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DENNIS PRAGER: The Tea-Party Lynching Libel – National Review Online

September 6, 2011

The Tea-Party Lynching Libel

What if the Congressional Black Caucus were accused of wanting Jews gassed?

DENNIS PRAGER

SEPTEMBER 6, 2011 12:00 A.M.

Imagine a Jewish member of Congress accusing the members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) of wanting to see Jews gassed.

How would every decent American — Right and Left — describe such a statement? Loathsome? Morally reprehensible? An obvious lie?

All three descriptions would be entirely accurate.

Next question:

How much media exposure would that libel be given?

Front page in the New York Times and Washington Post? Ferocious editorials written from coast to coast? Lead stories on TV newscasts?

Correct on all three again.

Final question: Would said congressman be allowed to stay in office?

We all know the answer to that one, too.

So, here’s a real question: If a black congressman charged that members of Congress who support the Tea Party “would love to see you and me [blacks] hanging from a tree,” what is the difference between that libel and the made-up libel about the Congressional Black Caucus wanting to see Jews gassed?

The answer, of course, is that there is no difference.

But because the Left thinks in terms of race, gender, and class rather than in traditional moral terms of right and wrong, and because the Left dominates the media, only one of these two libels would be given the national attention and opprobrium they would both deserve.

Last week, Indiana congressman Andre Carson told a CBC gathering in Florida that members of Congress who are members of the Tea Party want to see blacks “hanging from trees.” Because he is both a Democrat and a black congressman, the liberal news media, which means essentially all our news media, have barely reported what is an almost uniquely vicious libel in American political history.

via The Tea-Party Lynching Libel – Dennis Prager – National Review Online.

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