Even Bob Beckel on Fox called the "minstrel" line "obscene." In Jack White's mind, we are forever stuck in 1963, and every white conservative is somehow a Southern Democrat racist Bull Connor. But today's 18-year-old Americans who may turn out to vote for Herman Cain early next year were born in 1993. You can't endlessly suggest that racism is taught in schools, on TV and over every Republican dinner table ... unless you're a crank or a guest on NPR.
The third black Cain critic was a professor named Vincent Hutchings, who said Cain was "crazy," but "crazy like a fox."
There were no black conservative professors allowed -- not Thomas Sowell, or Walter Williams. NPR doesn't want blacks to consider it conceivable that a black could choose to be a conservative and still be considered respectable.
The only conservative view allowed was a clip of Ann Coulter. (NPR somehow couldn't acquire an original interview.) Coulter said on Fox that black conservatives have to swim against a very strong tide of black opinion, so "our blacks are so much better than their blacks."
To which "objective" Bates replied: "Observations like that may be why their blacks are so few in number." Bates clearly believes (as her report demonstrates) that black conservatives are metaphorically owned by masters and simply cannot fathom why blacks would want to be released from the liberal plantation.
Herman Cain may win the Republican nomination, or he may not. But it's quite clear from all the media coverage that the liberal media don't want him even standing on the debate stage. It ruins their preferred caricature of the Republicans as an all-white country club that sees blacks as the people who hand them towels in the restroom.
If they can't push Cain off the stage, then they'll try to smear him into a cartoon minstrel. As so often happens in liberal media circles, the goal of accuracy takes a back seat to victory.
Ask yourself: Would this vitriol against Cain exist if he were white?