Last year at this time, it would have been hard to imagine that the liberal media could go after Donald Trump any harder than they already were. Then, after Trump became the Republican nominee, we realized how wrong we were. Still, we thought we’d surely seen the worst of it. How could the media increase their already-blatant biases without losing every last reader and viewer?
But once again, we’re forced to admit it: When it comes to Donald Trump, there is no floor. And since praising Hillary Clinton is the flipside of trashing Trump, we’ve seen that element of the media’s campaign expand as well.
Perfect example: A New York Times article this week – an op-ed posing as a news story – praises Clinton for using the terminology of black activism in the first presidential debate. Knowing that Hillary is struggling to drum up enthusiasm among black voters, the Times decided it would be a good idea to highlight just how amazing she was in pandering – er, reaching out – to black viewers.
“Mrs. Clinton has been viewed with skepticism by some black activists since the 1990s, when she called for harsh penalties for teenage gang members, whom she termed ‘super-predators,'” the NYT reminds us. “But throughout the 90-minute forum Monday night, she showed her determination to persuade large numbers of black voters to support her in November by adopting the lexicon that has been embraced by a new generation of young black activists and liberal whites.”
Yes, this is a three-page story about a few specific phrases Hillary used in the debate. But since the Times was able to go around and find some black people to say what they wanted them to say, they are presenting this as something really important.
What words did Hillary use to get all of this glory?
According to the Times, it’s virtually unprecedented to see a mainstream politician use this term as Hillary did in the debate. To demonstrate what a big deal this was, they quote…a random black student at Harvard.
“Did Hillary just use the words #SystemicRacism,” said Rachel Gilchrist on Twitter. “She knows. Oh my God, she knows. Maybe there is hope for this country.”
There is. He was standing to Hillary’s left.
In one of her answers, Hillary said that it wasn’t just the police who needed to be aware of their “implicit bias,” but all of us: “I think we need all of us to be asking hard questions about, you know, why am I feeling this way?”
Hillary’s use of the term was cheered by University of Florida assistant professor Kate Ratliff. “Most people want to be egalitarian,” she told the paper, “but they hold these below-the-surface biases that they are not even aware of.”
Hmm, how do we know they exist then? Well, Ratliff has the answer – according to the Times, she’s in charge of Project Implicit, “a nonprofit organization of scientific researchers who have developed a test to measure implicit bias.”
Perhaps the New York Times should take the test…
The paper also gave Hillary kudos for using the terms “black businesses” and “racist,” two phrases that are not exactly brand new to the world of politics.
The propaganda marches on.