Wash. Times Continues Its Fervent Race-Baiting Attacks

››› ››› CHELSEA RUDMAN

In an August 19 editorial titled, "Obama: Whites need not apply," The Washington Times declared that a recent executive order signed by President Obama to promote diversity in the federal workforce "will intensify programs that discriminate against white Americans." Indeed, The Washington Times' opinion pages have a history of vitriolic race-baiting attacks on Obama and his administration.

Wash. Times: Obama Workforce Diversity Initiative Means "Whites Need Not Apply"

Wash. Times Editorial: "Obama: Whites Need Not Apply." In an August 19 editorial, The Washington Times claimed that an executive order recently issued by President Obama "will intensify programs that discriminate against white Americans" and also claimed the federal workforce is already "a bit too diverse." The president's order was called, "Establishing a Coordinated Government-wide Initiative to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in the Federal Workforce." From the editorial:

The White House issued an executive order on Thursday titled "Establishing a Coordinated Government-wide Initiative to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in the Federal Workforce." The purpose of the order is "to promote the federal workplace as a model of equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion." In other words, it would be better for the government if public-spirited white workers sought employment elsewhere.

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The executive order says the federal government "must create a culture that encourages collaboration, flexibility and fairness to enable individuals to participate to their full potential." In the name of "fairness," however, the government will intensify programs that discriminate against white Americans by extending special privileges to everyone else. The order also says that "attaining a diverse, qualified workforce is one of the cornerstones of the merit-based civil service," though merit and ability are not the metrics of choice when measuring success in diversity-driven career programs.

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Compared to the general U.S. population, the federal force is a bit too diverse. Blacks are overrepresented by 6.9 percent compared to the civilian work force, Asians and Pacific Islanders by 1.2 percent, and American Indians are more than double their proportion of the population at large. White Americans, who make up about 70 percent of the work force, are underrepresented by around 4 percent. Hispanics are also underrepresented despite the Clinton-era executive order 13171, "Hispanic Employment in the Federal Government." [The Washington Times, 8/19/11, via Media Matters]

Wash. Times Has A History Of Race-Baiting Attacks

President Obama

Wash. Times' Tyrrell Suggested Obama Has "Racist" And "Anti-American" Views. In a July 20 Washington Times column, R. Emmett Tyrrell defended GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann's religious views, after she had left a church which had reportedly been associated with anti-Catholic viewpoints. Tyrrell further attacked Rev. Jeremiah Wright, claiming he "regularly spouted racist bilge and assessments of this country that were frankly anti-American." Tyrrell went on to suggest that "[s]ome of [Wright's] views were very close to those expressed here and abroad by President Obama." [The Washington Times, 7/20/11, via Media Matters]

Wash. Times' Kuhner: Obama Has "Black Nationalist Sympathies." In an April 26 Washington Times column headlined, "Obama's black nationalism," Times columnist Jeffrey Kuhner wrote that "[i]t is clear by his actions and affiliations that [President] Obama has black nationalist sympathies." He further claimed that Obama's "racial socialist politics are alien to the American tradition. They belong more to the Third World."

The Times included the following image with Kuhner's editorial:

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[The Washington Times, 4/26/11, via Media Matters]

Wash. Times: Obama Is A "Bigoted Man." In a March 1 editorial about gun control, which called "restrictions on things like the size of handgun machines" "pointless," the Times wrote that Obama is "a bigoted man who derisively describes small-town America as a place where people 'cling to guns.' " [The Washington Times, 3/1/11, via Media Matters]

Pruden: Obama Lacks "Blood Impulse" For What America "Is About" Due To "Kenyan Father," "Mother Attracted To Men Of The Third World." In a November 17, 2009, Times column, Washington Times editor emeritus Wesley Pruden wrote that Obama "has no natural instinct or blood impulse" for what America "is about" because "[h]e was sired by a Kenyan father, born to a mother attracted to men of the Third World and reared by grandparents in Hawaii." From Pruden's column (emphasis added):

Now we know why Mr. Obama stunned everyone with an earlier similar bow to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, only the bow to the Japanese emperor was far more flamboyant, a sign of a really deep sense of inferiority. He was only practicing his bow in Riyadh. Sometimes rituals are learned with difficulty. It took Bill Clinton months to learn how to return a military salute worthy of a commander in chief; like any draft dodger, he kept poking a thumb in his eye until he finally got it. Mr. Obama, on the other hand, seems right at home now giving a wow of a bow. This is not the way an American president impresses evildoers that he's strong, tough and decisive, that America is not to be trifled with.

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But Mr. Obama, unlike his predecessors, likely knows no better, and many of those around him, true children of the grungy '60s, are contemptuous of custom. Cutting America down to size is what attracts them to "hope" for "change." It's no fault of the president that he has no natural instinct or blood impulse for what the America of "the 57 states" is about. He was sired by a Kenyan father, born to a mother attracted to men of the Third World and reared by grandparents in Hawaii, a paradise far from the American mainstream. [The Washington Times, 11/17/09, via Media Matters]

Obama And Administration Officials

Wash. Times' Nugent Used New Black Panthers Case As An Excuse For Race-Baiting. In a July 7, 2010, Washington Times column -- subtitled, "Obama protects the racists who back him" -- Times columnist Ted Nugent used the manufactured scandal surrounding the New Black Panther Party voter-intimidation case as an opportunity for race-baiting. Nugent accused Attorney General Eric Holder of "fanning the flames of racism" based on his comments during Black History Month. He also wrote:

President Obama then waded into the racial rapids in another matter by jumping to conclusions and siding with his black professor buddy who rightfully had been arrested by a white Cambridge, Mass., cop for resisting arrest. Turns out the facts did not support Mr. Obama's initial statements. The uproar over this racially charged situation caused the president to invite the white arresting officer and his black professor buddy to the White House for beers. So very presidential.

Moreover, before he was elected president, for more than 20 years, Mr. Obama and his family attended a church run by a maniacally racist minister who preached black racist theology. Mr. Obama quit the church when an ungodly, damning video of his racist minister came to light, unbelievably claiming he had missed the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's viciousness all those years. Yeah, right, and "Wango Tango" is a love song.

Are there racist flames here? That's for you to decide. [The Washington Times, 7/7/10, via Media Matters]

For more on the right-wing media's manufactured scandal on the New Black Panthers case, SEE HERE.

Nugent Called Holder A "Racist Punk." In a March 14 Washington Times column, Nugent repeatedly called Holder "racist," highlighting a request by the Department of Justice that the city of Dayton, Ohio, lower the passing scores for its police exams because they reportedly did "not meet terms of a lawsuit settlement that require the city to hire more black police and firefighters." Nugent further wrote that Obama should "fire the racist punk Mr. Holder for a pattern of ugly racist statements and behavior." From Nugent's column:

Flunking is the new norm at racist Eric H. Holder Jr.'s Department of Injustice. In yet another ugly, blatant and defining racist move, Mr. Holder is forcing the city of Dayton, Ohio, to lower the passing threshhold on the test for those wanting to be police officers because not enough black recruits passed the exam.

Instead of attracting the best and brightest to serve the public, racist Mr. Holder will now ensure that the good residents of Dayton will be protected by dunce cops who score the equivalent of a D or F on the entrance exam.

Entrance exam scores may also be lowered for firefighters so that more black applicants can be accepted.

What Mr. Holder clearly wants by forcing his racist substandards on the good citizens of Dayton is to ensure people he favors get a fair shake at becoming cops by lowering the standards to such a degree that there might as well not be any entrance exams.

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Leaving aside that Mr. Holder's Department of Injustice should stay the heck out of Dayton's entrance exam standards (which were already pathetically low), the issue that should boil the blood of Dayton residents is that their tax dollars will pay the salaries of public employees who are functionally illiterate -- the very bottom of the barrel.

So much for excellence, right, Eric the racist?

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Maybe President Obama will come to Dayton and have a beer with angry citizens and try and assuage their concerns. What the president should do is fire the racist punk Mr. Holder for a pattern of ugly racist statements and behavior.

Unfortunately, Mr. Holder passed Mr. Obama's low, low standards.

Racism lives, and it lives in the Obama crony administration. How sad. [The Washington Times, 3/14/11, via Media Matters]

For more on the Dayton police exams, SEE HERE.

Other Race-Baiting Attacks

Wash. Times Editorial Attacked Navy For Focusing On Diversity In The Officer Corps. In an August 2, 2010, editorial, The Washington Times attacked the Navy for focusing on diversity in the officer corps, writing that "we'd prefer that the Navy's top priority be fighting and winning our nation's wars rather than engaging in social experimentation." [The Washington Times, 8/2/10, via Media Matters]

Wash. Times Claimed Dodd-Frank Bill Was "A Backdoor Way Of Instituting A Racial Quota System." A July 14, 2010, Washington Times editorial headlined, "Quotas by proxy in Dodd-Frank bill," claimed the bill would allow "federal hacks [to] pressure a vast array of private companies to make hiring decisions based on race," adding, "It is a backdoor way of instituting a racial quota system." [The Washington Times, 7/14/10, via Media Matters]

For more on the false claim that Dodd-Frank created racial quotas, SEE HERE.

Wash. Times Promoted Self-Described White Nationalist Website. In an August 15, 2005, column, The Washington Times quoted from a column that originally appeared on the website VDARE.com, an anti-immigration site that describes itself as "white nationalist." The excerpt from the VDARE column argued in favor of social Darwinism, misleadingly claiming: "[S]omebody should ask liberal pundits if they believe in the preservation of favored races in the struggle for life. I bet not many would agree. Yet that's the subtitle to Darwin's 'The Origin of Species.'" [The Washington Times, 8/15/05, via Media Matters]

For more on the misuse of Darwin's theories, SEE HERE.

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