many lives and too many homes. They have abandoned their responsibilities, acting like boys instead of men. And the foundations of our families are weaker because of it.

You and I know how true this is in the African-American community. We know that more than half of all black children live in single-parent households, a number that has doubled - doubled - since we were children. We know the statistics - that children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime; nine times more likely to drop out of schools and twenty times more likely to end up in prison. They are more likely to have behavioral problems, or run away from home, or become teenage parents themselves. And the foundations of our community are weaker because of it.

How many times in the last year has this city lost a child at the hands of another child? How many times have our hearts stopped in the middle of the night with the sound of a gunshot or a siren? How many teenagers have we seen hanging around on street corners when they should be sitting in a classroom? How many are sitting in prison when they should be working, or at least looking for a job? How many in this generation are we willing to lose to poverty or violence or addiction? How many?

Yes, we need more cops on the street. Yes, we need fewer guns in the hands of people who shouldn't have them. Yes, we need more money for our schools, and more outstanding teachers in the classroom, and more afterschool programs for our children. Yes, we need more jobs and more job training and more opportunity in our communities.

But we also need families to raise our children. We need fathers to realize that responsibility does not end at conception. We need them to realize that what makes you a man is not the ability to have a child - it's the courage to raise one.

Zach W. said...

Here's my favorite from Cunningham:

"...because Obama wants to gas the Jews, like the PLO wants to gas the Jews, like the Nazis gassed the Jews."

Mary said...

To understand Cunningham's statements you have to understand Obama's relationship with Rashid Khalidi.

The context is everything. This was not a serious, factual discussion. I didn't get the impression that Cunningham was asserting as fact that Obama wants to gas Jews.

I thought he was criticizing and mocking the LA Times for refusing to release the tape of Obama toasting Khalidi. He was objecting over The Times carrying water for Obama, and he was teasing "Sloan."

If The Times had simply released the tape, there would have been no speculation about what Obama said when toasting Khalidi.

I'm not excusing Cunningham. Personally, I think he was over the top in his remarks during that segment of his show transcribed by Media Matters. I think what he said was inappropriate, even given the context of the issue. The entire exchange was weird.

Still, I think it was important for voters to learn what Obama said about Israel and Khalidi. The LA Times obviously believed it was in Obama's interest for the voters NOT to have access to that information.