Hannity & Breitbart Acolytes Team Up to 'FOXify' a new "villain": Professor Bell

FeelHood H. Obama~BN28 2012/03/08 18:40:04

Hannity and Breitbart Acolytes Team Up To Foxify a New Villain: Professor Bell

32 commentsBy karoli

In 1990, Barack Obama gave a speech at Harvard in support of the first tenured African-American Harvard Law School professor Derrick Bell. Video of the speech has been available for years. But Sean Hannity,Mediaite's Frances Martel and Breitbart acolytes have decided it's time to make a new bogeyman of Professor Derrick Bell, and by extension, President Obama. The video here is the full video of his speech as recorded by a local NBC affiliate at the time.

Before Andrew Breitbart's death, he was promising earthshattering video that would destroy President Obama. This is, apparently, that video. They needed a new Jeremiah Wright and figured Bell, being dead and all, might be just the person to fill the bill.

Of course, they did not publish the video in its entirety. Buzzfeed published a 77-second excerpt Tuesday morning, which Breitbart.com claims is heavily edited. PBS notes that the editing was likely done by the station itself at the time it was aired in 1991, and Buzzfeed licensed the clip for publication, as is.

Breitbart TV, on the other hand, aired a tiny little clip shown during a lecture by Professor Charles Ogletree which purports to have Ogletree claiming they hid the clip in 2008. Except the clip was not hidden at all, as PBS explains. In fact, part of the video was used in their documentary The Choice, which has been available on the Frontline site and on YouTube since it was aired.

Breitbart's heirs can't resist characterizing a man whose entire career was devoted to fighting for equality and civil rights for black people as a "racialist" as a way of once again emphasizing Obama's "otherness" to viewers and faithful conservatives everywhere. Racialism has several definitions, but is most often associated with racist, supremacist, or separatist views.

That is not who Derrick Bell was. In essence, Derrick Bell argued that it wasn't enough to say blacks were equal, but that equality was more than saying. It was doing. Here's an excerpt from his bio on the Visionary Project:

Bell's scholarly writings have placed him in the forefront of Critical Race Theory (CRT), a new jurisprudence that explores the influences of society's racism and sexism in the law's policies and precedents. CRT is the theory that race lies at the center of American life. It challenges people to consider in all things the relationship that exists between race, the justice system, and society.

Turning to Hannity's Foxification of then-Harvard Law Review President Barack Obama's speech in defense of Professor Bell, we begin with two wet-behind-the-ears kids who clearly need to study some history and maybe the definition of humility before swaggering onto Hannity's set -- Ben Shapiro, editor-at-large of Breitbart.com and Joel Pollak, failed Skokie Congressional candidate and Breitbart.com Editor-in-Chief.

Hannity's segment begins with Breitbart announcing at CPAC that racial division and class warfare were "central to what hope and change was all about" in 2008. Funny, that. The only folks who seem to want racial division are the Breitbots and Hannitys, those who want to paint Barack Obama as an "other." Those who want to scare their audience and tell people who fear others that don't look like them that they have a reason to be afraid. Those people are not Barack Obama.

Next, Hannity shows the Buzzfeed clip released Tuesday morning. In the interests of time and because I've posted the full unedited video, we edited that part out, but you can see the clip here.

So, are you ready for the deep dark hidden secret? Brace yourselves. Here it is: At the end of Obama's introduction, he embraces Professor Bell. Horrors! Angry Black Lady puts the shock and awe into understandable terms:

Apparently, Negroes hugging is the lesser known fifth horseman of the apocalypse.

I'm sure to these three yahoos, it's more like the lesser known three-fifths horseman of the apocalypse.

Much is also made of Ogletree's introduction and statement that they hid the video in 2008. As I've already pointed out, the video was not hidden. And I'm curious to know why Breitbart & Co. thinks this is such a secret. After all, Ogletree's lectures have been posted online and were covered in the Harvard Crimson, including that specific quote from him as far back as November, 2011. I'm not sure if it was sarcasm or something else, but it wasn't some deep plot, for heavens' sake.

The best part of this Hannity segment is when these Harvard-educated intrepid "editors-in-chief" and lawyers admit that this video footage has been in the public square forever. So while Hannity and Co. claim that Obama wasn't vetted properly in 2008, they've produced some video that's been easily obtained by anyone who cared. If Hannity and his neocon "journalist" brothers cared so much, why are they just "discovering" it now? (Hint: The Fox Effect applies here)

No matter how hard Hannity whips this thing, it's going nowhere. There's just no there, there. It's a southern strategy that will appeal to the hard-core haters, but they were haters before this video was aired and they'll be haters afterward. For the rest, it's a big, giant ho-hum.

Here's what I take away from the unedited video, and what Hannity forgot to mention. First, that speech was given without a TelePrompter anywhere in sight. And second, he was just as gifted at giving a speech then as he is today. In fact, that video could just as easily have been shot yesterday as twenty years ago.

Hannity just proved the old saw about the wisdom of keeping one's mouth shut and being thought a fool. He has now removed all doubt. That won't stop Roger Ailes and Fox from ginning it up, and then asking why other media outlets aren't covering it, and then making an even bigger deal of it. Only this time, it won't stick. We're onto them.

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  • luvguins 2012/03/08 18:56:40
    If the right and their Faux News shills didn't have lies and conspiracy theories what would they have? Answer: NOTHING! Faux News

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  • A Lionheart 2012/03/09 06:19:10
    A Lionheart
    The right wing is sick. 'nough said.
  • Rebel Yell 2012/03/08 23:09:08
    Rebel Yell
    I always got such a kick out of Breitbart. He was all about authenticity , but his videos were so laughable. They were heavily edited and spliced to the point that the sound quality was static. Of course, that didn't bother FOX. Facts are just silly things that get in the way of a good conspiracy.

    Derrick Bell was a man of his time. In the early 60's lawyer Bell helped James Meredith win admittance to the University of Mississippi. Big news back when. Bell was recruited by Harvard, and agreed to come on only if Harvard would hire other qualified black proffs. Harvard agreed. For the next two decades he repeatedly threatened to resign in order to get Harvard to hire more African-American men and, eventually, women. By Obama’s second year at Harvard Law School, there were five African-American men on the Harvard Law School faculty.

    Anyone who thinks that Bell fighting for the rights of black women to get tenure at Harvard was a bad radical thing, is just plain crazy. That ,of course, leads us straight to Hannity. Plain crazy and proud of it.
  • ProVega 2012/03/08 23:05:15
    They're right on track with this stuff and why not, it's worked before. They feel if they spread enough Santorum around and do it often enough the people who don't know any better will believe it and they do.
  • ETpro 2012/03/08 21:32:55
    More Faux News Political Propaganda masquerading as news and journalism. Pravda would be so proud of them.
  • bigfoot 2012/03/08 21:07:18
    if the RWNJs want a real hard core picture of President Obama in the company of one of the worst terrorist in American history,there is a video of President Obama playing golf with John " Tan Man" Boehnor.[sp] and what is Pres.Obama doing at Harvard,on a Right Wing Tape,when he is supposed to be somewhere else?
  • Starman - Guru of Reason 2012/03/08 20:24:02
    Starman - Guru of Reason
    Standing up for equal rights for blacks and women is radical? That is a sad, sad statement.
  • captainquiggle 2012/03/08 19:59:57
    This is just another in a long list of BS scare tactics I'm sure the GOP has coming out during the year. It's going to be a long and disgusting race for them without a payoff, because they will lose.
  • Thom Payne 2012/03/08 19:43:01
    Thom Payne

    The person in question, Professor Derek Bell, took an unpaid leave of absence at Harvard until the school tenured a woman of color.

    Wow....talk about subversion and radicalism.
  • Mike Thom Payne 2012/03/08 21:07:28
    So the school was forced to hire who ?
  • Thom Payne Mike 2012/03/08 21:31:23
    Thom Payne
    Not hire....give tenure....and they were forced, how? Obviously Professor Bell blew up the Student Union, took over the Administration Building and held a gun to the Dean's head until it was done.

    Get a grip, CON.
  • Mike Thom Payne 2012/03/09 01:20:24
    Poor choice of words on my part - anyway it was a forced tenure via protest. Was the individual qualified ? or was it just a racial issue.
  • Thom Payne Mike 2012/03/09 18:04:40
    Thom Payne
    It was an opportunity issue.

    To be honest, I don't even know if the protest worked, do you? If so, who was selected? I don't know that, either.

    All I know is that one man saw injustice and did something about it - non violent and without force, hurting no one but himself to bring light to the percieved injustice.

    Can you actually find wrong in that?
  • Mike Thom Payne 2012/03/10 01:18:54
    Non violent but Bell did walk out, and strike. Our youth always pays for idiot decisions
  • Thom Payne Mike 2012/03/12 15:32:19
    Thom Payne
    So, then, you admit that no one was actually forced to do anything?
  • Mike Thom Payne 2012/03/12 15:51:29
    Never said they were What it was very disruptive to a university and it;s student body
  • sjalan 2012/03/08 19:12:42
    These guys are really desperate. How foolish can they get.
  • lee 2012/03/08 19:01:52
    what can they possibly hope to achieve with this ?

    it only make the right look like sore losers.

    which they are.
  • Mike 2012/03/08 19:01:24 (edited)
    Obama has associated himself with left wing radicals most of his adult life obama radicals asociation obama farakhan obama wing radicals adult life obama wing radicals adult life obama black panthers
  • lee Mike 2012/03/08 19:40:02 (edited)
    what factory churns out this stuff?
  • Mike lee 2012/03/08 21:06:19 (edited)
    Move along little sheep - There's another Jim Jones and David Koresh waiting in the wings

    In answer probably the same on that produced birth certificate
  • lee Mike 2012/03/08 21:27:14
    you mean the forged one on Kenyan stationary?

    that was good one.
  • Mike lee 2012/03/09 04:40:09
    Sure looks Kenyan obama birth certificate obama birth certificate fake
  • FeelHoo... Mike 2012/03/09 03:00:31
    FeelHood H. Obama~BN28
    Saul Alinsky!?

    George Romney LOVES that guy!!!

  • Mike FeelHoo... 2012/03/09 04:37:30
    Not all Saul did or said was in a negative light - he had some good ideas.
  • FeelHoo... Mike 2012/03/09 04:55:26
    FeelHood H. Obama~BN28
    I wouldn't know one way or the other but, thanks for sharing.
  • Raymond Allamby 2012/03/08 18:56:54
    Raymond Allamby
    it's the death throes of the party. they're clutching at straws, for anything that might get someone excited enough to vote for them.
  • luvguins 2012/03/08 18:56:40
    If the right and their Faux News shills didn't have lies and conspiracy theories what would they have? Answer: NOTHING! Faux News
  • Contarded Guru Chickenhawk 2012/03/08 18:53:25
  • FeelHoo... Contard... 2012/03/09 02:59:07 (edited)
    FeelHood H. Obama~BN28
    Did you hear the one about George Romney praising Saul Alinsky....?

  • Contard... FeelHoo... 2012/03/12 13:43:32
  • FeelHoo... Contard... 2012/03/12 15:13:24

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