Pesky Fly beat me to the punch on this one and put up a remarkable post. As far as I’m concerned, the word “Fucktard” is now the sole property of the bloggers at The Flypaper Theory. I’ve edited it out of the few posts where I’ve used it, replacing it with “asshead”. I’m content with that. Anyway, check out the preeminent, primo Pesky and then join me back here, because as you might have guessed, I’ve got a thing or two to say about this too.
Just before I left for work this morning, a good friend hit the Freedonian mailbag and gave me a head’s up about an article in the CA. It’s long been my second favorite local publication; I like actual reporters, and you can’t beat the Memphis Flyer for reporting. The Commercial Appeal has devolved into a stenography pool and Wendi Thomas.
But never did I expect them to become a dictation forum for panderers to the lowest denominator.
From this morning’s cover story:
Over the last weeks, several African-American groups and candidates have roundly criticized Cohen for joking that his voting record makes him seem like a "black woman" and for his statement that he would ask to join the Congressional Black Caucus if elected.
"He thinks he's going to go in there and trick the CBC," said Julian Bolton, who has questioned if, as a Jew, Cohen can best represent a largely Christian district. "He thinks they'd be honored to have him. The only reason he wants to join is that he wants to get money for Israel."
Let’s flip the roles here for a moment. Imagine, for a moment, that Steve Cohen has said “Don’t elect Julian Bolton. He only wants to send money to Africa.”
There’s no way the Commercial Appeal would have run that without running some quote afterwards from a leader in the black community talking about how absolutely retarded that statement was. Nor should they. It would be absurd on its face. Julian Bolton is almost certainly of African descent, but he has no deep connection to Africa. He’s an American, a Tennessean, and a Memphian. Steve Cohen is Jewish, but he’s not Israeli. He’s an American, a Tennessean, and a Memphian.
Bolton went from pathetic to Pat Buchanan today, and the Commercial Appeal gave him a bully pulpit.
Of course, Julian Bolton was not the only candidate in this race to get in some free shots without getting called out on it.
Also from this morning’s cover story:
"I deserve an apology from Steve for calling me anti-Semitic," Stanton said. "Steve wants to set up the Christian vs. Jew, Black vs. White dynamic. It's desperate."
Okay, anyone that has described Ed Stanton as anything but a moron deserves to be lambasted for an appalling lack of integrity.
Helloooooo? Memphians were not hallucinating those push poll calls from your staff, you assclown. And I dare you to call them liars.
But the Commercial Appeal let that go unchallenged. You would think that they have all these people that they call “reporters” on staff, and someone could look into it and say “Stanton’s lying”. Instead, they let it go. Apparently, you’re allowed to bash Jews in the Commercial Appeal. Something that Jewish business owners should think about when it comes to spending advertising dollars.
The Cohen campaign has not been picking fights, as this ridiculous smear piece made it sound. The Cohen campaign has been on the receiving end of racial smears that no one would tolerate if it was someone of any other race. And you know what? They haven’t launched any kind of counteroffensive. They not only haven’t been picking fights, but they’ve not allowed themselves to be sucked into this sheer stupidity.
Part of me wants to believe that the article was written in an attempt to show what assheads these two truly are. But the fact is, it doesn’t read that way.
It is an absolute disgrace that Memphis politics have come down to this. But it’s an even bigger disgrace that the Commercial Appeal has allowed itself to become the mouthpiece of intolerance.