"But I'm going to tell you, this is historic last night. Barack Obama: the first black presidential candidate to win an election in the presidential primaries, and it was downplayed throughout all the networks!"
Talk about a heavy heart.
On Rush Limbaugh's show (Best of Rush) yesterday, he talked about Obama's win in Iowa. He said that Obama's win was the first "primary-type" win for a black presidential candidate and the Mainstream Media didn't say a word.
We were all set to do a story on that particular aspect: on Obama being the first black to win a presidential primary.
Boy!--were we surprised to find that Barack Obama wasn't the first.
Jesse Jackson was.
24 years ago in 1984 and again, 20 years ago in 1988.
How soon we forget.
So, with a heavy heart, we decided that Rush was wrong. That doesn't happen very often.
Maybe back in 1982 or something like that.
Anyway, we had to change our story. We decided to do one on the "Great Alliterator", Jesse Jackson, instead.
Jackson's 1984 and 1988 wins, from Wikipedia.
[In 1984], Jackson garnered 3.5 million votes and won five primaries and caucuses, including Louisiana, the District of Columbia, South Carolina, Virginia and one of two separate contests in Mississippi.
He [Jackson, in 1988] captured 6.9 million votes and won 11 contests; seven primaries (Alabama, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Puerto Rico and Virginia) and four caucuses (Delaware, Michigan, South Carolina and Vermont).
Jackson also scored March victories in Alaska's caucuses and Texas's local conventions, despite losing the Texas primary. Some news accounts credit him with 13 wins.
Now, we still don't differ with Rush's main point: that the MSM buried that aspect of Obama's win--whatever the reasons.
Limbaugh alluded to the MSM's desire to put the Clinton Iowa melt-down in the best light possible, and we agree.
While we found several references to Obama's win meaning that he's a viable candidate to white Americans, the news stories mentioning his relationship to Jesse Jackson's historic wins were few and far between.
One from September had Fox News reporting that Jackson ripped Obama for "acting white".
That wasn't exactly what we were looking for.
At any rate, we did find plenty of documentation on Jackson's 1984 and 1988 wins.
Our heart is still heavy at having to declare Rush wrong.
This was hard to do because we trust Rush to run America: after all, we're busy blogging and somebody's got to do it.
But we're marking up his mistake (maybe his first) to human frailty, to which no man is immune.
And just because we found this mistake, we don't want the liberals to trumpet this as a sign of Limbaugh's lack of infallibility.
Maybe he was just checking to see if we were paying attention.
by Mondoreb & Little Baby Ginn
* Jesse Jackson
* Drive-bys Bury Obama's Historic Victory
An oh-so-interesting take on the possible permutiations the Republican convention might take, as well as the Democrat confab are over at the Blancasphere.
I hope Blanca's right. It looks like DBKP will be covering the Republican Convention live and I hope it's exciting!
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