Well, she’s certainly making a case for the title.
In a piece titled, “When white people lack “bourgeois values,” the Salon Editor at Large manages a race and class-baiting exacta, covering an alleged economic disdain shown by Republicans towards African-Americans, and charging the GOP with promoting policies which “shackle women to the home.”
In attacking a Rick Santorum speech on family values, in which he correctly stated, “When the family breaks down, the economy breaks down,” Walsh had this to say, my emphasis:
It’s a fascinating worldview that colors the entire GOP primary campaign, in which actual policies to help workers and families are rejected in favor of those that cut government and shackle women to the home, and it needs to be better understood.
It’s also another reminder that the prejudice and disdain Republicans once reserved for African-Americans has spread like a toxic mist to stigmatize a lot of other people, including a lot of white folks.
In citing proof of these allegations of prejudice towards white people, Walsh embarrassingly references the 46 million Americans on food stamps, the vast majority of whom are “white people.”
Embarrassing why? Because it was just last May that Walsh used the ‘food stamp’ argument to prove that Newt Gingrich had used the phrase as “coded racism” against “black people.” That was corrected here.
Calling the use of the term ‘food stamp,’ racist towards blacks, when a majority of those on food stamps are white, can only make sense in the mind of a bigot projecting their own true brand of racism.
Projection is a staple of the left. It is why they continue to harbor some of the more egregious offenders on the topic, whilst playing the race card at every turn. Rush Limbaugh summed it up best when he said the following:
“Democrats and liberals think that we, conservatives, are racists, sexists, and all those other things. In fact, it is they who are those things. It is liberals who look at a human and first notice a skin color, or gender; then they get into sexual orientation, then segment into all kinds of groups. This is the way they see people. They also use projection quite commonly and regularly, and so it is us, they think, who are racists and sexists.”
Projection. In this facet, Joan Walsh excels. It was a few short months ago that Walsh went off on a comparison of the Obama administration to The Planet of the Apes. A simple analogy to a movie for some, but Walsh, in her infinite wisdom, spotted something that nobody with cognitive reasoning skills could see: prejudice.
But it runs much, much deeper. Scanning headlines concocted by the Salon editor reveals a consistent pattern of including race in nearly every argument. It is so prevalent, one wonders if race is the only prism in which Walsh views the world.
This January alone, Walsh wrote five articles which contained derogatory comments directed toward the GOP about race. Here is a sampling from each:
“While African-Americans are still more likely than whites to see that conflict (between rich and poor), the percentage of whites who agree tripled… credit the GOP for creating the conditions that allowed income inequality to soar”
“…prejudice and disdain Republicans once reserved for African-Americans has spread like a toxic mist to stigmatize a lot of other people, including a lot of white folks.”
“…having a black president makes it seem safe, and necessary, to unwrap Reagan’s pretty paper and once again make plain the GOP’s political association between welfare and African-Americans.”
“… Santorum’s comment about black people is straight from the GOP playbook that created the “Reagan Democrats”… That playbook helped convince the white working class that the government is taking their money and giving it to undeserving black people.”
“Santorum is doing what Republicans have done since the 60s: Trying to turn white people against government programs, and the government itself, by implying they only help black people.”
And when she’s not race-baiting her readers, Walsh breaks out the class warfare rhetoric: Of the ten total articles in January, eight center on either race or wealth inequality.
Walsh’s trend of racial rhetoric is not simply recent. In July of 2010, she flat-out accused the right in general and the tea party specifically, of being racist. She wrote, “I honestly believe that the wanton use of that terrible term to defend Obama is part of why today, when there is genuine racism against the president from the right and within the Tea Party, it’s sometimes hard to get anyone to pay attention.” [my emphasis]
In that particular piece, Walsh ironically accused conservatives of distorting facts, and was immediately called out by a liberal colleague for actually distorting facts.
One of those Walsh had accused of distorting facts at that time was Daily Caller editor-in-chief, Tucker Carlson. In an e-mail conversation regarding her claims that Republican economic policies “keep women shackled to the home,” Carlson opined, “The economy can’t be too bad if Joan Walsh still has a job.”
As long as there is a liberal stranglehold on the media, there will always be a job out there for professionally intolerant and narrow-minded race-baiters like Joan Walsh.
Cross-posted at NewsBusters