The Washington Post and Double Standards


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The Washington Post’s stoning of Texas GOP Gov. Rick Perry is journalistic malpractice. Instead of calling the newspaper to task, other national media outlets have joined in. And now, the Post is doubling down on slander.

The Post dispatched reporters to the remote hunting grounds of a Perry-linked ranch — “associated” with Perry through “his father, partners or his signature on a lease” — because it once had a rock on it somewhere that had the word “N–gerhead” painted on it. The term is an embarrassing vestige of past racism not just in Texas but on geographical landmarks across the country.

The Washington Post interviewed dozens of people about the remnant, which Perry says his family painted over and turned over years ago. The New York Times piled on Perry with its own crack investigation of hazy memories of bygone days. They unearthed one Perry hunting pal who never saw the sinful stone, but “could not be sure it was the same parcel that was the subject of the Post article.” Another friend, Fred McClure, who is black, also could not recall ever seeing the rock and emphatically added that the paper’s stone-cold insinuation that Perry is a bigot “is not only untrue but also extremely unfair.”

But the actual testimony of black Texans counts for nothing at the newspaper that infamously “Macaca’ed” former Virginia GOP Gov. George Allen after he clumsily traded barbs with a young liberal operative of Indian descent during his failed Senate bid. Recycling the tried-and-true “GOP equals racist” narrative, the Post composters published a second Stone-gate piece on Tuesday claiming that unidentified “minority legislators” had a problem with Perry’s “complicated record on matters of race.”

Perry appointed the first black Texas Supreme Court justice, hired several top minority aides and “enjoys warm associations with many black leaders,” according to the Post. So what’s “complicated”? Unidentified minorities don’t like his “embrace of the tea party movement” (which currently favors black GOP candidate Herman Cain, but never mind that). They, whoever “they” are, also seem to be upset that he featured race-hustler Jesse Jackson (you know, the demagogue who called New York City “Hymietown”) in an old campaign ad.

You don’t have to be a Perry supporter (and I am most certainly not) to spot the Post’s boulder-sized double standards.

These rubble-rakers vetted the origins and whereabouts of a painted-over inanimate object with far more investigative zeal than they did with any of the actual living, fire-breathing race-baiters Barack Obama consorted with before and during his first presidential run.

Case in point: the continued whitewashing of Obama’s ties to the New Black Panther Party and its leader Malik Shabazz, a Jew-bashing, America-hating, 9/11 conspiracy theorist who inveighed: “If 3,000 people perished in the World Trade Center attacks and the Jewish population is 10 percent, you show me records of 300 Jewish people dying in the World Trade Center. … We’re daring anyone to dispute its truth. They got their people out.”

Former Justice Department attorney J. Christian Adams blows the lid off the Obama administration’s coddling of Shabazz and the NBPP’s voter intimidation thugs in his new book, “Injustice” — and uncovered photos of Obama and the race-hustlers appearing at a 2007 civil rights event in Selma, Ala. The Post’s response to Adams’ whistle-blowing over the past two years? Liberal columnist E.J. Dionne sneeringly dismissed the career civil servant as a “Republican activist.”

But, hey, let’s get back to squeezing blood from stones.

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  • Jackie

    Many racist dismiss this rock story and Journalist like to twist it as if well they did it too. Gov. Perry is proud of his rock and showed it off to his friends. Herman Cain lived to see the hate/racism but took orders to defend Perry and excuse the word. What will shock the Racist Tea Party/Republicans and Koch Bros. when they learn even whites think the word/rock is wrong. We have come a long way since the KKK was in charge and we aren’t going backward no matter how many minorities the Koch Bros buy. Hank Williams learned calling the President Hitler can cost you your job. Many Republicans who were Racist like Grover Norquist have married a minority and now have mixed children. Some Law Makers and even a special US Supreme Court Justice have colored girlfriends so this makes it difficult. Remember our KKK leader Strom Thurmond who fought to get the south and it’s racism to raise again only we learned in his death the old man had/love/supported his black daughter. Yes we learned 25 year old Strom raped his 16 year old maid and produced a baby girl. The 16 year old was taken away but it seems young Strom fell in love with the black maid which showed by his love for their daughter. How many other Law Makers spilling their deep racism have a secret like Thurmond.

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