When Brit Hume yesterday attacked President Obama by saying, “The president has consistently chosen to see things through the eyes of an aggrieved black activist rather than of a president of all the people,” he was wrong twice over.
First of all, for suggesting that in Fox News’ Whitesplaining style, that only white people can see things objectively, and secondly, for proving his own lack of objectivity by favoring talking points over observable and documented fact.
Hume’s straight man, the ever-helpful Bret Baier, set the stage on Monday’s Special Report with Bret Baier:
BRET BAIER (HOST): The premise for the recent protest is that it is open season on African-Americans by police. But do the facts back that up? Senior political analyst Brit Hume is in Washington tonight. Good evening, Brit.
BRIT HUME: Hi there, Bret. In Dallas, Tuesday, President Obama will be trying to calm racial tensions that his own behavior has done much to aggravate. From his denunciation of the Cambridge, Massachusetts, police as acting, quote, stupidly in the arrest of black Harvard law professor Henry Lewis Gates — they didn’t, to his assertion that the motives of the Dallas cop killer are unclear, they aren’t.
The president has consistently chosen to see things through the eyes of an aggrieved black activist rather than of a president of all the people. He has not failed to speak out whenever a black is killed by a white police officer, but has said next to nothing about the continuing slaughter of blacks by other blacks in the streets of Chicago, Baltimore, and other cities.
He has made his sympathy for the Black Lives Matter movement obvious, and never mind that the whole premise of the movement seems to be fallacious.
The idea that unless you are white, you can’t see things objectively, is obscene. After all, what are most Republicans these days but activists? Being an activist is okay as long as it’s not a black activist?
Let’s not forget that Fox News’ audience is overwhelmingly conservative and white. It is more than glaringly obvious that there is some highly subjective “reporting” going on there. We have to leave “reporting” in quotation marks because it’s not really reporting when most of it is invented by white people for white people.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.