*** a must read ***

Marion (Addicting Info):  ….If you’re on FireDogLake’s Jane Hamsher and Bold Progressives’ Adam Green e-mail list ….  you’ve probably received e-mails from them telling you in breathless terms, urgent terms that time’s running out for this cause or that cause, the latest dastardly deed of betrayal that Barack Obama’s about to level on Left. Cleverly inserted inside these fear e-missives is the kind request that if the recipient just clicks on a link to sign a petition and donate at least $5.00 to the cause au courant, of course, Jane or Adam or whoever will be able to fight just that much more securely to ensure that your rights are preserved….

….Meanwhile, we’ve seen Hamsher and her cronies on the FDL site refer to the President as “the Affirmative Action President,” “Bugaloo Bush,” and even “the house n****r.”

…. some of the remarks and the attitudes … had a particular whiff of subtle racism about them. Joan Walsh, two months ago, uttered an inadvertently racist remark in a Twitter feed … Did she apologise for the way she worded her sentence? No. Show remorse? Never.

…. Some of these remarks have been foolishly inane, like Chris Matthews getting over-excited and blurting out that he sometimes forgets Obama is a black man. Others are blatantly ignorant and provocative, such as Bill Maher’s referring to the President as “President Sanford and Son” or wondering why we didn’t elect a “real” black man, one who embodied all the characteristics Bill ascribes to ‘ghetto gangstas’, including carrying a gun concealed on his person.

…more and more African-Americans are recognising the subtle form of patronising racism amongst the Progressive Left and are calling them out about it…

….Bullying … I think we saw a fair amount of this recently, especially at NetRoots Nation 11, when Lt Dan Choi, the latest Hamsher tool, ostentatiously confronted the bisexual OFA volunteer in a humiliating fashion for all to see. It happens when someone disagrees online with the Alpha man likes of Glenn Greenwald, David Sirota or John Aravosis (he, who’s pronounced on Twitter that “all blacks are insane”)….

…Favourite tactic of Greenwald and Olbermann: When in doubt, tell the person who disagrees with you how stupid they are and that they simply cannot follow your logic. Greenwald’s a particularly bad sock puppet, who trolls websites where he’s mentioned, often under the guise of someone else, to bait and bother.

…. the plebiscite of the Left is often led by the short and curlies by professional hacks who masquerade as Leftwing pundits – Huffington comes to mind, and she’s anything but. Yet consider that Hamsher owns a public relations firm who represents and advises Republican candidates, that Greenwald has been connected with the Cato Institute and the Koch brothers and that several of these celebrity talking heads have a past history of being neocon Republicans, themselves. Even Bill Maher, who repeatedly and incorrectly labels himself a Progressive, is far too cosy with the likes of Darrell Issa and Andrew Breitbart…..

…please, don’t patronise me by pushing the old chestnut of the President abandoning his base. His base abandoned him the minute they ceded their capacity for critical thinking to those who profit from dividing and conquering. Or maybe it’s just more comfortable being morally right in Opposition with no responsibility to govern?

Full post here

The most brilliant piece I’ve ever read on the professional left – these are just a few extracts, make sure you read the full post


Just a suggestion for a tweet:

The truth about the professional left (at Addicting Info): http://tiny.cc/oaqoi

(The link goes direct to Marion’s post at Addicting Info)

33 Responses to “*** a must read ***”

  1. 1 prettyfoot58
    July 5, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Racial Slurs are never acceptable…even when telling a story…..

  2. July 5, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Thank you. I read your blog each day and only get more informed and in love with our first family.

  3. 3 gc
    July 5, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Damned fucking straight, Marion!

    This should be crossposted to our sister blogs, IMO.

    Jane Hampsher is a bigot. Period. I learned that from DK. And I quit (got myself banned) DK because they would not cut her blog loose.

    They were never the base.

    Choi, in deference to my past clients/patients, won’t comment on.

    Jane and the rest can bite me.

    (I was off to get coffee. Maybe not needed…)

    July 5, 2011 at 7:14 pm


  5. July 5, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Loving THIS- calls them ALL out! This is my kind of straight truth talk.

    Lawrence needs to read this about his favorite ‘guests’.

  6. 7 makesense4tulips
    July 5, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    I was just about to say the same thing i think the only she or he left out was michale moore.

  7. 8 Hachikō
    July 5, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    I would like to kiss, hug, thank whoever wrote this. Nail on the head.

  8. July 5, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    You have to know who the enemy is. He doesn’t always look like Kantor or McChinless.

  9. 10 hopefruit2
    July 5, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    This is an excellent piece. I’ve read and enjoyed this blogger’s work many times before – I think she used to be (or still is) at PlanetPov.com. She’s an avid supporter of our President and the Democratic Party.
    Occasionally she will post a diary on Old Orange although her diaries never make it to the rec list, for obvious reasons.

  10. July 5, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Wow. Fantastic. These so-called Progressives think that because, they label themselves as such, that gives them license to abuse and disrespect this president. Hear some of those same statements uttered by Republicans and these pseudo-intellectuals would be calling them out and screaming bloody murder. Talk about hypocrisy.

    Yet, because they think they call themselves liberals or progressives, it is OK. What they have shown me is that they’ve always harbored those negative feelings to minorities, but only now can openly speak those words because they hide behind their so-called liberal/professional credentials.

    What people like this say in publicc is mild. Consider what they say when no one is listening. Yep, we are on to them.

  11. 12 makesense4tulips
    July 5, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    What does this say about how they really feel about AA.

    • July 5, 2011 at 8:41 pm

      I think they feel about AA and other people of color… the same way the GOP does.. I think they are cut from the same cloth and in many instances ARE the GOP masquerading or ‘rebirthing’ themselves as Progressives. They USE people.. black folk are of use to them when they can be steered toward hurting one of their own. I noticed at Dkos that MLK, Cornel West, and a very small contingent of black leaders were mentioned only when used to attack President Obama.. by the regulars at dkos.

      I have never believed these people to be Liberals… progessive is a word they made up so they could get away with not having to admit they’re Republicans and Libertarians. They are REGRESSIVES.

  12. 14 AnitaW
    July 5, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    One of the most insightful posts I’ve read regarding the professional left’s tactics against our President. Passed it along to all my friends as a must read.

  13. 15 Blue
    July 5, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    The professional left works for the professional right, because they are Republicans in wolf clothing. And yes, listen to their taking points, for it’s all sound the same as fox propaganda network. THEIR JOB, IS TO POKE HOLES IN EVERYTHING THAT THIS PRESIDENT HAS ACCOMPLISHED. And you see, it did work in 2010, and they are trying it once again. Don’t be fooled!

  14. 16 Eleroy
    July 5, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    It had to be said and loudly too!!!
    Thank you Marion!!!

    I was listening to that little twat Nicole something sitting in for Randi Rhodes and Nicole is still trying to scratch and crawl her way to some relevance with the same nonsensical hostile, venomous PL idiocy spewed against President Obama!!!

    Nicole gets her 3 or 4 online followers to call in and demean and insult President Obama with the now worn out namecalling “spineless’ etc to which she delightedly chimes in to agree with. She thinks we’ve forgotten that she and her ilk are the ones who started this meme and push it hard hoping to make it stick!!!

    Then today she tells this “random” story about a panhandler begging on the highway who is a “black man”!!! WTF?!!

    She then brings on some black guy who runs some website and they both invoke Cornel West- As if that somehow provides cover for the blatant racism running rampant amongst the PL!!!

    This Nicole woman is the same idiot that was attacked and silenced at an Allan West townhall: Maybe that’s the sort of treatment she wants from President Obama. Maybe that is what it takes to get the “respect” of PL folk like this Nicole woman – because she has essentially demured when it comes to Allan West!!!

    I seriously loathe these so-called

    • 17 Eleroy
      July 5, 2011 at 8:05 pm

      I loathe these PL racist opportunists!!!

    • July 5, 2011 at 8:15 pm

      I usually listen to Randi everyday but as soon as i turned on my radio and heard that Nicole person, I immediately turned off my radio. She knows that she irritates the true Obama supporters; sometimes she says it up front. Randi also gets a lot of complaints about her when she substitures for her.

      • 19 Eleroy
        July 5, 2011 at 8:43 pm

        Nicole is not only an “irritation”, she is one of the most uninformed and mediocre excuses for talk radio hosts out there!!!

        She relies heavily on others including gossip rags, to do the reserach and she only spouts what she’s gleened from posts on PL blogs!!! No independent thought or analysis whatsoever!!!

        She is a John Edwards supporter who like many in the PL did not support President Obama but would now have you believe he has “disappointed them- his base”!!! What a joke!!!

    • 20 MoObama
      July 6, 2011 at 8:05 am

      I wish Randy would cut her loose from hosting the show. That woman depresses me. When I hear Randy is out I cut the sound and turn the dial.

  15. 21 Fred
    July 5, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    afuckingmazing! THANK YOU.THANK YOU.THANK YOU.THANK YOU.THANK YOU Marion whomever you are

    if these racist loons knew how fucking insulted we are and have been since 2008;they’d be very afraid. Just because we aren’t polled;asked on tv or on radio what we think doesn’t mean we’re aren’t paying attention and remembering the insults going the President way.

  16. July 5, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Yes, it is very good. Bravo to Marion and you too Chipsticks. 🙂

    • July 5, 2011 at 8:37 pm

      Extreme Liberal, in the words of Van Morrison: have I told you lately that I love you?! Your blog is beyond wonderful, you’re amazing – thank you so much for everything you do.

  17. July 5, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    I unsubscribed from “Bold Progressives” (they are anything but) about a year ago. They’re useless — and another group of political moneychangers.

    • 25 Eleroy
      July 5, 2011 at 8:47 pm

      I unsubscribed from all of them!!!
      Anything or person even remotely affiliated with the PL bunch is persona non grata as far as I’m concerned!!!

  18. 26 makesense4tulips
    July 5, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    The pl showed who they were during the debates before christmans and Presdient obama refuse to let people lose their unemployment, the pl called him a sellout and could care less about the poor they just wanted to kill the tax cut no matter if it did her the middle class or the poor.

  19. 27 Karen Sr.
    July 5, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    When we have watched the successful takeover of all media in the U.S. (and now expanding globally) by the conservative movement over the last 30 years, why would anyone doubt that msnbc and the PL wouldn’t be part of that takeover?

    MSNBC put out the lure and we all bit during the campaign. Once the election results were called the fix was in. We continued to believe we were getting constructive criticism, but within a few months some of the criticism had turned toxic. We have only to look at Huffpo to see how it works.

    I still tune in. I’ve been a media watcher for about 35 years. I study how they report and what they want me to take away from their coverage, and then I ask myself why? Why do they want me to believe x and y?

    I watch how many seconds are given to the liberal argument, and how many seconds are given to the conservative argument. I count the number of interruptions and what point was being made when the host broke away to go to commercial. Who got cut off and wasn’t that an important point being made when the speaker got interrupted?

    Nobody on this blog would be surprised by what I’ve concluded. And yet, none dare call it conspiracy.

    That’s why I am so happy to see so many pushing back with links to facts, etc. We have a lot of work to do, but what has been started here it a good beginning.

    • 28 Eleroy
      July 5, 2011 at 8:50 pm

      Good for you Karen!!!

      I’ll have to rely on people like you to keep me informed of the shenanigans, because I’ve pretty much tuned out!!!

      I now know who they all are and that’s pretty much all I needed to know!!!

      Thank you for keeping an eye on them so that folks like me who can’t stomach it, don’t have to!!!

  20. 29 majii
    July 5, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    When I used to visit that other place, I was screaming about the racism that was being directed at PBO, but no one wanted to hear it. I know what I know when I see it if I’ve not only seen it but experienced it myself, and nothing is more insulting to me than having someone tell me that what I see happening isn’t happening. As soon as the racism began to show up regarding BO back in 2007, I knew it for what it was. I watched the MSM, PL, and republicans attack AG Holder and former President Carter when they had the courage to tell the truth about racism in this country. Anyone who denies that it exists and/or denies that the majority of the opposition to PBO, even that coming from Smiley, Cain, and Cornel West doesn’t have its basis in racism, is telling a bald-faced lie. And, yes, sometimes the worst racism comes from member’s of one’s own race. It’s a fact that those of us who lived under segregation know from personal experience in dealing with people like them.

  21. 30 utaustinliberal
    July 5, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Brilliant article. The PL think that because they label themselves as progressives it gives them license to make derogatory racial remarks about the minorities they claim to defend. They think that because they label themselves as progressives that gives them the right to indulge in name calling that denigrates the President. It chaffes them to no end that he will NEVER bow to their will or kowtow to them. He knows that they’re not his base. They are a baseless fringe minority yelling from their republican funded megaphones about whatever supposed injustice the President has committed. Nothing is ever enough for them. They are sourpusses of the highest order. They send emails telling people to get behind their cause, yet their emails are sprinkled with requests and demands for donations. If they are a true grassroots voice of the left, they would do their work without requiring compensation because it would show they full heartedly believe in the cause and are not in it for fame and fortune. As for Glenn Greenwald trolling sites under assumed names so he can check if anyone disagrees with him, smacks to me of Nixon being paranoid of everyone and look where that led him.

  22. 31 nathkatun7
    July 5, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Thanks Marion for speaking TRUTH! Thanks Chipsticks for posting this on your blog! as Dr. King used to say: “No Lie Can Live Forever!”

  23. 32 Asher in Boston
    July 5, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Wow, simply brillant. they can name call all they want, but i will ALWAYS standby/ support my President. To me, these crazies are even worse than the repulicans. These PL idiots are not vultures because vultures feed on the already dead, I call them leeches because they, leaches such blood on the living. These idiots have been/ attacked this Black president from day one, and they think we are idiots that we can see what they are up to. And what fools to suggest that they are the base, what a joke!

  24. 33 MoObama
    July 6, 2011 at 7:54 am

    The problem with the progressive left and Democratic Party is a Black man is leading not following. “What is done in the dark will be brought out in the light”; Now we see the racism that lingered in the dark while we supported the cause du jour and did what we were told.

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