Tim Graham over at NewsBusters has nailed former President Jimmy Carter in.well, there's no other way to say it, really...a lie. The humble Georgia peanut farmer who built his credibility on the back of his alleged honesty has been derailed for quite some time. Perhaps then his whopper regarding the Tea Party shouldn't be that surprising.
Last week, Carter told NPR host Diane Rehm:
You know, I never have criticized the Tea Party movement because, strangely enough, I capitalized on the same kind of situation politically that has made the Tea Party successful -- that is, an extreme dissatisfaction with what was going on in Washington.
Never criticized the Tea Party? Hmmm, that's interesting given what Brian Williams reported of Carter on September 14, 2009:
BRIAN WILLIAMS: During the interview, we talked about what some see as a heightened climate of racial and other hate speech since the election of President Obama. A certain number of signs and images at last weekend's big tea party march in Washington and at other recent events have featured racial and other violent themes and President Carter today said he is extremely worried by it.
CARTER:I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man, that he's African-American. I live in the south and I've seen the south come a long way and I've seen the rest of the country that shared the south's attitude toward minority groups, at that time particularly African-Americans, that that racism [unintelligible word] still exists. And I think it's bubbled up to the surface because of belief among many white people, not just in the south, but around the country, that African-Americans are not qualified to lead this great country. It's an abominable circumstance and grieves me and concerns me very deeply.
Ordinarily, calling folks racists would count as criticizing them. Jimmy Carter apparently doesn't think so.
And ordinarily such an inconsistency would be pointed out by those claiming to be objective journalists. Diane Rehm and NPR apparently aren't interested.