Birth Of A Meme

Congratulations, America! On January 10 the dying institution known as the liberal media coughed out a bouncing baby meme for your enjoyment! Let us welcome this 15-pound whopper! It is adorable!

Apparently, according to the mainstream press, President Obama has “got a diversity problem.” This seems to be due to the fact that he’s nominating a man for Secretary of State to replace Hillary Clinton. I mean, I’m trying to think of the reaction if he nominated a woman to lead the Department of Defense, anyone want to hazard a guess? Women still can’t serve in combat, and we’ve got Republicans who think a woman on the front lines would “impair missions” because of lady parts and upper body strength and all. I think a female Defense Secretary would be a non-starter, but then, what do I know.

The “diversity problem” meme seems to have started at the New York Times, which ran a photo in which only Valerie Jarrett’s leg is visible. Hey, if you hide the one woman in the room behind a white guy then yes, you may have a point! Fail.

Anyway, the story has been picked up far and wide now. I’ve seen “Obama’s diversity problem” mentioned on CNN and MSNBC today, and the right-wing media is all over it, too. It’s the perfect talking point for conservatives, who are trying desperately to mask the Republican Party’s own unbearable all-white-male problem. And if there’s one thing conservatives love to do when faced with their own misdeeds and failings is point their fingers at the left and say, “see! You did it too!”

By the way, how many non-white, non-male House committee chairs did John Boehner appoint for the new Congress? That would be zero. How much tsk-tsking did the New York Times, CNN and MSNBC do on the all-white, all-male committee chairs? That also would be zero — or at least, if there was any, I missed it.

Also, these scolds have failed to mention that Obama’s first choice for Secretary of State was an African American woman. Woops. As Joan Walsh pointed out:

It’s rich when the very forces that made sure we didn’t have an African-American woman secretary of state complain that our first black president’s Cabinet lacks diversity. But that’s what they’re doing.

Y’all know that Obama is half white, right? I guess it’s his white half making the cabinet appointments in his second term.


I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that this meme came straight from the Frank Luntz School of Republican Talking Points, fully vetted and tested by an array of (all white, all-Republican) focus groups. It’s just shocking when the so-called “liberal media” repeats this crap, but if there’s one thing we know about the “liberal media,” it’s that they are desperate to not appear “in the tank” for Obama. The media is and always has been totally fascinated with all things Republican, as the make-up of any Sunday morning panel shows. Back when Bush The Lesser was president we were told, it’s because Democrats aren’t in power. Now we’re told it’s because we’re not in the opposition. Can’t win for losing.

So, yes. Well played, Republicans.


Filed under Media, President Barack Obama, racism, women's rights

9 responses to “Birth Of A Meme

  1. Eykis

    Great column. Agree 100%. Thank you.

  2. democommie

    Is the one about the $T platinum coin a better one?

    “The amount of platinum needed to mint a coin worth $1 trillion would sink the Titanic” (RNC twit tweets)


    “The Titanic had 19672 tons (66000 tons – 46328 tons) of extra displacement capacity.” (source:

    And this admittedly unscientifically tallied set of figures:

    $ 1590.00 x 16 oz = $ 25,440.00/lb

    $ 25,440. x 2K lb = $ 50,880,000.00/ton

    $1,000,000,000,000 / $50,880,000 = 19,654.09 Ton

    Would tend to indicate that the Titanic, when it hit the iceberg could have been carrying $1T worth of platinum at today’s “spot metal price”, with about 18 tons of excess capacity or enough to carry numerous of the crankier members of the SKKKrotalMurKKKinPatriotiKKK Front.

  3. SiubhanDuinne

    Yeah, Ruth Marcus over at Kaplan Fishwrap Daily is having a big old sad about this too. What a surprise.

    Oh, wait, it’s not a surprise. It’s Ruth Marcus at KFD.

  4. I don’t know what to make of this. But I don’t want to Pres. Obama to be ” forced ” to appoint a woman, just because. I mean, if he really thinks John Kerry and Chuck hagel, and Lew will be great secretaries, and are highly qualified ( John Kerry ) , then I don’t have a problem with that.

    • Exactly. But also, it’s simply not true. But you know, now that right-wingers are so concerned, let’s bring Susan Rice back. Will that satisfy them? No? Then STFU.

  5. Mnemosyne

    Sadly, it’s been picked up by the left in a major way as well. I’ve seen a lot of otherwise sensible people on the liberal side who are now very “concerned” about this issue despite the total lack of evidence.