Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Breaking the Code

After first transgressing at NPR, and then multiplying his sins by taking a job at FOX News, I guess we shouldn't be surprised to learn that Juan Williams is trying hard to reestablish his liberal bona fides.

Writing for The Hill, Williams accuses the GOP of using racial "code" words:
The language of GOP racial politics is heavy on euphemisms that allow the speaker to deny any responsibility for the racial content of his message. The code words in this game are “entitlement society” — as used by Mitt Romney — and “poor work ethic” and “food stamp president” — as used by Newt Gingrich. References to a lack of respect for the “Founding Fathers” and the “Constitution” also make certain ears perk up by demonizing anyone supposedly threatening core “old-fashioned American values. 
The code also extends to attacks on legal immigrants, always carefully lumped in with illegal immigrants, as people seeking “amnesty” and taking jobs from Americans.
Good grief.

It seems to me that when used by a liberal the word "code" is code for "I'm about to play the race card."

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