Jim Hoft Continues To Promote Racism At His Site
Is Jim “Gateway Pundit” Hoft a racist? I have no idea. But at this point there can be no doubt that Hoft allows, encourages, and even promotes racist material on his blog in order to drive up traffic and stir up white resentment for political reasons.
In just the past two weeks, Talking Points Memo described a completely fabricated Hoft attack on the President as a “fact free racist conspiracy” and a Los Angeles Times columnist called out a different story by Hoft as “baldly racist.” Hoft’s comments on those stories have been cesspools of openly racist comments.
But before going into more detail about the recent examples, let’s review some of the history:
Hoft had earlier been criticized by a conservative blogger for linking to the white supremacist blog for the Council of Conservative Citizens, which he has done multiple times. Here’s my previous description:
In 2009, Hoft linked to a video that claimed, without any evidence, that a white child had been beaten up by black kids on a school bus. Though it was true that the boy had been beaten, the race of the attackers was never mentioned in any of the news reports (this is not to be confused with a different incident in which there was video of a bus assault). Hoft had gotten his account from the Council of Conservative Citizens, a white supremacist organization based in St. Louis, and he originally linked directly to them in his post. This was not the first time Hoft had linked to white supremacist organization Council of Conservative Citizens.
After being criticized in the comments by fellow conservatives, Hoft moved the link to the Council of Conservative Citizens blog to a new location but still kept it on the blog (see update #2; note that this is from the blog of a conservative blogger). He finally removed even that link but kept up his link to the misleading video from the youtube page of KillTheCensors.
Though Hoft removed that particular link, to this day he still has links on his site to the Council of Conservative Citizens blog, despite being alerted to their presence:
A baldly racist depiction of First Lady Michelle Obama that appeared Tuesday on a right-wing website is based on a 1775 portrait of Marie Antoinette by Jean-Baptiste André Gautier-Dagoty (1740-1786). The full-length painting hangs outside Paris in the Palace of Versailles.
The Internet image grafts Obama’s face onto Gautier-Dagoty’s lavish depiction of the French queen, dressed in full regalia. It also replaces the draped left arm of the young monarch, then barely 20, with a muscular black arm and shifts the position of the right hand to place it in front of a world globe.
The caricature of Obama as a profligate queen relies on the racist stereotype of an “uppity Negro,” which emerged among slave masters in an earlier American era. Obama, born into a working-class Chicago family whose roots are traced to the pre-Civil War South, graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School, prior to holding several high-level positions in the academic and private sectors.
The racist image appeared Tuesday on the right-wing blog Gateway Pundit; the slur was later called out by Media Matters for America. A post by Gateway blogger Jim Hoft paired the picture with a clip of the first lady’s guest appearance on a forthcoming episode of “iCarly,” a Nickelodeon sit-com. In the script, Obama commends the cast for their support of military families. Responding to a cast member who mistakenly addresses her as “your excellency,” the script has Obama jokingly reply, “I kinda like it.”
Hoft hasn’t changed the posts in response to the criticisms, and in fact continues to allow racist comments to fester. Despite being called out by Eric Boehlert at Media Matters, Hoft left up a comment on his post attacking Michelle Obama that called her “the queen of the crackheads.” And a more recent post includes a commenter who refers to her as the “First Negress.” (note this is a different instance than the one already noted by Charles Johnson which, amazingly, seems to have resulted in Hoft actually deleting a comment).
Whether done out of intentional malice or pure sloppiness, this disgusting promotion of racism should be intolerable for any modern, decent human beings. Yet not only do local Republican politicians like Peter Kinder and Ann Wagner fail to call out people like Hoft, they openly pander to him and beg for his support.
St. Louis should be better than this.