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  •  Richard Cohen was excoriated for that column (8+ / 0-)

    and rightly so. What a useless waste of space in the Post.

    Cohen's column has been met with some criticism on Twitter, and it's fair to expect that we'll see a handful of "shame on you" columns (like this one) within the hour. Cohen said he anticipated this return-fire before the piece had even been published.

    "This is not the first time I've dealt with the issue," he told me. "Each time, the counter-argument is that I'm a racist."

    Indeed, in 1986 the Washington Post had to apologize for a column Cohen wrote in which he "sided with city jewelry store owners who refuse to allow young black men to enter their shops because of a fear of crime."

    When I asked Cohen about this, he corrected me: "I didn't say 'black men,' I said 'young black men who were dressed in a certain way,'" he said. (The column actually just referenced "young black males," regardless of attire.)

    "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

    by Greg Dworkin on Sat Jul 20, 2013 at 05:30:22 AM PDT

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