While I expected a little last-minute racial ugliness at the end of the 2008 campaign, particularly as Republican hopes faltered, I did not expect to find it on the Drudge Report, a right-wing but otherwise respectable Web site.
Yet the kind of stories chosen to top this site read by millions took a disturbing turn Tuesday.
” ‘BLACK PANTHERS’ BLOCK ACCESS TO VOTING STATION” linked to amateur video of a pair of ominous guys loitering around a polling place in Philadelphia. “IN OBAMA WE TRUST: ‘He is Going to Pay For My Gas and Mortgage,’ ” inaccurately quoted an African-American woman saying that, if Obama is elected, she won’t have to worry about those two essentials — a big difference.
And on and on. “Ayers, Farrakhan Vote at Same Polling Location as Obama.” “America jittery.” “Prepare for chaos.”
It was alarmist, unfair and racist — partisan propaganda at its worst.
It’s going to be a long four years if posting video clips of actual events and linking to MSM articles is now considered racist.