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Dang! Ferraro found out!

I had planned to do a long, excruciatingly detailed post this afternoon on how I spent every second of the holiday weekend - at the beach, in the garden, walking the dog, watching the Law & Order marathon on TNT, etc., but Geraldine Ferraro had to go and ruin it for me.

Asked by Fox News Channel's Shepard Smith about media bias in recent presidential campaign coverage, Ferraro had this to say: "All the surrogates that they (the Obama campaign) had out there, from the black journalists — you know, have you read Bob Herbert recently in the past six months? There wasn't one column that had anything decent to say about Hillary."

So it's true. Somehow the former Democratic Vice Presidential candidate learned of the conspiracy among black journalists AKA Obama surrogates to poison the minds of the news consuming public and force you all at figurative gunpoint to believe that Barack Obama is the second coming and that when he stepped in a puddle last week while climbing out of his limo, he was actually walking on water.

This can only mean one thing: Undercover Brother was captured and tortured by the Clinton campaign into revealing the secrets of the Da Black Journalists Code - sorta like the Da Vinci Code, but involving press passes and Afros. 

The shame of this is I just learned the new secret handshake, which involves two more fist pumps than the last secret handshake, a flick of the thumb, and two finger snaps. And we'll all have to change the password again. Seriously, I nearly panicked this morning when I tried to log into our secret pro-Obama computer system and the voice recognition monitor rejected my  whisper of "Jello pudding pops!" Note to self, next password should not be a Bill Cosby-endorsed food-like product. Too easy to figure out.

And what about the Black Journalists Hall of Justice Legion of Doom Borg Hive? I for one don't want to relocate. I like meeting in a deluxe apartment in the sky...y...y...y. Damn! Did it again. Now we really have to move.

OK, I'll stop. I can't keep going without cracking myself up. And it's important that I don't waste those laughs, since my wife is certain I'm the only person who thinks I'm funny.

At any rate, I don't care which side of this presidential election you're on. But to suggest that black journalists collectively have gone out of their way to promote Obama is silly. You can make that argument about the media in general, if you want. Some of you will. And, as usual, I'll disagree. But to say that black journalists specifically have committed this ethical sin? Tsk, tsk, Ms. Ferraro.

If anything, the black journalists I've read on this campaign have exercised great caution and balance in their reporting. Editorial writers and TV pundits...of all colors, on the other hand? Well, that's a different ball game. They're paid to give their opinion on who should win or lose and why. But Ms. Ferraro has been around long enough to know that at least in the case of newspapers, the newsrooms and the editorial boards operate independent of one another. And the cable TV news pundits who regularly opine that Obama is likely to score the Democratic nomination? Well, last I checked none of the regulars were black, except on CNN.

Geraldine Ferraro may not have taught me anything new about how the media operates, but she helped me make my point about the similarities between old-school Democrats and old-school Republicans: the GOP does not hold exclusive rights to archaic thinking about black people's ability to operate within "the" system.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have some dirt to brush off my shoulders...that's right. Both of 'em.


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The Sarcasticynic

Geraldine Ferraro. Now where have I heard that name before. Oh, yes. She was the first (and only) female Vice Presidential candidate representing a major American political party, running with Presidential candidate "Fritz" Mondale in '84. Now it comes back to me.


Dude, you made me snort. No unfunny person has ever made me snort.

Deeeee-luxe apartment in the Skyyyyyy!


You rock, dude. Crank up the sarcasm, it's sweet.


Are there ANY black people that aren't out to get Geraldine Ferraro and her white sisters? She and Hillary and all American white women are surely the most oppressed people in the whole world. I would write more, but I can't see through my tears.


This would be hilarious, except that there are some out there who'd believe her ramblings.

Aaaarrrggh! Are all Americans so superficial?

Or even most of them, seeing as you evidently aren't.


For awhile I was excited about the chance for new representation and a way out of some difficult situations. But we need to fast forward things to November as it's just getting pathetic all over the place. No, black journalists don't collectively promote Obama. You're right, that's just silly.

I really enjoy your humor, sarcasm and point of view. :)

Say It

Geraldine probably forgot that people could hear her.


To follow up to what Say It said, I doubt most people will care what Ferraro said, they didn't care much in '84.

Stewart Sternberg

It is time to put partisanship in perspective. In a wonderful book that details how the country is being crippled by the absurd line between Republican/Democrat--Right/Left way of thinking (The Second Civil War: How Extreme Partisanship Has Paralyzed Washington and Polarized America ),author Ron Brownstein gives compelling argument about the importance of putting aside the divisiveness that fuels radio hate shows in favor of finding that which we all have in common and which unites.


interesting to see this dismissive and snide post is being recycled following Ferraro's death. Wonder if this writer and his amen chorus in the comments are as indignant about her remarks?
Did the Obama administration pan out as the totally objective press corps said it would? Really? How's it working out, do tell....

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