Conservative Media's Racist Attempt At October Surprise

On Tuesday, Fox so-called News, the Drudge Report, and the Daily Caller threw together a rather pathetic - and racist - attempt to create an October Surprise against President Obama. And in the end – they failed miserably. Yes – the kings of the rightwing media bubble released what they called “Obama’s Other Race Speech” yesterday evening, which they promised would create controversy and unleash accusations of racism against the President.

It did neither. That’s because the so-called bombshell video was already well-known and had been publicly available on the web ever since he gave the speech 5 years ago in 2007. The video shows then-Senator Barack Obama speaking at Hampton University in front of a largely African American crowd.

In the speech, Obama accurately pointed out that when Hurricane Andrew hit mostly-white parts of Florida, the federal government waived the requirement for local matching funds for rebuilding, but when Katrina hit mostly-black New Orleans, the Bush Administration still wanted the city to pay the matching funds. And to Fox News, that was a declaration of a race war.

Oddly – Fox News already aired the speech back in 2007, believing that it would cost Obama the Democratic nomination. It didn’t – so now they’re dusting the video off again five years later to try again.

The Mitt Romney campaign is denying any involvement in the video re-release. White House reporter at Mediate, Tommy Christopher, best summed up the whole fiasco when he wrote, “This will be remembered as the day Sean Hannity, Matt Drudge, Tucker Carlson, and much of the right wing prepared to board their white resentment mothership, only to have it crash and burn.”


Global's picture
Global 10 years 24 weeks ago

Again the liberals are on the defensive using the race card against the conservatives. Pay no attention to this president and his words of division, constantly trying to divide this countrY with his ideology. Also, what did he do after the Lybian tragedy -- he blamed the video and had the maker of the video pulled out of his house in the middle of the night. Folks, this is bald faced TYRANNY right in your face. How can this country possibly justify these actions. We are losing our country to this tyrannical regime.

Kend's picture
Kend 10 years 24 weeks ago

Yes I totaly agree. I was suprised at the tone of voice he was using. Does no one in America know how much money has been wasted on failed Gov. programs like Solyndra, the Chevy Volt, etc, etc, etc ,etc. Is it they know but don't care. Doesn't any one care that your embassy was attacked and four Americans where brutly killed. Your President cared so much he went to Las Vegas. ARE YOU KIDDING ME. No where else in the world would put up with this and Americans have him leading the polls. God bless America, you are going to need it if he gets elected again.

dowdotica's picture
dowdotica 10 years 24 weeks ago

#2 and #3 are funny. yuk,yuk. problem with the new land of the still very free is everybody suffers from memory loss. with a 24 hour news cycle? we know whats going on tomorrow before the day is over and then forget what happened yesterday. meanwhile? boobs on the left, bozos on the right and all the sheep in between continue to allow for the minions to be brainwashed! old news? turns up from the dumpster to becomes today new headline. lame! boy i sure wish walter was still around! Think about it. back in the day the nightly news would come on and my ol man would crack his Pabst and we'd watch both sides of the story!!!! all in one news broadcast. sad how un ethical it has all become. Got info tainment!!! Got ratings? jeees.

HalFonts's picture
HalFonts 10 years 24 weeks ago

The only good "news" is that there are an increasing few rational national voices calling them on it.

The bad news is that the clueless Leftish politicos (when in power) have done little to re-balance the deregulated corporate ownership of so many of our monopoly media sources. It's that failure in "strategic planning" (or sell-out) that leaves us 49:51 at the polls.

Were it not for the gross ineptness, blatently fabricated misreprentations and general nastiness of The Right, increasingly obvious to anyone not totally brainwashed; we'd be in an even worse quagmire.

Keep it up guys, we desperately need both sides in this debate.

ken ware's picture
ken ware 10 years 24 weeks ago

I am voting for the Green Party candidate. But, if I actually thought Rummy Romney had a chance in hell of getting the California vote I would without a doubt vote for Obama. You racists slime balls on the right really must be scared your so called candidate, the same guy the other candidates truly hated during the GOP debates, that fox news (I use lower case out of disrespect) is trying everything they can to try to turn voters away from Obama. You have a short memory if you cannot remember how the Bush administration did nothing to help the black community during the Katrina tragedy! And because a half black and half white president brings up that real point, all of a sudden he is king racists of the minorities of America. YOU’RE pathetic! Your guy Bush could have stopped 9/11 from happening, but he did nothing like usual, so he could justify invading Iraq. The one president who has done the most harm to our country and you want a copy of this jerk for president. Go back in your corner and make up some more excuses why Romney has done such a poor job (you will be able to post them tomorrow) in the debates tonight. Yesterday he was quoted making up an excuse of how the debates really did not represent that much, at least he has enough common sense to realize he just is not up to the same standard as Obama when it comes to stating the truth and facts. Again you and #3 sound like a couple of typical right wing racists with the same old message from the right wing of the isle. And I am not even voting for Obama and your rhetoric is sickening! Obama represents the least of two evils, your man Romney being the very worse or the more evil of the two choices. Maybe you and your friend #3 should see about relocating to Mexico with Romney after Obama retains the White House!! But I bet you will just stick around and enjoy the good life here in America while continuing to try to disrupt the Congress like all the other Republicans in Washington have been doing for four years and blame it on the President, your right OUR PRESIDENT !!!! OBAMA 2012 and beyond. You on the right will have something to drink about after the debate, so you can try to forget what just happened to Rummy Romney.....

2950-10K's picture
2950-10K 10 years 24 weeks ago

Wow, I didn't realize Fox was into Bush bashing. I'm pretty sure that Bush and his so called administrators don't particularly care to hear those FACTS related to funds for rebuilding repeated over and over again.

I would call Obama's speech a declaration of war against the unequal treatment of fellow citizens during their time of need....... the kind of need anyone, rich or poor, black or white, could face in a time of natural disaster.

Fox can do worse ...... to have FACTS included in reporting........ is not exactly their forte!

Expect a lot worse, those who fund Fox, and the Mormons of course, badly, want thermal nuclear war boy in the White House!

Global's picture
Global 10 years 24 weeks ago

You go green, California is lost on the left anyway. Who cares what FOX news says, the Main Street media just wants to keep the left right thing going as long as they can. You sound like an MSLSD drone. Racism is their favorite mantra. Romney would at least stop the Obama nightmare of hope and change to serfdom. I am all for a third party system, maybe Ron Paul started that movement for the next election. Obama and his favorite economist - Krugman don't have a clue on how to get this economy off its back. Four more years of these idiots and we will all be equal in or misery. But maybe everybody will have crappy health care and free birth control. Maybe that is part of their grand plan for utopia and population control. Do you sometimes feel that you are being manipulated like a bunch of rats in a maze? By the way Obama forgot to show up for the debate.

2950-10K's picture
2950-10K 10 years 24 weeks ago

A follow up on the expectation of, "worse," from the conservative media and tonights debate!

Tonight......Romney: "Look I've been in business for 25 years. I have no idea what your talking about. The idea that you get a break for shipping jobs overseas is simply not the case."

7/12 Harry Reid: "It's fairly easy to see why Republicans are blocking our bill to stop outsourcing, they're obviously defending their Presidential nominee, who of course made a fortune by shipping jobs overseas."

The NBC post debate fact check made no mention of this comment as they fell head over heels for Romney's energized manner? It's all about money.....truth be damned and so is what little is left of our Democracy. Hey, Guys like Gregory are making a good buck.....the god almighty dollar counts more to some than truth, honor, and good moral values.

Global's picture
Global 10 years 24 weeks ago

Anything Harry Reid says should be ignored. He is a demented hack.

Willie W's picture
Willie W 10 years 24 weeks ago

I thought Obama's speech was right on. I'm confused that the Republicans thought this would hurt him. I thought it helped him. It was a race issue and he said so. Good for him.

2950-10K's picture
2950-10K 10 years 24 weeks ago

Everything Romney says is fueled by a total lack of self control in his relentless quest for endless amounts of money and power. Large numbers of real people are really suffering thanks to his disorder and the lack of a type of governance that can contain it.

Buy the way, enjoy your job commute to China, it's one hell of a drive!

2950-10K's picture
2950-10K 10 years 24 weeks ago

Exactly my sentiment!

The only thing I can figure.... is the Republican/Teabags want and gladlly except racists into their party!

Kelly Blue's picture
Kelly Blue 10 years 24 weeks ago

I have been worried ever since last nights debate. This may sound "conspiracy theory" -ish, but I recall the "I have been to the mountaintop" speech of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. just before he was assasinated by the racist powers that be. I have heard that Dr. King had gotten word PRIOR to his death that there would be an attempt on his life. I am terrified that our great president may have gotten some similar word yesterday prior to the debate. I also heard Thom mention that Journalist Bob Woodward suspects some major world event, (another 9/11?), is brewing that the President is concerned with. Whatever it is, Pres. Obama was NOT himself last night, he looked pale, concerned, pre-occupied and if you noticed he stood on ONE foot behind the podium, body language that says "exhaustion". I am terrified that we are going to lose our greatest President since FDR to the lowest, yet richest, form of scum this planet can produce.

Thom's Blog Is On the Move

Hello All

Thom's blog in this space and moving to a new home.

Please follow us across to - this will be the only place going forward to read Thom's blog posts and articles.

From The Thom Hartmann Reader:
"Thom Hartmann seeks out interesting subjects from such disparate outposts of curiosity that you have to wonder whether or not he uncovered them or they selected him."
Leonardo DiCaprio, actor, producer, and environmental activist
From Screwed:
"Hartmann speaks with the straight talking clarity and brilliance of a modern day Tom Paine as he exposes the intentional and systematic destruction of America’s middle class by an alliance of political con artists and outlines a program to restore it. This is Hartmann at his best. Essential reading for those interested in restoring the institution that made America the envy of the world."
David C. Korten, author of The Great Turning and When Corporations Rule the World
From Cracking the Code:
"No one communicates more thoughtfully or effectively on the radio airwaves than Thom Hartmann. He gets inside the arguments and helps people to think them through—to understand how to respond when they’re talking about public issues with coworkers, neighbors, and friends. This book explores some of the key perspectives behind his approach, teaching us not just how to find the facts, but to talk about what they mean in a way that people will hear."
to understand how to respond when they’re talking about public issues with coworkers, neighbors, and friends. This book explores some of the key perspectives behind his approach, teaching us not just how to find the facts, but to talk about what they mean in a way that people will hear."