Progressive Issues Promoted by Republican Not Democratic Newsmedia

Eric Zuesse

By far the largest online audience of all Republican Party news-sites is Breitbart News, whose major stories typically have over a thousand reader-comments; and, so, that site will be the source for the articles which will here be discussed.

Breitbart featured on August 8th and 9th four news reports that focused-in on what is actually the shocking conservatism of two Democratic Party Presidential candidates, Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg. Perhaps Democratic Party voters can’t recognize how conservative those two Democratic Party Presidential candidates actually are, but Breitbart News does, and they are here pointing it out. Must one go to conservative sites, such as Breitbart, in order to have that pointed out? Apparently so.

The openings of each of those four news-reports will be posted below, and, after them, will be posted my comments on the ways in which each report is referring to the authoritarianism, and/or racism, of the given Democratic Party candidate, as reflecting a degree of conservatism that I, a progressive, would never vote for in a candidate (though liberals and conservatives might find them to be quite acceptable):

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https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/08/08/joe-biden-poor-kids-are-just-as-bright-and-just-as-talented-as-white-kids/

Joe Biden: ‘Poor Kids Are Just as Bright and Just as Talented as White Kids’

8 August 2019

Former Vice President Joe Biden claimed that “poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids,” while addressing the Asian and Latino Coalition in Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday.

“We should challenge these students, we should challenge students in these schools to have advanced placement programs in these schools,” the former vice president said when discussing the need to improve America’s education system. “We have this notion that somehow if you’re poor you cannot do it, poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.”

Biden quickly attempted to clarify his remarks by adding “wealthy kids, black kids, Asian kids” to the end of his previous sentence. …

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https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/08/09/oh-joe-biden-confuses-ex-british-pm-theresa-may-with-margaret-thatcher-again/

Biden Confuses Ex-British PM Theresa May with Margaret Thatcher [Again]

9 August 2019

Former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday night mixed up the name of the former British Prime Minister Theresa May with Margaret Thatcher – who left office in 1990.

This is the second time in a matter of months he has found himself struggling to correctly name the leader – current or otherwise – of ally Great Britain.

[Biden, addressing the Asian & Latino Coalition PAC on August 9th, about Trump’s evil statement which had called the racist KKK “good people” said: “You had people like Margaret That[cher] — excuse me [and he didn’t follow that by the words “Theresa May,” to correct himself, because he had forgotten her name]. You had people like the former chairman and the leader of the party [he didn’t know its name] in Germany. You had Angela Merkel [finally, he did get something right] stand up and say how terrible it was. International leaders looked at us like what in God’s name is happening in the United States of America?” However, Biden lied there, because what those leaders were condemning wasn’t Trump’s appalling statement about the KKK’s violent march in Charlottesvile, but instead they were condemning the KKK’s violence there. Biden lied there to allege that they had condemned Trump’s vile statement about that march. The foreign leaders strongly condemned the KKK’s “evil attack,” not America’s President. This is how Biden speaks to a PAC to pander for its donations — ignoring the actual policy-issues, and lying to appeal to their already existing preconceptions and peeves]

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https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/08/09/flashback-joe-biden-repeatedly-praised-george-wallace/

Flashback: Joe Biden Repeatedly Praised George Wallace

9 August 2019

Joe Biden compared President Donald Trump to the late-Alabama Gov. George Wallace (D) on Wednesday, despite his own history with the once ardent segregationist.

Biden, who in recent months has faced controversy for praising two segregationist Democrats with whom he served in the United States Senate, made the comments on Wednesday during an address in Burlington, Iowa.

The speech was billed by Biden’s campaign as a discussion about the “battle for the soul of our nation” in the wake of a string of mass shootings. Instead of suggesting more funding for mental health or new gun control measures — two of the usual solutions proposed in the aftermath of such tragedies — Biden laid the blame directly on Trump, claiming the president had encouraged hatred and disunity among the American people.

“We’re living through a rare moment in this nation’s history. Where our president isn’t up to the moment,” the former vice president said. “Where our president lacks the moral authority to lead. Where our president has more in common with George Wallace than George Washington.”

The comparison was not totally surprising, given that Biden has escalated his attacks on the president in recent days, even likening him to the Ku Klux Klan on Monday. It did, however, strike some as odd because of Biden’s own long history of invoking and at time praising the late-Alabama governor.

“I think the Democratic Party could stand a liberal George Wallace — someone who’s not afraid to stand up and offend people, someone who wouldn’t pander but would say what the American people know in their gut is right,” Biden told the Philadelphia Inquirer in 1975 when discussing why liberals should not “apologize for locking up criminals.” …

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https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/08/09/pete-buttigieg-the-press-is-never-the-enemy-of-the-people/

Pete Buttigieg: ‘The Press Is Never the Enemy of the People’

9 August 2019

Mayor Pete Buttigieg defended the role of the media on Thursday, criticizing the president for branding them the “enemy of the people.”

“At a time like this when the press are under daily assault it is important, I think, for candidates whether the coverage on any given day is critical or supportive or somewhere in between, know that the press is never the enemy of the people,” Buttigieg said. …

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MY COMMENTS

“Joe Biden: ‘Poor Kids Are Just as Bright and Just as Talented as White Kids”

This is a very good example of the most egregious sort of liberal racism: the idea that the basic problem in America is between ethnic groups (or cultures), and not between economic groups (or classes) — between, in this instance, Blacks versus Whites, and not between billionaires (and the people and corporations who represent them in the U.S. Government) versus everyone else (the general public).

Obviously, Joe Biden is a White who has been so cloistered for so long and surrounded by rich and privileged Whites, so that he views the main barrier that’s faced by Blacks in our society as being that they are black, instead of that they are lower-income and lower-wealth than he and his fellow-Whites (almost all of them elite, and millionaires, such as himself) are. He doesn’t recognize how privileged he is, and how America’s poor — of all  ethnicities and races — face discrimination in practically every aspect of their lives. Whereas America has many highly honored Blacks, there are almost no highly honored poor people, of any  ethnicity or race. To be poor is to be heavily discriminated-against, in our society, as in most societies. All Senators are members of America’s elite, and Joe Biden might not be a racist, but he is certainly a classist — very authoritarian, very supremacist, very elitist. Anyone who isn’t a member of the elite would have to be stupid to think that Biden is, in his heart, “one of us,” in any significant regard. He has made clear, by his record, that he is not. For such politicians, the only value a poor person has, to him or her, is as a sucker who will vote for that politician, but such politicians never really represent an ordinary person’s class. It’s not in such a politician’s heart. However, elite persons, of other races, can be, and are, widely respected in America.

This comment by Biden, “poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids,” assumes that all ”poor kids” are black. He’s probably not so stupid as actually to think that all Blacks are poor, but he slipped up here, and let spill out what he really feels: that Black people are poor people. He believes that the American economy is an engine of justice, and not an engine that’s run by the billionaires, for their own interest, and heavily weighted against not only the poor, but against everyone who doesn’t own or control a major corporation or the lobbying or advertising or PR or legal firm, or think tank, for one of those. He’s surrounded by the rich, and those (and his own family) are his ‘good’ people. He’s actually remarkably like Trump. His votes, his actual actions as a public official, in the U.S. Senate, reflect and have always reflected this — what he feels — not what he tells voters, which is a very sugar-coated version of the real Joe Biden. Though Trump panders to Republican Party megadonors, Biden panders to Democratic Party megadonors.

In his sugar-coated version, all that’s needed by black children (and for poor children black white or otherwise) is “we should challenge students in these schools to have advanced placement programs in these schools.” But “students” don’t have the power to add such programs — their maybe poverty-stricken school districts do, and maybe other needs there are even higher priority for the meager dollars at their disposal. Furthermore: not all  children need, or can benefit from, college and university training (the thing that’s focused on in advanced-placement and college-preparatory courses). What about children who are gifted in one or more of the arts? What about children who are gifted at mechanics, etc.? The four-year college regimen can be just a waste of money for many of the most-authentically-gifted students. The idea to the contrary isn’t only elitist and very not-progressive, but it wastes an enormous amount of expenditures personally, and governmentally, promoting such an elitist conception of — essentially — a cookie-cutter approach to education. Whereas that elitist view of education pumps up the incomes to colleges and universities and lenders for student loans, and so is very profitable for some extremely influential people and billionaires, it’s wrong for the country, and no child should be pushed into any cookie-cutter whatsoever. Either Biden there was playing up to those influential people and billionaires, to get their donations, or else he’s incredibly stupid. In either case: he can’t become a good President.

“Biden Confuses Ex-British PM Theresa May with Margaret Thatcher [Again]”

Biden routinely misrepresents things. The problem isn’t merely his mediocre intelligence, because always his misrepresentations reflect his propaganda-agenda: he’s actually aiming to fool voters, instead of to inform or educate them.

“Flashback: Joe Biden Repeatedly Praised George Wallace”

This news-report itself mixes its own deceptions into an authentic report about Biden’s hypocrisy, and his hypocrisy is shown there, where it said:

“I think the Democratic Party could stand a liberal George Wallace — someone who’s not afraid to stand up and offend people, someone who wouldn’t pander but would say what the American people know in their gut is right,” Biden told the Philadelphia Inquirer in 1975 when discussing why liberals should not “apologize for locking up criminals.”

He was speaking as if a bigot can be “liberal,” but that’s true only for a “liberal” who is more of a conservative than a progressive — and yet Biden calls himself “progressive,” and never acknowledges that he, himself, is a conservative liberal. He just tries to fool progressives into thinking that he’s one of them — which he never has been.

Furthermore: he never did anything, as a federal official, to lock up the type of criminals who donate large sums to his Party — the liberal billionaires, some of whom have poisoned, endangered, and outright murdered, more people by signing a document than a thousand penitentiary-occupants (most of whom are poor) did. As a conservative, he favors only “locking up criminals” of the poor type. That’s the worst type of public official.

“Pete Buttigieg: ‘The Press Is Never the Enemy of the People’”

Was the press an enemy of the people when George W. Bush lied Americans into invading and destroying Iraq on 20 March 2003 and this nation’s press served him as the stenographers of his lies instead of served the American public as the investigators and exposers of his lies? And the same happened when the Liar-In-Chief was Barack Obama — not just about Syria, but about Ukraine, and about Russia, and even about Wall Street (and much else). In regards to all of those crucial matters (and practically all other crucial issues), virtually all of the press (that’s all major media, and also the ‘alt-news’ media that likewise are effectively controlled by America’s billionaires) are, indeed, “Enemies of the People”: stenographic reporters of what government officials allege to be the case — and this fact, of a stenographic ‘news’-media, is widely recognized by  the American people, as is documented, for example, here:

http://maristpoll.marist.edu/wp-content/misc/usapolls/us170621_PBS_NPR/NPR_PBS%20NewsHour_Marist%20Poll_National%20Nature%20of%20the%20Sample%20and%20Tables_Democracy_Trust_July%202017.pdf#page=11

NPR/Marist Poll, 1,205 American Adults, 21-25 June 2017

“How much do you trust the media?”

A great deal 8%

A good amount 22%

Not very much 31%

Not at all 37%

That’s 68% saying either “not very much” or “not at all,” and it contrasts to 30% saying “a great deal” or “a good amount.” Therefore, fortunately, already, the vast majority of Americans recognize that Buttigieg is an elitist liar.

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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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