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I think this Tucker Carlson exclusive is damning.

But it is damning not of Barack Obama. Conservatives already knew who he really was and is.

The video is damning of the media.

The media created the post-racial narrative of Barack Obama. The media invested its energies in it. Sure, they got an assist from the Obama campaign, but it was the media.

Tonight, Tucker Carlson’s Daily Caller released the video of Barack Obama and the media yawned that it was old news. Media outlets threw up links of where they had covered the speech in 2007. Yawn.

In 2007, while running for President of the United States, Barack Obama told a black audience, in full pander dialect, that the then white President and his government did not view black residents of New Orleans as part of the “American family.”

Here are his precise words:

“Down in New Orleans, where they still have not rebuilt twenty months later,” he begins, “there’s a law, federal law — when you get reconstruction money from the federal government — called the Stafford Act. And basically it says, when you get federal money, you gotta give a ten percent match. The local government’s gotta come up with ten percent. Every ten dollars the federal government comes up with, local government’s gotta give a dollar.”

“Now here’s the thing,” Obama continues, “when 9-11 happened in New York City, they waived the Stafford Act — said, ‘This is too serious a problem. We can’t expect New York City to rebuild on its own. Forget that dollar you gotta put in. Well, here’s ten dollars.’ And that was the right thing to do. When Hurricane Andrew struck in Florida, people said, ‘Look at this devastation. We don’t expect you to come up with y’own money, here. Here’s the money to rebuild. We’re not gonna wait for you to scratch it together — because you’re part of the American family.’”

That’s not, Obama says, what is happening in majority-black New Orleans. “What’s happening down in New Orleans? Where’s your dollar? Where’s your Stafford Act money?” Obama shouts, angry now. “Makes no sense! Tells me that somehow, the people down in New Orleans they don’t care about as much!

Had a Republican said the same to a largely white crowd with Barack Obama as President, the media would crucify the politician. When then Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott was caught on tape at a birthday party for Strom Thurmond, the then oldest and longest serving senator in American history, he said in his remarks he’d have voted for Strom Thurmond if he could have for President. Lott was clearly just flattering an old man. But Thurmond had run as a segregationist and the media piled on Trent Lott, driving him from office.

Here comes President Obama whipping a black crowd into frenzy claiming George Bush denied them what he gave others because they were black. He, as usual, tries to have it both ways and goes on to say that Bush was incompetent regardless of race, but the audience and everyone else knows what Obama meant.

New York and Florida were “part of the American family.” The black residents of New Orleans were not.

On this tape, Barack Obama is just a typical race baiting politician. He’s playing on the fears of a crowd and picking racial scabs that he and so many other Democrat politicians refuse to let heal because they profit from the racial seeds of discord.

Again, the right knows Barack Obama is just a typical politician. But the media has built him into some post-racial being who transcends the race based politics of yore.

No he is not. He’s a typical politician. To the extent Americans see this pandering and race baiting for the first time, it will hurt Barack Obama. He is not what the press tried so hard to claim.

But this is really damning of the media that even tonight tried so hard to say it was old news when, in truth, had a Republican said anything like that the press would be in a feeding frenzy. The press trying to dismiss this video as old news is really the press trying to escape any sort of blame for its collectively fraudulent portrayal of Barack Obama as something other than what he is.

Don’t believe me? Ask Trent Lott. Or even ask Mitt Romney how the press gave more attention to his 47% remark than to the President’s team’s handling of Libya. But then that was supposedly new news.

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