Monday, June 28, 2010

FLASHBACK: NY Times Writer Adam Clymer Eulogized Strom Thurmond As "Foe of Integration," vs. Former KKK Robert Byrd As "Respected Voice of the Senate"

Robert Byrd's death this morning and the media coverage brings to mind how the media also covered the death of segregationist Democrat turned Republican Strom Thurmond in 2003.

Adam "Major League Asshole" Clymer wrote Thurmond's obit in the June 27, 2003 New York Slimes, calling him a "foe of integration." Never mind that Thurmond repudiated his earlier segregationist views upon becoming a Republican, and appointed many blacks to offices.
Byrd, in contrast, was called by Clymer a "respected voice of the Senate" in today's Slimes obit.
Thurmond's 1948 run for President as a segregationist Dixiecrat (Southern Democrat) was highlighted in paragraph three, while Byrd's filibuster of the 1964 Civil Rights act was paragraph 15, followed in the next graph by his membership in the racist terrorist group, the Ku Klux Klan.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I saw that comparison. What a joke.