Hack Alert: Liberal Radio DJ Smears McCain

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Democrats, McCain, Partisan Hacks, Race

This is the type of stuff that makes me want to throw things…

Warren Ballentine, one of black talk radio’s new stars, was on a tear against Senator John McCain as he broadcast from the Greenbriar Mall here last week, blithely dismissing Mr. McCain’s kind words about Senator Barack Obama at the recent N.A.A.C.P. national convention.

“He came out talking about how good of a race Barack Obama was running, and how proud he was of Barack,” Mr. Ballentine said. “You know he went back home and said, ‘I can’t believe I spoke in front of all those Negroes today!’ ”

“He was pandering to the crowd, talking about how he felt when Martin Luther King Jr. died,” Mr. Ballentine went on. “However, he didn’t vote for the holiday of Martin Luther King Jr.”

Hacks, be they liberal or conservative, do nothing but detract from the conversation, and to see the left continuing down the same tired path that Limbaugh paved is depressing to say the very least.

Oh well…

(h/t: Nyhan)


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2 Responses to “Hack Alert: Liberal Radio DJ Smears McCain”

  1. gerryf Says:

    Sadly, there are far too many hacks on both sides who try to raise their own end up soley by knocking the other side without ever extolling the good points of thier positions.

    At best, these people are predictable; at worse, they are base liars.

    We recently go a progressive radio station in town, but it is almost unlistenable. About the only one I can stomach on the left these days is Thom Hartmann and Ed Schultz. The right is even worse; sometimes Micahel Savage, and Bill Bennett on occassion, but the big names have just become so shrill and unfunny as to be intolerable.

    Listening to talk radio is like sitting next to the cool kids table in Junior High–they think so highly of their own selves, they cannot even consider an idea that hasn’t bloviated from their own mouths

  2. Presumed Bored Says:

    Warren is only really entertaining when he’s flacking for Mayor Kwame. But, in regards to McCain’s stand on MLK Day, WarrenB is accurate. McCain voted against the federal holiday in 1982 and 4 years later, having had some time to think about it, Dude supported the move by Arizona’s governor to rescind the state’s version of the holiday. 2 years after that, he came out, yet again, against the holiday. Whatever you think of Martin, or a federal holiday for a non-president, that part of Warren’s statement is no smear.

    (yeah, after much googling, my source is the democratic party’s own website, but you try looking for comprehensive mlk day history on the rnc’s page….)

    1983: McCain Voted Against Law Creating National Martin Luther King Holiday. In 1983, McCain voted against passing a bill to designate the third Monday of every January as a federal holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. That was the year the holiday was passed into law, supported by 338 members of the House and 78 members of the Senate.
    [1983 House Vote #289, 8/2/1983; 1983 Senate Vote #303]

    1987: McCain Supports AZ Governor’s Effort to Rescind Martin Luther King Day As State Holiday. In 1987, Arizona Governor Evan Mecham rescinded “what he termed an illegal executive order by his predecessor, Democrat Bruce Babbitt, to establish a state holiday honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.” Speaking to the Arizona Teenage Republican Convention, when asked about Mecham’s decision to rescind the holiday, “McCain said that he felt Mecham was correct in rescinding the holiday.”
    [Washington Post, 1/14/1987; Phoenix Gazette, 4/13/1987]

    1989: McCain Urged Lawmakers To Create State Holiday, But Expressed Opposition To Federal Holiday. In 1989, McCain expressed his support for a state law recognizing an Arizona Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. But, McCain said, “I’m still opposed to another federal holiday. . .but I support the (Arizona) Martin Luther King holiday because of the enormous proportions this issue has taken on as far as the image of our state and our treatment towards not only blacks but all minorities.”
    [Phoenix Gazette, 5/2/1989]

    1992: McCain Endorsed Proposition Creating State Holiday. “McCain endorsed Proposition 300, which would establish a paid state holiday honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.”
    [Phoenix Gazette, 10/28/1992]

    1994: McCain Voted To Strip Federal Funding From the MLK Federal Holiday Commission. In 1994, McCain voted to prohibit federal funds for the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday Commission. The Commission was established in 1984 “to encourage the observance of King’s birthday.” According to Al King, head of the California chapter of the commission, the organization “helped keep ‘senators’ and representatives’ feet to the fire to recognize the holiday.’” [1994 Senate Vote #127, 5/24/1994; Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 5/24/1995, 5/26/1995]

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