ROCKFORD - The Rockford Register-Star is calling for Winnebago County GOP Chairman Jim Thompson to resign and for the Republican elected officials that represents Winnebago County to pressure him to step away. Why? Because he included this eyebrow-raising comment in a recent newsletter:
Media update for the week: saw on the news this week the offspring of a donkey and a zebra, black and white legs, rest all donkey. Not sure why this is news. Now if we can teach him to read a teleprompter, we could have two living creatures the media will fawn over that is part white, part black and all a**!”
The paper doesn't clarify exactly what they found offensive, but they're outraged and demand Thompson step down. They do write, though, "There’s no room in our civic life for a party leader willing to traffic in racist humor. Thompson, like Sterling, needs to go."
Thompson apologized for the comment and promised it would never happen again. That's not enough for the Rockford Register-Star.
Former Winnebago County GOP Chairman Jan Klaas told Illinois Review that she finds hyprocrisy in the media's selective outrage.
"The selective outrage in the media is so hypocritical. There are many outrageous statements made against conservatives, yet most of the media are silent," Klaas said. "Jim issued a sincere apology. Everyone should accept his apology and move on."
Klaas' observation about media hypocrisy points back to a situation that happened last week when Governor Pat Quinn re-tweeted a link to a racist comment in the Chicago media. After media pressure, Quinn apologized and removed the tweet, but no one condemned the originating source.
There's still deafening silence throughout Illinois media concerning the Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg's outrageous comparison of Chicago blacks lining up behind Bruce Rauner to Jews betraying their brethren to Nazis. No media source condemned Steinberg although his racist remarks compared blacks voting Republican to treacherous murderers. Attacking members of the Chicago black community that are working to elect Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, Steinberg wrote:
Let me be clear: As a general rule, individuals will sell out the interests of their groups in return for personal benefit. It isn’t just a black thing. Jews collaborated with the Nazis during World War II, helping them to round up their own people in the hopes they’d be the last to go.
Will the Rockford Register-Star step in to defend Republican blacks as they have Democrat blacks?
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