The Holder-Obama Justice Department’s efforts to impose racial bias on its enforcement of the voting rights laws are no longer in the shadows, protected by the “blue line” of liberal leaning news media. Finally, after a week of ignoring a story that should have been reported immediately, the media’s efforts to confine the accusations of former Justice Department Civil Rights attorney J. Christian Adams to conservative blogs and Fox began to crack. Today the New York Times and CNN reported the story, and will have a little easier time explaining away their tardiness as something other than naked political bias than the Washington Post, the major networks, and others.
But not much easier. There has been a widely available YouTube video for months that shows two stern, paramilitary-garbed Black Panthers standing in front of a polling place, one of them extremely tall and imposing, the other with a club. Anyone who can claim with a straight face that a similar display in a Southern city by two Klansman (the New Black Panthers, like the Klan, are classified as a hate group) wouldn’t have the Obama Justice Department in full attack mode is lying. The relevant statute prohibits attempts to intimidate, and the video is indisputable proof that an attempt was made. Despite this, most of the media chose to take a cynical wait-and-see attitude, hoping, apparently, that this potentially scandalous instance of a racially-tilted policy of law enforcement could be explained away as the partisan vendetta of a disgruntled Bush conservative. The fact that the story wouldn’t go away despite their failure to report it hardly ennobles the capitulation of the Times, which has a reputation to salvage, and CNN, which has been crowing about moving to the center, where it belonged in the first place.
Well, one week isn’t too bad; other stories embarrassing to Obama or Democrats have been embargoed for longer periods—John Edwards comes to mind. Still, racially biased enforcement of the laws protecting a citizen’s right to vote should be a concern to all Americans, white or black, Democrat or Republican, Right or Left. The fact that much of our news media takes a week to accept that fact should concern all Americans as well.