Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Coarse Whisperer

Did you ever think you'd live to see the day?

Jesse Jackson shares what he really thinks in a whispered aside to a fellow guest-to-be, within ear shot range of a Fox News Channel hot microphone in the Fox and Friends studio in Chicago on Sunday, just before the two of them were going to be taped for the morning show. (ht: NY Post video).

There is simply no easy way for a minister to explain what he meant when he said -- in relation to Barack Obama's recent expressions of support for faith-based initiatives -- that, "I wanna cut his nuts out!"*

Check out the little hand gesture he made for emphasis with his right hand, right after he said that! And, notice the twisted little look on his face!

Oh, Jesse!

He sharply opined that Barack had "been talking down to black people."

Jackson spent the rest of the day yesterday apologizing and trying to explain what he was thinking . . . but not very convincingly!

Later, one of his patent over-board comments came across as sadly laughable under the circumstances, asserting as he did that he cherished "this redemptive and historical moment."

So we can see, Jesse!

Fox first aired the full tape last night via host Bill O'Reilly on his show, "The Factor." Jackson declined to appear on the show, but instead he had hastily appeared on CNN to issue his apology, trying to minimize the remark as merely being "a sound byte within a broader conversation about urban policy and racial disparities."

At CNN, Wolf Blitzer stated that the remarks were so crude, that they could not possibly repeat them on the air, but he then afforded Jackson several minutes of air time to talk about the importance of urban and racial policy. Later, however, John Roberts at CNN played the entire Fox tape, embedded here.

Bill O'Reilly said last night that he only released portions of the tape on his show, and that some of Jackson's unaired comments were worse than this one! Hard to imagine!

Given that fact, it will be tough for Jackson, or any of his apologists, to explain that this snarling boast was taken "out of context." If he does, then Fox would presumably be forced to release the entire tape!

According to the New York Post story today, "JESSE'S A 'NUT' JOB," filed by their Bureau Chief, Charles Hurt, even Jackson's namesake son, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Jr., who is a Congressman from Chicago, condemned his father's comments.

*The transcription on the clip says "off" but it clearly sounds like he said "out" . . . a distinction without much of a difference!

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At 11:00 PM, July 10, 2008, Blogger Thomas O. Meehan said...

I almost forgot that Jesse is a man of the cloth and thus the most Reverend Jackson. Isn't it curious that he is in so much trouble for being completely honest. He should stick to lying; he does it with so much more style.

But what's all this about Barak Obama as the first Black Candidate for President? What about that ravishing siren of 60's politics, Shirley Chisholm, and of course the Rev' Jesse himself a few years ago.


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