Lib columnist tries to slime conservatives but finds himself covered in it
Richard Cohen, left wing columnist for the Washington Post, finds himself accused of what he attempted to pin on the conservatives. It couldn't happen to a more deserving fellow, and depending on your spiritual orientation, stands as evidence of the laws of karma or of a just God. The WaPo's Paul Farhi (hat tip: Drudge) explains:
Richard Cohen has a knack for making venom-spewing enemies out of people who should be his allies.
Like on Tuesday, when The Washington Post columnist wrote about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's chances in the 2016 Iowa Republican caucuses and took a detour to consider Bill de Blasio, New York City's newly elected mayor, and his multiracial family:
"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."
Cohen's erstwhile friends on the left are now out for his head. Farhi chronicles:
The Huffington Post slapped a big photo of Cohen, 72, on its media page and roared, "Dear Washington Post: Please Fire This Man."
Esquire.com columnist Charles Pierce fumed, "If Newspaper Stupid had a top 40, Richard Cohen would be the Beatles in 1965."
There was more critical coverage, from, among others, the Atlantic, Salon, Gawker, Slate, MSNBC.com and even The Post's Wonkblog, which helpfully pointed out that 87 percent of Americans in a Gallup survey this year approved of interracial marriage. As such, 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.)"
Cohen excuses himself by stating that he meant to attribute these views to those awful conservatives, a group he obviously knows next to nothing about, but feels free to slander casually.
"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."
What a jerk! He obviously has no idea that one of the most popular figures on the Tea Party circuit is singer (and frequent AT contributor) Lloyd Marcus, whose interracial marriage is a model of devotion, and who receives standing O's from the crowds at Tea Party Express rallies. Vohen has obviously never bothered to visit one of those rallies, and yet thinks he can peer into the souls of those with whom he disagrees.
The HuffPo, like a stopped clock, is occasionally right. He should be fired, but not for the reason the lefties think. He libels his opponents casually and does not deserve his position at the WaPo.