The satanically clever thing about the “whitey” rumor – and other such instruments of political sabotage – is that you can’t even analyze it and condemn it without spreading it.
But dammit... I can’t ignore what’s happening with this poisonous gossip against Michelle Obama.
The Internet rumor of a “bombshell videotape” has crossed another species barrier; Rush Limbaugh just mentioned it on his radio show.
Which might give other unscrupulous media folks (like Sean Hannity) a license to talk about it on their air. (Even though Limbaugh says “I have not spoken to anyone who has seen the tape.”)
Limbaugh presented a sound bite of “Fox & Friends” from earlier today. It was a Democratic political analyst – Bob Beckel – referring obliquely to the “whitey” video, without mentioning the words “whitey” or “video.”
Instead, Beckel said there’s a rumor of something devastating that’ll drop on Michelle Obama “tomorrow.”
Beckel said he has heard this from enough people that “I’m worried about it.”
Reminds me of those end-of-the-world rumors. “The world will be destroyed on December 31, 1999!” Then, when it isn’t, they just push the date back.
Fox News is in the political sabotage business, plain and simple.
Saddest thing of all: We who have been caught up in the optimism of Barack Obama’s campaign have no weapons to fight this kind of witchcraft. We’re just letting it happen.
We need “Hellboy” on our side or some shit...
UPDATE (06/03/08): If you wish to hear exactly what Rush Limbaugh said this morning – plus the Bob Beckel soundbite – click here. It’s a 3-minute audio clip.