They aren’t even trying to be credible any more apparently. Wow.
See those words above, in Mediaite’s tweet? Now, if I was doing my best Mediaite imitation, I’d write, “Mediaite didn’t claim Joe Biden didn’t refer to Satchel Paige as a Negro” even while you could read that this is exactly what the media news website did.
In fact, here’s what President Biden, in full bumbling mode, said today at a Veteran’s Day event at Arlington National Cemetery:
And here’s the transcript…
Now, I assume that Joe didn’t mean to call the great Negro Leagues a Negro, it being weirdly acceptable to call the league that but racist, or something, to call a black man that now, but the fact is, and it is a fact, that this is how the words came out of the President’s mouth. He referred to Paige as a Negro. You can hear it. Everyone can hear it. It’s on the video. Nevertheless, here is another progressive propaganda news site gaslighting us all, claiming that it didn’t happen and that “conservative critics” are “lying” by pointing out what Biden actually said.
No, Mediate is lying. This is a smoking gun example of the mainstream media bias that your progressive friends keep saying is a right wing conspiracy theory. Not only THAT…
- It’s a classic IIPTDXTTNMIAFB [“Imagine if President Trump did X that the news media is accepting from Biden.”] Yes, just imagine if President Trump ever called any black man or woman, living or dead, a Negro! It would be reported as proof positive that he is a racist. No defense accepted. Joe? Nah, he didn’t say that! You must have heard wrong! He’s one of the good people, like us!
- Democrats and progressives (and the news media, but..same thing), when they come up with a new motto to replace “E Pluribus Unum” (right after replacing that racist flag) have to use Rationalization #64, “It isn’t what it is.” It’s been their mantra for years now. They have it down pat. It’s a reflex.
- It’s a Jumbo! To paraphrase Jimmy Durante, “Negro? What Negro?”
Wait— there’s more! The effort by Mediate to pretend what everyone heard isn’t what they heard echoes the “Let’s go Brandon!” fiasco. Anything to save Joe’s honor, even right-out-in-the-open lying that won’t convince anyone except someone under a hypnotic trance.
Now, another Ethics Alarms standard should be in play, as I wrote recently: the Julie Principle. We all know what happened here. It’s happened all of Joe’s political life, it’s just happening more often since…well, you know. Big deal, and so what…except that conservatives know that the Axis of Unethical Conduct spent four years pouncing on every Trump gaffe, innocent or now, so they’ll be damned if they let Joe skate. I understand: they are holding the Left to its own declared standards. In this case, it’s petty—except that the pettiness lured Mediaite into showing just how corrupt it is….which is good to know. Don’t believe those people. They lie. They think you’re a gullible idiot.
Meanwhile, to be fair, Biden’s statement had a lot wrong with it beyond using “Negro.” The Negro Leagues were “the pros,” and as of this spring, they were also officially recognized as major leagues. Moreover, Satchel didn’t “become” a great pitcher, he already was a great pitcher and had been one for more than two decades before he was allowed into the American League at the age of 42. He was past his prime: 99% of pitchers are retired by that age. Paige still was damn good.
Satchel, who was one of my Dad’s heroes, wouldn’t have minded being called a Negro. The President diminished his career by a sloppy description, however. I don’t think Biden knows much about Paige at all. As usual, Biden didn’t know what he was talking about.