Breitbart.com Tries to Tie Prof. Derrick Bell to Farrakhan

Still more blatant dishonesty from the Breitbart goons
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The right wing attack dogs at breitbart.com are continuing their jihad against renowned Harvard Law Prof. Derrick Bell today. Now they’re trying to tie him (and by extension, President Obama) to Louis Farrakhan, with the blaring headline: BELL: FARRAKHAN ‘GREAT HERO FOR THE PEOPLE’.

They’ve posted a video from a 1992 episode of PBS’s MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour, showing Prof. Bell talking about Farrakhan.

A transcript:

Anything out of the accepted is seen as a problem, by an awful lot of us. When Louis Farrakhan speaks to his audience he upsets a hell of a lot of white people, you see. But while he is speaking to the needs and the hopes and what have you, of the people to whom he is speaking, and that’s just going to happen.

[EDIT]

I see Louis Farrakhan as a great hero for the people. I don’t agree with everything he says, and some of his tactics, but hell, I don’t agree with everything anybody says.

To recap: Prof. Bell said Farrakhan is a “great hero for the people,” meaning African Americans — and that’s a simple statement of fact. Whether you agree or disagree with Farrakhan, you can’t deny that he has a large following. Bell followed up by saying he did NOT agree with everything Farrakhan says or with his tactics. So the whole basis of this attack by the mini-Breits is flat out distorted and dishonest; their own video shows this.

It’s nothing but standard right wing race-baiting. Louis Farrakhan is the classic scary black boogeyman. But they haven’t shown any association at all between Bell and Farrakhan; all they have is a video of Bell talking about Farrakhan. This isn’t weak sauce — it’s nonexistent sauce.

And please note the very obvious edit they made, right in the middle of Bell’s remarks.

They’re lucky Prof. Bell is no longer alive to answer their ongoing smear attempts.

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