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UPDATE: WaPo Offers Weak 'Clarification' After Running Racist Smear of Clarence Thomas

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Following the justified and substantial blowback received by The Washington Post for its casual racism disguised as straight news, WaPo added a mere "clarification" to its story:


A previous version of this story imprecisely referred to Justice Clarence Thomas's opinions as often reflecting the thinking of White conservatives, rather than conservatives broadly. That reference has been removed.

Uh, no. That doesn't make anything right. Casual racism is not something WaPo needed to clarify — it was plainly clear to everyone that they were engaging in biased partisan race-baiting in what they pretended was "news."

The Washington Post is acting like getting caught being racist nonsense only requires a "clarification" due to "imprecisely" stating that a black Supreme Court justice can't think for himself and only exists as a mouthpiece for white conservatives. A retraction of the alleged news story and an apology to Justice Thomas — and black conservatives — would be more fitting.

Original Post: 

The "Democracy Dies in Darkness" crew over at The Washington Post are out with a new report on the Supreme Court that proves just how inane and gross their opposition to conservatives has become. The supposedly straight news story — not some lunatic liberal op-ed — is on how "Jim Clyburn saved Biden’s candidacy — and now has the president’s ear on Supreme Court picks" by WaPo's Cleve R. Wootson Jr. and Marianna Sotomayor. 

In framing a quote from Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), WaPo decided to characterize Justice Clarence Thomas as "the Black justice whose rulings often resemble the thinking of White conservatives." Big yikes. 


In just one line, The Washington Post erased the existence of black conservatives, implied that Justice Thomas is some sort of race-traitor, and issued what may be one of the dumbest characterizations in its disgraceful recent history. 

It's hardly the first time Justice Thomas' mere existence has caused the mainstream media to expose themselves as the racists they apparently are in their own words, but it's disgusting to see the allegedly woke antiracists engage in casual racism under the guise of "news."

The Washington Post's report on Joe Biden's quest to fill an upcoming SCOTUS vacancy conveniently neglects to mention the fact that Clarence Thomas' 1991 confirmation to the Supreme Court was assaulted by what Thomas called a "high-tech lynching," something that was led by Joe Biden himself.


But that fact is inconvenient to the false liberal narrative that Biden is a lifelong ally to black Americans and that black conservatives are incapable of thinking or acting for themselves. What Thomas said in 1991 is just as true today about how liberals continue treat black conservatives. 

As another great man, Thomas Sowell, once explained, "racism is not dead, but it is on life support — kept alive by politicians, race hustlers and people who get a sense of superiority by denouncing others as 'racists.'" Once again, the race hustlers are the mainstream media — WaPo in this instance — trying to make themselves superior to one of the Supreme Court's greatest justices by smearing him with the implication he doesn't think for himself.

As my Hot Air colleague Ed Morrissey put it: "This bon mot in a reported analysis about Rep. James Clyburn’s credibility doesn’t even qualify as a dog whistle. It’s as subtle as an air horn."


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