The Washington Post has published a full-on attack piece against Herschel Walker, the former college football star and pro player who has been endorsed by Donald Trump in his effort to become a Republican Senator in Georgia. Walker is running against Democrat Raphael Warnock, who probably only won his seat in the January 2021 special election because Trump wouldn’t shut up about how he really won the 2020 election, and then a mob of idiots triggered by those claims stormed the Capitol. The Post’s anti-Walker piece is unusually tough, but Walker is an unusually inviting target. I would be more charitable to the Post’s motives if I had ever seen the paper be similarly critical of a black Democrat.
There is a rebuttable presumption that the Post’s anti-Walker fervor is at least partially a product of Trump Derangement: if Trump has endorsed him, Walker must be…well, cue the Birds Lady:
However, as Ethics Alarms has already noted, Walker does show the signs of an untrustworthy candidate, Trump notwithstanding. Thus the Post’s examination of other disturbing aspects of his character, background and statements would be just good journalism—if it devoted similar efforts to Democrats and progressives. It doesn’t. The Post looked the other way when Warnock was running for the Senate and his wife made credible accusations of spousal abuse, for example. That doesn’t mean the the Post should ignore Walker’s unsavory side, but playing favorites is unethical journalism.
One of the Walker statements quoted by the Post is enough for me: I wouldn’t need more to decide to write in the Easter Bunny rather than vote for him. At a Sugar Hill, Georgia church Walker said in March, “At one time, science said man came from apes. Did it not? Well, this is what’s interesting, though. If that is true, why are there still apes? Think about it.”
Yikes. I have thought about it, and anyone who would say or think something like that has the critical thinking skills of a sea sponge and is brick-ignorant to boot. That’s signature significance for a candidate who shouldn’t get into the Senate without a ticket. Everything else the Post reveals, including disturbing stories about Walker’s emotional stability, is piling on after that.
1. A hit piece of similar vociferousness against a dim bulb Democrat of color–say, Kamala Harris, would be immediately condemned as racist. The Post simply doesn’t dare to risk it. A Trump-endorsed Republican conservative, however, isn’t really black, according to President Biden.
2. That said, the article isn’t racist at all. Yet conservative blog Instapundit contributing blogger Stephen Green calls it “RACISM, STRAIGHT UP.” Tit for Tat, I guess. The Post quotes a progressive professor at Berkeley calling Walker “a useful fool.” The description seems fair.
3. The Post’s bias is still neon and throbbing. Reporter John Rosengren tries to impugn Walker by revealing that he is called the leaders of Black Lives Matter “trained Marxists” who don’t believe in American values, mocked the defund police movement as the brainchild of a drunk and testified at a congressional hearing in 2021 against reparations for slavery. Hmmmm. I don’t know how trained they are, but the BLM leaders are openly Marxist as well as scan artists and racist. The defund the police movment should be mocked, though I don’t know what the involvement of a drunk has to do with anything. The Dunkirk rescue was the brainchild of a drunk named Winston Churchill. And if Walker testified against reparations, he can’t be too big a fool.