We know what the New York Times thinks of flyover country — it’s the “dance of the low-sloping foreheads,” — and just try getting decent vegetarian food there (other than, as Kathy Shaidle observed, these strange places known as supermarkets, which the Times has apparently never heard of.)
But what of the Washington Post? In 1993 the paper dubbed followers of the Christian Right as “largely poor, uneducated, and easy to command.” Today, the Post’s Richard Cohen doubles down:
Today’s GOP is not racist, as Harry Belafonte alleged about the tea party, but it is deeply troubled — about the expansion of government, about immigration, about secularism, about the mainstreaming of what used to be the avant-garde. People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York — a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?) This family represents the cultural changes that have enveloped parts — but not all — of America. To cultural conservatives, this doesn’t look like their country at all.
It doesn’t? “Attention, people with ‘conventional views’: Multiracial families and lesbianism make you physically ill,”Michelle Malkin’s Twitchy.com notes, adding, “Sorry, but what the hell?”
No doubt, Cohen was attempting to smear only the right — that’s how they make their living at the Washington Post, but because he did so in rather a clumsy fashion, becoming not the first journalist to shoot his own foot off via his computer keyboard in the process, Twitchy rounds up the Tweets from plenty of lefties taking umbrage at Cohen’s seeming loathing of interracial marriage. Including some at the Washington Post itself — their younger staffers are always eager to advance their own careers by tossing the wounded veterans upon the Spartan hillside to die. (See also: earlier attacks on Bob Woodward this year.)
Speaking of which, say, does Jeff Bezos know about this column? Is he OK with his newspaper claiming that the majority of his customers at Amazon.com “repress a gag reflex” when it comes to interracial marriage?
Spencer Ackerman of the Washington Independent urged his colleagues to deflect attention from Obama’s relationship with Wright by changing the subject. Pick one of Obama’s conservative critics, Ackerman wrote, “Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists.”
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Let’s just throw Ledeen against a wall. Or, pace Dr. Alterman, throw him through a plate glass window. I’ll bet a little spot of violence would shut him right the fuck up, as with most bullies.
Cohen may have just splattered himself; with the Post under new management and the president they gave all to support in 2008 and 2012 scoring multiple self-inflicted wounds as well, I wonder how the morale in general at the Post is these days?
Update: More racial madness from the Washington Post. Last week, their cartoonist Tom Toles produced this “gem:”
So Republicans attempting trying to prevent America from heading even further down the road to serfdom is the equivalent of Democrat George Wallace blocking the schoolhouse door in 1963 — and just in time for the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination later this month. And why does the trunk of the GOP elephant look suspiciously like a Woodrow Wilson supporter’s Klan hood? You’re on quite a roll, WaPo — take two conspiracy theories out of petty cash.