Thursday, June 25, 2015

On John Batchelor Show Bill Whalen of Hoover Institution says "conservative talk radio oftentimes could be considered anti-black." On police brutality against blacks, Whalen says conservatives "tend to criticize those people who were gunned down," 6/23/15

6/23/15, "Tues. 6/23/15 Hr 1, JBS: Larry Kudlow, CNBC senior advisor; and Cumulus Media radio. Bill Whalen, Hoover Institution. John Cochrane, Hoover Institution," John Batchelor Show

Mr. Batchelor opens Tuesday's show on the topic of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley calling for the removal of the "Confederate Battle Flag" from the South Carolina State House. He identifies Gov. Haley as "a Republican." Mr. Batchelor says the topic of Confederate flag removal is in the news along with removal of other symbols because of the recent tragedy in Charleston, South Carolina. A general audience may need to be informed or reminded of more specific reasons why the Confederate flag is in the news at this moment. The killer of 9 blacks in an African American Church in South Carolina was seen in a photograph holding a Confederate flag, had made racist statements and said he was going to kill blacks. In this segment, Mr. Batchelor wants his guests to discuss how the Republican Party and its presidential candidates are effected by news of removal of Confederate flags. Bill Whalen of the Hoover Institution and Larry Kudlow are guests in segment 1. 

In Whalen's comments he notes context of recent spate of killings of blacks and says the Republican Party owes South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley hugely for immediately calling for the Confederate flag to be removed from the South Carolina State house. He says in the past Republicans haven't spoken against the flag as they should have. At 7:25, Whalen says:


"The Republican Party, in some cases Republicans, oftentimes the form of conservative talk radio, finds itself in a position that could be characterized as anti-black."

Continuing, on issues of police brutality against blacks, Whalen says:

"Conservatives push back and they talk about, well, let's talk about attitudes and actions inside the black community. And they tend to criticize those people who were gunned down."...


Whalen says Confederate flag discussions could be starting point for the Republican Party to come up with what could be called an agenda for black Americans.

Mr. Whalen used the terms "conservatives" and "Republicans" but didn't define them or their differences if any. Neither Mr. Batchelor nor Mr. Kudlow objected to Whalen's claims that conservative talk radio can often be seen as anti-black or that conservatives prefer to criticize blacks who were "gunned down."

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