It’s Only Racism If…

Yesterday The Other McCain had a post about Liz Carter, GOP candidate for the 4th district of Georgia NOT being invited to a political forum based on her skin color.

Oh my. Racism. But wait. I thought it was only racism if WHITES shut out BLACKS. See, it’s easy to get confused when the universe goes into such quantum fluxihood.

Turns out, Peach Pundit was also all over this. Check out these varying posts:

Bigotry 2010 style

Newsmakers Live – their lame excuse

Liz Carter responds

Cory Ruth’s response

Liz allowed to speak

In the comments over at TOM, I noted that I’d spoken with the organizer of the group. He was disdainful, at best, that the idea of that a single tweet by an omitted candidate could generate such, as he put it, “guerrilla warfare.” I wonder what rock he’s been asleep under. A viral story can spread over the entire globe in a matter of hours.

Rep. Hank Johnson was to be the headliner for the forum. He vamoosed at the first sign of adversity. Don’t forget that Hank has the kiss-of-death endorsement by Obama.

Hip hip hooray for di-ver-si-ty. For me! For me! But not for thee! For thee!

UPDATE: Stacy reports that the result of Liz finally being invited to the forum is the result of New Media involvement (we bloggies) in driving the story and Liz’s dynamic campaign coordinator Cheryl Prater:

Much credit for this belongs to Carter’s campaign coordinator Cheryl Prater, who has been resourceful and persistent in helping make the blogosphere aware of Liz. Credit is also due to bloggers and Twitter activists who saw the news value in the story. A few quick points here:

* “Small” stories can be big news — Too often, political bloggers want to focus exclusively on the Big News: What’s at the top of Drudge? What’s Rush Limbaugh talking about? And when it comes to elections, there is a tendency to pay more attention to presidential politics and Senate races, while ignoring the seemingly minor news about House races or state elections. Also, there is a sort of bandwagon effect, where bloggers don’t like to pay attention to long-shot candidates. For bloggers to allow such prejudices to control their coverage is to forfeit the opportunity to take a seemingly “small” story that might otherwise be ignored and turn it into big news.
* The blogosphere is a collaborative medium — As I like to say, “No blog is an island.” The ideal blog story is one where everyone pitches in, contributes what they can, and links together to form a network. On this story, Da Tech Guy played a key role by picking up the phone and calling people until he got some answers. Getting the story linked at Peach Pundit was important, because Georgia political reporters pay attention to that site. My chief contribution was probably to put “Obama” and “segregated” together in a headline, an attention-getter that highlighted (a) the national implications and (b) the man-bites-dog angle. The point is, everybody did their small part and — in Army of Davids fashion — it added up.
* New Media can lead to Old Media coverage — Putting enough blog heat on a story can compel the mainstream media to pay attention. The mere fact that a story is already being discussed on blogs and Twitter adds to the news value. When the story involves a political campaign, it is incumbent on the campaign to make reporters aware of the blog coverage: “Hey, look, this story is already on Blog X and Blog Y and it’s all over Twitter. Don’t you think you should take a look?” And it helps if the candidate’s grassroots supporters are also doing the same thing, so that the reporter is getting the same story sent to him from six or 10 or 20 different people.

The lesson – New Media is a force to be reckoned with. Ask Maynard Eaton.

RedState has more on the event, Liz’s comments and the organizer’s lukewarm responses.

1 Comment

  1. June 4, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    […] The Rep. Hank Johnson Segregated Forum, and you know who is NOT invited. [UPDATE: More here] […]


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