Like others, I have explored Richard Cohen's amazingly offensive column at the Wash Post today, in a piece at The Nation. There are now loud and prominent calls for his dismissal or retirement and even a petition. I've dubbed the affair "Bezos and Butthead." Almost worse, here's tweet a few hours ago by the paper's (verified) publisher, Katharine Weymouth: "Brilliant: richard Cohen on why Cruz beats Christie in iowa: http://wapo.st/1bwCzT7 " If you don't know, the publisher is the niece of Talking Heads great Tina Weymouth. UPDATE #1 Much-maligned (justly) Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt defends the column, saying he would just edit one sentence differently.
UPDATE #2 Cohen defends himself to Huff Post. Swears he's not a racist (who ever admits it?). Says, falsely, that he was only expressing the views of right-wing Tea Partiers (actually, he used the word "conventional" in his own voice). Purports that he is still a "liberal." And so on. Clue to why this happened? "I get plastered" he admits. Well, he means, by critics, but it's also only defense for what he wrote.