Thursday, August 24, 2006

Cal Thomas Need Not Worry: Bloggers Think Andrew Young's An Idiot, Just Like George Allen

Young Says He's The Victim of His Own Hate Speech
Normally, I wouldn't be jumping on any bandwagon that conservative columnist Cal Thomas would be riding on.
But he wondered whether all the bloggers as well as Jon Stewart -- who blasted away at Sen. George Allen for calling an opposition campaign worker a "macaca" will similarly get their girdles in a swing over Andrew Young, the former U.N. ambassador and Atlanta mayor turned Wal-Mart shill.
You may have read how Young, who was helping Wal-Mart improve his public image, told the Los Angeles Sentinel that, yes, Wal-Mart may have been responsible for running mom-and-pop stores out of minority neighborhoods, BUT:

"[T]hese are the people who have been overcharging us, selling us stale bred and bad meat and wilted vegetables. And they sold out and moved to Florida. I think they ripped off our communities enough. First it was the Jews, then it was Koreans, and now it's Arabs; very few people own these stores."

So, yes, Young is an idiot. Maybe at age 74, and his neurons are heading to the exit at a prodigious rate. Which would explain how he tried to weasel out of his remarks by saying they were "misread and misnterpreted."
All those years of goodwill built up as a civil rights leader and he pisses it away, perhaps finally saying out loud what he's felt all along.
Which was Thomas' point. Would there be sufficient outrage in the blogosphere for Young, as was reserved for Allen?
At least judging by Technorati, Thomas need not have anything to worry about. There's plenty of outrage to go around among bloggers, from the left and right. Jon Stewart? Well, give him a few days, Cal. There are few sacred cows at The Daily Show.
Meanwhile, if you want to hear Young continue to try to dig himself out from under his rhetoric, click here as he flagellates himself with the assistance of Anderson Cooper.
Now he says he's sorry. You be the judge.


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