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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Speaking of Defamation

OK. Look, I'm no particular fan of George Allen. I think he is somewhat less than genuine about his very scripted "southerness" (the boots, the hat, the rebel flag) since he is a Californian by birth; moreover, I think while he gives lip service to social issues of importance to conservatives, I always had the feeling he would back down if politically expedient.

But really. When Salon does a hit piece so transparent in its partisanship, even tepid Allen fans have to wonder. The hit piece uses two anonymous sources and one identified source who has suddenly recalled that Allen supposedly dropped the "N" word bomb in college. The problem? Salon forgot to mention that the named guy is an environmental and anti-tobacco activist and democratic party supporter, and hence, might have a wee chip on his shoulder. Also, never mind that the other 16 former classmates contacted by Salon don't remember the rampant racism the 2 anons and one named source allege.

Did they check with someone like this guy:

Statement from Rev. Gary Ham, defensive corner on the University of Virginia football team 1969 thru 1973. Rev. Ham was one of the African-American players on the UVA football team at the time:
“Let me say honestly, that I was not a close acquaintance with Senator Allen during our football days at UVA but I do not recall any language or behavior that was racist in nature. “I have better recollections of Senator Allen when he was the Governor of VA. Although I disagreed with the position which he took on Martin Luther King Day, I believed him to be a man who was open to dialogue with African-Americans and other minority groups. He did much to promote outreach to poor neighborhoods and communities through faith-based initiatives.”
Or did they talk to State Senator Ben Lambert, a black legislator supporting Allen because when the rubber met the road, Allen scored better funding for historically black colleges as he had promised to do?

Or did they report on the two Jewish Congressmen who took Webb to task for injecting Allen's religious background into the campaign and the related fact that Webb himself called his Jewish primary opponent the "anti-Christ of outsourcing" and distributed a flier that featured "a cartoon likeness of Jewish opponent, Harris Miller, with a large nose and cash spilling from his pockets?"

Is it any secret that Salon has specialized in these sleazy mud-slinging hatchet jobs before for its democratic buddies? Obviously Jim Webb cannot or will not engage Allen on issues, so he is taking the short route to the gutter of innuendo, smear, and yes, defamation.

UPDATE: OK, now that Jim Webb has effectively admitted to uttering the dreaded "N" word, can we all get back to considering what these guys actually stand for as opposed to what incorrect words they might have uttered in the past? Sheesh, for some, like this idiot poet, I'm sure this is all just confirmation that everyone in "Virginny" is a racist. Never mind that Allen is from California and Webb, from Missouri, and then "grew up on the move, attending more than a dozen different schools accross the U.S. and in England."

Which accords with my own experience, that I heard the "N" word much more in New York, where I grew up, than in Virginia, where I have lived for 25 years.

6 comments:

Franco said...
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Seth Abramson said...

Oh, Tom. You're just making it too easy for us Democrat types. I forget you've been in the Republican echo chamber a long, long time, and thus your powers of persuasion are limited to, I don't know, spluttering "Yee haw!" or exhorting legions of elementary school dropouts to support school choice.

So, here's the real deal: two of Salon's sources said they wanted to remain anonymous because they were terrified that Allen supporters (like you?) would direct threats or violence against them if they identified themselves. The one who identified himself is, I'm sure, happy to be polygraphed--is Allen?

Also, all three said that Allen only used this language (and by the way, not once, but repeatedly, in addition to committing at least one and possibly more hate crimes) around close white friends. So why do all the folks you quote have black skin, and/or weren't close with Allen back in the early 1970s? You're debating the price of oil by pointing to the cost of burritos in Dallas convenience stores: it does not compute. Why don't you, or your fellow Allen back-slapping compatriots, actually tackle the facts head on for once?

Even Allen's denial was tepid--he said he "didn't recall" using the word "nigger." Huh? Well, okay. Nothing there that taking a polygraph--or, say, swearing on a Bible?--wouldn't fix. And while he's at it, maybe we could find out which of his ten excuses for using a North African racial slur against a U.S. citizen were true, if any.

S.

Seth Abramson said...

Um, what...?

Webb didn't admit to using the word as a slur, which is what Allen's accused of...right now the media is speculating that Webb said the word had "passed his lips" because it was used in a book he wrote--but Webb adamantly denies using it as a slur. Ever.

In contrast, REPUBLICAN Larry Sabato, a Professor at the University of Virginia, said this, according to MSNBC:

"Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press: 'I didn’t personally hear GFA (Allen’s initials) say the n-word. My conclusion [that he "definitely" did] is based on the very credible testimony I have heard for weeks, mainly from people I personally know and knew in the ’70s.'"

So, what were you saying again?

C'mon, Tom, make it hard for us Dems!
S.

faithmy said...

Nice, Seth. Are you suggesting that people who dropped out of elementary school shouldnt have a vote? Maybe you want to go back to testing to prevent some people from voting? Nice pseudo-intellectual, high-minded, democratic ideals.

Seth Abramson said...

Um, no. I support increasing the franchise, not decreasing it.

Are you for voter IDs? Why don't you want the elderly and the poor to vote? Hmm?

S.

Steve Armstrong said...

Seth,

Can you tell me why the "old and poor" have to have a photo id to cash their checks (and rent videos) but NOT to vote?

Just asking...