Brent Bozell
National Public Radio proved a long time ago it disdains black conservatives. Remember when NPR's Nina Totenberg launched the unproven sexual harassment charges against Clarence Thomas? NPR doesn't even like black liberals who appear on Fox News: They canned Juan Williams. The sexual harassment charges against Herman Cain aren't ruining him as quickly as the media hoped, so on Nov. 11, NPR viciously attacked Cain for being an enemy of blacks and a "minstrel" to white conservatives.

Reporter Karen Grigsby Bates began with Harvard Professor Randall Kennedy. "Black people know that if Herman Cain had his way, their lives would be diminished," he announced. "And they intuit that Herman Cain's policies are against their interests."

Who is this man to judge like that? NPR made no attempt to identify Professor Kennedy as having served on the editorial board of the hard-left Nation magazine. They didn't even call him "liberal." He is partisan enough to have insisted in April that liberal Supreme Court justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer should retire now because they couldn't survive a two-term Republican president.

Kennedy somehow gets to speak on behalf of all black Americans everywhere, that if Herman Cain "had his way," he would want blacks to be diminished. This is really rich drivel coming from the Left. They are the ones who placed blacks in dangerous public housing, high-rises in high-crime neighborhoods in the "War on Poverty." They are responsible for subjecting black children to atrocious public schools with no chance of escaping to a private school that cared about them. They entrenched a welfare state that chased away black fathers and placed Planned Parenthood clinics in urban neighborhoods for their abortion "needs." But Randall Kennedy and NPR apparently think that's the Nirvana of black interests; Cain is evil for opposing their agenda.

NPR then turned to Jack E. White, a former screed-writer for Time magazine. He also wasn't labeled a liberal, despite working for Time and now for the black liberal website The Root, owned by The Washington Post. NPR's Bates said White was outraged that Cain, like Thomas, would call unproven sexual harassment charges a "high-tech lynching." Bates said, "He believes Cain and his white supporters have struck a bargain."

A racist bargain. "Basically, Herman Cain tells them what they want to hear about blacks, and in turn, they embrace him and say, 'See, that proves we aren't racist,'" said White. Then he stuck in the knife: "He's even willing to be a minstrel for them, referring to, himself sometimes as 'Cornbread,' or quoting his father as speaking ungrammatically, as saying, you know, things like I does not care."

Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
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