Bob and Chez Show

The Bubble Genius Bob & Chez Show 5/17/12

Race, Racism and Media Double-Standards; How Should the Press Report on News with a Racial Component; Bill O'Reilly Compares Norfolk Assault to Trayvon Case; Drudge and Zombie Breitbart Spread Birther Story; Wingnut Suggests Obama is Gay; Everything Else from Today Will Be Covered on Tomorrow's After Party; and much more. Brought to you by Bubble Genius!

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  • I had a “free market” thought…Given the “free market” can be relied upon to push good standards, shouldn’t those who listen to Fox News and read Drudge, etc. be driving those outlets to report “news” more accurately? I guess sometimes the “free market” can just enable just the opposite of what the “free market” should be doing…

  • muselet

    It’s amusing in a sad sort of way that Matt Drudge and Bill O’Reilly are beating the “double standards” drum, since they live for double standards. The problem for them is that the actual story out of Virginia isn’t very interesting or important.

    Reversing the races in the story with the same facts, I’d still say the Norfolk story is unimportant. As I understand it, this wasn’t a ravening mob descending on unsuspecting innocents, it was a couple of rowdy jackasses behaving like, well, rowdy jackasses and a guy stupidly deciding to confront them. Rule of thumb: if the arithmetic mean of the participants’ IQs doesn’t break 100, declare it a dummy-on-dummy crime, ignore the races of the participants and move on.

    I’d argue—tentatively, since I haven’t spent a great deal of time pondering the question—that the problem is less a racial double standard in the media (which I don’t doubt does exist) and more an over-emphasis on race to begin with. Unless and until a racial motivation can be demonstrated in a particular case, especially with regard to a relatively minor incident, race should be assumed to be irrelevant (or so says the pale person who’s not in media).

    The less said about Dinesh D’Souza the better. Calling him a “raging idiot” actually gives him far too much credit. (In case you didn’t know, his nickname at Dartmouth, where he was editor of the conservative student paper, was Distort D’Newsa.)

    The pitch for Journeys in Black and White sounds like parody to me. If it’s real, I’d be surprised, but if it’s real, it’s the product of an agent who’s trying a wee bit too hard to make a sale. Besides which, the pitch calls it his first book, which means (again, if it’s real) this is an early pitch for what eventually became Dreams from My Father—that dates it back to the early- to mid-1990s.

    The fact that none of the inane claims about Barack Obama sticks absolutely enrages Righties, who expect their every brain-fart to be taken seriously. I’d enjoy their sweet, sweet wingnut tears a lot more if they’d keep their weeping and wailing down a little.