Ed Driscoll

Breitbart.com Rolling Out Video of Obama at Harvard Tonight

Naturally, Ben Smith, alleged Media Matters ally and self-admitted (former?) member of the JournoList, tried to beat them to the punch, as Joel Pollak writes at Big Government:

The video, which Kaczynski says was “licensed from a Boston television station,” shows a young Barack Obama leading a protest at Harvard Law School on behalf of Prof. Derrick Bell, a radical academic tied to Jeremiah Wright–about whom we will be releasing significant information in the coming hours.

However, the video has been selectively edited–either by the Boston television station or by Buzzfeed itself. Over the course of the day, Breitbart.com will be releasing additional footage that has been hidden by Obama’s allies in the mainstream media and academia.

Breitbart.com Editor-in-Chief Joel Pollak and Editor-at-Large Ben Shapiro will appear on The Sean Hannity Show to discuss the tape. The full tape will be released tonight on Fox News’ Hannity.

Who is Derrick Bell? The Daily Caller reports today:

A new video of then-student Barack Obama in 1991 is revealing another corner of the president’s murky past.

The video shows Obama, when he was a Harvard law student, speaking at a student demonstration intended to boost Derrick Bell, a Harvard professor and an advocate of racial hiring.

At the time, Bell was demanding that the university hire African-Americans instead of Asians, Latinos or whites.

Critics said Bell wanted to lower recruitment standards to increase the number of African-Americans on the staff.

Bell claimed the hiring would increase the variety of experience among Harvard professors.

“Let’s look at a few qualifications — say civil rights experience … that might allow more folks here who, like me, maybe didn’t go to the best law school but instead have made a real difference in the world,” he said in a Boston Globe interview.

Bell’s pitch was part of the movement to increase “diversity” in universities, and to reduce traditional teaching of classical authors, nearly all of whom were white men.

“Bell’s scholarship was very controversial and Obama’s wholehearted endorsement of it is eyebrow-raising,” said Roger Clegg, president of the Center for Equal Opportunity. Part of Bell’s pitch, Clegg said, is that “America is an irredeemably racist country.”

Bell was “speaking the truth,” Obama said.

Ahh, Bitter Clingers/Typical White Person, the early days.

Watch for the reaction from the MSM for the video to be dismissed as “old news,” and “everybody knows this stuff,” despite the fact that the consensus from the MSM on the eve and the immediate aftermath of the 2008 election, was that nobody knew much about the Man Who Would Be President:

CHARLIE ROSE: I don’t know what Barack Obama’s worldview is.

TOM BROKAW: No, I don’t, either.

ROSE: I don’t know how he really sees where China is.

BROKAW: We don’t know a lot about Barack Obama and the universe of his thinking about foreign policy.

ROSE: I don’t really know. And do we know anything about the people who are advising him?

BROKAW: Yeah, it’s an interesting question.

ROSE: He is principally known through his autobiography and through very aspirational (sic) speeches.

BROKAW: Two of them! I don’t know what books he’s read.

ROSE: What do we know about the heroes of Barack Obama?

BROKAW: There’s a lot about him we don’t know.

Almost a month after the election, a CNN journalist wrote, “The Americans who are comparing him to those remarkable predecessors are putting a lot of faith in a man they barely know.”

All of which is an unintentionally damning summation of the “journalism” performed by NBC, PBS and CNN in 2008. But for the next eight months, watch the MSM to do their damndest to keep Obama’s radical past buried as deep in the Memory Hole as possible.

Update: But of course. “Andrea Mitchell Runs Defense for Obama, Derrick Bell.” No word yet on fellow General Electric spokesperson Al Sharpton’s response.

More: Wow, this video really is back to the early 1990s — let the politics of personal destruction begin.

Oh and, heh.™