The Colbert Show vs. The Coates Showdown

 

Our friends at Powerline — along with Instapundit Glenn Reynolds and John Nolte over at Big Hollywood — wonder if maybe today’s flashy and splashy (and pointless) congressional appearance by Stephen Colbert was designed to steal the media oxygen from another set of hearings down the hall. From Big Hollywood:

I completely agree with Glenn Reynolds that having this idiot Colbert testify was nothing more than a Democrat stunt to take the media’s eye off the very real and important testimony also taking place today regarding the Justice Department’s racism scandals. So the more cringe-worthy and embarrassing Colbert’s appearance is, the better. Naturally, the MSM will be all too willing to play along. They fully understand how damaging the DOJ Black Panther case is to the Obama Administration and have no desire to come anywhere near covering it.

Former Department of Justice voting rights section chief Christopher Coates testified today about the decision to drop the investigation into allegations that members of the New Black Panther party physically intimidated voters on Election Day, 2008. He was pretty clear in his testimony. From the Daily Caller:

Coates discussed the NBPP [New Black Panther Party] case in great detail … saying that the reason for the case’s dismissal was hostility within the division against prosecuting cases that involved a white victim and minority defendant.

“[A] large number of the people who worked in the Voting Section and the CRD (Civil Rights Division), and many of the liberal private groups that work in the civil rights field believe, incorrectly but vehemently, that enforcement of the protections of the VRA (Voting Rights Act) should not be extended to white voters but should be limited to protecting racial, ethnic and language minorities,” Coates testified.

Under the George W. Bush administration, the Justice Department pursued the NBPP case. Last year, under the Obama administration, the department dropped the charges — the single caveat being that one of the NBPP members never carry a weapon near a polling place again.

I can see why the Democrats don’t want us to talk about this. I understand perfectly why they’d rather have us talk about Stephen Colbert and the circus down the hall. And it’s no surprise that the media — ever compliant — prefer the Colbert story, too.

But before we’re drowned out by Colbert 24/7, it’s worthwhile to ask: does anyone have even a shred of doubt that if this had been a Republican Department of Justice, if the races were reversed, that Christopher Coates would be the new “it boy” of the media liberals? In that case, the entire episode would be a six act play — testimony would extend over several days, it would dominate the nightly talk shows, they’d pre-empt the soaps, heads would roll, special prosecutors would suit up, there would be talk of jail time.

Instead, what do we get? A meaningless sideshow. A collective yawn from the media liberals. More toadying, lickspittle, compliant behavior from the reporting and chattering classes.

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    @River
    Rob Long: Our friends at Powerline — along with Instapundit Glenn Reynolds and John Nolte over at Big Hollywood — wonder if maybe today’s flashy and splashy (and pointless) congressional appearance by Stephen Colbert was designed to steal the media oxygen from another set of hearings down the hall….

    No question about it, Rob. The Democrats set this up as a distraction from the shocking revelations of Coates. They’re entirely amoral and cynical about propaganda as a means of waging war against conservatives. Dick Morris is amazingly open about how he did it and how it’s done. He worked wonders for Clinton, saving his presidency.

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    @Palaeologus
    Rob Long: does anyone have even a shred of doubt that if this had been a Republican Department of Justice, if the races were reversed, that Christopher Coates would be the new “it boy” of the media liberals? In that case, the entire episode would be a six act play — testimony would extend over several days, it would dominate the nightly talk shows, they’d pre-empt the soaps, heads would roll, special prosecutors would suit up, there would be talk of jail time.

    Instead, what do we get? A meaningless sideshow. A collective yawn from the media liberals. More toadying, lickspittle, compliant behavior from the reporting and chattering classes. ·

    Rob, you seem to be asking: “If someone had done something wrong, would important people be upset?”

    Of course.

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    @user_31634

    Colbert “Jumps Shark.” Jon “Richie Cunningham” Stewart drives boat after loaning out his Ski Belt. “Potsie” Pelosi and “Ralph Malph” Reid criticize critics.

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    @EJHill

    Rob, the news media is like the dog in UP. They sniff around and just as they get cl…

    SQUIRREL!

    They just seem to get distr…

    SQUIRREL!

    But the point is tha…

    SQUIRREL!

    Colbert is Main Stream Media squirrel.

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    A collective yawn from the media liberals. More toadying, lickspittle, compliant behavior from the reporting and chattering classes.

    Rob, you really must learn to stop equivocating and speak your mind.

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    @GeorgeSavage

    Much more of this and I’ll have to revoke Brother Rob’s RINO-squish membership card. It’s a shame since he just got the hang of the secret handshake.

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    @MelFoil

    Coates himself posed the reverse case, because the reason his superiors gave for dropping the New Black Panthers case was, a local police officer never asked one of the Panthers (the one who wasn’t carrying a billy club) to leave the entrance of the polling place (because “he was a registered poll watcher and he lived in an apartment above the polling place.”) Actually he didn’t live in the building. He lied. That, apparently, was enough of an excuse for the Justice Department to drop the case. At least that’s what they said. Coates asked, what if a white Klansman was blocking the door and telling blacks to go home? Would it count for anything that he had permission from a local police officer, and claimed to live in the building when he didn’t? Would that stop the Feds from prosecuting? Not on your life.

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    @EJHill
    George Savage: Much more of this and I’ll have to revoke Brother Rob’s RINO-squish membership card.

    I believe the medical terminology is RINOMYELOPATHY. The symptoms include slouching to the left, watching MSNBC and thinking Ed Schultz sounds reasonable, having an uncontrollable urge to be loved and admired (rampant in certain areas of the country like Southern California) and having a drawer full of political buttons that read “The Governator,” “Castle for Senate,” and “My Darlin’ Arlen!”

    But there is HOPE! Interventions by friends and family can do wonders…Reagan podcasts, bedtime readings from “Free to Choose” and for the desperately ill, blood transfusions from Ann Coulter.

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    @SquishyBlueRINO

    Sweet rant Rob,

    Do hold on to your card though. I think you’ve got a contact high from rolling with Andrew Breitbart all afternoon.

    Nothing an ice-cold blueberry squishy won’t cure.

    To the Kwik E Mart!

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    I am watching the testimony as I write. What amazes me is that you are the only writer on this forum who has mentioned Coates’ testimony, and then only by comparing it to Colbert show. This testimony is a clear statement that the Obama administration is turning this country into a banana republic, and the reaction on Ricochet is a collective yawn, at least on the part of the major contributors.

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    Our guys tried to come up with an animation here in Taiwan. We had an idea of everyone in clown suits, but just didn’t seem that funny. I thought we might take a look at Colbert in the field. But that wasn’t funny either. Not funny is not funny….

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    @Sisyphus

    Kudos to Rob for waving the flag on this.  The damage, however, has already been done.  The zombie media will pull out all the stops between now and the rapidly approaching November 2nd elections and to the degree they are obvious about it they will cut deeper into that less than 30% of likely voters that are die-hard believers energized to keep the regime in power.  Even useful idiots become irate when they notice their strings being yanked.  The Bush tax cuts are now the Obama/Reid/Pelosi tax increases.  Game over.

    There will be new hearings in January under a new House leadership for the zombie media to ignore (except for the ritual vilification) in favor of their ever-broadening quest for brains.  Think the ACLU in An American Carol. There will be tax bills to be introduced, with a different set of priorities.  And the veto battles will set the stage for 2012.

    Don’t forget to breathe. 

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    @RobLong
    Eugene Kriegsmann: I am watching the testimony as I write. What amazes me is that you are the only writer on this forum who has mentioned Coates’ testimony, and then only by comparing it to Colbert show. This testimony is a clear statement that the Obama administration is turning this country into a banana republic, and the reaction on Ricochet is a collective yawn, at least on the part of the major contributors. · Sep 25 at 8:48am

    It was pretty interesting testimony. And I don’t think it’ll go away, necessarily. Sometimes these things boomerang back into the public consciousness. My guess is that Holder is probably toast after November.

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