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October 10, 2008

Begging For A Wright Turn

James Harris

“It is absolutely vital that you take it to Obama, that you hit him where it hits, there’s a soft spot,” said James T. Harris, a local radio talk show host, who urged the Republican nominee to use Barack Obama’s controversial former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., and others against him.

“We have the good Reverend Wright. We have [the Rev. Michael L.] Pfleger. We have all of these shady characters that have surrounded him,” Harris bellowed. “We have corruption here in Wisconsin and voting across the nation. I am begging you, sir. I am begging you. Take it to him.”

The crowd of thousands roared its approval.

“Yes, I’ll do that,” (McCain) said of the request….

– from: Anger Is Crowd’s Overarching Emotion at McCain Rally (WAPO)

You tell me: What’s wrong with this picture of McCain and the radio host?

(image:  Jim Watson — AFP/Getty Images.  Waukesha, Wisconsin. October 9, 2008)

  • Karen

    Lack of other minority faces in the audience and unsmiling, suspicious looks on all the white faces?

  • bluinky

    skilled in the arcanums of elephantiasis verrucosa-nostra(alba) the snake doctor invokes the medicine show host

  • Ti molo

    About as real as choking on a pretzel.

  • chimproller

    I know!
    James T. Harris is a PR hired gun, with a website that offers his services to “serve as agents of change by delivering motivational awareness, framing an issue in a whole new light”.
    McCain certainly learned this trick from Rove and Co., who hired another black man (Armstrong Williams), to push his message.
    I am sure I can count on MSM to expose this cynical lie, and tell the world about it.

  • Matt Hussein Platte

    There’s only eight rows of Audience between McCain and teh slackers leaning against the back wall.

  • ExpatAsia

    Black man bowing before the (white) man?

  • Neal

    From the James T. Harris website:
    James T. Harris IllumiNation exists to recalibrate organizations and their people to operate at their highest and best use.
    Our passion is to face a client’s challenges head on, saying what others do not want to say out loud, and embracing change for a better future that is attainable through positive solutions. We practice the virtues of discretion and tastefulness, but we do not “dance around the issues.” Our passion is to walk into the room and converse with the 800 pound gorilla who is sitting there – in the midst of others who pretend to not notice him.
    Of the many differentiating factors that distinguish James T. Harris IllumiNation from your other choices, our commitment to certain core values is paramount. We are from the “old school,” with the belief that integrity should be an automatic part of daily life.
    Our work revolves around these values:
    Acceptance of and respect for the individuals we work with
    A high level of professionalism in all that we say and do
    Honor our commitments
    Always deliver full value – even exceptional value – for your dollar
    Uphold or even enhance your reputation and brand equity
    If some aspect of our service does not measure up, we will do our best to “make it right”
    If you find these core values appealing, even reflecting those of your organization, then our working relationship should be especially productive and enjoyable.
    (end quote)

  • Kevin Hayden

    Besides its 3-D quality, which gives the impression of post-shot tampering, there’s a bulge running vertically up McCain’s back, and the radio host is leading the discussion.

  • steve

    He is a performer who makes money off the color of his skin. He’s the only black person there. Black’s should support McCain if they want to, but this man is not representing your average person making less than $100,000 a year.
    I viewed him in the crowd at the event when it was on TV, but didn’t see him speak. Glad to know now he was an employee of the Republican party. Thanks Bag. It’s kind of amusing to watch the McCain events and attempt to spot a person who isn’t as white as notebook paper – excluding security folk. Princess Sparkle Pony recently had a funny, sarcastic comment about there being plenty of diversity at McCain/Palin events … There are many blondes, brunettes, and even red heads!

  • Robert S.

    If McCain insists on bringing up Wright, we’ll just have to ensure this videotape is circulated:;page=1
    I have a feeling it’s why McCain is leaving the Wright issue alone.
    Maybe this should be circulated anyway. Do we really need a bigoted homophobe in the White House?

  • g

    Is this a photoshop? Because the lighting, the color temperature, and focus is completely different on the black man than it is on McCain or the crowd.
    there’s a strong highlight on the right side of the picture and high behind the black man, while the strongest light on McCain is coming from the left side of the picture. The front of the black man facing McCain should be lit by the same light that is washing McCain’s back and shoulders – but the black man is not lit from that angle. Look at the way the folds in the jacket on his left arm are lit – the strongest light on him is coming from the right side of the picture (his left).
    Plus, I can’t really figure out where he is standing. He’s not sharing the stage with McCain but he’s too high to be standing down on the floor – if it’s real, maybe they have him on a mid-level platform, but it’s odd.

  • JoPa

    Based on the prior cmments, this is a bit of a Rorchach test. Nevertheless, what stands out to me is how the audience, embodied by James Harris, is dictating to the candidate. Rather than leading, McCain is being led. Incidentally, they seem to be leading him to a very ugly place.

  • KansasKowboy

    This guy is obviously a plant. I am glad I came to this website and found out other people were aware of it. I see no other mention about plants being in McCain’s “Townhall Meetings” anywhere in the media.

  • R


  • jtfromBC

    “… my brother is an hairy man, but I am a smooth man.”

  • wagonjak

    I would day the problem is that behind the planted black conservative radio guy is a SEA OF WHITE FACES!

  • Greig Campbell

    Someone should really check and do some research on the bulge in McCains back. That thing is scary.

  • Anonymous

    This is an angry mob.
    Everyone is focused on a target.
    Obama is not there.
    But Harris is there. Flanked from behind by anonymous faces and stared down by McCain.

  • odanobu

    they shouldl just take these videos straight and run them on TV as Obama ads.

  • Katie Lacy

    Kevin and Greig,
    The lump seems to be suspiciously scapula-shaped. We may have an osteological conspiracy on our hands here.

  • Scarabus

    I too think it looks Photoshopped. That doesn’t change the Rorschach inferences being made, but it does raise questions about who manipulated the image and why.

  • Samantha

    “Based on the prior comments, this is a bit of a Rorchach test.”
    LOL..seems to be.
    Folks, the question is not a puzzle, it was just a question. The answer obviously is that the proposal submitted to McCain and the race of the radio host do not make sense. “Take it to him?” Who is him, yourself?
    JTfromBC’s comment hit it head on. Anyone who doesn’t understand the phrase should look it up. :)

  • TB
  • jtfromBC

    A bigger picture of Malcolm X
    “…Canadian author Austin Clarke was fascinated by Malcolm X. So in 1963, he went to Harlem to track him down and ended up with a sprawling, hour-long interview. The two met again when Malcolm X came to Toronto just months before he was assassinated.
    Austin Clarke has written about his journey to meet Malcolm X in the current issue of The Walrus magazine and he joined us in our Toronto studio to talk about how and why Malcolm X still resonates, 42 years after his death.”

  • george.wiman

    I work with photos and graphics all the time, and the photo appears genuine to me. The focus effect is consistent with that of a long telephoto lens using a wide aperture (the kind of expensive lens an AP photographer might use but you won’t see in your local electronics store). Under extreme magnification there are some compression artifacts around Harris that look like the application of a moderate sharpening algorithm. McCain is standing under spotlights on a stage, the shallow audience is under broad lighting from the upper-right, which is reflected off Harris’ head. Harris himself is wearing a gray or olive shirt and could be standing on steps to the stage, or a lower level of the stage. Most telling, his gaze is precisely toward’s McCain. That is extremely difficult to fake.
    Here’s a fascinating article on SciAm – Digital forensics: five ways to spot a fake.
    What DOES seem fake about this photo is the black man in the room full of white people, being the center of attention and entreating the great leader to save everyone from Obama.

  • MonsieurGonzo
  • Kit (Keep It Trill)

    As an African American, one of the first things that struck me when I saw this on the news is that Harris, whom I am certain was plant and agent for the Right, is overdressed compared to the rest of the crowd. He showed up for work – and did this to have legitimacy in the eyes of whites who would watch him give a performance – that black Americans will never forget.
    In the eyes of most black folks, he’s a sellout, a traitor, and as Field Negro so eloquently put it, equivalent to the self-hating black slave catcher.
    This is NOT because he plans to vote Republican – most of don’t trust the GOP for their history of exclusion epitomized by the overt racism going on at those rallies, but because Harris’s idolatry of McCain was so infuriatingly obvious to the point of group shock and maybe embarrassment.
    Harris may as well have siad “I beg you, Mastah McCain, please, please put that uppity ni99a Obama in his place once and for all. If you whip him, I’ll share your joy!”

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