What has turned into a mainstream media freak show is best summed up by Kareem Abdul Jabbar in an editoral at Time called “Welcome to the Finger Wagging Olympics”. He puts things in perspective, as the MSM is still up to its usual tricks, trying to create a ‘narrative’ and pit regular people against each other on racial grounds. Abdul Jabbar calls BS on this instance, noting that Sterling has been a bigot for a long time. So why begin the most favorite of American Media activities, hand wringing, now? And what about the leaked recording? Abdul Jabbar’s take:
“And now the poor guy’s girlfriend (undoubtedly ex-girlfriend now) is on tape cajoling him into revealing his racism. Man, what a winding road she led him down to get all of that out. She was like a sexy nanny playing “pin the fried chicken on the Sambo.” She blindfolded him and spun him around until he was just blathering all sorts of incoherent racist sound bites that had the news media peeing themselves with glee.
They caught big game on a slow news day, so they put his head on a pike, dubbed him Lord of the Flies, and danced around him whooping.
Shouldn’t we be equally angered by the fact that his private, intimate conversation was taped and then leaked to the media? Didn’t we just call to task the NSA for intruding into American citizen’s privacy in such an un-American way? Although the impact is similar to Mitt Romney’s comments that were secretly taped, the difference is that Romney was giving a public speech. The making and release of this tape is so sleazy that just listening to it makes me feel like an accomplice to the crime. We didn’t steal the cake but we’re all gorging ourselves on it.”
Jabbar is right – here is my take on the whole affair. Of course, the most disappointing part of the whole thing is watching the MSM tell Americans who to be angry at, when, and why. Where has everybody been?