Hey Zen, you’re sooooo right. Republicans are having a field day with it. Colin Powell got sacked, Condoleeza Rice committed suicide rather than be fired, and Miguel Estrada’s judicial nomination just got flushed because the Republicans don’t need to pretend any more.
Oh, wait, none of that happened (except for Estrada’s nomination getting flushed, but that’s by the Democrats who don’t want Bush to get a “win” by putting a qualified conservative hispanic on the DC court – there’s no poll taxes any more, just litmus tests, so unless you’re a Democratic “house slave” – with thanks to Harry Belafonte, well-regarded black musician, for making it ok to use the phrase again – you can’t advance). My bad. I must be a black journalist.
Oh, wait, I’m a ghostie. Well, I guess I have no excuse, then!
Let’s get something straight, people: Jayson Blair’s race had nothing to do with his laziness and dishonesty. Zero, nada, zip. Just look at Mike Barnicle if you want the other side of the color coin.
On the other hand, Blair’s race apparently had everything to do with why the NYT hired and kept him – the NYT’s own editorial on the subject says so, albeit in “liberal code” about “diversity” – despite having learned of his fraud and plagiarism at least a year ago, probably more like two years ago. He was hired through a diversity program, promoted based on same, and retained because the NYT valued his skin color more than their own reputation.
Isn’t that a Democratic/“liberal” sort of problem? I mean, they’re the side that wants skin color to matter for work, school, and public contracts. I even remember the Harvard recruiter at my school’s college fair, 20 or so years ago, talking about how they’d admitted an “underprivileged” black girl with a 400 SAT score (combined). He then looked embarassed and muttered something about her flunking out later. No doubt she was glad for the opportunity to improve herself, although you have to wonder how she felt about being thrown out, and whether her record kept her from getting into a college where she might have a chance. Of course, nowadays, Harvard has eliminated that worry by giving all of their students good grades. But I digress.
The Wall Street Journal has an entry on the Blair thing in today’s (well, yesterday’s, in their timezone) Best of the Web Today:
It references the NYT’s column on the scandal, which brings up the “diversify”, “diversity”, “diversification”, “it’s not about his race, though, really!” points:
nytimes.com/2003/05/11/natio … wanted=all
No doubt some leftie is going to call me a racist now. That’s just “liberal code” for “you’re right, but since we can’t admit that because it conflicts with our political agenda, we’re going to lynch you.”
Hire (and fire) based on qualifications, not quotas. Judge individuals based on their character, not the color of their skin. Too bad the NYT can’t accept Martin Luther King’s attitudes. . . .