From Accuracy in Media‘s Don Irvine:
Former Speaker of the House and now GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich got caught in the liberal media’s desire to paint him as a racist for calling Obama the most successful food stamp president in American history.
This statement, which he first made in a speech to the Georgia Republican Party on Friday, was seized upon by the liberal media as a coded racially tinged message, since Obama is black.
Gregory: What, what about jobs? Jobless rate now at 9 percent. You gave a speech on Friday in Georgia, and you said the following about this president:
Gingrich: You want to be a country that creates food stamps, in which case frankly Obama’s is an enormous success. The most successful food stamp president in American history. Or do you want to be a country that creates paychecks?
Gregory: First of all, you gave a speech in Georgia with language a lot of people think could be coded racially-tinged language, calling the president, the first black president, a food stamp president.
Gingrich: Oh, come on, David.
Gregory: What did you mean? What was the point?
Gingrich: That’s, that’s bizarre. That–this kind of automatic reference to racism, this is the president of the United States. The president of the United States has to be held accountable. Now, the idea that–and what I said is factually true. Forty-seven million Americans are on food stamps. One out of every six Americans is on food stamps. And to hide behind the charge of racism? I have–I have never said anything about President Obama which is racist.
MSNBC’s Ed Schultz also chimed in and accused Gingrich of taking an ugly shot at Obama with the food stamp comment. Schultz added that when Gingrich was asked about it by Meet the Press’ David Gregory, he played the victim.
And exactly how does Schultz feel about all of this supposed racism?
Schultz: The Republican Party still can’t win on issues so their only chance is to play the race card, again.
Chris Matthews also couldn’t resist, calling Gingrich an alter cocker, saying that his ideas are “so old, so yesterday that he’s still talking like Reagan and food stamps and welfare queens.”
Matthews went on to say that we all got tired of that language in the ’70′s and ’80′s and that it had the tinge to it that we didn’t like so we dropped it.
The media have never been fond of Gingrich and he has certainly made his share of mistakes over the years. He certainly deserves to be scrutinized and criticized now that he is running for president.
But what he and other conservatives don’t deserve is for the media to twist simple statements of fact into charges of racism.
What was missing from all of these discussions was the blatant racism practiced by Jesse Jackson, Jeremiah Wright and other liberals. But since they’re black and Gingrich is white they wouldn’t possibly be accused of playing the race card or being racist themselves.
This is just another example of the hypocrisy and double standard by the mainstream media that conservatives have unfortunately grown accustomed to.