Monday, August 24, 2009

"White anger fueling health care debate"

Is the health care about individual choice vs. one-size-fits-all government-mandated solutions? Is it about free-market vs. statist solutions? Not according to the San Mercury News where two "unbiased" reporters, Mike Swift and Josh Richman, have decided that it is all about racism:

From the article text:
Many say the tempest over health care has its origin in the new administration's breathtaking pace of change and in the long-term social and demographic trends that helped put the nation's first African-American president in the White House.
So, on the authority of "many say," the reporters claim that the debate is all about the president's skin pigmentation.
Nationwide, there have been other signs of the Angry White Man phenomenon. The numbers of racial hate groups and anti-government citizen militias are surging. Guns sales appear to be climbing. Complaints of racial discrimination in much of the Bay Area and across the country are running higher than they have in at least a decade.

The election of an African-American president "has racialized the anti-government debate," said Heidi Beirich, director of research for the Southern Poverty Law Center, which issued the hate group report. [emph. added]
Without actually citing any evidence, the Mercury News skillfully promulgates the claim that free market supporters are associated with racial hate crimes.

If you remember that the public opposed socialized health care when Bill Clinton offered it, it is clear that opposition to government-run healthcare has nothing to do with the president's skin pigmentation. )But then, that information would not fit in with the Mercury News' obvious agenda.) Saul Alinsky said to personalize and polarize a debate, and this article shows that the San Jose Mercury News is doing its part.

The Contra Costa Times has also printed Swift and Richman's ugly tirade.

UPDATE: As I typed this, the Contra Costa Times re-worded its headline. Here is a google search showing their original "white anger" headline:

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