PBS correspondent: Republican criticisms about Obama are based on closet racism

Posted by: ST on October 9, 2008 at 8:20 pm

The Grand Rapids Press reports:

GRAND RAPIDS — Following an unpopular president, supporting a costly war, and now facing a financial crisis at home, Sen. John McCain’s race for the presidency should be in worse shape.

“What makes John McCain plausible is Barack Obama,” news anchor Ray Suarez told a local crowd Wednesday.

The “pseudo controversies” about Obama’s background are symbols for a “racial calculus” hard at work in U.S. politics.

Opinions about Obama’s inexperience, his childhood in Indonesia, and the persistent but untrue rumors of him being Muslim are stand-ins for something his detractors cannot admit, Suarez said.

Particularly, “religion has become a proxy for race,” he said.

Characterizing Obama as Muslim “is a way to confer otherness on him for those people who are uncomfortable saying they’re against him because he’s black.”

Suarez spoke at Fountain Street Church as part of the Diversity lecture series. He is the senior correspondent for PBS’s “News Hour with Jim Lehrer” and former host of NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” program.

Suarez said Republicans are leaving it to vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin to “pile on the doubt” about Obama’s religion.

Newsbusters blogger Ken Shepherd notes:

Speaking of religion, Suarez’s venue was well-suited to be preaching to the left-wing choir. According to the church’s Web site, the goal of its “worship and proclamation” are ensuring that “[t]hemes of liberation and oppression such as sexism, racism, and homophobia are addressed.”

Ah. That explains things. 8-|

Just how much of our tax money goes to PBS, again?

Update: Heh.

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  • 6 Responses to “PBS correspondent: Republican criticisms about Obama are based on closet racism”


    1. Man, that’s disappointing. I’ve liked the Newshour when I used to watch it regularly and I thought Suarez did a solid job.

      How depressing to know he’s just another liberal bigot.

      Thanks, Ray, for dismissing all my legitimate concerns about Obama’s judgment and character as racism. :(

    2. SpideyTerry says:

      You can’t really expect much from PBS these days. I remember seeing an aged, disfigured Sesame Street Muppet soft-balling questions to Reverend Wright once. Wait, that was Bill Moyers.

    3. Y’know, I would take Oscar the Grouch or Miss Piggy any day over Bill Moyers and Katie Couric. :d

    4. Neo says:

      Since the federal takeover of Fannie Mae, isn’t the funding of ACORN, from the affordable housing trust fund while being contracted for work by the Obama campaign, a violation of the “Hatch Act” ?

    5. Steve Skubinna says:

      Oh yeah, why don’t we examine “anchor Ray Suarez?”

      Suarez is obviously meant to evoke the word “sewer.” Ray brings to mind Ray Charles, and anchor suggests an intention to weigh something down.

      Come on, people, isn’t it obvious that what he’s getting at is a coded demand to sink visually impaired African-American musicians in sewers? How blatant can it be? It’s freakin’ right in front of you!!!

      Jeez, I can’t believe I’m the only one who spotted it. The guy hates music, blacks, and the handicapped and wants to drown them all in sewage! Wake up and smell the poop, sheeple!!!!eleventyone!!