In case you don’t read any other blogs, you may not have heard that Rep. Corinne Brown, an African-American Member of Congress, launched on a Bush Administration official, Richard Noriega with a racist rant.
But I thought I’d have some fun and see where the mainstream press is on this; at 8:15pm Pacific, here’s what we have:
New York Times: zip – ‘There were no matches for your search “Corrine Brown” / past 30 days’
Los Angeles Times: nada – ‘No matches found on search for: “Corrine Brown”‘
Chicago Tribune: gornisht – ‘No articles found on search for: “Corrine Brown”‘
Washington Post: fahgeddit – ‘No Results Found’
USA Today: nope, nothing here – ‘Your search – “Corinne Brown” – did not match any documents.’
These, along with the Wall Street Journal, pretty much define the print media’s view of the news.So we’ll add:
CNN.com: found one 1998 article naming her
news.google.com: two articles, neither mentioning this
FOX News has something (of course, it’s dinging a Democrat): ‘Rep. Brown Apologizes for ‘White Men’ Comment‘
(her apology is in principle a good thing, but qualified, of course:
Brown also wrote a letter to Noriega, in which she apologized again “if what I said was construed as a personal affront.”
“The State Department delegation that came to meet with us did not include any females or people of color. Given the racial makeup of the people of Haiti, who are 95 percent of African descent, I felt the delegation and the delegation’s position were callous and out of touch with the needs (cultural and otherwise) of the Haitian people,” she wrote.
Look, based on this incident and her handling of it, she’s a fool (not alone in Congress) and acted like an ass. I do think black racism is real, and amazingly counterproductive at this point in history. But lots of whites are cranky about race, and why should I expect black people to be any different. I’m not pissed about what she did – her constituents should be, but like Maxine Waters’ doubtless aren’t.
I am incredibly pissed (as usual) as the weak-ass response from the media, who place smiling pictures of third-rate celebrity Rosie O’Donnell and her missus in the news hole, and can’t be bothered to cover issues like this. If I’ve gotten nothing else from blogging than my distrust and disrespect for mainstream media, it’s been a damn good thing to have done.
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