Divide and Conquer: Jesse and Barack Out of Context

“He has remarkably transcended race, however the impact of Katrina and
Jena makes America’s unresolved moral dilemma of race unavoidable,” he
said. ” I think Jena is another defining moment of the issue of race
and the criminal justice system. This issue requires direct and bold
leadership. I commend Sen. Obama for speaking out and demanding
fairness on this defining issue. Any attempt to dilute my support for
Sen. Obama will not succeed.
” (my emphasis)

That’s what the man said. This paragraph is part of a CNN report on the words of Jesse Jackson after a potential firestorm of controversy surrounding comments attributed to him in South Carolina. While these comments are buried half way down the page (folks don’t typically get that far down the page while skimming or watching news), CNN still found it appropriate to headline with this:

“The newspaper reports Jackson later said he did not recall saying Obama is “acting like he’s white,” but continued to condemn the Illinois Democrat as well as the other presidential candidates for not bringing more attention to this issue.” (my emphasis)

It is quite possible that writers and editors in the employ of CNN don’t have a clue as to the connotation of the word “condemn.” It is possible that they are, as I always maintained, full of shit. It seems odd that a news agency could actually assert that Person A condemns Person B in the SAME ARTICLE in which Person A asserts support for Person B. Truly, truly odd. I suppose the editors thought “criticize” simply was not strong enough. Censure wasn’t strong enough. CNN decided condemnation was appropriate because it carries such a harsh implied meaning – and, of course, there is no reconciliation after condemnation. Condemned buildings don’t get new tenants. Condemned politicians don’t get new Black voters – especially if they stand accused of “acting like he’s white.” Condemnation is one step away from repudiation. It’s a banana peel away from the world of the ADL and Abe Foxman and virulent anti-Blackism. It’s on the slippery slope toward irreconcilable differences occasioned by the agendas of others.

Here’s what was initially reported…

“Jackson sharply criticized presidential hopeful and Illinois Sen.
Barack Obama for “acting like he’s white” in what Jackson said has been
a tepid response to six black juveniles’ arrest on attempted-murder
charges in Jena, La.”

This report by Roddie A. Burris of The State.com has been picked up by the national media and will get great circulation as the MSM works Divide and Conquer 101 on the two Illinois politicians. There is one problem with the article filed by Roddie Burris – there is NO CONTEXT for Jackson alleged statement. The assertion that candidate Obama is “acting like he’s white” is not offered up as part of a complete sentence. It is not part of an extended quote. It hangs loosely – like a dangling chad.

Roddie was kind enough to provide an e-mail address: rburris@thestate.com. I haven’t bothered to write because I don’t care all that much.

Nonetheless, it is interesting that Burris heard something which has been denied. I wonder if there is a video or audio tape to confirm the report in The State? At this juncture, does it even matter. I presume that Barack’s people and Jesse’s people can avoid Cointelpro Lite, Version 8.2 and continue there walk toward the primary. The disinformation business is alive and well.

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