Yet More Journamalism From the Washington Post (Why Oh Why Can't We Have a Better Press Corps?)
Matthew Yglesias inspects the sleazy Richard Cohen:
Matthew Yglesias | TPMCafe: Phase one of the Dubai port pushback has been for the President's defenders to call his critics racists and dismiss our concerns as baseless. After all, the Coast Guard will still be running security. Well, the Coast Guard turns out to have concerns. Thus, Richard Cohen and his phase-two pushback:
Would that anyone could say the same about many of the deal's critics. Whatever their concerns may be, whatever their fears, they would not have had them, expressed them or seen them in print had the middle name of the United Arab Emirates been something else.
I think I would need to be a card-carrying rightwinger to have an appropriate reply to this kind of racial demagoguery. The problem isn't that my concerns are without merit. My concerns may well have merit. But whatever my concerns may be they should be ruled out of bounds because Cohen knows -- he just knows -- that really, deep down, they're just motivated by racism. This is like a six year-old's approach to argumentation.
Matthew: I'm sure that at six you had a more adult and less sleazy approach to argumentation than this. I know my children did. You have to be a grownup Washington Post columnist to sink this low.