Earlier today, as Matt Drudge teased the release of “Obama’s other race speech” on his site, media outlets raced to be the first to scoop the others and release the video. BuzzFeed uncovered the “old” video on YouTube — a nine-minute edit of a 2007 speech — and then quickly pulled together previously unseen bits.
So what’s “new” in this old video? A shout-out to Reverend Wright, for one, as well as a previously unseen and racially divisive take on the federal government’s response to Hurricane Katrina compared to 9/11 and Hurricane Andrew, a take which echoed Kanye West’s claim that George Bush “doesn’t care about black people.” “Where’s yo’ dollars,” Obama asks the crowd. “Somehow the people down in New Orleans they don’t care about as much.”
Old news to some perhaps, but the reopening of old wounds to others.
Even before the video aired, progressives had declared it nothing worth getting excited about. Members of the mainstream media seemed to agree. We told you all of these things back when we were vetting the president for you, right? Remember, Newsweek?
Funny that no one remembers something that was so heavily covered.
Oh, that’s right. You found all of this out for yourselves, despite our efforts. No point reviving it now, then. But with previously unseen bits of the speech like the Hurricane Katrina comments finally seeing the light, could it be that the real “old news” is that, even five years later, Barack Obama, whom the mainstream media tried so hard to paint for us as the great uniter, doesn’t quite match up with the one seen on video and off script?
So, why would these newly aired segments of Obama’s speech not be news? Because the comments are irrelevant, or because the mainstream media expects us to have come to terms with this brand of division?