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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Video: If you think Media won't attack Romney's Mormonism, think again

Regardless of what you might think about Mormonism, ask yourselves how effective the media could be in demonizing Mitt Romney over it after watching this video.

Arizona: Black man shoots, kills White Hispanic, not arrested

This story appears to be the exact inverse of the narrative being pushed by Al Sharpton and his lapdog media in the Trayvon Martin case. As you know, the meme that the race baiters have been working tirelessly to beat into the consciousness of Americans is that a racist "white hispanic" murdered a black youth in cold blood without consequence, until the pressure brought to bear by those race baiters secured George Zimmerman's arrest.

Fast forward to earlier this month at a Taco Bell in Arizona and the shooting death of a "white hispanic" by a black man. The shooting victim's name was Daniel Adkins.

Here is a news report from the Fox affiliate in Phoenix:
About 7:30 p.m., a 22-year-old man and his girlfriend ordered food at the Taco Bell drive-thru and were told to pull up while their order was prepared.

At the same time, Adkins stepped around a corner into the path of the vehicle and angry words were exchanged between he and the driver.

They got into an altercation and Adkins was shot once by the driver. He died at the scene.

The driver, a 22-year-old black male, called police but has not been arrested.

At first, the couple claimed that Adkins had a metal pipe that he swung at them -- but it turns out he was holding a dog leash with his yellow lab on the other end.

Family members want that driver arrested, but he's claiming self-defense.
Paging Al Sharpton...

Do you hear Romney's Etch-a-Sketch shaking?

Shhhhh. If you listen closely, you might hear a shaking etch-a-sketch. Two curious things happened on the day that Romney won five primaries going away, all but hammering the final nail in the coffin of any primary opponent hopes. The first was an announcement that Romney had appointed an openly homosexual (arguably activist) man to his team of advisers on foreign policy issues.

Via Christian Post:
Likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has named an openly gay man to his team of campaign advisers on national security and foreign policy issues in a move that is drawing criticism from some conservatives questioning his Mormon beliefs.

Richard Grenell, 45, is an experienced politician who has served as a spokesman for the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and was also appointed by Ambassador John Danforth in 2004 to serve as an alternative representative of the United States to the U.N. Security Council, reported.

Grenell has been a prominent voice for gay Republicans and has worked for a number of GOP politicians, including New York Governor George Pataki, former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, and San Diego Mayor Susan Golding.
Just at the time when evangelical voters were beginning to reconcile with their reservations about Romney's Mormon religion, this appointment gives many of those same voters additional pause.
Bryan Fischer, however, host of conservative talk-show Focal Point, expressed that this decision makes it clear that Romney cannot be considered a conservative candidate….

…The Mormon church officially defends the traditional definition of marriage as between one man and one woman and counts homosexual behavior as sinful.

"Now, if you don't agree with your church, then why should the evangelical community – why should the pro-family community – give you any support whatsoever?" Fischer added.
Here is Romney from June of last year talking with Piers Morgan about his views on homosexuality as a Mormon.

The second thing that indicated the etch-a-sketch was shaking came out of the mouth of RINO John McCain, who has endorsed Romney. He already seems to be painting Romney as someone who supports Immigration reform.

Via HuffPo:
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday defended former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as an advocate for immigration reform, despite glossing over the fact that the GOP presidential candidate doesn't support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, a key piece of comprehensive reform.

"He's already said that immigration reform is something that he's committed to," McCain told reporters, in response to a question about whether Romney should make the issue a bigger focus of his campaign.

McCain, who unsuccessfully tried to advance comprehensive immigration reform legislation in 2007 with Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), demurred when asked about Romney's opposition to creating a pathway to citizenship. That provision was a central piece of the McCain-Kennedy bill, along with a guest worker program and DREAM Act provisions.

"He said that he's committed to immigration reform," McCain said of Romney. "I think that's a pretty good statement."

The Arizona senator became agitated when asked about Romney having said he supports a self-deportation policy, whereby illegal immigrants would voluntarily go back to their country of origin and then apply for U.S. citizenship.

"No he hasn't. He's said that's one of the options he's looked at," McCain said. "So don't put words in his mouth."
Uh, perhaps Mr. McCain should go back and watch some of the debates where Romney absolutely did say he supports self-deportation.

Shake your booty Etch-a-sketch.

NYT's Ross Douthat tells White House how to play the Mormon Card

Isn't it interesting how on the night that Romney all but locks up the Republican nomination, the New York Times' Ross Douthat lays out what he thinks is the best way for the Obama administration to play the Mormon card against Romney? It's clear that Douthat advocates the David Gregory strategy over the Lawrence O'Donnell strategy. He starts the column by noting that when Evangelical leader Robert Jeffress identified Mormonism as a "theological cult" last year, it actually benefited Romney.

On one level, Douthat is amazingly candid here. He all but admits that the Obama administration is able to get the media to do its bidding and that it should let the media play the Mormon card in a strategic way.

Via New York Times:
If it seems like prominent Democrats are playing the religion card, then the Romney camp will have a chance to re-run the Jeffress controversy and paint its opponents as bigots. There’s also the awkward matter of President Obama’s own religious background: The White House probably would rather not do anything that might revive the 2008 debate over the Reverend Jeremiah Wright.

This explains why the White House was so quick to distance itself from Brian Schweitzer, the governor of Montana, when he raised the fact that Romney’s great-grandfather practiced polygamy. And it explains why the dog whistles that some conservatives have detected coming from the White House – an Obama spokesman contrasting Romney’s “faith” with the president’s “Christianity,” the repeated references to Romney’s “weirdness” from unnamed administration officials – have been pitched too faintly to be heard by most voters.

For Romney’s religion to become a significant issue in the general election, the White House probably needs the media to play the Mormon card for them. Not through overt attacks on Mormon theology and practice, which would be out of bounds for most mainstream outlets. Rather, the Obama campaign’s best-case scenario involves a wave of theoretically evenhanded coverage come August and September – newsmagazine cover stories on Mormon theology, 60 Minutes specials on L.D.S. history, pieces about Romney’s own family tree – that end up reminding undecided voters of the things that they find strange and alien about the Republican nominee’s faith.

The media would have good reason to pursue at least some coverage along these lines. If there’s ever a year when the Mormon story is worth telling, it’s a year when a Mormon is on the presidential ballot. And there’s no way to tell the Mormon story comprehensively without bringing up issues (polygamy, race, the Book of Mormon’s alternative pre-history of the Americas) that highlight the distance between the Latter Day Saints and other forms of American Christianity.
After his sweeping primary victories on April 24th, Romney's speeches included references to the Obama administration's attempts to distract voters from the economy with irrelevant issues. Relevant or not, the media will most assuredly follow Douthat's roadmap.

Read it all.

Video: Black Woman goes off on TV News Cameras over biased coverage

This is a follow-up to the story of a white man named Matthew Owens, who was beaten nearly to death by several blacks in a Mobile, AL neighborhood. As WKRG TV news cameras were attempting to do a story from the scene, a black female resident in the neighborhood, named Lemika Whisenhunt began yelling from behind the reporter's back, giving reasons why she thought coverage of the story was biased and in favor of Owens, who is currently in critical condition.

Whisenhunt's argument is that Owens is a racist who regularly comes out from his house swinging knives and calling black children "Ni***rs."

Uh, Lemika, even if that's true, the answer is not to get a mob together - that includes children - and beat Owens to within an inch of his life.

Note the expressions on the reporter's face throughout this video.

Via WKRG, h/t GWP:

You'll notice at the end of that video, Whisenhunt directs the news crew to where they can find her to get her side of the story. Presumably, the video below is a follow up report because it features Whisenhunt. In it, she vehemently denies that the beating of Owens has anything to do with the Trayvon case - despite witnesses claiming they heard members of the mob refer to "justice for Trayvon. Instead, according to Whisenhunt, Owens was beaten because he "does not like black kids."

I'll say it again, Lemika. Even if you are correct, it does not justify beating a man to the point where he may not survive. That said, as you will see at the end of this news report, Owens does seem to have quite a rap sheet.

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