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MSNBC Forgets Widespread Liberal Hype of “Debt Slavery” in Palin Attacks
NewsBusters.org ^ | November 18, 2013 | Sean Long

Posted on 11/18/2013 12:09:58 PM PST by Kaslin

Liberals love to portray conservatives as idiots and slavery sympathizers. Despite such vicious attacks, these same lefties often forget their own inflammatory language.

MSNBC host Martin Bashir made particularly disgusting comments on Nov. 15, attacking former Alaska governor Sarah Palin for comparing federal debt to slavery. Apparently, Bashir was too busy suggesting that someone ought to defecate and urinate on Palin to realize that liberals have been comparing debt to slavery for years.

Bashir should have checked with his colleague, former Congressman Alan Grayson (D-Fla), before senselessly unloading on Palin. In 2011, on the Oct. 14 broadcast of MSNBC’s “Politics Nation,” Grayson declared “What people see is that they’re falling into debt slavery – falling into debt slavery, where they owe more than they own on their house. They’re buried in credit card debt.”

For Bashir, not only did Palin’s remarks “prove her rank ignorance,” but it meant she was “truly qualified for a dose of discipline.” Since Grayson made a similar comparison between debt and slavery, he should probably be worried about Bashir’s feelings towards him.

As should all the liberal journalists who have used the phrase in the past. The notion of debt slavery has been touted by the liberal media for years. Since 2009, the Huffington Post made four separate references to “debt slavery,” comparing student loan and Wall Street lending debts to slavery. These articles featured headlines such as “Slavery Legal in America Again” and “Slaves of Wall Street.”

Huffington Post contributor Ronald Robinson even urged readers to “Sign New Emancipation Proclamation to Free Us From Debt Slavery.” Comparisons between American slavery and debt don’t get more blatant than that.

The notion of “debt slavery” has also been common among members of the liberal Media Consortium, including Alternet and MotherJones.

Alternet was particularly bad, making comments that far exceed Palin’s remark. On Sept 18, 2011, Alternet promoted a blog article with the headline “Debt Slavery: If Aristotle Were Around Today, He’d Probably Conclude That Most Americans were, For All Intents and Purposes, Slaves.” Numerous other articles used Marxist class language to contrast the rich with “a producer class forced into perpetual slavery.”

The Media Consortium was created to be a progressive "echo chamber," where 63 separate left-wing media outlets can network and share ideas, as well as cross-promote stories. Other members of the Consortium include such liberal outlets as The Nation, Democracy Now! and The American Prospect. The consortium has also received $675,000 in Soros funds since 2000.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: alangrayson; leftwinglunatics; martinbashir

1 posted on 11/18/2013 12:09:59 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Call comcast and let them know how disgusted you are.
215.286.1700


2 posted on 11/18/2013 12:12:54 PM PST by Post5203 (Please name me a sucessful city or country run by a "person of color".)
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To: Kaslin
someone ought to defecate and urinate on Palin
A sick perversion, his and msnbc IP address should be scanned for child porn
3 posted on 11/18/2013 12:18:05 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (What we said when we said what we said was. Period. End of story.)
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To: Post5203

It is we who are at fault for allowing a company like MSNBC to exist. A company that hires the likes of Chris Mathews, Al Sharpton, Rachel Maddow, Bob Berkel and other radical perverts and racists, and anti Americans.


4 posted on 11/18/2013 12:23:12 PM PST by Venturer (Keep Obama and you aint seen nothing yet.)
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To: Kaslin

The whole thing is so bizarre. There’s always been that historical connection and analogy, in regards to “debt slavery,” “wage slavery,” “debt bondage” and such. Goes back centuries, and is totally commonplace.

Yet the loony left is trying to create out of thin air some wacko new argument that the word “slavery” is the exclusive domain of blacks and loaded with intrinsic “hurt,” and anyone using it otherwise is an automatic racist. And, using this context to specifically gin up more white-hot hatred for Palin (and, ostensibly, all tea-party conservatives). Total fabrication, oblivious to historical reality, but given the sheer ignorance of the whole low-information Obama/MSNBC crowd, they undoubtedly eat up this entirely new ‘fabrication.’


5 posted on 11/18/2013 12:24:24 PM PST by greene66
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To: Kaslin

I made the very same point about the long-time Leftist use of the term “wage slavery.” It was absolutely laughable to see Bashir solemnly lecture Palin about slavery, as if words like “slave” and “slavery” haven’t been used on common parlance for decades - “my husband is a slave to his job” or “I slaved away in the factory for 30 years” and so forth.


6 posted on 11/18/2013 12:36:57 PM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: greene66

You put the case perfectly. It is an entirely fabricated issue.


7 posted on 11/18/2013 12:38:10 PM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: greene66
Yet the loony left is trying to create out of thin air some wacko new argument that the word “slavery” is the exclusive domain of blacks and loaded with intrinsic “hurt,” and anyone using it otherwise is an automatic racist.

As in the uproar a few years ago over the use of master-slave to describe the configuration of computer drives.

8 posted on 11/18/2013 12:42:10 PM PST by Dahoser (Separation of church and state? No, we need separation of media and state.)
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To: Kaslin

Debt slavery is a very old idea, in rural economics and politically in left-wing rhetoric.

I can’t conceive of why someone like Bashir does not understand the concept. Its standard stuff on his side of politics.

A lot of rural societies were dominated by a landlord/moneylender class that controlled what should have been a mass of independent freeholders, as they controlled the capital and most farmers carried heavy debts secured by their property. Since there was no competition to the lenders (they were careful to keep a monopoly) they could charge high rates and keep the farmers indebted and tied to the land and the ongoing arrangements. Hence debt slavery.
Maoists in particular made a great deal of political hay out of this in China and elsewhere.


9 posted on 11/18/2013 12:43:27 PM PST by buwaya
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To: greene66

There were indentured servants as well as slaves. Many of them were white. Many blacks were free in this country. Martin Bashir is an imbecile with a deep hatred for white people.


10 posted on 11/18/2013 12:50:50 PM PST by PA-RIVER
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To: Dahoser

Remember the controversy over the word “niggardly” a few years ago? (A controversy started, I should add, by people too stupid to know the meaning of the word.)


11 posted on 11/18/2013 12:51:13 PM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: Post5203

Also call MSNBC Media Relations at 212.664.6605.


12 posted on 11/18/2013 12:53:49 PM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Kaslin

13 posted on 11/18/2013 12:54:26 PM PST by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: Steve_Seattle

Only liberals and blacks can say “slave” or “ni**er”.

So say the speech police.


14 posted on 11/18/2013 12:55:20 PM PST by PA-RIVER
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To: Berlin_Freeper

They would probably find a lot


15 posted on 11/18/2013 1:07:10 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Steve_Seattle

I do remember that, and I believe it was a DC councilman who used the word.


16 posted on 11/18/2013 1:13:37 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Venturer
A company that hires the likes of Chris Mathews, Al Sharpton, Rachel Maddow, Bob Berkel and other radical perverts and racists, and anti Americans.

I still stand by my assertion that the entire MSNBC air staff should have been removed from the air and prosecuted for sedition at the start of the Iraq war.

Regardless of what one may believe about whether we should have invaded Iraq and removed Saddam Hussein's government, the bottom line is that the anti-American a$$holes on MSNBC were cheerleading for the enemy and by extension giving them aid and comfort simply for domestic political reasons. They have the blood of dead American soldiers on their hands.

17 posted on 11/18/2013 1:23:06 PM PST by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: greene66
The whole thing is so bizarre. There’s always been that historical connection and analogy, in regards to “debt slavery,” “wage slavery,” “debt bondage” and such. Goes back centuries, and is totally commonplace.

It's a biblical concept as well. Proverbs 22:7 "The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender."

18 posted on 11/18/2013 1:48:03 PM PST by Idaho_Cowboy (Ride for the Brand. Joshua 24:15)
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To: Kaslin

Palin was guilty of offending a liberal hypocrite by telling the truth. Gee whiz, what a crime. (snicker)


19 posted on 11/18/2013 2:05:12 PM PST by driftless2
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To: driftless2

Yeah, indeed. BTW she was this past Friday at the Fort Campbell PX for her new book signing


20 posted on 11/18/2013 2:12:00 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Post5203

I would, but we don’t have Comcast here.


21 posted on 11/18/2013 2:14:01 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
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22 posted on 11/18/2013 2:57:44 PM PST by Col Freeper (FR: A smorgasbord of Conservative Mindfood - dig in and enjoy it!)
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To: Idaho_Cowboy

New International Version:
The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.
Slave is actually a considerably more accurate translation of the original word. In Bible times, servants were slaves.


23 posted on 11/18/2013 3:39:07 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Post5203

if someone had said it about Hillary, they’d been fired and tarred and destroyed by the rest of the media


24 posted on 11/18/2013 3:40:59 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: PA-RIVER
Only liberals and blacks can say “slave” or “ni**er”.

True, but anyone can say "niggA" 'cause a nigga is just a man, while all the niggas know that the real bad word ends with "er".

25 posted on 11/18/2013 7:58:03 PM PST by USS Alaska (If I could...I would.)
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To: Kaslin
MSNBC Forgets Widespread Liberal Hype of “Debt Slavery"

Can we be serious for a moment?

It's MSNBC, who really cares other than the socialist? You can expose MSNBC’s fraudulent reporting until you're blue and it will only enhance their popularity among the socialist.

26 posted on 11/19/2013 8:33:39 AM PST by MosesKnows (Love many, trust few, and always paddle your own canoe.)
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