Just as The Daily Caller’s Tucker Carlson predicted on “Hannity” Tuesday night, the left immediately came to President Obama’s defense and dismissed — or ignored — the controversial video of Obama speaking at Hampton University, quickly becoming known as “Obama’s other race speech.”
In the video, Obama says that Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans were treated differently than 9/11 victims in New York and Hurricane Andrew victims in southern Florida, implying that the federal government’s slow response was somehow related to the fact that New Orleans is largely black and poverty stricken. Obama also praised Rev. Jeremiah Wright heavily, calling him a “friend” and a “great leader.”
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While the media did report on Obama’s 2007 speech, the most controversial comments were improvised and not included in his prepared remarks, allowing them to escape scrutiny from the press.
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow mocked the video heavily, saying conservatives think Obama’s “secret plan” was to be “way more black than he seems to you now.”
“This is how he snuck into the White House, right? People didn’t actually know he was this black, and if they had known, they never would have elected him,” she continued.
Watch Maddow’s segment via MSNBC below:
Huffington Post blasted the story and went with the front page headline “Epic Fail: Drudge, Fox News Daily Caller Blow It”:
The release was preceded by an all-afternoon Drudge Report banner headline splash, billing the video as some sort of electorally game-changing revelation with racial overtones that was going to affect the 2012 campaign ahead of the first presidential debate.
It ended up being a rerun of a 2007 story that was already well known to reporters and political partisans. So, as a piece of new and incendiary news, it was something of a letdown. However, as a piece of Internet trolling that forced political reporters to bide their time until the evening release of the video, instead of watching the goings-on in the last days of Major League Baseball’s regular season, it was a work of genius.
The liberal Think Progress focused on the fact that the speech is old and the transcript has been available for years. The site argues Obama’s racially-charged comments are not controversial at all:
All day, the right-wing media have teased an “explosive” new video that exposes the “real” Barack Obama. The video turned out to be a speech from June 2007 at Hampton University, which was widely reported at the time. The full transcript of his prepared remark has been available for years.
The “explosive” news, according to the Daily Caller, is that Obama briefly deviated from his prepared remarks to comment on Hurricane Katrina. Obama said the federal government should do more to rebuild New Orleans, including waiving some requirements of the Stafford Act as the federal government did after 9/11 and Hurricane Andrew. Fox News, apparently, thinks this statement is outrageous and controversial.
Other outlets like CNN.com and NBCNews.com apparently decided not to cover the video at all, at least as of 11:42 p.m. ET.
However, CNN’s Sam Feist dismissed the video as old news Tuesday night. He tweeted “Re: Secret tape of the Obama event: CNN covered it in 2007. It was open press. Here’s our 2007 story: on.cnn.com/SZkeIy”
The CNN article makes no reference to Obama’s comments on Jeremiah Wright and provides no context to his Hurricane Katrina diatribe.
His colleague, CNN political reporter Peter Hambry, also downplayed the content of Obama’s 2007 speech on Twitter, sarcastically noting: “you know who aired video of Obama’s Hampton speech in 2007? Fox News. Tuesday, June 5, 2007. 6:00 PM EST. Thanks, Lexis-Nexis.”
To see more reaction from both sides of the isle, visit Twitchy.com.
TheBlaze will update this story with additional information as it develops.