NewsBusters reported Saturday that ABC's former White House correspondent Sam Donaldson said a lot of conservatives oppose Barack Obama simply because he's black.
On Fox News's O'Reilly Factor Monday, political commentator Bernie Goldberg thoroughly debunked Donaldson's claim with an inconvenient truth liberal media members dishonestly ignore: people on the Right "would love" a conservative black president. "They'd love him" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
BILL O’REILLY, HOST: This is not the first time Donaldson has made an accusation, a general accusation that if you criticize Barack Obama for immigration or whatever you criticize him for, it's because is he black. Now, I say this, this is what I said in my radio commentary today. Number one, this is unseemly because Donaldson can't back it up. Am I a racist because I criticized Barack Obama because it may be unconstitutional what he did last Friday? Am I racist because of that? You see, Donaldson, this is cheap. And that's what angers me about it.
BERNIE GOLDBERG: Right. Listen, we’ve heard this approximately 22 million times from liberals inside and outside of the media: if you disagree with Barack Obama it must be because you are a racist. It can't possibly be because you disagree with him on ObamaCare or the stimulus or the amount of…
O’REILLY: Where does it come from? Where does that come from?
GOLDBERG: I'm going to tell you right now. It comes from liberals like Sam Donaldson looking at things through this racial prism because, and this is the important part, because it makes them feel better about themselves, because then they can say, “You see, I'm one of the good white people, I'm not like those right-wing bigots.”
But if Sam is listening tonight and he may very well be - you know, Sam’s a smart guy - I would ask him this: do you really think, Sam, do you really think that those people that you call right-wing bigots, racists, do you really think they’d be racist towards a black man, a conservative black man who was President of the United States? I think they’d love him. I think they’d love him. And I think if you think about it for a second, Sam, you might agree with that, that it's clearly his liberal politics that these conservatives don't like not the color of his skin.
O’REILLY: But what I don't understand is this: Sam Donaldson, why does Sam Donaldson have to feel better about himself? Does he feel guilty for being a left-wing guy? I mean, you know, if you are a left-wing guy, that's fine. Why do you have to feel guilty about anything?
GOLDBERG: That’s a good question. There’s a brilliant scholar out on the West Coast at the Hoover Institution named Shelby Steele, and Shelby Steele writes about this and talks about this, and he calls it good racial manners. It's a way white people, some white people, take care of their guilt, because they feel guilty that, “Look where I am and maybe I wouldn't be here if I were black.” So they go out of their way to show, and this is Shelby Steele’s phrase, “their good racial manners.” And Sam Donaldson is doing exactly that.
As always, Goldberg made some great points.
First off, there are black Republicans that are by conservatives including former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, author Thomas Sowell, Florida Congressman Allan West, former Tennessee Congressman J.C. Watts, Herman Cain, and even former Secretary of State Colin Powell before he became an Obama sycophant.
As such, and quite contrary to the offensive media meme Donaldson was echoing Saturday, it's Obama's policies the Right abhor NOT his skin color.
As for liberal guilt and "good racial manners," let's not forget that aside from the press's pathetic behavior during the 2008 presidential campaign, the main reason Obama defeated Hillary Clinton in the primaries and eventually beat John McCain is precisely because of such "guilt" and "manners."
Nicely said, Bernie. Bravo!
— Noel Sheppard (@NoelSheppard) June 9, 2012