Charles Barkley: The Media Doesn't Have a 'Pure Heart' On Race
Charles Barkley makes more sense on the Zimmerman verdict than Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Eric Holder and Barack Obama combined.
CHARLES BARKLEY: Well, I agreed with the verdict. I feel sorry that young kid got killed. But they didn't have enough evidence to charge him. Something clearly went wrong that night. Clearly something went wrong. I feel bad for anybody who loses a kid, but if you looked at the case and you don't make it -- there was some racial profiling, no question about it. But something happened that changed the dynamic of that night, and I know -- that's probably not a popular opinion among most people but just looking at the evidence I agreed with the verdict.
I just feel bad because I don't like when race gets out in the media because I don't think the media has a pure heart, as I call it. There are very few people have a pure heart when it comes to race. Racism is wrong in any, shape, form -- a lot of black people are racist too. I think sometimes when people talk about racism, they say only white people are racist. There are a lot of black people who are racist. I don't like when it gets out there in the media because I don't think the media has clean hands.
MARIA BARTIROMO, CNBC: I'm glad you made that point.
BARKLEY: Obviously I feel sorry that young kid got killed but just judging by the evidence, I don't think that guy should have went to jail the rest of his life. Something happened bad that night, obviously.
Meanwhile Sharpton is calling for demonstrations in 100 cities and Jesse Jackson wants the likes of Venezuela to investigate Florida -- the "apartheid state" according to him -- via the UN, while Holder is egging things on from his position ad DOJ. Obama implicitly agrees with Holder, by silence if not by active encouragement via his new "hidden hand" strategy.
More: I had to hit publish quickly to join America's Morning News for a few minutes, now I have a few minutes to expound on Barkley's comments.
The media did three big things, and whole lot of little things, to create the racial narrative that is still driving the Zimmerman story, and driving Zimmerman into hiding in legitimate fear of his life. NBC edited Zimmerman's 911 call to make him sound racists rather than analytical. ABC published video that at first didn't show any wounds on Zimmerman -- but the lack of visible wounds was thanks to the compression settings ABC's producers used to create the web video. The New York Times capped the media's dirty coverage by dubbing Zimmerman a "white Hispanic."
By the Times' own novel formulation, Barack Obama is a white black. Or a black white. Either one, you'll never see the Times print. But it would be consistent with their racist rendering of George Zimmerman.
Now, the media at the national level is pretending that there aren't any race riots, and that none of them have turned violent, in the wake of the verdict. The national media egged all of this on and are now pretending that it isn't happening, because the riots disrupt the narrative of blacks as perpetual victims.
The national media could easily build a narrative that Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and Eric Holder and Barack Obama are stirring up riots for selfish and political purposes (because they are). The national media will never build that narrative, ever, whatever the facts say.
They don't, as Charles Barkley says, have a "pure heart" and they certainly don't have clean hands. They have lying lips and far too much power to decide what is and isn't news.
America's Morning News anchor John McCaslin brought up a great quote from Booker T. Washington during our segment today that deserves to be printed in full.
"There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs. There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don't want the patient to get well."
Across the decades that separated them, Washington was looking directly at Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Eric Holder and Barack Obama.
Thank God, though, for Charles Barkley.