Elizabeth Edwards & Bloggers Denounce Racist Ad Against Obama and NC Democrats

Elizabeth Edwards Calls Racist GOP Wright Ad an “Assault Weapon”

Taking time off from her family vacation in Florida, Elizabeth Edwards commented on the GOP racist ad, “Extreme,” during an MSNBC interview, calling it an “assault weapon.” Elizabeth went on to support Obama’s decision to separate himself from Reverend Wright.

Watch the interview here:

As the North Carolina Primary heats up, the NC Republican party is igniting the race issue, employing Jesse Helms style tactics. McCain, having failed yet another leadership test, made a request for the ad not to air, but is being defied by the NC Republican Party who plans on airing this reprehensible ad:

It’s no surprise that Elizabeth Edwards has stepped up and denounced this racist ad. From confronting Ann Coulter for calling her husband a gay slur to telling the media to “do their job,” she’s known for speaking out.

A media frenzy and airing racist ads about Reverend Wright further distract from the issues that American voters want and deserve to hear about, threatening our democratic process.

Media Corporations should be held accountable for what political messages they sell on their stations.

As Elizabeth recently noted in her NYT Op-Ed Piece, “But as long as corporations to which news gathering is not the primary source of income or expertise get to decide what information about the candidates “sells,” we are not functioning as well as we could if we had the engaged, skeptical press we deserve.”

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News is different from other programming on television or other content in print. It is essential to an informed electorate. And an informed electorate is essential to freedom itself. But as long as corporations to which news gathering is not the primary source of income or expertise get to decide what information about the candidates “sells,” we are not functioning as well as we could if we had the engaged, skeptical press we deserve.

And the future of news is not bright. Indeed, we’ve heard that CBS may cut its news division, and media consolidation is leading to one-size-fits-all journalism. The state of political campaigning is no better: without a press to push them, candidates whose proposals are not workable avoid the tough questions. All of this leaves voters uncertain about what approach makes the most sense for them. Worse still, it gives us permission to ignore issues and concentrate on things that don’t matter. (Look, the press doesn’t even think there is a difference!)

I was lucky enough for a time to have a front-row seat in this campaign — to see all this, to get my information firsthand. But most Americans are not so lucky. As we move the contest to my home state, North Carolina, I want my neighbors to know as much as they possibly can about what these men and this woman would do as president.

If voters want a vibrant, vigorous press, apparently we will have to demand it. Not by screaming out our windows as in the movie “Network” but by talking calmly, repeatedly, constantly in the ears of those in whom we have entrusted this enormous responsibility. Do your job, so we can — as voters — do ours.


National and local state bloggers are not holding back either. Jane Hamsher of Firedoglake, Pam Spaulding of Pam’s House Blend, along with BlueNC bloggers, will be delivering a petition on Thursday, to NC U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole, demanding she put a stop to this ad:

Dole is up for re-election this year (and will be running against either Kay Hagen or Blue America candidate Jim Neal). But where is she? She's never in the state, she lives at the Watergate in DC, she rarely makes public appearances in NC. It seems she's gone Washington -- because once again, she's nowhere to be found when it comes to a North Carolina issue.

She can stop the racist attack ads against Obama, and we're asking her to send this letter:

Dear Chairwoman Linda Daves,

I disapprove of the content of the North Carolina Republican Party's recent advertisement "Extreme". I feel that it resorts to a type of negative politicking that betrays the best interest of North Carolinians.

I call on you, as Chairwoman of the North Carolina Republican Party, to immediately stop airing this advertisement. Failure to do so will reflect negatively on all North Carolina Republicans, and would necessitate that I return the Party's contributions to my campaign to disassociate myself from the vitriol which you appear to embrace.

Whether you are for Obama or Clinton, this ad is a prime example of gutter politics. It’s flat out wrong. The corporate MSM needs to step up and “do their job” by refusing to run this ad.

Liddy Dole needs to step up do her job by denouncing the ad.

Help put a stop to this despicable ad by signing the petition here: Stopping the Slime

Oh, and on that endorsement that some are demanding John and Elizabeth Edwards “must do” (as if they are obligated), Elizabeth had this to say:

If we thought that somehow there was a partial bloodletting that an endorsement would solve, that would be reason to do it. I don't think Vice President Gore or my husband think their endorsement would change that dynamic."

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Thank you for the link and for this important update. Elizabeth Edwards is an exceptional woman, and a remarkable American.

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  • I believe it will be delivered on Friday. I'll post about it, after the event.

    I don't think Vice President Gore or my husband think their endorsement would change that dynamic."

    Gore/Edwards.... Edwards/Gore.

    Sigh.

    But at least we have Edwards and Gore working on poverty and the environment. We're lucky for that.

    but I didn't know if you had posted it elsewhere (them folks over at Buzzflash like the buzz to go to the original)..

    Nice writing and good piece. I was so heartened by Elizabeth Edwards' frank talk on the role of the press.

    Still a tad broken hearted over it all.

    Actually, I did crosspost it yesterday on DailyKos and BlueNC.

    Good to know that BuzzFlash wants original pieces, I'll keep that in mind for the future.

    Thanks again.

    http://www.buzzflash.net/story.php?id=50387 -- I linked it back to your article on BlueNC ... if you want to promote it.

    Thanks, Amy -- and thanks for liking that same dream ticket.


    Here they are. Just giving the links. http://www.thenation.com/blogs/thebeat/316575
    http://pdamerica.org/articles/news/2008-04-28-11-49-50-news.php

    carol

    I found Tom Hayden's post and his perspective very similar to my own. He places a lot of weight on the up surge of support among new voters.

    My view is to be humbled and appreciative of this unpredicted upsurge of idealistic and fervent activism created in the Obama movement, and to be supportive of the candidacy while remaining independent and critical of the candidate’s moderate views on Iraq and NAFTA. It’s my sense as an organizer for 50 years that we should stand with spontaneous new waves of activism, not demand that they call off their campaigns at the most critical moment. It is possible to do so without having to surrender our independence on the issues we care most about.

    For that reason, some of us have created a Web site called Progressives for Obama, including myself, Bill Fletcher, Barbara Ehrenreich, Danny Glover, Cornel West, Jane Fonda, Jim Hightower, Jean Stein, Andy Stern, Anna Burger, and 300 more.

    OK, we don't have our dream ticket, but we have an important potential to build a serious a movement not of Kool Aid drinkers and fanatics, but young enthusiasts who expect something better from this country.

    carol

    Bill Fletcher, Barbara Ehrenreich, Danny Glover, Cornel West, Jane Fonda, Jim Hightower, Jean Stein, Andy Stern, Anna Burger, and 300 more.

    Danny Glover endorsed Edwards early on, as did Barbara Ehrenreich.

    I had the opportunity to meet Glover at an Edwards event, he's so cool.

    And, Cornel West...wow. I recently saw an interview of him where he said that while he is an Obama supporter, he feels Obama should speak out more on poverty.

    I'm glad to see a group such as this, is pushing progressive issues, within the Obama camp. That is encouraging.

    Thanks for the link!