Cooper's Eye on the Left: Northam accusers have their price

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Northam accusers have their price

June 17th, 2019 by Clint Cooper in Opinion Free Press

Money talks for some of the former accusers of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, left.

Photo by BOB BROWN

Money talks

A number of Virginia Democrats called on their governor, Democrat Ralph Northam, to resign earlier this year after a photo of a man in blackface standing next to a man in a Ku Klux Klan outfit surfaced from his medical school yearbook page.

Now, seven of those Democrats are among the 13 who were given contributions from the governor's political action committee for their re-election.

Neither the candidates nor the governor's office responded to emails and questions about whether the candidates planned to keep the contributions, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

Northam only recently has emerged from the capital in Richmond — following the January-February kerfuffle — to sign bills around the state and has taken a more public role in the response to a recent Virginia Beach mass shooting that killed 12.

Republicans were not surprised at the hypocrisy.

"Hypocrisy like this is the reason that people hate politics," House Republican leader Todd Gilbert told the Free Beacon.

"All of a sudden, for a cost of about $5,000, everything is OK again [with Northam]," House Republican delegate Nick Freitas told a Virginia radio host last week. "When they have someone engaging in blatant racism, they'll all make a really good show for the cameras for the first few weeks and then after that, it's all about where's the campaign dollars."


Another distortion? No way

The headlines that President Donald Trump had opened an internment camp at Fort Still in Oklahoma in which Japanese American were held during World War II and planned to detain migrant children there last week sounded devastating and disheartening.

"This photo of a Japanese American internment camp represents one of the darkest chapters of our history," U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, tweeted. "Yesterday it was announced Donald Trump will be reopening one of these camps to detain migrant children. These children belong in homes, schools, and parks — not prison camps."

"It's immoral for our government to be doing this to children seeking asylum," tweeted U.S. Rep. Mark Takano, D-California. "Internment was a dark time in our history — we can't allow history to repeat itself."

The only problem was the information they were spreading was both incomplete and wrong.

What they neglected to say was that the camp was not opening; it already was open. And, further, former President Barack Obama had allowed detained children to be held there during his administration.

During the former president's tenure, about 7,700 migrant children were placed on bases in Texas, California and Oklahoma, including Fort Sill. The shelters were closed after four months. Last year, the government evaluated several military bases to shelter migrants, but ultimately decided not to use the facilities.

Critics who understood how the news had been twisted called the tweets by the politicians "dishonest and despicable," and "insensitive" to the actual tragedy of past detainment at Fort Sill.


Hitting them in the wallet

A jury has found Oberlin College liable for false claims of racial discrimination and attacks against a local bakery.

It's estimated the damages against the Ohio school could total $33 million, which includes $11.2 in compensatory damages and $33 million in punitive damages (expected to be reduced to $22 million because of a state law cap).

The college was said to have targeted "Gibson Bro. Bakery" as racist for having the temerity to stop shoplifters from stealing. That was followed by protests and boycotts from Oberlin students and eventually a two-and-a-half year legal ordeal for the family that owned the bakery. Because of that ordeal, the Gibson family that owned the bakery had to lay off nearly a dozen employees and was unable to pay themselves.

The bakery has been around since at least the Great Depression and has been led by three generations of the family.

Would that other organizations that engage in such scurrilous behavior would similarly get hit in the wallet.


Towing the Obama line

The national news media-political left line blurred even further last week when the number of people who worked on behalf of President Barack Obama but are now working in the news media grew to 30, according to the revolving-door list compiled by the Media Research Center.

Those working for the media, according to the Media Research Center, must be either reporters, editors, correspondents, anchors, producers or media executives, not just "contributors" to news outlets. Neither does it include those in the media currently who today or in the past worked for Democrats or for groups that helped advance the 44th president's agenda.

The two newest are hosts for MSNBC shows, Ronan Farrow for "Ronan Farrow Daily" and Joy-Ann Reid for "The Reid Report."

Unbiased national media? Hardly.

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