Quote of the day


From Jim Geraghty:

Remember yesterday morning when I told everyone to be on their best behavior about the death of West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd? Yeah, sorry about that; I didn’t realize the epic scale of the whitewash we were going to have to endure. I got through about midmorning, when somewhere around the headlineWith Byrd’s death, the era of statesmen fades” I found myself unable to resist wondering whether in his honor today all white bedsheets would be flown at half-mast.

I understand not speaking ill of the dead, but the mainstream media pushes it; the career of Robert Byrd may have set a new record for glossing over horrific past views and behavior yesterday, and a new level of praising garden-variety corruption.


UPDATE: Another Black Conservative shares this view.

Normally when someone important passes I do a Rest In Peace post. However given Byrd’s Klan past, I just cannot bring myself to actually post such a title.
The media also seems to be having some difficulty with Byrd’s Klan history.

He points to Newsbusters to illustrate the MSM “whitewash” of the Democrat statesman:

When Republican Sen. Strom Thurmond died, the MSM was quick to stress his segregationist past. The New York Times ran the headline “Strom Thurmond, Foe of Integration, Dies at 100,” leaving readers to imagine the South Carolinian had remained an advocate of segregation.  The very first line of USA Today’s story described Thurmond as “the nation’s most prominent segregationist.”

Strange how the MSM can suddenly become reticent about mentioning someone’s segregationist past when the late politician in question is a Democrat.  On Morning Joe today, Mark Halperin and Mike Barnicle used elliptical language worthy of a State Department dispatch to avoid mentioning that Byrd had been a member and leader of the Ku Klux Klan.

 What do you get with a Republican with a history of racism?  A sordid story.  What do you get with a Democrat with a history of racism?  Nothing to see here, move along!


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