NYT’s Paul Krugman Calls Republicans Racists

I wonder how many NewsBusters readers knew they were racist.

After all, if the New York Times publishes a column saying that we are, it's got to be so given that it is the paper of record in this country, correct?

Ironically, it does seem fitting days after the civil rights protests in Jena, Louisiana, that one of the Times' leading columnists would point fingers at the Party largely responsible for getting civil rights laws passed four decades ago.

Yet, that didn't stop the Times' Paul Krugman, as facts never seem to matter whenever he puts his fingers on a keyboard. As such, for those that can stomach it, here were the lowlights of his "Politics in Black and White" (emphasis added throughout):

Consider voting in last year's Congressional elections. Republicans, as President Bush conceded, received a "thumping," with almost every major demographic group turning against them. The one big exception was Southern whites, 62 percent of whom voted Republican in House races.

And yes, Southern white exceptionalism is about race, much more than it is about moral values, religion, support for the military or other explanations sometimes offered. There's a large statistical literature on the subject, whose conclusion is summed up by the political scientist Thomas F. Schaller in his book "Whistling Past Dixie": "Despite the best efforts of Republican spinmeisters to depict American conservatism as a nonracial phenomenon, the partisan impact of racial attitudes in the South is stronger today than in the past."

Here, as is typical for this shameless pol, Krugman ignored some of the other pertinent statistics from the 2006 elections. After all, if 62 percent of Southern whites voting for Republicans proves racism, what does 89 percent of blacks around the country voting for Democrats indicate?

Frankly, as it pertains to race, this statistic is by far the most skewed towards one Party. What does that say, Mr. Krugman?

Of course, like any shameless pol, Krugman ignored all data that might controvert or complicate the nonsense he was spewing as he continued his racist finger-pointing:

Republican politicians, who understand quite well that the G.O.P.'s national success since the 1970s owes everything to the partisan switch of Southern whites, have tacitly acknowledged this reality. Since the days of Gerald Ford, just about every Republican presidential campaign has included some symbolic gesture of approval for good old-fashioned racism.

Thus Ronald Reagan, who began his political career by campaigning against California's Fair Housing Act, started his 1980 campaign with a speech supporting states' rights delivered just outside Philadelphia, Miss., where three civil rights workers were murdered. In 2000, Mr. Bush made a pilgrimage to Bob Jones University, famed at the time for its ban on interracial dating.

Frankly, I can't read any more. This man is so much a part of the problem in this country that I refuse to reprint another word of this detritus.

However, coming exactly two weeks after the Times published MoveOn's disgraceful "General Betray Us" ad, conservatives around the country better be prepared for these kinds of attacks during this election cycle.

America's press want a Democrat in the White House, and they're willing to say anything to accomplish that goal, including calling all of us racists!

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