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Wash. Times' Hurt: Media Think Being Tough on Obama is Racist

By Cathy Burke   |   Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 09:09 PM

The "vast majority of the mainstream media" think there's "something racist" about being tough on President Obama and noticing "inconsistencies," Washington Times columnist Charles Hurt charged Wednesday.

In an exclusive interview on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV, Hurt charged the media has "a double standard" when it comes to taking a hard look at the chief executive.

"I hate ... to try to analyze what the media thinks but I guarantee you that the vast majority of the mainstream media looks at these questions ... and they probably think there's something racist about giving President Obama a hard time," he said.

"It's just a striking observation. It's very obvious. But I guarantee you that the mainstream media looks at that and thinks that it is racist to notice these inconsistencies."

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But "it's such a double standard," Hurt added. "If Mitt Romney had some relative somewhere who had been neglected, it would be all that and the car elevator in the garage every single night until something gave in."

Hurt also slammed Obama for "his towering arrogance and his genuine sort of discomfort" around people.

"He's not like [former President] Bill Clinton," he said. "He doesn't love people. He doesn't thrive to be around people. He's much more introverted and it's because he thinks he's so much damn smarter than anybody else...."

"As far as this guy is concerned, history began the moment that he became president and that's why all of the stuff in the Middle East is just mind boggling, all of the statements he's made about how to solve the crisis in the Middle East between Israel and its neighbors it's just cuckoo," he added. "It's because the guy doesn't realize there are eons and eons of history that occurred before he started thinking about this stuff."

His inconsistencies extended to his personal relationships too, Hurt charged.

Hurt recalled the 2008 episode early in Obama's presidency where his spiritual adviser from Chicago, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, was coming under fire for inflammatory remarks.

"There was a moment there where President Obama, when he got into all that, he walked out and said, 'wait, wait, wait a minute, I am not going to distance myself from this person who was part of my family,'" Hurt said. "And I always admired that."

But shortly afterward, "he totally threw him under the bus, kicked him to the curb."

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