Daily Caller Reader Racism Exposed
Tea Party types and other conservatives have long bristled at accusations of racism among their ranks. But a quick scan of recent comments on the popular Daily Caller site turned up horrifying examples of right-wing bigotry.
First, it should be noted that the Daily Caller, founded in 2010 by veteran talking head Tucker Carlson and former Dick Cheney adviser Neil Patel, is no radical reactionary rag. Although the site does feature provocative posts by bombastic blowhard Anne Coulter, and although it is often guilty of using a subtle, dog-whistle style of semi-sensationalist reporting in a (wildly successful) bid to keep its target audience engorged on a steady diet of red meat, it is, for the most part, pretty moderate fare. With some notable exceptions, like this.
That being the case, one can infer that if Daily Caller reader comments ooze with racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic and anti-immigrant bigotry, those who frequent more hard core, far-right sites would be even more, well, hard core in their hatred. That’s just speculation. What’s real are the literally hundreds of disgusting Daily Caller comments this reporter turned up during a recent late-night scan of the site. There were so many of them; here are some highlights:
Blacks were far and away the greatest targets of Daily Caller commenters’ hatred. Here ‘nyjohn’ opines that 70 percent of blacks are “filthy animals,” for which ‘ginred’ angrily denounces him– for insulting animals. The original comment got 29 upvotes, or ‘likes,’ and only 1 downvote.
Again, comparing blacks to “animals” is a favorite Daily Caller reader pastime. Here, many of the site’s readers voice their desire for a race war, with commenter ‘Trust no one’ stating he plans on killing blacks in the event of such a conflict. Fully 46 Daily Caller readers upvoted the “let’s start the damn race war” comment. Zero dissented. Another 44 liked the comment about killing blacks. One reader downvoted it:
In the event of such a race war, commenter ‘MsRight’ believes voting for Barak Obama won’t be enough to save liberal whites:
A common refrain among Daily Caller readers is that blacks cannot survive without whites. “Without whites, blacks can’t exist,” asserts ‘OlderWoman.’ To which Steven Brown replies, “Good, let them starve to death.”
The explanation for blacks’ “dependence” on whites stems, naturally, from their inferior “simian” intellect, according to numerous Daily Caller readers. More than 100 of them agreed that “blacks are unable to live on their own.” Another 38 believe diversity will lead to legalized pedophilia and the coming of the “New World Order.” Really.
Daily Caller reader ‘Bubba_ut’ even dusted off the long-discredited 19th century pseudoscientific theory of phrenology, recently made famous again by Leonardo DiCaprio in Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece “Django Unchained,” to explain why blacks are so intellectually challenged. You can’t make this shit up:
Of course, being so miserably inferior to whites, many blacks will try to boost their wretched self esteem by sleeping with white women– if they’re “lucky” enough, says Daily Caller reader ‘noahsalak’:
Daily Caller commenter ‘Marie’ waxed anti-Semitic, claiming Jews, not blacks, are the real enemy:
Some Daily Caller readers reserved their most rabidly racist wrath for “illegal immigrants.” ‘Crossed the Rubicon’ asks if “anything can be done to make illegal immigrants stay in Mexico.” To which ‘JettiG’ replies, “shoot them crossing the border.” Five others liked the idea of killing hard-working migrant families chasing their American Dreams. Others suggested mining the border:
All this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. I found heaps of homophobic, transphobic and Islamophobic comments. But they’ll just have to wait.
I wanted to give Daily Caller a shot at defending itself before I published this post. I was expecting to hear some lofty rhetoric about First Amendment free speech rights, open exchange of ideas, that sort of thing. Alas, Daily Caller managing editor Christopher Bedford’s e-mail positively brimmed with disdainful flippancy.
Channelling the popular WWE wrestler The Rock (regressives love them some wrasslin’), Bedford said I should “know my role and shut my damn mouth.”
“The only thing that unites commenters from all sites is that they are commenters, a special breed of basement dwellers that have nothing but mean keyboard opinions,” wrote Bedford, dissing his own loyal readers.
“Particularly sophisticated commenters sometimes figure out how to move beyond Internet forums, and use those mustard-stained fingers to type out an email to us,” Bedford continued, directing his erudite ire at Moral Low Ground. “Hell, some even come up with a reason for their complaints, like having a part-time, cartoon-ass blog.”
The editor of this “cartoon-ass blog” gets it. The Daily Caller positively encourages racism and other nasty bigotry from its readers because a significant portion of the site’s base are nasty racist bigots. And Bedford’s assertion that “commenters from all sites” are the same mean-spirited haters is just flat-out false. Most people who comment on progressive sites may slam individuals, organizations, policies and actions that they disagree with, but I can’t remember the last time I ever heard a liberal use the word “nigger,” “faggot,” “camel jockey,” “wetback,” or “it” (directed toward a transexual).
I’ll go dollar for dollar with you on bigoted comments. A buck for each one you find on a liberal site, a buck for every one I pull down off a right-wing site. Then I’ll be able to afford some staff to transform this “part-time, cartoon-ass blog” into a full-time thorn in the Daily Caller’s side.