Wednesday, September 10, 2008

McCain Calls Obama a "Buck"

Yep, read about it here. Last line: Brian Rogers says "the buck never stops with Obama."

He's obviously making a racial slur calling Obama a "buck."

What, did I take something out of context? Oh...why should that matter, let's make this the news headline!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

First bucks (this morning from McCain mouthpiece Brian Rogers) and now wolves, both terms being used in reference to a black man (Obama). And let’s not go into the “scary darkness” of the ad….

But wait, the link you used above goes to a NYT article, but the article doesn't mention bucks?! What am I talking about?

In today’s NYT front-page blog about the pig-lipstick controversy, reporter Jeff Zeleny initially closed his piece with this kicker:
“Employing an animal reference of his own, he [referring to McCain mouthpiece Brian Rogers] added: “Apparently, the buck never stops with Barack Obama.”

Following the blog’s post, numerous public comments questioned Zeleny’s intuitive link between “buck” and an animal (the idiom’s origins have to do with poker), and questioning the McCain team’s linkage of a racist term with Barack Obama. The term “buck” is a racial slur against an aggressive black male who doesn’t show proper deference to white people (and is often used in a sexual sense).

Later in the morning, the paper had removed not only Roger’s comment from the article’s close, substituting a more benign quote, but also the Internet cache of the article that contained the McCain camp comment.

Surely the McCain people didn’t mean the allusion–despite their documented past references to Obama as “uppity” and “elitist,” and Palin as demanding “deference.” After all, the phrase “The buck stops here” has enjoyed widespread usage in political circles since former President Harry S. Truman popularized it.

But it would have been an embarrassing gaffe, given the Republican ticket’s loud protest against a similarly unfortunate colloquialism over the past day. And it’s a gaffe more chilling than a well-heeled pig: The cure for a buck was traditionally lynching.

- & justice for all

mike said...

yeah, that switch was pretty incredible. the article is here:
http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/09/10/obama-responds-to-phony-outrage/?hp
read the first few comments at the end of the article (do a word search of "buck"). it's also mentioned here; look at comment #11 (it mentions the original line of the ariticle and includes a link to the article): http://wonkette.com/402671/402671

this is what it all amounts to: THE NEW YORK TIMES CHANGED THE STATEMENT OF A REPUBLICAN OPERATIVE TO PROTECT THE MCCAIN CAMPAIGN.
another interesting thing- i read the original version after the time posted (it's a blog); the time hasn't changed and there's no retraction.
so i attempted to post a comment myself, but it was rejected. check out my comment's status, after others have been submitted (#1003).

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1002. September 10th, 2008 5:28 pm Link

THE HYPOCRACY OF THE MCCAIN CAMPAIGN IS BREATHTAKING.
THE COMPLICITY OF THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA IS INDEFENSIBLE.
THE LAZINESS, IGNORANCE, GULLIBILITY, AND DOWNRIGHT STUPIDITY OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC IS WHAT MAKES IT ALL POSSIBLE.

But not this time.
— King Dave
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1003. September 10th, 2008 5:31 pm Link

Your comment is awaiting moderation.

the last line of this article used to read something like: "brian rogers response was, 'apparently, the buck never stops with obama'"- which is what people are talking about above. why did NYT change this?!? i haven't read all the comments, so sorry if this has already been discussed.
— mike mayne
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1004. September 10th, 2008 5:38 pm Link

I'm British and I've been closely watching this election because it's important for the world.

I have to say that it is becoming VERY depressing. Please please please let this thing not be decided by fakery and media manipulation. That would not be a good advert for democracy. It' not a good advert for America.
— Nick Ford


and now it's gone entirely!

amazing, right? it gets worse. rogers has a new response, with the same key word! check this out:

UPDATE: McCain-Palin spokesman Brian Rogers sends out the campaign response which, not surprisingly, accuses Obama of trying to have it both ways.
"Barack Obama can't campaign with schoolyard insults and then try to claim outrage at the tone of the campaign. His talk of new politics is as empty as his campaign trail promises, and his record of bucking his party and reaching across the aisle simply doesn't exist."
from:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/10/obama-strikes-back-on-con_n_125338.html