Monday, August 02, 2004

Only Decent (aka: white) Americans Can Snap Dick's Pic?

Get a load of this!
Bush's reelection campaign insisted on knowing the race of an Arizona Daily Star journalist assigned to photograph Vice President Dick Cheney.
A rally organizer for the Bush-Cheney reelection campaign asked Teri Hayt, the Star's managing editor, to disclose the journalist's race on Friday. After Hayt refused, the organizer called back and said the journalist "probably would be allowed to photograph the vice president."
A spokesman for the president's reelection campaign, said the information was needed for security purposes.
"All the information requested of staff, volunteers and participants for the event has been done so to ensure the safety of all those involved, including the vice president of the United States," the spokesman said.
When asked if it is the practice of the White House to ask for racial information or if the photographer, Mamta Popat, was singled out because of her name, the Bush spokesman repeated the previous line, verbatim.
Sort of like a robot.
When a legitimate staff photographer for a mainstream newspaper cannot be assured access to the vice president to do her job because of racial profiling, something has gone frighteningly awry with our national leadership.
This is how dictatorships are born.
This is not what America stands for, and we should not stand for four more years of this paranoid, xenophobic nonsense.

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