Thursday, February 25, 2016

It's Time to Call Out the Anti-Hillary Smears on Progressive Sites


I just wrote a piece at Daily Kos (easily one of the top progressive sites in the country) about the long-running anti-Hillary smears that regularly appear there, which kicked into high gear again today with the release of a video showing a Black Lives Matter protest at a Clinton fundraiser.

As I write this, the piece is on the recommended list. Here it is in its entirety:

Sadly, it's standard procedure around here to suggest that Hillary is racist when she's winning. 

Don’t believe me? 
Take a look at this front-page post by the founder of this site published on March 5, 2008. What’s the significance of that date? Well, it happens to be the day after Hillary’s big comeback wins in the Ohio and Texas primaries which breathed new life into her first presidential campaign.

This marked the exact moment that Hillary supporters at Daily Kos became supporters of a racist candidacy, according to Mr. Kos himself. And it wasn’t his only front-page post about it that day. So after regularly reading the site for years, I left in absolute dismay...and stayed away for a long time. I know I am not the only one. 
So we’ve seen this show before, we’re seeing it today, and we’ll surely keep seeing it as long as Hillary keeps winning. 
In today’s #BLM fundraiser protest video, what happens exactly? The interruption happens to occur as Clinton is discussing important #BLM issues such as police body cameras and criminal justice reform. When Hillary notices the protester, she shows gentle curiosity about why she is there, reads her sign, and says she is “happy” to answer her. She even called her “dear” in a friendly way while the secret service were just doing their jobs. At the end of the video I saw, Hillary is cut off when saying “back to the issues...”, but since she was interrupted while talking about important #BLM issues, I have to assume that’s what she was about to continue doing. And by the way, the fact that she’s discussing these issues in front of a white audience isn’t a bad thing at all.

Now, if she said “OK, now let’s get back to the REAL issues”...that certainly would have been bad. But that’s not what happened.

So, rest assured that Clinton supporters know that this is about tearing down our candidate using any accusations and innuendos available. And we are fully expecting it to get worse, if history is any indication. 
However, we’re going to call out further attempts to smear the Democrat who may well be the next President of the United States.
One of the reasons I started Hillary HQ was to have a safe place to write in support of Hillary (and for users, a safe place to comment) without dealing with the regular incoming fireballs thrown at her, many of which can be quite offensive. Though as you may have noticed, we're not always safe from the rotten comments either.

But you know what? Hillary is about to be the Democratic nominee and then President of the United States, so we shouldn't have to put up with any of that stuff on any site that calls itself progressive, liberal or Democratic.

So today I am officially putting these sites on notice: I will always stand up without fear and call out these smears against our next president whenever I see them...here, there and everywhere. 

I hope you will join me.

19 comments:

  1. I recall the brutal stuff that was being said to her on daily kos in2008 and its much worst now.

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  2. scan, a lot of these so called"progressives" will say they will not vote for her and vote trump or vote green party. they are hateful. makes the gop tea party look timid by comparison.

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    1. Well that would be just plain idiotic and harmful! Trump? Really? How much is he paying them. Vote green party...we have seen that before and how disastrous it was!

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  3. I'm with you here, and I've been *trying* to fight the good fight at DK, too. Thanks!!

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    1. Thanks! Now that the nomination is coming into focus, we just gotta keep it up more than ever.

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  4. Democratic Underground has become a cesspool of Clinton hatred, as well. I used to enjoy the sense of community I felt there, but I have found that they really do not discuss the issues. Some idiot posted a piece that basically called African Americans stupid for supporting her candidacy. I promptly logged off, and went straight to her website to donate. I went back to the putrid article, intending to forward it to my friends and family (all HRC supporters); the cowards had deleted it within 5 minutes. They do not know the difference between debating and throwing a temper tantrum. My toddler has more respect for people who disagree with him.

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    1. I haven't checked in there in a while, but that sounds about right.

      The good news is...we're not gonna tolerate that around here.

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  5. I have been a supporter of Hillary since 2008. It just amazes me how people that call themselves repeat the same things the Republicans spew. Occupy Wallstreet is getting out of hand with it. I go to most of the news sites and post the facts about how Hillary is. They seem to reply before they even read what I posted.

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  6. My DK account was abruptly suspended this morning, and I had no hidden comments, let alone two in 24 hours, so it was people that decided I don't belong there. Too many facts, too many links? DK, the fact free zone? Anna Shane

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    1. Whoa. That's crazy! That place is losing its mind. Someone casually called me a racist there today and that comment got 27 recs (and counting). It kinda feels like any white Clinton supporter at DK is a suspected racist at this point. I wish I was kidding.

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  7. Why was it that other democratic candidates became viable in 2008? Did they change their positions? Did those being polled change theirs and why? Looks to me like Hillary Clinton was a lot of progressive democrats stepping stone.

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  8. The two biggest culprits I see are the site US Uncut, and the ubiquitous blogger, H.A. Goodman. ALL anti-Hillary. Is there anyone else who suspects that many of these vermin are supported by Karl Rove or other Reich Wing operatives?

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    1. Well, the fun is about to be over for them. Hillary will be the nominee.

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  9. Bob Phillips, I agree about both: USUNCUT and Goodman. I HATE USUNCUT with a passion usually reserved for Crazy teabaggers.

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  10. DK was so bad months ago that I haven't been on since last year. Sad to hear it's gotten even worse.

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