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The Washington Post Can Do Better by J.D. Vance

Lumping in Vance with Steve King, who has said reprehensible, racist things and has been stripped of all his committee duties by his own party, and snubbed by President Trump in his own home state, is in itself a terrible smear and irresponsible journalism. The fact that the Washington Post's editors didn't bother to catch this prior to publication is indeed revealing of their blindness.

The editors at the Washington Post have no filter whatsoever when publishing opinion slop fed to them by their own woke tennis pals. They have polished their woke stone so often that they’ve gone blind. Tuesday, they published an SJW porn piece by Marissa Brostoff, who works for social justice think tank Political Research Associates, which smeared J.D. Vance, as a white nationalist.

Vance is the author of “Hillbilly Elegy,” perhaps the least white nationalist book ever written about white Appalachia. Ron Howard is making a movie out of the book. He met his wife, Usha Vance, at Yale Law School. She is an Indian-American (as in, not white). Usha clerked for none other than now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh before his appointment to the high court.

Lumping in Vance with Rep. Steve King, who has said reprehensible, racist things and has been stripped of all his committee duties by his own party, and snubbed by President Trump in his own home state, is in itself a terrible smear and irresponsible journalism. The fact that the Washington Post’s editors didn’t bother to catch this prior to publication is indeed revealing of their blindness.

Add this to the parade of janky pieces trashing high school kids for daring to wear MAGA hats in Washington, D.C. while vile activists chanted epithets at them, and you have a culture of woke blindness in operation. They literally can’t tell the difference between David Duke (or Steve King) and J.D. Vance.

Wednesday morning, the Post’s editors made a weak effort to apologize:

EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier version of this story suggested that the author J.D. Vance lamented a falloff in white births; he was actually talking about American births.

“How white nationalists aligned themselves with the antiabortion movement,” Washington Post, August 27, 2019

Oh–so sorry, Vance wasn’t talking about white births, he was talking about American births! The editors removed the reference to Vance entirely from the article, but the editor’s note isn’t really better than the trash Brostoff penned in the first place. The lumping is done; nowhere do we see a statement that “J.D. Vance should not have been included in this article because he’s not a white supremacist and does not condone white supremacist views.”

Instead, we have a spoonful of sugar to make the SJW medicine go down. We have more polishing the woke stone, for others who are going blind.

The Washington Post should do better.

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