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The John Murtha Award for Painting America as Racist


“What do you think the bigger obstacle is for you in becoming president, the Clinton campaign machine or America’s inherent racism?”
— ABC’s Chris Cuomo to Barack Obama in a December 20, 2007 interview on Good Morning America. [89 points]



“Her attack was unsubstantiated and carried a racially tinged subtext that John McCain himself may come to regret....Palin’s words avoid repulsing voters with overt racism. But is there another subtext for creating the false image of a black presidential nominee ‘palling around’ with terrorists while assuring a predominantly white audience that he doesn’t see their America?”
— Associated Press writer Douglass K. Daniel, October 5. Palin was referring to Bill Ayers, who is white. [50]

“When we did our very first interview, and I asked you, I said, ‘Do you think the country’s ready for a black president?’ You said that you didn’t think it would hold you back....I know, for a fact, that there are a lot of people out there, there are a lot of people right here in Elko [Nevada], who won’t vote for you because you’re black. I mean, there’s not much you can do. But how do you deal with it?”
— CBS’s Steve Kroft to Senator Barack Obama on 60 Minutes, September 21. [36]


“There’s a phrase I wonder about, ‘community organizers.’...Is this the new ‘welfare queen?’ Is this a new symbol, that we’re talking about here?...I think what they’re getting is urban, downtown, trouble, tough neighborhoods. ‘Community organizer’ is not a winning phrase for a place like Scranton....It seems to me that the use of the word, ‘community organizer,’ is almost like a bullwhip.... Are they saying that, that Barack Obama is Al Sharpton? Is that what they’re saying?”
— MSNBC’s Chris Matthews to various guests on Hardball, September 8. [36]


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