Larry Johnson Unites All Parts of Political Blogtopia

Even the most hardcore right-wingers are making fun of Larry Johnson and his “stunning” video, aka “the Michelle tape.” Supposedly there was a tape of Michelle Obama using the word “whitey” and other “racist” and “anti-American” language, and supposedly Larry Johnson had a copy of this video, and supposedly he was going to post it on his blog at 9:00 this morning.

This is what he posted on his blog this morning (my bolds):

I learned over the weekend why the Republicans who have seen the tape of Michelle Obama ranting about “whitey” describe it as “STUNNING.” I have not seen it but I have heard from five separate sources who have spoken directly with people who have seen the tape. It features Michelle Obama and Louis Farrakhan. They are sitting on a panel at Jeremiah Wright’s Church when Michelle makes her intemperate remarks. Whoops!! When that image comes out it will enter the politcal ads hall of fame. It will be right up there with the little girl plucking daisy petals in the famous 1964 ad LBJ used against Barry Goldwater.

Wow. He hasn’t seen the tape, his five sources haven’t seen the tape, but “people” to whom his five sources have spoken say that they have seen it. That’s certainly definitive evidence of the tape’s existence and of what the tape shows.

Bruce McQuain quotes SusanUnPC:

FYI, for those expecting to SEE the tape, GET REAL. Read Larry Johnson’s description of what is ON the tape. That is the story.

The mind goes numb. There is nothing to say. She is serious.

BooMan (via Justin Gardner, because BooMan is apparently down):

Booman Tribune has apparently heard what’s on the tape and lays out why this is nonsense…

How you’d say it:
Why’d he cut folks off medicaid?
Why’d he let New Orleans drown?
Why’d he do nothing about Jena?
Why’d he put us in Iraq for no reason?How Larry Johnson wants you to hear it:
Whitie cut folks off medicaid?
Whitie let New Orleans drown?
Whitie do nothing about Jena?
Whitie put us in Iraq for no reason?

I’m going to be honest with you. Both SusanHu and Larry Johnson have been friends of mine. They have both done a lot for me and I am grateful and indebted to them. Any issues I’ve had with their activities in this election I have kept private. I haven’t visited their site in four months because I found it too personally painful to read what they were writing and I did not want to be tempted to respond. I thought I owed them that. But loyalty can only go so far. If they publish this allegation tomorrow, I will no longer speak with them. And I say that with great sorrow.

This whole stunt is so racist, it’s just unbelievable. Liberal Avenger says Johnson should “just shut up and put on your robe and hood.”

… He’s trying to tear down Obama using the same sort of race-baiting that we usually associate with people like Jesse Helms and Strom Thurmond. The same kinds of tactics used by the Bush campaign against McCain in 2000.


Can anyone really believe that Barack Obama could not get elected in Chicago’s affluent Hyde Park neighborhood without Farrakhan’s say-so? Let me rephrase that: can any non-racist really believe that Barack Obama could not get elected in Chicago’s affluent Hyde Park neighborhood without Farrakhan’s say-so? I suppose Larry Johnson also thinks that Obama’s victories in Oregon, Utah, and Iowa can be chalked up to Farrakhan’s evil influence. You have no idea how powerful and scary that black man really is.

And it’s impossible to believe that there is a tape floating around with Michelle Obama saying hateful things about “Whitey”. If such a tape existed, it would have come to light a long time ago. Jim Geraghty of the conservative National Review points out that the tape probably doesn’t exist, and if it does then the controversy was probably spawned by people mishearing what she actually said.

And let’s look at the context. Is there ANYTHING that Obama has said or done that would make someone think that he secretly hates white people? Let’s bear in mind the fact that he was raised by his white mother. Is it reasonable to believe that he’s secretly hated his mother all these years? Or that he married a woman who hates white people? I don’t know why people like Larry Johnson so readily believe that all black people harbor a secret grudge against [white] people, but I have a theory. I think people like Johnson think, “I’m annoyed by them, so it only makes sense that they would resent me.”

So fuck you, Larry Johnson. Fuck you and fuck your racism, and fuck the delusional Obama haters who still read your crappy blog.

Sounds about right to me.

One Response to “Larry Johnson Unites All Parts of Political Blogtopia”

  1. tas says:

    I’ll admit that I’ve been peeking at No Quarter throughout the day to see if he came up with anything, but nope.. Nothing. No tape and not even a direct source to go on the record saying the tape exists.

    If I were in Larry’s shoes and I went to an editor with this story, I’d imagine they would say, “Great! You have rumors, now investigate further.” There’s no story here.

    And normally rumors could amount to something (I have no doubts that the existence of this tape and it’s contents are now being investigated, and if we’ll know if it exists if we see a story about it in the near future), but the origin of the rumors has to be taken into consideration, too. This is Larry Johnson we’re talking about… The man is so overly biased for Clinton that he’s placed openly racist bloggers on the main page of his website (and proudly, I might add). When Larry Johnson claims to have five flimsy sources, can we even believe him?

    Personally, I don’t.


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