Magazine October 31, 2011, Issue

Quotin’ Obama

Exhorting the Congressional Black Caucus, Sept. 24, 2011 (Earl Gibson III/AP)
A wire-service reporter opens a can of worms

When an MSNBC commentator accuses someone of racism, it’s dog bites man. MSNBC is a Left-heavy channel; the Left can hardly talk without accusing others of racism. Last month, however, there was a whiff of man bites dog. An MSNBC commentator accused someone of racism, all right. But the accused was a reporter for the Associated Press — not an organization you would expect to come in for such condemnation. The AP is a member of the “mainstream media” in good standing (all too good).

Here’s what happened: The AP’s Mark S. Smith filed a report on a speech by President

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A bunch of obnoxious, freakish-looking people made a spectacle of themselves in downtown New York. You don’t say.

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