Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Your Liberal Media At Work

A good example of how the media and many Democrats have falling into the trap of repeating and reinforcing conservative Republican frames is tonight's coverage of the Mississippi primary and the Geraldine Ferraro dust-up. The phrase "playing the race card" is a conservative Republican attack phrase used to undermine legitimate claims of racism by creating a theoretically reasonable doubt as to whether or not racism is present. I don't believe I've ever heard of a single instance where someone accused another of "playing the race card," when the person using that frame wasn't defending someone who had made a racist statement or taken a racist action. We have to banish the use of this phrase and call the media on framing an issue in this conservative Republican way.

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