Imagine the following:
Barack Obama stands before a predominately African-American audience. “America is ready for another revolution!” he shouts to the crowd. The entire auditorium stands, applauds, and shouts.
Now imagine that Michelle Obama has been part of a movement to get her home state of Illinois to secede from the union. She is a mover and a shaker in this movement, convincing her husband to speak at a convention designed to further this cause for succession. When asked about his attendance, Barack Obama lies about it, saying he never attended.
Now consider this:
Sarah Palin stands before a predominately white audience. “America is ready for another revolution!” she shouts to the crowd. The entire auditorium stands, applauds, and shouts.
Husband Todd Palin has been part of a movement to get his home state of Alaska to secede from the union. He is a mover and a shaker in this movement, convincing his wife to speak at a convention designed to further this succession movement. When asked about her attendance, Sarah Palin lies about it, saying she never attended. (http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/09/the-alaska-divi.html)
Of course, if the first two scenarios had occurred, there would endless fear mongering among right wing pundits. Can you imagine what Glenn Beck -- who has accused President Obama of being racist -- would say about this? Can you imagine Barack Obama ever in a million years becoming Senator, let alone President, if Michelle were a member of a succession movement? And if Barack Obama had addressed the group supporting Illinois leaving the United States?
The Sarah and Todd Palin scenarios have actually happened. Todd Palin's membership in a party whose purpose is to get his state to leave the union was barely an issue in the campaign. And while Sarah Palin's speech at the recent Tea Party Convention was been widely covered, I haven't read much about her use of the word revolution in her speech. Does anyone actually believe this would be the case if Barack Obama used this language in front of an African-American audience? Remember when he was "palling around with terrorists" because he attended a grassroots meeting with William Ayers?
I know the myth is that the media is liberal. I think we should question this assumption whenever we can.