Alternet’s Roundup of McCain’s Racist Campaigning

[Of late, we have seen] “the Willie Hortonization of Obama,” University of San Francisco associate professor James Taylor told the San Francisco Chronicle. Or perhaps more accurately, it is the “Osamafication” of Obama — a brutal and nasty campaign to appeal to Americans’ basest instincts and worst fears.

The following are recent responses to the race-baiting attacks that have come out of the McCain campaign over the past week. Most of the responses come from journalists, including opinions by Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, who asks whether the country is “witnessing the re-emergence of the far right as a power in American politics,” and by Carl Bernstein, writing for the Huffington Post, who turns Palin’s “palling around with terrorists” charge on its head by pointing out McCain’s unsavory — and by all appearances, current — connection with G. Gordon Liddy, who, “during the same period that Bill Ayers was a member of the Weather Underground … was making plans to firebomb a Washington think tank, assassinate a prominent journalist, undertake the Watergate burglary, break into the office of Daniel Ellsberg’s psychiatrist, and kidnap anti-war protesters at the 1972 Republican convention.” Other contributors include Kai Wright writing for The, Robert Dreyfuss writing for The Nation, Andrew Lam at New America Media, and more. And for good measure, we’ve included a video of CNN’s Campbell Brown, who this week used her corporate media perch to ask what so many progressives have been saying for months: “So what if Obama was Arab or Muslim? … We’ve all been way too quick to accept the idea that calling someone Muslim is a slur.”

via Alternet: Backlash: Six Challenges to McCain’s Racist Fearmongering


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