Media Hallucinated ‘Thoughtful’ Bush Commentary on Race

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It has become conventional wisdom that President Bush used his address on Thursday to speak candidly and meaningfully about the role of race in Katrina’s aftermath, and in America generally. A Lexis search finds more than 300 references mentioning race in the context of Bush’s speech in the last two days. A few instances: CNN anchor Miles O’Brien: “It was an important prime time speech in the wake of Katrina with lots to say about aid, rebuilding, about the role of race.” [CNN, 9/16/05] MSNBC anchor Lester Holt: “If you took [his statement on race] by itself that would almost sound like it was coming from a liberal.” [MSNBC, 9/16/05] New York Times editorial: “He spoke clearly and candidly about race and poverty.” [NYT, 9/16/05] Given this kind of media treatment, it’s worth noting that Bush’s 3,300-word speech actually contained just a single, 19-word sentence about race. Even more notable, that one sentence describes racial discrimination in the past tense

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