What’s in a Name?

Political Correctness and Media Bias Offer Glimpse of Upcoming General Election

I have seen the future, and it is placatory.

Many media personalities seem to think that the buzz word for the 2008 election, the word we will hear most from pundits and the cable news crowd over the next nine months, will be “surge.”

I don’t think so. I think it will be “sorry.”

Today, after a rally in Cincinnati, Ohio, Sen. John McCain apologized for remarks made by syndicated conservative talk show host Bill Cunningham who, in the course of introducing the senator, went on to make what The New York Times called “disparaging” comments about Illinois Sen. Barack Obama. His big sin? He used Obama’s middle name–Hussein–three whole times while commenting on, among other things, how the media is soft on the Democratic party frontrunner.

It’s not as if Cunningham wasn’t absolutely, positively right on the money. After all, mere MINUTES after the talk show host said that the media should “peel the bark off Barack Hussein Obama,” essentially stating the well-known fact that Obama is the darling of the mainstream media and is not subject to the same scrutiny as his opponents on both sides of the aisle, the Times jumped all over it and railed against Cunningham’s use of “Hussein.”

Does anyone else not see the irony?!? Cunningham says that the media is not tough enough on the probable 44th President of the United States, and the newspaper of record in the United States immediately comes out and criticizes Cunningham for using the candidate’s actual, legal name in making his point. Unbelievable. It’s his middle name, for Christ’s sake — it’s not as if he actually made up some sort of disparaging remark.

What happened next, however, I think is an unfortunate microcosm of what we will see in the general election.

Immediately after leaving the stage at the event, McCain condemned the remarks made by Cunningham, said that they “will never happen again,” and said that any reference to Barack Hussein Obama’s middle name during the course of the election campaign was inappropriate.

“It’s my understanding that before I came in here, a person who was on the program before I spoke made some disparaging remarks about my two colleagues in the Senate, Senator Obama and Senator Clinton,” McCain told reporters. “Whatever suggestion that was made that was any way disparaging to the integrity, character, honesty of either Senator Obama or Senator Clinton was wrong. I condemn it, and if I have any responsibility, I will take the responsibility, and I apologize for it.”
I have two enormous problems with this statement.
First, McCain is again working overtime to alienate the conservative movement within the GOP base while giving the Left and their mainstream media a free pass. He doesn’t hesitate to condemn and “absolutely repudiate” comments made by a nationally-syndicated conservative talk radio host who went out on a limb and decided to speak in support of his candidacy. Over what, a name?
In case McCain hasn’t noticed, Obama has started a movement. Four years ago, nobody even knew who he was; now, he has thrown a wrench in the Clinton political machine and absolutely trampled the candidate that, all but a few months ago, was a lead pipe lock for the Oval Office. It wasn’t even close. He packs tens of thousands of people into stadiums in so-called “red” states. He has mobilized the mainstream media to the point at which I feel we need to ensure that Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Brian Williams and the rest of the crowd are up to date on their rabies vaccinations and have ice-cold showers at the ready.

Yet, here we were today, with a conservative talk show host making a point that needs to be made, simply pointing out a truth as clear as that white spot on Monica Lewinsky’s blue dress–the mainstream media LOVES Barack Hussein Obama–and what does McCain do? He apologizes to the media for a supporter who pointed out the media’s own bias. He apologized to Barack Hussein Obama for Barack Hussein Obama’s own middle name.

Second, this apology sets a dangerous precedent which falls directly into the hands of the liberal base, not to mention the PACs–such as MoveOn.org–which will be inundating the airwaves with nasty television advertisements the likes of which we have never seen.

Think about it. McCain’s act of contrition plays right into the time-tested liberal modus operandi of denouncing as racism, fear-mongering, or hate speech any sort of substantive argument by political opponents.
If, today, McCain felt obligated to go out of his way to apologize for such benign statements made by a third party, how is he going to react when the same crowd that went from kindling to conflagration as a result of three little words uttered in jest by Don Imus decides to protest as discriminatory any substantive criticism of Obama’s short-sighted, idealistic and dangerous plans to help those who refuse to help themselves?

It’s going to happen. In the same way that pro-life conservatives are deemed “anti-choice” as if they aim to take uteri from coast to coast via eminent domain, certain segments of the liberal population will label McCain as a racist when he questions the feasibility of any of Obama’s many plans to resurrect Roosevelt’s New Deal and Johnson’s War on Poverty. One substantive question about how America can fund a certain program, and Al Sharpton will don the pinstripes and take to the airwaves with vigor the likes of which we’ve never seen.

The placating gestures by McCain today, I fear, sheds light on a general election which will be fought not on foreign policy, economics or cultural issues but rather on soundbites, superficiality and white guilt. Once again, political correctness will put another nail in the coffin of the United States of America, and Sen. John McCain will apparently be wielding the hammer.


  1. Peter says:


    What’s the big deal?

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