Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder could make history as California’s first Black governor if he unseats Gov. Gavin Newsom in Tuesday’s recall election – but the liberal media hasn’t done the conservative radio host any favors.
Elder has been constantly vilified by the press since emerging as the frontrunner among the 46 candidates looking to replace Newsom. The GOP hopeful has been called the "Black face of White supremacy," a "very real threat to communities of color," and even a a "model minority."
Fox News contributor Leo Terrell has called coverage of Elder "disgraceful" and Fox News Fox News contributor Deroy Murdock was particular peeved that that a racially charged attack on Elder went largely unreported by prominent liberal news organizations.
"It's no surprise any longer, but nonetheless pathetic: A White female leftist dressed as an ape throws an egg at a Black Republican candidate, barely missing him. The media snore loudly enough to shake leaves from trees," Murdock said.
"Imagine the reverse: A white male Rightist in a gorilla mask hurls an egg at Kamala Harris. The dinosaur media response would be universal: Outrage, condemnation, wringing of hands, gnashing of teeth, foaming of mouths," Murdoch continued. "They should be ashamed of themselves."
Here some noteworthy moments from the media’s coverage of Elder:
The Los Angeles Times published a piece last month titled "Larry Elder is the Black face of white supremacy. You’ve been warned," which accused the Republican of using "overly simplistic arguments that whitewash the complex problems that come along with being Black in America."
L. A. Times columnist Erika D. Smith said Elder uses "taunting and toddler-like name-calling of his ideological enemies" before belittling the gubernatorial candidate with her own insults.
However, Elder wasn’t surprised by the column.
"I anticipated that would happen. This is why a lot of people don’t go into politics because of the politics of personal destruction," Elder said on Fox News’ "Hannity."
"This is not the first time the L. A. Times has attacked me, there is another writer who all but called me a Black David Duke," Elder continued. "They are scared to death."
L. A. Times columnist said Larry Elder is 'very real threat to communities of color'
Columnist Jean Guerrero said on Sunday that Elder poses a "very real threat to communities of color."
CNN’s left-wing host Brian Stelter enlisted Guerrero to discuss whether Elder is acting on a "Trump playbook" in the state to avoid the often negative media coverage of him. Guerrero agreed, claiming that Elder has only appeared and spoken with right-wing media pundits.
"He’s refused to talk to non-partisan media outlets and to journalists who are critical of him, has refused to answer difficult questions, often uses the few interviews that he does give as an opportunity to give a performance on social media, denouncing those journalists, playing the victim," Guerrero said.
"He has been able to reach the minority of voters in California who embrace his white supremacist worldview," Guerrero continued. "He’s co-opted this line by my fellow columnist from the headline calling him ‘the Black face of White supremacy’ but he refuses to engage with the actual substance of our reporting."
Guerrero further added that Elder, "poses a very real threat to communities of color."
On Monday, Elder was interviewed by MSNBC.
Elder denied Politico report that he brandished a gun at former fiancé
Elder forcefully denied an August claim published by Politico from his former fiancée that he brandished a gun during an argument the two had in 2015. Alexandra Datig told Politico that she broke off their 18-month engagement in 2015 after Elder waved a gun at her during an argument.
"I have never brandished a gun at anyone. I grew up in South Central; I know exactly how destructive this type of behavior is. It’s not me, and everyone who knows me knows it’s not me. These are salacious allegations," Elder tweet following the report.
Weeks later, Politico called Elder a "poster child for everything Trump" in its nightly newsletter.
Elder had an egg thrown at him by a person in a gorilla mask while walking in Los Angeles last week but liberal media organizations didn’t seem particularly interested.
MSNBC didn’t mention the egg incident on the day it occurred, but found time to claim Elder pushes White supremacy. ABC’s "World News Tonight," "NBC Nightly News" and CBS’ "Evening News" didn’t find time for the story.
Many critics pointed out that a similar attack on a Black Democrat would presumably result in wall-to-wall coverage by the mainstream media.
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