(I continue to find the predictable "Willie Horton" racism line to be of particular personal interest and bemusement. For the record, it was your humble writer here who produced the very first Willie Horton ad. Also for the record, it was only when I was shown the final ad that I learned that Willie Horton was black. So much for racism.)
But back to our point. On ABC, Dean Reynolds clothed the Democratic line as the reaction of "many" observers: "To many, the message is clear, and in some parts of Tennessee, potentially incendiary." A professor explained, "He's talking about interracial sex, interracial relations." On NBC, Andrea Mitchell: "The NAACP said the ad 'plays to pre-existing prejudices about African-American men and white women.'"
Mitchell's point was the richest one of all. Because six years ago at this time in the election cycle, it was the NAACP that was rolling out the crotch-punching race-baiting ads. Their ad featured the daughter of James Byrd, a black man who died after being dragged behind a pickup truck by racists in Texas, saying that when then-Gov. George W. Bush refused to sign a liberal "hate crimes" bill, "it was like my father was killed all over again."
Andrea Mitchell and the other liberal networks ignored that outrage then. And now the NAACP is the referee of campaign race-baiting? That's just obscene. Predictable, but obscene.
In 1998, the Missouri Democratic Party ran this radio ad: "When you don't vote, you let another church explode. When you don't vote, you allow another cross to burn. When you don't vote, you let another assault wound a brother or sister. When you don't vote, you let the Republicans continue to cut school lunches and Head Start." And the network newscast coverage? Zero.
There is no rational "news judgment" in this contrast, of "Harold, call me" versus alleged Republican truck-draggers and cross-burners. There is no fairness, no balance. There is only the rational conclusion that the "news" media have decided once again that one party must be supported and the other must be defeated.