Quantcast
Connect with us

Fox contributor Judy Miller calls investigation of Russian hacking Obama’s ‘tar baby’ gift to Trump

Published

on

In a discussion about the investigation into Russian hacking of the 2016 election, former New York Times writer Judith Miller warned against Trump involving himself in the mess, saying it could be a “tar baby” for his nascent administration.

“As Sen. McCain said, it’s pretty clear that the Russians did something,” said Miller. “And it’s pretty clear — according to 17 U.S intelligence agencies — what what they did helped Donald Trump.”

ADVERTISEMENT

The motive, she said, could be harder to determine.

As much as Trump might want all discussion of the matter to cease, she continued, “it’s not going away.”

“Pres. Obama isn’t going to let it go away because his full intelligence review guarantees that this tar baby is going to be delivered to Mr. Trump as a ‘welcome’ present to the White House before inauguration on Jan. 20,” she said.

The term “tar baby” is a term for a quagmire, a trap wherein the more that one struggles, the more one becomes ensnared. Some claim that it is a literary term, devoid of racist implications, but its history is more complex that that.

In an “Uncle Remus” folk tale, a clever fox trapped a rabbit by smearing a doll with tar and turpentine, making it sticky. When the rabbit slapped the doll for refusing to acknowledge him, he became stuck.

ADVERTISEMENT

In 2006, Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote that the term tar baby “also has had racial implications. In his book Coup, John Updike says of a white woman who prefers the company of black men, “some questing chromosome within holds her sexually fast to the tar baby.” The Oxford English Dictionary (but not the print version of its American counterpart) says that tar baby is a derogatory term used for ‘a black or a Maori.'”

Miller lost her job at the Times and is considered by some to be “a humiliated and discredited shill” over her role in outing CIA operative Valerie Plame as well as her fervent insistence that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction in the run-up to the Iraq War.

In both instances, it became clear that she was being used as a cat’s paw for the George W. Bush administration’s agenda of starting a war with Iraq.

ADVERTISEMENT

Regardless of how Miller meant it, whether as a racist slur aimed at Pres. Obama and his imaginary offspring or just in the folkloric sense of a sticky or troublesome matter, it was a remark that is bound to rankle many, just as it did when Gov. Mitt Romney used the term to describe Massachusetts’ “Big Dig project.”

Romney later apologized for using the term, claiming he was not aware of its racist implications.

ADVERTISEMENT

Watch the video, embedded below:


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

2020 Election

Democrats and Never-Trumpers gaming out ‘doomsday scenarios’ if president refuses to leave office: report

Published

on

According to a report in the New York Times, Democratic strategists and Never-Trumper conservatives fear Donald Trump will refuse to leave office should he lose in November and are making plans and figuring out their legal options should such an unprecedented state of affairs come to pass.

The report, by the Times' Reid Epstein, begins with one such possible scenario.

Continue Reading

COVID-19

‘Retaliation plain and simple’: Vaccine agency top Doc fired by Trump administration files whistleblower complaint

Published

on

Dr. Rick Bright has retained an attorney and will be filing a whistleblower complaint after the Trump administration fired him from his position as head of the federal agency charged with developing a COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Bright was moved to a different agency with a narrower focus after he raised concerns over President Donald Trump's obsession with promoting hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug recent studies found doubles the death rate in coronavirus patients.

Continue Reading
 

COVID-19

Checking blood for coronavirus antibodies – 3 questions answered about serological tests and immunity

Published

on

Coronavirus testing in the United States is moving into a new phase as scientists begin looking into people’s blood for signs they’ve been infected by SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This technique is called serological testing.

Virologist Daniel Stadlbauer helped develop a serological test to detect SARS-CoV-2 antibodies and helped transfer it from the research lab to the clinical setting. Epidemiologist Aubree Gordon regularly uses serological assays in her research studies on influenza and dengue fever. She’s now established serological testing for SARS-CoV-2 in her research lab.

Continue Reading
 
 
You need honest news coverage. Help us deliver it. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1. Go ad-free.
close-image