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So last week a staffer for the erstwhile Steve Lonegan for Senate campaign sent out a tweet that purported to be Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s debate notes. It included a map of Newark that labeled the parts of Newark as third world countries and areas where mostly people with dark skin live.
According to Rick Shaftan, an extremely conservative activist and long-time Lonegan booster and campaign consultant, as soon as Lonegan heard about it he demanded it be taken down. Lonegan immediately recognized it was offensive and inappropriate (though took no responsibility for hiring the staffer who is still with the campaign).
So the candidate himself, the owner of the Twitter account, the guy at whom the buck stops says the tweet was offensive, unacceptable, in poor taste, problematic, bad form, etc., etc., etc.
Needless to say, many others found it offensive as well. Cory Booker is one. Many other Democrats. They said so. So did fairly reliable conservative Bob Ingle.
The Associated Press, in what can only be described as an extensive effort to prostrate itself before their most holy of media gods False Equivalence, used this headline:
Lonegan campaign tweet labeled offensive, taken down
Labeled offensive? Seriously? Apparently the AP is too scared to actually call an obviously racist and bigoted public utterance of a campaign what it is, an “offensive tweet.”
This is one of the reasons why our traditional media is so awful these days: they’re unwilling to state basic facts if there’s a chance one side or the other (usually the right) might call fowl.
And, no, that’s not a typo: the media is chicken.