Normally, after I wrap up several weeks worth of research that leads up to my naming the annual VDARE.COM Worst Immigration Reporter Award [VDWIRA], I turn completely away from the subject of rotten journalism.
During the year, as I read immigration stories and columns, I look for repeat offenders and make a file from which my finalists will be chosen.
Then, long about December, I`ll review and evaluate them for awfulness.
But something about this year`s winner, CNN`s Soledad O`Brien, interested readers so much that I couldn`t help going back to investigate her Worst Immigration Reporter credentials further.
Prompted by Nicholas Stix`s blog that addressed more O`Brien hypocrisy, I asked myself: is it possible that she fools her entire audience? Is O`Brien only pulling the wool over the eyes of her gullible media peers—or has she conned everyone?
After all, O`Brien is a self-proclaimed Hispanic who doesn`t speak Spanish, a self-labeled black who looks white—and a so-called Irishwoman who only identifies herself as Irish to get laughs when she`s introduced at one of the meaningless award ceremonies she is forever attending.
It struck me odd because, although my roots are Sicilian, I never missed the St. Patrick`s Day parade when I lived in New York.
Looking back on my Manhattan salad days, I recall with great fondness that I owned two Irish Setters and St. Patrick`s Day was an annual highlight for me. I took Paddy and Cassidy to the saloons that lined 86th Street. Because of them, I drank free while they noshed on slivers of corned beef.
But O`Brien, apparently, isn`t interested in these festivities. She`s too busy praising illegal aliens and tooting her own horn.
Given O`Brien`s half-baked and dubious credentials, I would expect ethnic identity groups to reject her as a pariah. Yet the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists list O`Brien as their member while others heap kudos on her.
Because of the corrupt nature of journalism, I`m not surprised that these organizations embrace O`Brien.
However, I`m happy to report that real people are less accepting of her.
Based on feedback from O`Brien`s superficial documentary Black in America, I`d say she has disgusted a significant percentage mainstream African Americans.
Addressing O`Brien`s claim that she`s black, "Black Snob", a blogger on one webzine, zimbio.com, began its criticism by announcing: "She needs to quit."
"I have watched her with (African Americans) before and never once did she refer to (African Americans) in the first person, as in `I` or `We,` or `we as a people,` etc"
Black Snob noted that there`s a prevailing hostility towards O`Brien for flip-flopping on her "black status" and accused her, properly, of race opportunism.
"CNN reporter Soledad O`Brien should have her sisterhood card revoked immediately and never returned! She has damaged, betrayed, and disrespected the entire black female community with her negative, short-sighted, half-assed, stereotypical, and repetitive `investigative reporting` on black women in America.
"Her program Black In America: The
Black Woman And The Family is a complete and total fraud!
This program did not address the lives and
experiences of black women in
Comments to Aunt Jemima`s Revenge from blacks included:
"In my blog I referred to this special as `Why You Should Hate Black Women and Their Children.` If I had the choice of black women being completely ignored by the mainstream news or investigative reports like CNN or MSNBC, I would much rather have black women in America completely ignored."
"What I love is the fact that CNN and other news sources paint O`Brien
as an iconic black women who `knows what it`s like`. At the same
time, she`s the `Groundbreaking
Latina of the Year`
in Catalina Magazine.
Well, which one is it, Maria de la
Blacks who support O`Brien are rare. Eventually, I discovered two: Reverend Al Sharpton and California U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters. The occasion was one of the hundreds of incestuous Journalism Awards dinners, this time the 2009 Black News Annual Dinner.
That`s rich! Sharpton is America`s biggest race baiter. And Waters is a member in good standing of the Congressional Black Caucus that taken as a whole works to subvert American workers by promoting Open Borders. Because of Waters` neglect of immigration enforcement, her 35th Congressional District, once solidly black, is now majority illegal alien Hispanic.
If CNN wants a black anchor, why does it use a sometimes-only black reporter like O`Brien who offends African Americans and whites as well? The network has legitimate blacks like Don Lemon and Joe Johns.
For that matter, why did CNN fire Bernard Shaw? A U.S. Marine from 1959-1963 and a political centrist, Shaw`s most famous moment came in 1988 when he grilled presidential candidate Michael Dukakis about his anti-death penalty stance. Analysts pointed to Dukakis` evasive answer as the reason that George H.W. Bush won the election.
Back in 1988, of course, CNN was still a respectable network with rising in viewership. Shaw with his serious, straight forward demeanor made CNN successful.
Today, CNN`s ratings have dropped. O`Brien`s dishonest Black in America led to the dismal failure of Latino in America, in which where she sympathetically profiled pregnant Hispanic teens, obese Latino-American children, and so-called immigrant "hate crime" victims.
A VDARE.COM Puerto Rican reader, Augusto Perez, summed O`Brien up by calling her journalism "intentionally misrepresentative."
CNN executives want to know why network has fallen so far? They should be locked in a room and forced to watch uninterrupted hours of immigration cheerleader Soledad O`Brien.
Joe Guzzardi [email him] is a California native who recently fled the state because of over-immigration, over-population and a rapidly deteriorating quality of life. He has moved to Pittsburgh, PA where the air is clean and the growth rate stable. A long-time instructor in English at the Lodi Adult School, Guzzardi has been writing a weekly column since 1988. It currently appears in the Lodi News-Sentinel.