Normally when someone important passes I do a Rest In Peace post. However given Byrd’s Klan past, I just cannot bring myself to actually post such a title.
The media also seems to be having some difficulty with Byrd’s Klan history.
Newsbusters: When Republican Sen. Strom Thurmond died, the MSM was quick to stress his segregationist past. The New York Times ran the headline “Strom Thurmond, Foe of Integration, Dies at 100,” leaving readers to imagine the South Carolinian had remained an advocate of segregation. The very first line of USA Today’s story described Thurmond as “the nation’s most prominent segregationist.”
Strange how the MSM can suddenly become reticent about mentioning someone’s segregationist past when the late politician in question is a Democrat. On Morning Joe today, Mark Halperin and Mike Barnicle used elliptical language worthy of a State Department dispatch to avoid mentioning that Byrd had been a member and leader of the Ku Klux Klan.
In the opening paragraph of this blog item, the NY Times’ headline on the death of Strom Thurmond was noted: “Strom Thurmond, Foe of Integration, Dies at 100“.
The Grey Lady’s headline today? Robert Byrd, Respected Voice of the Senate, Dies at 92
I am certain that there are more than a few Democrats who are now breathing a sigh of relief now that Byrd is gone. Robert Byrd was living proof and a constant reminder of the Democrats true history regarding segregation and the Civil Rights struggle. Now that he is gone, Democrats can now press on with their revisionist history safe in the knowledge that there will be no one in the media to correct them.
Via: The New York Times