Two of the teens enmeshed in the nationally known “Jena Six” case helped present the most anticipated award during Black Entertainment Television’s Hip Hop Awards show broadcast Thursday night.
Carwin Jones and Bryant Purvis were introduced by Katt Williams, a comedian and the awards show’s host, as two of the students involved in a case of “systematic racism.”
….. Some have been critical of the appearance, saying the teens — accused of knocking (attack victim Justin) Barker unconscious and then stomping and kicking on him until another student intervened — shouldn’t be made out to be celebrities. Barker was treated at a local emergency room for close to three hours and then released.
But the criticism has been extensive, including comments from those who said they made the trek to Jena for the rally.
“They can find somebody else to march for them (be)cause I will not be there the next time, and whoever invited them to this should be slapped,” one person wrote on the BET blog. “(You’re) not setting a good example for the justice that everyone is fighting for. You look like the thugs they said the Jena 6 are. Thanks for making us look stupid!”
A poster who said he was from near Jena said it is “sad making the Jena 6 out as heros.”
Since the indictment, 26 Democrats around the country, including four presidential candidates, have accepted $150,000 in campaign contributions from people connected to Milberg Weiss, according to state and federal campaign finance records. And some Democrats have taken public actions that potentially helped the firm or its former partners.
The recent contributors include current and former Milberg partners who had either been indicted or were widely reported to be facing potential criminal problems when they wrote their checks. One, William S. Lerach, was a fund-raiser for John Edwardsâ€™s presidential campaign until his guilty plea last month. Melvyn I. Weiss, a founder of the firm, gave the maximum $4,600 to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York in June. Other firm members contributed to the presidential campaigns of Senators Barack Obama of Illinois and Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware.
The howler of the month has to be this excuse-making in Mike McIntire’s New York Times article:
The reluctance of Democrats to shut off the cash spigot, even in the face of scandal, underscores how the pressure to raise money creates marriages of political interests that can be difficult to break up. Fred Wertheimer, a longtime advocate of campaign finance reform, called it the â€œnatural outcome of a system where huge amounts of private contributions are raised and spent, and the political parties turn to groups with interests in government to feed the spending machine.â€
Call it the “McCain-Feingold made me do it” defense.
That “McCain Feingold made me do it” defense may come in handy here:
The (Los Angeles) Times examined the cases of more than 150 donors who provided checks to (the campaign of Hillary) Clinton after fundraising events geared to the Chinese community. One-third of those donors could not be found using property, telephone or business records. Most have not registered to vote, according to public records.
And several dozen were described in financial reports as holding jobs — including dishwasher, server or chef — that would normally make it difficult to donate amounts ranging from $500 to the legal maximum of $2,300 per election.
Of 74 residents of New York’s Chinatown, Flushing, the Bronx or Brooklyn that The Times called or visited, only 24 could be reached for comment.
Have you noticed, now that the Dems’ presidential candidates are raising more campaign cash than the GOP’s, how nobody in Old Media is opining about how generally evil the influence of money on elections is?
“Please don’t read the article that follows” headline of the day:
Scathing Limbaugh letter nets $2.1M
If you don’t read the article and haven’t followed this story, you’d think that Rush wrote the letter.