(This was posted Saturday)
In AP covers up for Jesse Jackson I noted some significant omissions and misstatements in an AP story which referenced Jesse Jackson’s “caught on tape” remarks that Sen. Barack Obama talked down to black people, something Jackson said made him so mad he wanted to rip Obama’s testicles off.
There’s much more covering up and/or spinning in that AP story, just as there was a great deal of both by most MSM at the time Fox news broke the story of Jackson/testicles remarks.
Example: Civil rights leader Jackson didn’t say Obama talked down to “black people;” he used the plural form of the n-word. There’s more on that with links at this LA Times blog.
Some MSM stories at the time of Jackson’s remarks noted what had precipitated Jackson’s anger at Obama was the Senator’s Fathers Day sermon in which he talked about the failure of many black men to adequately meet their responsibilities as fathers. Among other things, 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. . . .But what percent of the stories reporting Jackson’s admission Obama’s sermon made him so angry mentioned why it very likely did?
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.
Jackson fathered an out-of-wedlock child in 1998. The mother was a member of Jackson’s Operation Push.
At the time of the child’s birth and for almost two years thereafter, Jackson and his aides covered-up what he did. A la John Edwards, another man was said to be the child’s father.
Again a la John Edwards, the National Enquirer got confirmation of the Reverend’s “love child” and was about to break the story.
It was then that Jackson and his aides decided unEdwards-like to get out front on the story with a damage control press release acknowledging Jackson's paternity and dealing with some of the questions it raised.
You can read more in this CNN story and this BBC story. The CNN story reads like Jackson wrote it. You catch that right away from CNN’s headlines:
Jesse Jackson admits to fathering child out of wedlockObama delivered his Fathers Day sermon before a large, mostly black congregation at a prominent church on Chicago’s South Side.
Family is offered prayers, seeks privacy
That’s right in the area where Jesse Jackson used to be the best known and most powerful black political leader.
While most Americans have never known or have forgotten Jackson fathered a child out of wedlock, most blacks that I know are well aware of it.
It’s easy to understand why Jackson would have been hypersensitive to what Obama was saying about absentee fathers.
Jackson's "love child," a girl now about10, at last report lives in California.
The Rev's work takes him to so many places he doesn’t have much time to spend with her, especially as he’s busy spending what family time he has with his wife and his children by her.
I’m planning a major post on MSM coverage/non-coverage of Jackson’s remarks.
One approach I’m thinking to take is to compare how MSM treated Jackson and his remarks with how they treated Gov. Sarah Palin on any number of issues.
Another approach is to compare press treatment of Jackson’s and Edwards’ extra marital affairs.
Still another approach I’ll post on tomorrow is to use MSM cover-up and minimizing for Jackson to raise questions about how such covering up and minimizing has enabled Jackson to pursue a career in which he’s damaged the fabric of America’s civil life.
I'd appreciate any suggestions you have about how best to post on MSM coverage/noncoverage of Jackson's angry, threatening remarks directed at Sen. Obama.