Friday, March 30, 2012

Soledad O'Brien Is A Simpleton

So rather than explore more complicated issues surrounding the Trayvon Martin - George Zimmerman issue, she retreats to a decades old cliche'.
Trayvon Martin's Facebook Photo
This evening, CNN's Soledad O'Brien will host a televised town hall meeting on the Trayvon Martin case that will focus on the issue of race--a subject inflamed by the left, the media, and the Obama administration, but which may have had nothing to do with the killing itself.

It's not the first time O'Brien has attempted to make race the most important issue, and seems to reflect a pattern in her coverage of news events.

In 2007, O'Brien interviewed two black members of Congress for Paula Zahn Now to ask them why they were supporting then-Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) over Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) in the race for the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party.

It soon became clear that O'Brien was less concerned about producing answers and more interested in applying political pressure, using appeals to racial solidarity: "If the black leadership is not endorsing the black candidate, then, well, why should anybody else in America get behind Barack Obama?" she asked.

Eventually, an exasperated Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) pushed back: "I can't imagine a black moderator asking a white why he would not vote for a white, merely because he was white."


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