Thursday, July 26, 2018

The Washington Post’s idea of a “good summer” for socialists


The following article appeared in Powerline on July 25th

By Paul Mirengoff

Here are the first two paragraphs of a front-page Washington Post story by Dave Weigel:

It has been a good summer for the Democratic Socialists of America.

On June 20, members of the organization’s Metro D.C. chapter confronted Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen at a Mexican restaurant downtown, chasing her out and making national news.

Let that sink in.

Can you imagine the Washington Post saying this about a far-right group that had chased, say, Eric Holder out of a restaurant, thereby “making national news”? I didn’t think so.

Weigel is, and always has been, a nasty piece of work. Thus, it’s not surprising that he would tout chasing a public official out of a restaurant as evidence of “a good summer.”

But the Post still has editors, I think. And the Post hired Weigel despite his history.

Keep this mind the next time, following an instance of aggressive conservative activism, the Post tut-tuts about the breakdown of civility in our politics. And keep in mind Weigel’s history of such tut-tutting, as when he accused conservatives of using the media to “violently, angrily divide America.”

In Weigel’s world, when conservatives get angry, they are violently dividing America. When leftists act out their anger, they are having a “good summer.”

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