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Mon., Feb. 2, 2009, 9:15 a.m.

Costello: Media Protects Demos

I can't help but wonder how a Republican Senate majority leader would have been treated by the mainstream news media if he had made it clear he didn't want no coloreds appointed to fill the Illinois U.S. Senate seat recently vacated by Barack Obama. According to Illinois' impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich, D, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D, (pictured) called to ask that the governor not appoint any of the leading African-American candidates seeking that seat. Reid revealed himself as a soulmate of Pennsylvania Gov. Fast Eddie Rendell, D, who argued during last year's Democratic presidential primary that conservative Democrats might not vote for a darkie. Reid worried that labor union Democrats would recoil from a candidate with a name like "Jesse Jackson Jr." in the 2010 election and the Democrats would lose that seat. All this drifted through the ether with little comment from the mainstream media/Michael Costello, Lewiston Tribune. More here (pdf).

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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