Double Standard for Public Images of Obama


Kurt Nimmo
Infowars
August 12, 2009

In the wake of a Florida news station covering the “vandalism” of Obama as Joker posters going up around the country, Infowars has discovered an Obama quote published in The Washington Post thanking Obamanoids for posting the artwork of Shepard Fairey on government property. Fairey created the now famous image of Obama used during the election.

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Double standard in action — an Obama poster on a utility pole in Seattle.

“I would like to thank you for using your talent in support of my campaign,” Obama wrote the artist last year. “The political messages involved in your work have encouraged Americans to believe they can help change the status quo. Your images have a profound effect on people, whether seen in a gallery or on a stop sign.”

Obama’s praise for Fairey and the efforts of Obamanoids around the country appeared in the Post on May 18, 2008.

A stop sign, like the Post Office, is government property. “Posters depicting President Barack Obama as the Joker from the Batman movies have been glued on sign posts and traffic control boxes all over Clermont,” WESH, a television station in Orlando reports today. “The crude depiction of the president has upset many people, but Clermont police said at this point it is not considered a hate crime. Police do consider the posters a case of criminal mischief and have assigned some investigators to look into it.”

Earlier in the week, posters were glued on a mailbox outside a post office in Clermont, Florida. The postmaster told local media defacing a post office is a federal offense and he will have the postal inspector look into the incident.

A WFTV report aired today claims stapling the poster on utility poles is vandalism. The television station interviewed people demanding the posters be removed and the unknown poster arrested and punished.

Obviously, there is one rule for average Americans protesting the policies of Obama and another one for the mesmerized followers of presidential candidates selected by the elite.

The Drudge Report today posted an image of the Obama Joker poster taken from a YouTube video above an image of a swastika painted on a sign outside of the office of Rep. David Scott of Georgia, thus associating the posting of the Obama Joker image with a racist hate crime. The popular Drudge Report claims to be a “conservative” news website.

Prior to Alex Jones’ Obama as Joker video contest, the corporate media characterized the original street art Obama Joker poster that surfaced in Los Angeles as racist. “By using the ‘urban’ makeup of the Heath Ledger Joker, instead of the urbane makeup of the Jack Nicholson character, the poster connects Obama to something many of his detractors fear but can’t openly discuss. He is black and he is identified with the inner city, a source of political instability in the 1960s and ’70s, and a lingering bogeyman in political consciousness despite falling crime rates,” Phillip Kennicott wrote for The Washington Post.

The government shrewdly exploited this “bogeyman in political consciousness” motif when the Department of Homeland Security released the now infamous “Right-wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment” report earlier this year. “Many right-wing extremists are antagonistic toward the new presidential administration,” the report claims, and associates this antagonism to white supremacists. “The economic downturn and the election of the first African-American president present unique drivers for rightwing radicalization and recruitment.”

[efoods]This proclaimed racist hatred of Obama was soon associated with the entire liberty and patriot movement by the government and the corporate media. In particular, the media and a handful of columnists hailing from the left side of the false right-left paradigm claimed Alex Jones is connected to the militia movement and white supremacists.

“Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist in whom [the Pittsburgh cop killer Richard Poplawski] reportedly was interested, runs two websites, Infowars and Prison Planet, that specialize in a series of the kind of paranoid ideas that animated the militia movement of the 1990s,” Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote on April 5, 2009.

The SPLC in essence created the talking points the supposed liberal media have since used to demonize Jones and other patriots.

On August 12, the SPLC expanded its attack on the liberty and patriot movement. In addition to attacking Jones, Larry Keller, writing for the SPLC, has attempted to demonize Stewart Rhodes and the Oath Keepers, a non-partisan association of currently serving military, reserves, National Guard, peace officers, and veterans who swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution. The SPLC has continued its shameful effort to connect Jones and now the Oath Keepers to the corporate media generated myth of a radical and violent militia movement said to be responsible for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

As Paul Joseph Watson writes for Prison Planet today, there is no shortage of evidence revealing the government’s role in the OKC bombing. The government and the Southern Poverty Law Center created a false flag “militia” group to take the fall for the terrorist bombing.

It is no mistake the corporate media is now portraying the Obama as Joker poster as racist — it is part of the plan of attack to characterize opposition to Obama and the policies of his elite masters as racist, as previously sketched out in the DHS report and also the MIAC and Virginia Fusion Center reports.

For the government, the racist canard is the perfect spoiler because the country is awash in political correctness. A mere allegation of racism often serves as a death knell for politicians and political movements, especially with plenty of sensationalistic play by the corporate media.

In the days ahead, the corporate media generated argument swirling around the Obama as Joker poster will mutate from accusations of vandalism to outright racism. Alex Jones is the preferred target because the establishment considers him the leader of the liberty and patriot movements.


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