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Romney, race baiting and the mainstream media

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Paul Waldman of MSNBC has written an excellent analysis of why the mainstream press lets Mitt Romney off the hook when he makes remarks about his birth certificate (as opposed, in the minds of the wacko right, to President Obama's), his understanding of America (he said Obama didn't) and advertises the utter falsehood that “Under Obama’s plan, you wouldn’t have to work and wouldn’t have to train for a job. They just send you your welfare check." Romney's words are thinly-veiled nods to the ultra right wing, whose biggest problem with Obama is the color of his skin. Waldman writes:

The only way to get Romney to stop would be for the media to call him out clearly enough that the costs of the strategy started to outweigh the benefits. But that's not likely to happen, because most of the media doesn't know how to talk about this. They all know what Romney is doing, but they also know that even the suggestion that Romney is race-baiting will be met by conservatives with faux-outrage and accusations that the "liberal media" has it in for the Republican candidate. There's just enough vagueness in what Romney says to afford him deniability. So long as Republicans stay unified in denying that any thought of appealing to racist impulses ever crossed their minds, they'll have the conventions of "objective" journalism on their side.

Pass it along, into the mainstream.

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