Bill Bennett Taken Out of Context

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Bill Bennett is under heavy fire from liberals for a so-called &quot;racist&quot; remark on his talk show a couple days ago. In a discussion on economics, poverty, and abortion, Bennett made an analogy that he <i>immediately identified as <b>&quot;morally reprehensible.&quot;</b></i> In the <a href="http://www.bennettmornings.com/agnosticchart?charttype=minichart&chartID... context</i></a> of the entire discussion, his comment is not the least bit racist, but liberals are taking his comment way out of context and are implementing a strong attack through breathless demands for an apology from Bennett.

Meanwhile, a nationally syndicated <i>liberal</i> talk show host compares the evacuation of victims of Hurricane Katrina to <i>the evil round-up of innocents in the Holocaust</i>(!). Let's compare the two recent episodes and the media reaction. </p><p>A search at Google news (<a href="http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&q=%22Bill+Bennett%22">&quot;Bill Bennett&quot;</a>) returns <i>scores</i> of results as the liberal media machine continues to stir up this story. (e.g., <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/09/29/AR200509... Washington Post story</a> and <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=1171232">an ABC News/AP story</a> are just a couple of examples.) NBC's Today showcased Bennett's comments at the top of their show Friday morning.<br />
</p><p>The Washington Post reported:
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The former U.S. education secretary-turned-talk show host said Wednesday that &quot;if you wanted to reduce crime, you could -- if that were your sole purpose -- you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down.&quot; Bennett quickly added that such an idea would be &quot;an impossible, ridiculous and morally reprehensible thing to do.&quot; But, he said, &quot;your crime rate would go down.&quot;</blockquote>
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But Bennett <a href="http://www.bennettmornings.com/agnosticchart?charttype=minichart&chartID... that he was talking about &quot;bad arguments in regard to abortion.&quot; Right after saying, as the Post reported, that the &quot;crime rate would go down,&quot; he talked about &quot;these far-out, these far-reaching, extensive extrapolations.&quot;

</p><p /><p /><p>Meanwhile, as reported on </p><a href="http://newsbusters.org/node/1360">this September 22, 2005, Newsbusters.org post</a>, Air America's Randi Rhodes, last week on her radio show, made a <i>clear and unapologetic</i> comparison between the treatment of evacuees of Hurricane Katrina to <i><b>the round-up of citizens onto cattle cars being sent to Auschwitz during the Holocaust.</b></i> And what was the media reaction to <i>that</i>? A search at Google news (<a href="http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&q=%22Randi+Rhodes%22+%2BHolocau... Rhodes&quot; +Holocaust</a>) returns only <i><b>one item</b></i>: the very same post we made here at Newsbusters.org!

In case you missed it, here is part of what Randi said:

<blockquote>RANDI: So, what are you supposed to do? Just do a &quot;faith-based evacuation&quot;? (Changing voice, as if an evacuee) <i>&quot;I'm sure he wouldn't send me to Auschwitz.&quot;</i>

CALLER: Yeaaw! But why were these people patted down? There was an assumption of criminality made because they were poor and they were black --

RANDI: Check this out. Let's just -- Think about it this way. <i><b>People were taken one place. Their children were taken another place. THIS IS SO MUCH LIKE THE HOLOCAUST.</b></i> I can't even -- You know, it's like, you're not supposed to forget the Holocaust so that it can't happen again. <i>And here you have people being loaded onto transportation vehicles, not being told where they're going, and their children are being taken someplace else</i> ...</blockquote>

And <i>this</i> receives no &quot;outrage&quot; from the media?! Where were the breathless demands for an apology for <i>this</i>?

For a fuller transcript of the Randi Rhodes exchange, go to the <a href="http://newsbusters.org/node/1360">original Newsbusters.org post</a>.

Equal treatment from the media? Not even close.