As I have repeatedly pointed out, the use of false accusations of racism is a standard left-wing tactic against political opponents. It's so prevalent that there are probably leftists smearing people as I write this sentence. It was no surprise to read the latest story going through the blogosphere, showing how this smear tactic was employed during the Reverend Wright crisis phase of Obama's presidential campaign.
I sometimes refer to various prominent liberal bloggers as "left-wing hacks," and for good reason. Consider the case of Spencer Ackerman, a shameless, intellectually dishonest propagandist masquerading as an opinion journalist for the Washington Independent.
In one instance, Spencer Ackerman of the Washington Independent urged his colleagues to deflect attention from Obama’s relationship with Wright by changing the subject. Pick one of Obama’s conservative critics, Ackerman wrote, “Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists.”Advocating a smear campaign against a random conservative pundit for political reasons -- yeah, that's journalism.
The U.S. has made tremendous progress in race relations, but obviously racism is still a significant problem. There are many instances of real racism taking place all the time. The constant false accusations of racism coming from the left trivialize a serious issue, and make it easier to dismiss real instances. It's bad enough when false smears of racism come from the ignorant fools who make up much of the left-wing blogosphere. But it would be nice if those actually pretending to be journalists held themselves to a higher standard.