You’re reading this, so I assume either you’ve already watched Obama’s 2007 speech where he divided people by race even more explicitly than usual — which you might say was under-reported until yesterday — or you’ve decided that it’s no big deal, which is why bringing it up is racist.
The video has only been up for 12 hours or so, but already you’re being told some things about it by the smart people who bring you the news:
“B-b-but… this isn’t news! We reported this at the time! It’s been on YouTube for years! That [CENSORED] [CENSORED] Tucker Carlson even covered it on his MSNBC show!”
Yes, there were news stories about Obama’s prepared remarks, but for some reason nobody thought his deviations from those prepared remarks were newsworthy. And yes, there were clips on YouTube, but until last night, the complete 36-minute video had not been made public. Now it has been, so people can watch it and decide for themselves what to take away from it.
It’s funny how quickly liberals and the media (PTR) can do a heel-turn:
OUT: “You selectively edited that!”
IN: “You put back in all the parts we selectively edited out!”
You know, I followed the ’08 presidential race pretty damn closely, and this is the first I’m hearing about that speech. I’m willing to bet that all the people insisting it isn’t news hadn’t heard of it either, or hadn’t seen the whole thing. But they’ve decided you don’t need to know about it. Romney’s dog 30 years ago is important, but Obama’s racebaiting speech 5 years ago isn’t.
If you had seen this four years ago today, would it have changed the way you saw Obama? Would it have damaged his image as a post-racial uniter of all Americans and other such nonsense? Well then, that might just explain why you haven’t seen this speech until now.
I’m less interested in Obama using a different accent than the media using different facts.
Go watch it and decide for yourself.
Here’s Tucker talking to Hannity about it last night:
Update: As usual, David Burge sums it up.
I imagine the hardest part of journalism is the running-in-circles screaming “THAT’S NOT NEWS!! THAT’S NOT NEWS!!” part.
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) October 3, 2012
Update: John Nolte has the “Top Ten Reasons the 2007 Obama Video Matters in 2012.”
Update: Overheard at BuzzFeed: “Quick! How can we make this about Romney?“
Update: It’s hilarious to watch a CNN reporter bragging that his entire organization missed the real story.
A Lexis-Nexis search revealed that CNN covered and ran clips of the 2007 Obama speech for three days from June 5-7, 2007.
— Sam Feist (@SamFeistCNN) October 3, 2012
And he’s not alone. His colleague Peter Hamby took a break from actively fundraising for Obama to pitch in on damage control:
@peterhambycnn If it’s such common knowledge, why did you need Lexis-Nexis?
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) October 3, 2012
They really are trying to make you believe that you knew all about this speech already, even though they didn’t report on the important parts of it. They really do think you’re as stupid as an Obama voter.
Update: More old Obama news that you shouldn’t care about because shut up. “I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but rich people are all for nonviolence. Why wouldn’t they be? They’ve got what they want. They want to make sure folks don’t take their stuff.”