'Klan' You Get It? NY Times Accuses GOP of 'Torchlight' Tactics
It wouldn't be election season without at least one member of the MSM associating Republicans with the Ku Klux Klan. And who better to oblige than the New York Times, in its editorial of this morning It’s Voter-Fooling Time in America. The Times presents its piece as a non-partisan hand-wringer over dirty or deceptive campaign tactics in the last weeks before Election Day. And the editorial does dutifully claim that Dems are "no less tempted to flash bare-knuckle mischief" than Republicans, and offers one example of a Connecticut Dem making a nasty claim about his opponent.
But when you get down into the details, you notice that the Times attributes every other dirty trick or hardball tactic described to Republicans and - sure enough - manages to work in an allusion to the KKK:
- In that very Connecticut race in which the Dem's wrist is slapped, the Republican is also cited for a misleading claim.
- "An ad for black voters in six states misrepresenting the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s politics in a staged chat between two black women: .Dr. King was a real man,' says one actress. 'You know he was a Republican,' the other chimes in." I'm wondering if the Times wrote an outraged editorial when in 2000 the NAACP analogized George Bush to someone dragging a black man behind his pickup?
- "Democrats in more than two dozen races are being falsely accused of wanting to give Social Security benefits to illegal immigrants."
- "One web site coated with obvious racism and xenophobia is MuchasGraciasDebbie.com, which skewers Senator Debbie Stabenow, Democrat of Michigan, dressing her digitally in a sombrero, grinning and declaring, 'No problema!'”
- "Lincoln is being falsely quoted by [presumably Republican] defenders of the Iraq war. The 16th president never said that Congressional critics who damage wartime morale 'should be arrested, exiled or hanged.'”
- And then there's the Klan accusation. The paper describes a letter circulating in California warning immigrants that voting in a federal election is a crime as "a contemporary spin on a classic scare tactic from torchlight politics." 'Klan' you get it?
Shall we tote up the Dem-to-Republican ratio of races in which the Times alleges dirty tactics? Let's see - works out to . . . 34:1, with an accusation of KKK-style racism against the GOP thrown in for good measure. How's that for even-handedness - Gray-Lady Style!
UPDATE - The Vietnamese Klansman? The Times omitted an inconvenient fact. The candidate whose campaign is accused of circulating that torchlight-tactic scare letter is Tan Nguyen, a Vietnamese-American. Has the Klan been undergoing some diversity training of its own?