“He touched me!”
So squealed a journalist attending Barack Obama’s speech yesterday to UNITY, the conglomerate of racial/ethnic identity-obsessed news associations for blacks, Asian-Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans in the media, according to the Chicago Tribune’s Swamp blog.
The UNITY event organizers were so concerned about public displays of Obamedia affection that they issued several warnings to their news professional members that the speech would be broadcast live on CNN. “Professional decorum” was encouraged. One wire story even fretted: “Can minority journalists resist applauding Obama?”
Um, well, some of us can. But we don’t count.
Despite the cautionary messages, it appears many of the minority journalists in attendance couldn’t contain their decidedly un-objective adoration of Obama. Fresh from his World Tour de Farce, Obama was welcomed by the “journalists of color” conventioneers with standing ovation, cheers, and whistles–along with repeated applause during his remarks.
The WSJ did, however, report that there was at least one audience member wearing an Obama t-shirt” and the Trib’s Swamp blog notes in addition to the worshiper who swooned at Obama’s touch, another journalist was overheard wishing the candidate good luck.
The UNITY convention chairman downplayed Obama’s slavering rock-star reception, blaming locals for making all the noise.
But left-wing partisan minority journalists have already shown their true colors. In 2004, more than half of the 2,000 UNITY media professionals who attended failed Dem presidential nominee John Kerry’s address gave him a standing ovation (none for Bush), cheered his partisan jibes, and booed during President Bush’s remarks:
There was applause nearly 50 times during [Kerry’s] address. There was laughter when he took a shot at the Bush administration by noting that “just saying there are weapons of mass destruction (in Iraq) doesn’t make it so.” He got a standing ovation at the end.
What was true then is true now: UNITY and its minority journalism members are inherently politicized entities. They push for a left-leaning agenda of advocacy journalism, color-coded diversity, and open-borders sympathizing disguised as reporting. They mau-mau editors to avoid ethnic descriptions when it reflects badly on their group (see AAJA: Don’t call shooter Asian!) and applaud themselves for promotion “diversity” in journalism.
I poked fun at the group-think that infects UNITY gatherings four years ago with my own Malkin Media Diversity Test. Still applies today.
In defending the pep-rally atmosphere, one Dateline NBC employee argued that journalists should allowed to be “human beings:”
Said Luz Villarreal, an associate producer for “Dateline NBC”: “I don’t think it’s such a bad thing if for 15 minutes you take off your reporter hat and respond to (Obama) as a human being at an event where you’re surrounded by people of color and you’re here for a united cause.”
Funny how that works. Expressing solidarity for the “united cause” of promoting pride in “people of color” is acceptable American media behavior. But wearing an American flag pin on the air to express solidarity with the united cause of pride in our country is not.
Racial/ethnic pride: Good.
National pride: Bad.
It’s “UNITY” you can’t believe in.