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Salon’s Joan Walsh gives right-wingers tips on ‘how not to seem racist’


You don’t want to seem like a racist, do you? You’re in luck then, because Salon’s Joan Walsh, author of “What’s the Matter with White People,” has published a handy guide for racist right-wingers who want to hide their true nature. You’re welcome to read the whole thing, but in short, your best bet is to not criticize the first family, especially about their spending habits. Walsh writes:

The theme of most right-wing stories on Sasha, Malia and Michelle Obama’s vacations and leisure-time activities seems to be that they’re entitled princesses, when they do exactly the same kinds of things other presidents’ families have done throughout history. There’s only one difference I can see.

Hmm … what possible difference could that be? The lavish vacations taken with the nation’s $16 trillion debt looming in the background? The nation’s recent dive over the fiscal cliff? Sequestration cuts that threaten school tours and military scholarships? Nah, just kidding.

Joan Walsh: Conscience of Black America. RT @mboyle1 Wow. So @joanwalsh just called me a “racist”…

— Jon Gabriel (@ExJon) March 26, 2013

Shorter @joanwalsh: First Family vacationsmore important than manning airport control towers. #PlaneCrashVictimsCanEatCake

— John Nolte(@NolteNC) March 26, 2013

Question for @joanwalsh: How is it not racist to treat, as you do, black kids differently than white kids? Thanks in advance. #hack

— RB (@RBPundit) March 26, 2013

Now comes the part where @joanwalsh pretends to ignore her mentions until someone says something she can remotely label “racist.”

— RB (@RBPundit) March 26, 2013

I see Barack Obama as the President. @joanwalsh sees him as the Black President. A very telling distinction.

— Jon Gabriel (@ExJon) March 26, 2013

In the progressives’ world, constant & obsessive race consciousness is mandatory and strictly policed. @exjon @joanwalsh

— The JGPetruna ® (@jgpetruna) March 26, 2013

Way too busy today to point out why @joanwalsh is a ridiculous, lying hack, but it looks like you guys got it covered. Thanks. (RAAACISSSS)

— Adam (@GPIA7R) March 26, 2013

[email protected]joanwalsh put down the race card and step away from twitter. Oh, try not to be a hypocrite and practice what you preach.

— Michael (@TerpNC) March 26, 2013

@dloesch HEY @joanwalsh come up with an original argument.The racist one is over.

— Lisa Jones (@metalchick007) March 26, 2013

Whenever @joanwalsh rears that pasty white head you can be sure that she’s going to be calling someone a racist. It’s her only trick.

— RB (@RBPundit) March 26, 2013

Walsh also calls out right-wing journalists for not following the unwritten rule of first family coverage: “Reporters don’t write about minor first children except when they’re attending ‘official or semi-official events.’”

The inclusion of “minor” is important, because it frees Walsh from the need to defend her 2001 piece about the Bush daughters’ “partying.” “There’s no evidence either twin has a drinking problem,” Walsh wrote in a piece curiously headlined, “The first family’s alcohol troubles.” Mediaite helpfully pointed out the contradiction.

Hey, remember when @joanwalsh didn’t care so much about the privacy of the president’s kids?…

— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) March 27, 2013

@joanwalsh Is that what you did with Bush’s Daughters, treat them with respect?

— ConservativeHick (@ConservativeHic) March 26, 2013

Like when you insuated the Bush daughters were alcoholics like dad? MT @joanwalsh Try treating the president’s daughters with respect

— J.R. Salzman (@jrsalzman) March 26, 2013

@joanwalsh Were you against the obsessive coverage of Jenna and Barbara Bush when they were still teenagers? Was that coverage racist?

— Santos L. Halper (@TheFoyeEffect) March 26, 2013

This is how @joanwalsh follows her own advice and treats Presidential kids with respect:… #hacktastic #pastywhite

— RB (@RBPundit) March 26, 2013

So, in summary, @joanwalsh is basically saying that black president’s kids should be treated differently than white president’s kids.

— RB (@RBPundit) March 26, 2013

So @joanwalsh says a President’s kids are off limits… unless it’s a GOP President I guess. Don’t take my word for it:

— Michi I. (@michi83) March 26, 2013

@joanwalsh you have a short memory when it comes to covering POTUS kids. You should seek help.

— Andrew Jackson (@10uhseejed) March 26, 2013

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