A Media Noose For Jeff Sessions

Strong and honest words from Ken Blackwell on the mainstream media attacks against Senator Jeff Sessions. 


ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Dishonest media attacks against President-Elect Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, Jeff Sessions, won’t derail his confirmation. But it’s important to discuss where they come from because not everyone who realizes their origin is comfortable with that conversation.

The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times spent more than a month working on stories that were exclusively about Jeff Sessions and race, to run before Mr. Sessions’ Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Their aim was clear: to try to define Mr. Sessions as a caricature, stepping straight out of the segregated south and into the Department of Justice, ignoring his 20-year career as a United States senator.

There’s only one reason why large news organizations invest so much time, energy and money — they sent reporters to Alabama, each of whom spent a week there — to do these biased stories, and it’s time someone said what it is. The reason is because someone, somewhere, deep down doesn’t believe a white man from Alabama should be the attorney general of the United States.

That’s every bit as racist as saying a black man from Chicago shouldn’t be president of the United States.

The anti-white, anti-southern racist obsession with which media organizations have pursued Mr. Sessions is a sign they have learned nothing from the presidential campaign, where we all witnessed their all-out opposition to Donald Trump. There has been no reflection in editorial board meetings, much less in the newsrooms. If there were any, these stories would provide the public with the full picture they deserve of the man who is likely going to be their next attorney general — the highest-ranking law enforcement officer in the country.

That full picture would include multiple endorsements from key African-American leaders, including Gerald Reynolds, former chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and Sen. Quinton Ross, the Senate Democratic leader in the Alabama State legislature. That full picture would include multiple endorsements from the law enforcement community, which has enthusiastically weighed in to support Mr. Sessions’ nomination. The Fraternal Order of Police, the National Sheriffs Association, the National District Attorneys Association and many others issued endorsements within days (some within hours) of the announcement.

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