One year later: Right-wing media routinely call Obama racist


On July 28, 2009, Glenn Beck called President Obama a "racist" with a "deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture." While Beck has reportedly lost more than 100 advertisers since he made those comments, right-wing media figures now routinely call Obama or members of his administration "racist."

Advertisers drop Beck's show

At least 100 advertisers have reportedly dropped Beck's Fox News show. At least 100 advertisers have reportedly dropped their ads from Beck's Fox News program since he called Obama a "racist."

Right-wing media now routinely call Obama "racist"

Beck distorts Obama's comments to accuse him of "racism." On the June 14 editions of his radio and television shows, Beck misrepresented comments Obama made during a 1995 interview to claim Obama did not want to meet with BP CEO Tony Hayward because he is a "white CEO" and that those comments were "code language" that "sounds like racism," "stereotyping," and "profiling." However, as Obama's full comments make clear, he was actually discussing personal responsibility on the part of both blacks and whites.

Limbaugh calls Obama administration a "racist" "regime" During the April 26 edition of his radio show, Rush Limbaugh discussed Arizona's controversial immigration law and claimed that "not everybody thinks that civil rights are the end-all and be-all of every single issue." Limbaugh then cited a campaign video in which Obama discussed voter turnout, including among minorities and women, in 2010. Limbaugh then said, "This is the regime at its racist best.

Limbaugh calls Obama "the most-racial president" During the July 22 edition of his radio show, Limbaugh said, "So we're supposed to have a post-racial president. Instead, Barack Obama is the most-racial president."

Breitbart, Asman agree Obama is "defending racism" in New Black Panthers case, which is "virtually the same" as being racist. On the July 6 edition of Fox Business Network's America's Nightly Scoreboard, Andrew Breitbart agreed with host David Asman, who stated that while it "may or may not be true" that Obama is a racist, "in letting the Black Panthers off," Obama "is defending racists," which is "virtually the same."

Discussing New Black Panthers case, Severin rants about Obama being "demonstrably a racist" During the June 30 edition of his radio show, Jay Severin discussed the New Black Panthers and claimed that "as long as Barack Obama is president, there is a complete double standard, and a lot of it is based on race" and that "Barack Obama is a racist." Severin added, "Barack Obama is -- the president of the United States is demonstrably a racist."

Hannity defends Beck's statement that Obama is "a racist" During the March 9 edition of his Fox News show, Sean Hannity questioned whether Beck had said anything "over the top." Democratic strategist Penny Lee cited Beck's statement that Obama was racist. Hannity responded, "But wait a minute. Wait. Hang on a second. When the president hangs out with Jeremiah Wright for 20 years, I'm -- can one conclude that there are issues with the president -- black liberation theology?"

Blogger Pamela Geller called Obama racist. A March 23 post on Pamela Geller's Atlas Shrugged blogged was headlined "Racist Obama will not be photographed with Jewish prime minister of Israel."

Right-wing media call administration officials "racist"

Limbaugh accuses Eric Holder, DOJ of racism During the July 21 edition of his radio show, Limbaugh discussed the "amazing story of Shirley Sherrod," asking, "If we're going to fire Shirley Sherrod on the basis of racism, then why the hell does Eric Holder still have a job?" Limbaugh later claimed that Holder "has ignored the voting and civil rights of white people in Philadelphia all because the perpetrators of the voter intimidation, the New Black Panther Party, were black." accuses "African American Attorney General" Holder of "blatant reverse discrimination." In a July 7 post on the New Black Panthers case, Dave Poff wrote:

It's impossible to believe that President Obama and his Administration actually buys in to this idea that we have moved beyond race and into a new generation of a color blind society, when you consider the blatant reverse discrimination his Attorney General (yes, his African American Attorney General) Eric Holder has been pursuing in the name of leveling the playing field in matters of Justice. Holder, it would seem, is still judging people by the color of their skin. [emphasis in original]

Gingrich: Holder "should certainly resign over the racism inherent in the Black Panther case." On the July 19 edition of Fox News' Hannity, Newt Gingrich said Holder "should certainly resign over the racism inherent in the Black Panther case."

Wash. Times: "[I]t is only under the Obama administration that top appointees have allowed and even encouraged race-based enforcement as either tacit or open policy." In a July 6 editorial headlined "Black Panther case: Racism rules," The Washington Times parroted the discredited claims of former DOJ attorney and right-wing activist J. Christian Adams that the Justice Department "announced that civil rights laws would not be enforced to protect white voters," which the Times wrote was proof that the Obama administration has " allowed and even encouraged race-based enforcement as either tacit or open policy."

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