William Jacobson has compiled an impressive list of apologies that are owed now that the left-wing blogosphere and Democratic media operatives have found the Religion of Context when it comes to Shirley Sherrod. We’re also still awaiting an apology (or corrrection, or clarification) from Matt Bai for his derogation of Tea Party protesters. Last week Bai wrote in the New York Times:
The question of racism in the amorphous Tea Party movement is, of course, a serious one, since so much of the Republican Party seems to be in the thrall of its activists. There have been scattered reports around the country of racially charged rhetoric within the movement, most notably just before the vote on the new health care law last March, when Representative John Lewis, Democrat of Georgia, the legendary civil rights leader, was showered with hateful epithets outside the Capitol.
The fundamental problem with Bai’s assertion regarding the “most notable” racist incident is that it didn’t happen. It’s a big lie. A complete and utter crock. Thus the failure of any independent witness or journalist to vouch for the story, and the failure of any video to corroborate it and win Andrew Breitbart’s $100,000 reward. On the contrary, the video record decisively refutes the story.
Rep. Andre Carson worked like hell to peddle the story of the phantom n-word on March 20, but he hasn’t had much to say about it since. This week Carson finally offered a few more words about the story. Carson’s words consist of little more than a ludicrous insult of Andrew Breitbart. Carson’s statement nevertheless elicited a good video summarizing the problems with Carson’s story (below).
Let’s just say we’re still waiting for Lefty — at the Congressional Black Caucus, at McClatachy News, at the New York York Times and elsewhere — to offer up the apologies that are owed.