Blogger: Before Trump, There Was Bush 41’s ‘Race-Baiting on Steroids'

October 31st, 2016 5:58 PM
George H. W. Bush apparently won’t vote for Donald Trump and reportedly “harbors a deep disgust” for him. Still, according to The Washington Monthly’s D. R. Tucker, the “race-baiting on steroids” of Bush’s 1988 presidential campaign paved the way for Trump’s current approach. Tucker was referring to two television ads: the so-called Willie Horton ad, from a pro-Bush PAC, and the Bush campaign’s “…

CNN Panel Claims Bush 41 Used 'Racist Fears' Against Dukakis in 1988

March 21st, 2016 11:25 PM
On Sunday's CNN Newsroom, during a segment previewing the Race to the White House special on the 1988 Bush-Dukakis presidential race, after host Poppy Harlow recalled claims that the George H.W. Bush campaign used "racial fear" against Democrat Michael Dukakis, historian Tim Naftali went on to claim that the Bush team "played on racist fears" because of the Willie Horton issue. The panel did…

NY Times Editor Andrew Rosenthal: GOP Candidates 'Idiots...Xenophobic'

September 7th, 2015 9:47 PM
New York Times editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal appeared on a podcast and insulted every Republican candidate in nasty, personal terms, throwing around the words "idiot" and "xenophobic" and insulting Justice Clarence Thomas in a racially loaded fashion. Rosenthal then accused the 1988 George H.W. Bush using the Pledge of Allegiance as an issue "deliberately and specifically…

MSNBC's Bashir Selectively Edits 1981 Reagan Aide Remarks to Make Repu

June 6th, 2013 11:02 AM
NewsBusters reported Wednesday that MSNBC's Martin Bashir disgracefully accused Republicans of using the acronym "IRS" as the latest racist dog whistle in their "war against the black man in the White House." It turns out that Bashir used a selectively edited quote of former Reagan aide Lee Atwater to make his pathetic case.

Networks Excoriate the 'Nasty,' 'Dirty,' 'Notorious' Politics of South

January 16th, 2012 5:17 PM
In the days leading up to the GOP primary in South Carolina, all three networks have aggressively attacked the state and its supposedly "dirty," "nasty," "notorious" politics. Echoing many other journalists, CBS's Jan Crawford warned on January 12: "Down here in South Carolina, the weather is warm, that tea is cold, and the politics can get down right dirty." On January 15, Chris Matthews…