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The Return of the Virtue Patrol

By 11.21.13

WASHINGTON—The hapless Richard Cohen has done it again. He was acting like a good scout in slandering Americans “with conventional views,” and in the course of his noble endeavor he brought down on himself the full force of the virtue patrol. Well, he has only himself to blame.

In the course of writing a column assessing Governor Chris Christie’s 2016 presidential chances he went off on a playful scherzo, to wit: “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 [What did Cohen expect, tri-racial children?—RET]. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be 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.”  

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Another Milbank Muddle

By on 11.7.13 | 6:15AM

Over at the Washington Post web site, liberal thought-leader Dana Milbank castigates Republicans for "governing by anecdote."

It seems that Mr. Milbank is pontificating by anecdote, missing the fact that Obama is the one who mastered the use of human props (or perhaps human shields) in his efforts to pass and defend legislation.

How could Milbank miss the fact that the first human props (or at least the first one that I saw in the news anywhere) in the debate over the rollout were in Obama's Rose Garden speech on October 21st?

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Does Ezra Klein have something to hide?

By on 11.29.11 | 8:28AM

I didn’t think much of accusations “against” news columnist Ezra Klein that he had briefed some Senate Democratic aides. I thought that, being a pundit, Klein did that kind of thing all the time. I don’t think there’s anything wrong about a reporter talking to a couple of Senate aides curious to hear how certain messages are playing out in a reporter’s mind, or for a reporter to sit in on a policy discussion of staffers.

But then Klein’s scattered and mealymouthed response left me scratching my head, and I wonder whether his editors are scratching their heads too. And it's probably because his response means that he is continuing the charade of being some kind of objective news reporter, a charade the Post's editors are happy to allow considering how they portray him.

You see, under Jen Rubin's name at the Washington Post, we have this:

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Admitting the effects of the Bush tax cuts just to bash them

By on 10.11.11 | 11:48AM

Suzy Khimm of the Washington Post deserves special praise for noting just how much conservatives have done to keep taxes on the poor low (even if it is just to accuse them of hypocrisy). While covering Erick Erickson's "I am the 53 percent" rebuttal to the Occupy Wall Street "I am the 99 percent" cry, she writes that the logic is flawed:

But there is some tension between the site's critique and conservative tax policy. Part of the reason that over 40 percent of Americans don't pay taxes is because of the continual push to lower them - a cause that conservatives have championed. For example, while the Bush-era tax cuts benefited the wealthy, they also lowered taxes at every income level, making it "relatively easy for families of four making $50,000 to eliminate their income tax liability," as the Associated Press notes. Ronald Reagan's tax cuts, similarly, took many lower-income Americans off of the tax rolls, an accomplishment about which the Gipper was quite proud.

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Blamethrowers Ignited in Congress This Morning

By on 5.11.10 | 11:22AM

On the main site today I ruminate on the Gulf oil leak and BP's inability (so far) to stop the gush, while speculating how heavy a hit the company may take financially.
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More Creative Reporting About Tea Party Movement

By on 5.5.10 | 10:49AM

In an effort to spread their own views about Tea Partiers, the Washington Post today creates a story today out of thin material (their own poll) about how the "movement is struggling to overcome accusations of racism.
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