Ed Driscoll

CNN Blows the Lid Off 'The Liberal Church of Herman Cain'

Hypocrisy? CNN is soaking in it: 1500 words investigating the disparity between Herman Cain and his church, which “doesn’t share Cain’s political philosophy,” CNN is quick to report. As compared to:

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And speaking of CNN, this one is hardly worth the effort, considering the person uttering the two quotes is a D-List celebrity who makes Keith Olbermann look like Walter Cronkite in terms of comparative star power. However, for the sake of pointing out the no-win scenario that the GOP is trapped in when it comes to Hollywood, what the heck. First up, here’s Matthew Balan of Newsbusters in March of 2009:

CNN host D.L. Hughley turned to the standard left-wing tactic of playing the Nazi card against Republicans on his program on Saturday evening: “The tenets of the Republican Party are amazing and they seem warm and welcome. But when I watch it be applied — like you didn’t have to go much further than the Republican National Convention….It literally look[s] like Nazi Germany.” He went on to say that blacks weren’t welcome in the party: “It just does not seem — like not only are we not welcome — not only are we not welcome, but they don’t even care what we think.”

Hughley was shortly fired for his remarks, though it would have been fun to see then-Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele blast Hughley with some sort of variation of Kathy Shaidle’s classic line: Gee D.L., if it literally looks like Nazi Germany, and if then-President Bush was literally Hitler, why aren’t either of us lampshades?

Fortunately though, having interviewed Steele, and now with Herman Cain rising in the polls, particularly amongst Tea Party Republicans, Hughley has had a change of heart. Because to fall back on another racial tirade at this point would be hypocritical, right?

Nahh, of course not, as Crystal Wright of the Daily Caller notes:

Hughley’s tirade against Cain may have gone unnoticed were it not for @blackrepublican tweeting about Hughley’s incendiary commentary. “Herman Cain won the Florida straw poll by a lot! I loved Herman Cain when he played Mr. Gaines on a different World,” Hughley tweeted. This prompted other tweets by Hughley and his followers that implied Cain was an Uncle Tom and not REALLY black because he is a conservative who doesn’t choose to believe in Democrat plantation policies that keep blacks economically oppressed.

Apparently, Hughley was too absorbed in his racist Twitter banter to notice a recent Rasmussen poll that found Cain trailing Obama by just 5% in a hypothetical match-up.

Several tweets later, Hughley wrote:

“HermanCain could model for a pancake box”

[Screen cap of tweet at the Daily Caller — Ed]

This enticed others to compare Cain to the “original Cream of Wheat,” “Stepin Fetchit” and the “butler in Gone with the Wind” — all of which conjure up demeaning, racist caricatures used during the pre- and post-Civil War era to describe the “dutiful slave.”

It’s shocking that, in the 21st century, blacks would so viciously attack a black man because he didn’t agree with their politics. Martin Luther King Jr. would be horrified because this isn’t the freedom he fought and died for.

Even more surprising is the fact that Hughley hasn’t removed or denounced any of the tweets, particularly the one which makes an offensive reference to Sarah Palin.

Most shocking of all, the liberal media has completely ignored the story. If the shoes were reversed and a white conservative comedian or radio host like Rush Limbaugh authored and incited such offensive commentary about Barack Obama or a black Democrat, the left-wing news media and politicians would be outraged. They’d demand apologies, firings and boycotts. But when a black comedian says racist things about a black Republican, he gets a free pass.

After spotting similar rhetoric from “comedian” George Lopez, John Nolte of Big Hollywood writes, “American comedians used to mock The Man. Today, too many of them are The Man’s primary enforcers.”

As is the New York Times, which has succumbed to calling Cain “minstrelsy” today. You stay classy, Pinch.