Post goes all regressive
If the Washington Post had published an article in its Politics section on Republican Sarah Palin's shoes during the 2008 presidential election, it would have been excoriated. But it had no qualms about devoting space in an edition last week to the shoe choice of Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris.
Valerie Jarrett, a White House advisor to former Democratic President Barack Obama, said recently in an article written with a group of anti-sexism activists that media outlets "reporting, even as an aside, on a woman's looks ... is sexist news coverage unless the same analysis is applied to every candidate."
The Washington Free Beacon, in a news analysis, said it could not find a single instance in which a report was made on the shoe choice of Vice President Mike Pence.
The Post's look at Harris's "black, low-rise Chuck Taylor All-Stars, the classic Converse shoe that has long been associated more closely with cultural cool than carefully managed high-profile candidacies," was soundly mocked on Twitter.
"Funny how libs can gush over fashion choices of their lib favs," tweeted Trump campaign legal adviser Jenna Ellis, "but if a conservative even hints at a woman's look, we're sexist bigots."
"Glad to see the Washington Post bringing back the high level of scrutiny readers enjoyed during the Obama years," Daily Telegraph opinion editor James Morrow said.
Intentional misrepresentation or gaffe?
Hoping to make a mark in battleground state Michigan, which voted for Donald Trump in 2016, Democratic candidate Joe Biden told a crowd in Warren last week that more than 6,000 members of the military have died from the coronavirus.
"Military COVID infected: 118,984," the former vice president said while reading a list of statistics. "Military COVID deaths: 6,114."
Biden's point was make people believe President Trump has mishandled everything to do with the virus.
The problem was the actual number of members of the military who have died is seven, according to the Department of Defense. And the number of people in the military who have been infected is just above 40,000.
The numbers were so far off that Biden either intentionally inflated the numbers, didn't understand the statistics he was reading or was given the wrong information. And if he was given the wrong numbers, the fact that he didn't catch such a huge error makes us wonder how up he is on the latest information.
Later, the Biden campaign said the candidate misspoke — that he had cited Michigan numbers, but those were slightly off too.
George Washington whitewash
Jessica A. Krug, an associate professor at George Washington University who has claimed Black and Latin heritage, revealed she was white in an article in Medium.com last week and now has resigned her job.
"To an escalating degree over my adult life," she wrote, "I have eschewed my lived experience as a white Jewish child in suburban Kansas City under various assumed identities within a Blackness that I had no right to claim: first North African Blackness, then US rooted Blackness, then Caribbean rooted Bronx Blackness."
Krug is not the first leftist to misrepresent her culture.
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, for years claimed to be Native American and even received job advancements for that status. And Rachel Dolezal, a former college instructor and local chapter president of the NAACP who called herself Nkechi Amare Dialio, identified and passed as a Black woman until her white parents publicly stated that she was not Black.
Krug, who wrote extensively about Africa, Latin America, the diaspora and identity in her made-up culture, blamed her actions on "demons."
"To say that I clearly have been battling some unaddressed mental health demons for my entire life, as both an adult and child, is obvious," she said.
A neon green toy gun owned by a black 12-year-old Colorado Springs student was lifted into view while being moved from one side of his computer screen to the other during his virtual school class recently, and the seventh-grader was suspended from school for five days.
Let's review: virtual classroom, toy gun, accidental view, school suspension. Yet, elsewhere, students are allowed to berate, curse and harm teachers with impunity. Perspective has been severely misplaced in some of our public schools.
The teacher at Grand Mountain School, according to KDVR, told the school's vice principal about "a very serious issue with waving around a toy gun," and he suspended the student, Isaiah Elliott. He also called the El Paso County Sheriff's Office to report the toy gun, and officers visited the boy's home.
The boy's mother, Dani Elliott, said the teacher admitted to her "that she knew it was a toy" but claimed the student's "safety was of the utmost importance."