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August 4th, 2013 - 6:56 pm

Linking to Bloomberg.com’s racist article headlined “House Republicans Set to Defy Obama Are Mostly White Men,” which we linked to last night, Prof. William A. Jacobson of the Legal Insurrection Blog writes an open letter to the “news” Website:

Hi,

I’m going to be writing about your story tomorrow, and was wondering if you could give a statement as to why you deemed it relevant to focus on the race and gender of the people in Congress opposing Obama.

Specifically, do you believe that the race and gender of the Congressmen opposing Obama are causally related to their policy positions opposing Obama? If so, in what way do you believe there is a causal link? If not, why did you choose to highlight race and gender as the major theme as evidenced by the headline?

If you could respond by 10 a.m. Eastern [Sunday], that would be appreciated.

William A. Jacobson
Legal Insurrection Blog

“So far, no response,” Prof. Jacobson writes.

Unexpectedly! (Read on for a look at Bloomberg.com’s equally unexpectedly “mostly white” senior staffers.)

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All due respect to Prof. Jacobson here, but he is asking the wrong questions, ones that are only of minimal relevance.

What we all really need to know is.... what is the race of the person who wrote this Bloomberg article? What is the race of their senior editor, headline writer, and assignment editor? If, like so many of us, they are of multi racial makeup, what percentage of each race is their racial makeup? Are they one half white? Three quarters black? One sixth Asian?

Simply put, how is it possible for any of us to interpret this article correctly if we do not know this fundamental information? And does Bloomberg.com have any plans to start providing these basics alongside each byline so that we readers can be properly informed?

Let's ask that, and see how long it takes for the Bloomberg crew to get back to us on that one.
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