WaPo Pundit Who Falsely Accused Tea Party of Racism, is Falsely Accused of Racism


Poor Richard Cohen. He was just trying to accuse the Tea Party of being a bunch of racists when he ended up being accused of racism.

Writing about “Christie’s Tea Party Problem”, another one of those boring “Christie would be a great candidate but the radical right wing won’t let him” that once he becomes the candidate will transition predictably to “Christie used to be moderate, but he became a right-wing nut job to appeal to the Tea Party”, Richard threw in the usual stuff.

1. Palin is illiterate

2. Ted Cruz and his dad are bigots who hate gay people

3. The Tea Party are the new Dixiecrats

4. Republicans are old and out of touch and fear their way of life is vanishing

It was the last part that got him in trouble.

“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.”

But while Richard Cohen was taking some safe phoned-in potshots at the Republican Party, the left, which constantly gins up its own RACISM outrages, decided to use him the way that he had used the Tea Party.

The false accuser became the falsely accused.

The Huffington Post slapped a big photo of Cohen, 72, on its media page and roared, “Dear Washington Post: Please Fire This Man.”

There was more critical coverage, from, among others, the Atlantic, Salon, Gawker, Slate, MSNBC.com

Salon.com’s columnist, Alex Pareene, suggested that Cohen’s notion that “conventional” people “gag” at the sight of the de Blasios “reveal a man very much out of touch with this era and deeply discomfited by it. (They also reveal a man who is terrified of black people.)”

Richard Cohen was confused because he was just trying to accuse Republicans of racism based on the flimsiest of premises. Why was he suddenly the one being accused of racism?

“I don’t understand it,” said the columnist, who lives in New York City. “What I was doing was expressing not my own views but those of extreme right-wing Republican tea party people. I don’t have a problem with interracial marriage or same-sex marriage. In fact, I exult in them. It’s a slander” to suggest otherwise. “This is just below the belt. It’s a purposeful misreading of what I wrote.”

Well of course it’s a purposeful misreading. That’s what 90 percent of mainstream racism accusations are.

The Huffington Post, Atlantic, Salon, Gawker, Slate, MSNBC, etc knew exactly what Richard Cohen meant, even if his writing was sloppy. They chose to misread it for the same reason that he chose to misread Republicans.

Liberalism’s main weapon now is its false accusations of racism. Richard Cohen is not as left as HuffPo, Gawker, Salon, etc think he should be. So they start chewing him up. It’s the old left-on-liberal bloodsport with the liberals usually too stupid to fight back; which is how we ended up with Obama in the White House.

I don’t have much sympathy for Cohen who ended up on the receiving end of the same dishonest treatment he was dishing out to others. Richard Cohen isn’t a racist. Neither is the Tea Party.

And once you start lazily using racism accusations as political ammo, the white privilege revolution ends up devouring its own children.

  • Well Done

    The. Hard. Left. Have. Gone. Insane.

    They’ve been peddling hate speech about the Repubs for so many years they don’t know reality any more.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Oh they know. They’re just eating each other the way they always do.

      • tickletik

        Because they are evil

      • Drakken

        Well one thing is for sure, it is sure fun to watch as the left eat their own and howl about racism. The race/bigot card has been played out, it has zero effect and meaning anymore.

  • A Z

    “3. The Tea Party are the new Dixiecrats”

    The Democrat faithful, who can mount any type of an argument, base this on Nixon’s southern strategy. After the 1968 election the Democrats were absolved of all sin. All the racists moved to the Republican party and all the good people are in the Democrat party.

    They will further state that the Republican party from northern state have lost seats there and those seats were the one from which Republicans voted for the civil rights bills. Those seats are now the one Democrats hod, so by way of osmosis (?) Democrats have all the well intended moderates in their party. They will point to such illustrious people as Jumping Jim Jeffords, Voinavitch and the governor of Rhode Island.

    Never mind that the Great Migration happened. Many many southerners (black and white) moved north for jobs in industry and many northerners moved south to the Sun Belt. So long as demographers do not ask the right question or their findings are spun or ignored, the left can lie all day.

    • Omar

      That is a popular, yet false argument on the part of the contemporary Democrats. They prefer to ignore their own history on how the Democratic Party became a primarily left-wing party. Contemporary Democrats often ignore the fact that the New Left movement took over the Democratic Party around the same time as the so-called “Southern Strategy” (which, in reality, was a myth, since Nixon was always a strong proponent of real civil rights reform- not the so-called “civil rights” reform that the left obsesses over and over again today). There was a party shift in America in the late 1960s and early 1970s, but that shift was not primarily between Democrats and the GOP. Party-switching between Democrats and Republicans was minor. While most of the racists and bigots from the Southern Democrats formed their own party (the American Independence Party, which has been defunct for quite some time. The left also prefers to ignore the AIP, since it undermines and destroys the left’s propaganda against contemporary Republicans) separate from the mainstream parties, the New Left movement gradually took over the Democratic Party and steered it to the left. Today, most of the contemporary Democrats are from the New Left movement, not from the Civil Rights era GOP, while most contemporary Republicans are either lifelong Republicans or carried on the classical liberal ideology of the New Deal Democrats (except maybe for some economic policies) from other regions in the country outside the South. The Tea Party advocates for responsible government and for upholding the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The Tea Party is not a hate group at all. If anything, it is inclusive. Falsely comparing the Tea Party to the “Dixiecrats” is like comparing Occupy Wall Street to the Republicans who opposed some features of the New Deal agenda of FDR during the 1930s. While the Tea Party supports constitutional democracy, OWS supports Communist totalitarianism. That’s the reality.

      • A Z

        I have ran into a few that used the Southern strategy argument. It is worth knowing forwards and backwards. I had to look stuff up while they just wrote reams and looked erudite.

        I did not know (or remember) the American Independence Party.


  • glpage

    Kinda sounds like turnabout is fair play.

  • Tin

    They hate him for his article about the Trayvon martin case

  • tagalog

    Bill DiBlasio’s wife USED to be a lesbian?

    I thought homosexuality was genetically programmed, and therefore once a lesbian, always a lesbian.

    think Richard Cohen is homophobic.

    And unscientific to boot.

    • Omar

      Maybe his wife is bisexual.

      • tagalog

        So bisexuality is NOT genetic? How could that be?

      • Zach Smith

        That is the standard catch-22 response whenever you point out that homosexuals are not really “born that way.” Once a presumed homosexual chooses a different lifestyle, suddenly they weren’t really homosexuals at all, but rather bisexuals.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Better yet homosexuality is genetic… but gender isn’t.

      Liberal science is so awesome.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        They’re a lot more certain about “global warming” and causes than they are about using genetic information to identify gender. But they’re also very flexible with their use of science. Some times.

    • tickletik

      I think making light of her degeneracy is a mistake. Some of the biggest man haters on the planet are hard left feminist lesbians. There is enough annecdotal evidence that someone like her will make the lives of every decent straight man in NYC a living hell. And I suspect religious Jews will be in for a far worse ride than they ever were under Dinkins. But time will tell.

      The gay men will probably get a pass this time around for political reasons. But from what I’ve read, feminists and lesbian feminists as well, hate the gay men worse than the straight ones because those are men who have opted out of the “feminine imperative” (women have no hold over them). The happy family Lgbt meme is an alliance of convenience.

      From my point of view, this is actually all very good. I believe the Jewish people have a moral imperative to settle Israel. In previous generations our ancestors were willing to risk every form of injury and torment to do it, in this, very weak generation, it is much harder. I believe that Blasio’s election was actually a mercy from Heaven, to gently encourage the Jewish pop of NYC to cease being complacent, to realize there are more important things than making a living or getting by.

      I honestly believe that if my brethren resettle “the land” (that’s the slang Israelis use to refer to Israel), then it will be good for every human being on earth. I I believe this on a religious level, and I believe it based on what I see. No other means exists to stabilize the East and the West save the Jews returning and becoming strong in their homeland.

    • ziggy zoggy

      His wife’s name is Chirlane McCray and not DiBlasio. Take a look at some of her photos. She makes Rosie O’donnell look feminine. All of their photos together lack any sexual attraction whatsoever.

      She’s an obvious lesbian. I wonder if that makes Bill a woman?

      • Drakken

        You can drinkem pretty, but you can’t drinkem thin, and no amount of booze is going to make that worth the effort.

        • ziggy zoggy

          DiBlasio must be a raging alcoholic.

          • Drakken

            If you were married to that, wouldn’t you be too?

  • Omar

    Apparently, Cohen has no problem with extreme left-wing Democrat Occupy Wall Street people and their horrible anti-Semitism. OWS is a Communist totalitarian movement, yet Cohen doesn’t denounce that movement’s behavior, not its totalitarian agenda. The left’s double standards live on.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Their values are impulse and emotion based. Not rational. That’s what generations of indoctrination leads to.

  • tickletik

    Racism is no longer a moral issue. When a class of people take a grievance and use it to bully others, then there is no need to care about the grievance.

    I’ll admit that I am a hypocrite in this as I cannot pretend that I am not sensitive to racial issues. But I know at least that I shouldn’t care. If black folk don’t like it, that is no more my problem than if white folk don’t like some other matter.

  • Zach Smith

    “Well of course it’s a purposeful misreading. That’s what 90 percent of mainstream racism accusations are.”
    I would say it’s more like 99%. I am constantly accused of being a racist by liberal commenters, even though I am writing about things that are not even slightly related to race.

    • Drakken

      Why fight it? Embrace it with vigor and throw it right back at them with a sneer and a smile.

      • Zach Smith

        I generally just ignore it, because they want to make the conversation about you being a racist, rather than about their destructive ideology.

        • Drakken

          Well then on the other hand, carry a nice stack of race cards and throw one at the silly idiots of the left whenever they call you a racist then.

  • KansasGirl

    My take, (excluding interracial marriage) is that Cohen laid to bare the heavy handedness of leftists forcing these changes (he listed) on the American people.

  • tanstaafl

    “Before you accuse me, take a look at yourself…”

    • tagalog

      Which version? Bo Diddley? Eric Clapton? Creedence Clearwater Revival?

      • tanstaafl

        Clapton. Although I have to go with Steve Marriott as the best British bluesman.

  • ziggy zoggy

    Cohen is being destroyed by a Greg Gutfeld rant on Fox Five right now.

  • slhancock

    First of all, I was confused that anybody would call Mr. Cohen a conservative writer. REALLY? Second, how does he come to the conclusion that we conservatives hate lesbians, women, black/white marriages, etc.? I cannot think of many of my conservative friends whose families are so “pure”. All these factors exist in most of our families and yet where is the true hatred? Methinks that Mr. Cohen expresses his own feelings, projected onto the rest of us. It works so well for the lefties, surely he thought he’d get accolades from them.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “REALLY? Second, how does he come to the conclusion that we conservatives hate lesbians, women, black/white marriages, etc.?”

      When they accuse each other they forget that we were never the source.

  • cacslewisfan

    LOL! You just can’t make this stuff up! The Left always end up attacking each other. Can you say “Reign of Terror?” Probably not if you went to public school after the 60’s.

  • http://www.clarespark.com/ Clare Spark

    Whiteness studies rule the academy now. Also irony. See http://clarespark.com/2011/12/02/the-whiteness-of-the-whale/. “The Whiteness of the Whale.”

  • ziggy zoggy

    What should we expect from a phony like Richard Cohen? Anybody who “exults” in inter-racial marriage and gay “marriage ” isn’t interested in tolerance or equality. He’s interested in attacking groups he doesn’t like and oppressing them the same way he claims his favored groups are oppressed. He’s interested in special privileges for the ill defined groups he favors.

    Only a racist bigot cares about what race somebody else is, much less promotes some races over others. Only a totalitarian wants to force other people to change a harmless custom they’ve been practicing for thousands of years instead of coming up with a custom unique to the group he favors.

    Of course, none of the lefty pundits are attacking Dickie for being anti-White and anti-marriage. They agree with that sort of bigotry with their usual zeal. They really are eating their own, which really does mean they’re all on the menu. And these scumbags fancy themselves as “people with conventional views.”

  • lyndaaquarius

    the “gag reflex” seems like a dead give-away of poor Cohen’s own feelings.Alot of white Liberals seem uncomfortable around Blacks.,I’ve noticed. Always pandering.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    I leap for joy when I think about gay marriage.

  • Lanna

    Lets talk about the hypocrisy of the Hard Left. You want choices to abort and murder babies, to practice sodomy and homosexuality, to spy on people, to target those who do not agree with your philosophy crowding out over half the country and creating an entitlement, welfare society paid for by working Americans, then you impose government healthcare on people which is not about choice. I have had enough of the lieing criminals who serve themselves and their agenda and call it racism….Early in his Presidency Obama said he wanted Republicans to sit at the back of the bus…they can go along for the ride, but keep their mouths shut…More examples from the hypocritic left that do not represent, democracy, equality, freedom of speech, and support Communist and Islamist dictatorships.

  • Mortimer Post

    Ah, yes–the dogmatic, monolithic left–piling on, pillorying, carrying on in their usual histrionic, quasi-menopausal manner….because one of their (erstwhile) own has, in some sense, stepped out of line. But do you know WHY the “affirmative action” left hates Cohen? It’s because Cohen (hardly a candidate for conservative canonization, mind you) had the temerity to suggest that George Zimmerman might have been justified at being a little spooked by the sight of the behooded Slay-Vonn Martin skulking around in an unlikely neighborhood! Perhaps Cohen will one day fully come to his senses and read Colin Flaherty. In the meantime, the left fulminates per usual.