[Posted by Karl]
If it’s the second full day of TX Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential nomination campaign, it must be time for the establishment media to deal the race card. It’s posted a few places now, so I’ll send you to Allahpundit for the video of MSNBC’s Ed Schultz deceptively editing video of Gov. Perry saying a “big black cloud” hangs over the country. Perry is referring to the debt, but MSNBC edited the video — and ABC News’ Michael Falcone and Arlette Saenz baldly quote Perry out of context — to suggest Perry was referring to Pres. Obama.
Having just written about the establishment media’s new obsession with discrediting Perry, I was loath to immediately return to the subject. However, there are good reasons to do so. First, this example is even worse, as Perry’s comment was completely non-controversial. Second, to emphasize Allahpundit’s point that we have another 14 months of the left and the stablishment media hearing racist dog-whistles ahead of us. Third, following from the second point and my prior post, it is to be expected precisely because the President Obama, the Democrats, the left and the establishment media have virtually nothing to run on. Killing Osama bin Laden is about the only broadly popular issue Obama can raise, which is why Hollywood is rushing a movie out two weeks before the election. If the economy remains largely stalled — as most think it will — they have nothing else. And it won’t be enough to get Obama to 270 electoral votes. Thus, the ritualized demonization of any possible opponent.
Update: MSNBC’s Chris “Tingles” Matthews says Perry “could be Bull Connor with a smile.”
Update 2: The ABC News story now states: “Perry warned that a ‘big black cloud’ – the national debt – hangs over the country.” The story adds “This post has been updated” — without noting that what was added was “the national debt.”
Update 3: Ed Schultz apologizes for editing the video… but not for the bogus charge of racism. Stay classy, MSNBC!