Jewish World Review June 29, 2011 / 27 Sivan, 5771
Is Jon Stewart A Racist?
By Bernard Goldberg
The correct answer is … it depends.
If the white guy is Rush Limbaugh and the black man is Barack Obama, then of course the white guy is a racist according to liberals.
But if the white guy is Jon Stewart and the black man is Herman Cain, the conservative businessman seeking the Republican nomination for president, well, then, that's another story.
The other night Jon Stewart went on his show, and while he didn't put on blackface makeup and start tap dancing he did put on a "black voice" and proceeded to mock Mr. Cain in a way that would never be tolerated if a conservative had done it.
Yet liberals didn't scream "racist" the way they do when they see some guy at a Tea Party rally or when conservatives so much as look askance at Barack Obama. Instead, they laughed. For them, it was a regular riot when Jon Stewart, someone they adore, made that conservative black guy sound like a dopey character in a minstrel show.
But why isn't Jon Stewart a bigot, when Limbaugh and Hannity and O'Reilly would be tagged as racists if they had done the very same thing? That's easy. Because Jon Stewart is a liberal and liberals aren't racists. It's a physical impossibility. Only conservatives are racists. And if you don't believe me, ask any liberal.
Yes, this is really, really dumb, but liberals really, really believe it. This delusion stems from a deeply held belief that liberals are not just right about the issues and conservatives just wrong. It goes way beyond that. Liberals believe they're morally superior to conservatives. And morally superior people are never racists. Racism is the domain of morally inferior people you know … conservatives.
But we all know what Herman Cain's real sin is, why liberals think he's fair game. He's a black man who has strayed from the liberal plantation. And that is something liberal elites the supposed benefactors of black people in America have a tough time dealing with.
On the O'Reilly Factor recently, I told Juan Williams who was sitting in for Bill, that conservatives should do what liberals have been doing for years they should play fast and loose with the word "racist." They should promiscuously call every liberal who criticizes Herman Cain or any other conservative black man a racist. Not because it's true, but precisely because it's a lie.
Let's see how those superior liberals feel when they're the ones being slandered, when they're the ones being maligned as racists simply because they oppose a black man's conservative policies. Let's see if they recognize that they're the ones who perfected this form of slander, by calling conservatives racists simply because we disagree with President Obama's liberal policies.
So, is Jon Stewart a racist for doing his Amos 'n Andy routine to make fun of Herman Cain? Yes! Absolutely! And I will say that over and over again, every chance I get even though I don't believe it. And I won't stop until my liberal friends finally get it.
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JWR contributor Bernard Goldberg, the television news reporter and author of several bestselling books, among them, Bias, a New York Times number one bestseller about how the media distort the news. He is widely seen as one of the most original writers and thinkers in broadcast journalism. Mr. Goldberg covered stories all over the world for CBS News and has won 10 Emmy awards for excellence in journalism. He now reports for the widely acclaimed HBO broadcast Real Sports.
He is a graduate of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey and a member of the school's Hall of Distinguished Alumni and proprietor of BernardGoldberg.com.
© 2011, Bernard Goldberg