By Raynard Jackson (NNPA News Wire Columnist)
When the leaves start falling, we know autumn is around the corner. When the snow begins to fall on the east coast, we know that Thanksgiving and Christmas can’t be far behind. When Hillary Clinton opens her mouth, we know she is lying and after the party conventions, we know the season of buffoonery is about to begin.
We also know the national conventions of the National Association of Colored People (NAACP), the National Urban League, and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) have taken place.
Even though the NAACP, the NUL, and the NABJ are all supposed to be tax-exempt organizations established to promote agendas that further the causes of their Black membership, their true missions are quite different. All of these groups espouse radical, far-left, liberal ideologies and have sold out their Black members, pawning off their political capital for the cheap lies of the Democratic Party.
This buffoonery was yet again on display during the past two weeks at their annual conventions.
I know the leadership of all these groups and have been extremely critical of them and their organizations in previous columns. Many of the leaders of these groups are personal friends of mine and they will admit privately that my criticisms are justified, yet they do nothing to change their liberal bias.
Isn’t it amazing that none of these groups had one Black Republican involved in any of their conventions? Not one as a keynote speaker or a moderator for any of their panels.
That’s why I counseled all of my associates in Republican leadership to decline invitations to address their conventions, especially the Trump campaign. It makes absolutely no sense for any Republican to address these liberal groups unless and until they agree to include Black Republicans as panelists, moderators, or as keynote speakers.
These groups all issue perfunctory invitations to the Republican leadership so they can “claim” Republicans were invited, but yet declined their offer. This is all a charade.
As horrible as all these conventions were over the past two weeks, I was most horrified by the NABJ. What they put on display for public consumption was just embarrassing as hell.
This year, the NABJ and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) held a joint convention in Washington, D.C.
The groups committed what amounts to journalistic prostitution last Friday when they allowed Hillary Clinton to speak during a luncheon session. Oops, I apologize to prostitutes. Prostitution is selling oneself for money. These journalists did it for free, because they philosophically agree with Clinton’s views.
I was stunned that throughout Clinton’s speech she was given thunderous applause as she talked about her various policy positions. Mind you, that she was speaking before a group of Black and Latino journalists who are “supposed” to be objective. Imagine the media backlash if a room full of White journalists clapped and cheered during a speech given by a Republican presidential candidate?
The fact that the leadership of both groups remained silent while this was happening is simply just another indication that they are in agreement with what their membership did.
The leadership of both organizations should be summarily fired, immediately.
As though that wasn’t bad enough, it gets worse.
After her speech, NBC’s Kristen Welker (Black) and Telemundo’s Lori Montenegro (Hispanic) asked questions.
It is quite obvious that Montenegro is a leftist liberal, pro-amnesty, Democrat and Welker allowed Clinton to walk all over her, journalistically speaking. In previous interviews, Clinton lied about what FBI Director Comey said about the investigation into her personal e-mail server. Welker let Clinton give a rambling answer to her question, and never challenged her.
Since this was a gathering of Black and Hispanic journalists, one would expect the moderators to ask Clinton why she has spent very little time engaging with journalists from minority news outlets or why her campaign has spent negligible amounts of campaign dollars with minority media outlets, or even about the number of minorities she has hired to leadership positions for her campaign.
This is why neither group gets much support from within their respective communities and, because they are viewed as arms of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Republicans rightly ignore them.
The NABJ has made a conscious decision not to be a professional journalistic group, and instead choosing to be a Democratic journalistic group in violation of their own constitution.
Look at what the president of NAHJ, Mekahlo Medina, had to say about Clinton, “Throughout her campaign, Hillary Clinton has placed an emphasis on inclusion and shown support for communities of color.” This doesn’t sound like the talk of a journalist who is supposed to be objective.
Can any of my journalist friends explain to me how they are supposed to objectively cover issues like police brutality, abortion, civil rights, global warming and education when their conferences are being sponsored by radical liberal groups like Planned Parenthood, the Advancement Project, Earthjustice and the American Federation of Teachers. How are they supposed to cover Wells Fargo Bank, the banking and lending company that was sued by the Justice Department for discriminating against Black and Hispanic borrowers, when that same company sponsors some of their events?
Raynard Jackson is founder and chairman of Black Americans for a Better Future (BAFBF), a federally registered 527 Super PAC established to get more Blacks involved in the Republican Party. BAFBF focuses on the Black entrepreneur. For more information about BAFBF, visit www.bafbf.org. You can follow Raynard on Twitter @Raynard1223.