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Confirmation Bias in Action


In an article about Jeff Flake’s and Joe Heck’s disgusting children, Jeremy Stahl of Slate writes: “When bad Democratic kids behave badly, they’re way more likely to drive 100 mph while drunk than to say the president chucks spears. Likewise, you rarely ever see Democratic officials getting in trouble for passing on horrible, racist chain emails or making horrible racist remarks. This has everything to do with the political differences between the two parties and their voters.”

Adults presumably can be held to a higher standard than children — so what about, say, crazy anti-Semitic remarks made by the office-holding parents of prominent Democratic politicians? Strangely, a search on Slate for the name “Billy McKinney” yields no results. Black anti-Semitism is one of the great unmentionables in American politics. Representative John Conyers, who is not a 15-year-old boy, was recently spotted nodding along in the audience as anti-Semitic huckster Louis Farrakhan denounced Jews as the “Synagogue of Satan.” He later said that he had no idea Farrakhan would say such things — the very things Farrakhan has been saying for decades. Perhaps I have overlooked Slate’s attention to that matter as well.

But how could Conyers possibly be surprised? He was a member of the Congressional Black Caucus when that august body entered into a “covenant” with Farrakhan back in 1994 before backing away with Kweisi Mfume’s hilarious acknowledgement that “there remains a question by some of our membership about the Nation of Islam’s sensitivity to the right of all people and all religions to be free from attacks, vilification and defamation.” “Sensitivity” is probably not exactly the right word there. 

Kweisi Mfume also was not a 15-year-old boy.