Mayor Booker Defends Biden’s “Chains” Comment, Says Biden’s a Victim of Lazy Media, and You Know What? He’s Right
by Yvette Carnell
Kulture Kritic reported on Tuesday on Vice President Biden’s perceived gaffe, that the goal of the Romney-Ryan ticket was to put Americans back in chains. The comment was made during a speech Biden made to a mixed group of Obama supporters. Biden’s comment has, as expected, drawn fire from Romney’s campaign, which called it divisive and hateful, as well as from other observers, who derided it as another Biden gaffe. Newark mayor Cory Booker is, however, standing up for Biden, and there may be some merit to what Booker is saying.
Speaking at a campaign rally in Virginia, Biden told Obama supporters that their very freedom is at stake in this election.
“Look at their budget, and what they are proposing,” Biden said. “Romney wants to let–he said in the first hundred days, he’s going to let the big banks once again write their own rules. Unchain Wall Street.”
Biden then paused, and said, “they going to put y’all back in chains.”
In an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, Booker said the reaction to Biden’s comment has more to do with the media’s need for a quick sound bite than anything else.
“Piers, this is really what I recoil about in where our politics is getting now,” he responded, “and is being fueled by Super PAC money, is being fueled by a media that becomes obsessed with sound bites rather than substance. Every single week now, from both sides, we seem to be running on ten-second clips of sound bites and ignoring substance. Please, I beg America, listen to the whole speech by the Vice President. Don’t let the sound bites that the media is presenting to you affect your mind. Listen to the whole speech. This was a substantive speech about how we’re going to reform Wall street, about how we’re going to protect consumers, about how we’re going to stop the over-leveraging of banks, about how we’re going to create a consumer bill of rights, a credit card bill of rights and how we’re go against predatory lending. All of that is the substantive things that my majority black city in Newark is concerned with. These are the real substantive issues that the media and that the sound bite politics is distracting us from.”
Booker is right. Instead of focusing on the entire speech, and reporting on it, the media is fixated with one line from the speech. I don’t know how anyone can call that good reporting or good journalism. It’s the media playing “GOTCHA!”, and they’re doing it because they’re too lazy to delve into the meat of Biden’s speech. It’s just much easier focus on one phrase, and then get a bunch of bobble heads to comment on it.
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