Wednesday, August 16, 2006

THE LIBERAL MEDIA By Tuesday afternoon it was widely known that:

1). "Macaca" is a racial slur used by French speakers to describe North Africans.
2). The mother of Sen. George Allen (R-VA) is a French Tunisian (a Tunisia native of French descent).
3.) Allen speaks French.

This doesn't in itself prove, I don't think, that Allen intended to hurl a racial epithet at campaign worker S. R. Sidarth last week.

But it's worth noting that none of these facts--not one of them--made it into accounts of the controversy in Wednesday editions of The New York Times and The Washington Post.

CONTRAPOSITIVE is edited by Dan Aibel. Dan's a playwright. He lives in New York City.