This is how Mr. Charles P. Pierce explained it:
Here’s your disclaimer: Joe Williams is a friend of mine. He is also one of the best political reporters I know and, when he landed at Politico, I thought, well, at least there will be one person there who isn’t completely dedicated to the notion that American politics should be covered the way it would be in The Daily Racing Form, if The Daily Racing Form were a slam book kept by a not-very-bright seventh grader.
Turns out that said seventh-grader also is, in words that the Supreme Court just on Thursday gave me permission to use “fleetingly” on television, a chickenshit motherfucker.
Joe said some unkind things about Willard Romney and white people. Joe retweeted a joke about Ann Romney’s maladroit quote about “unzipping” her husband. A ludicrous Tinker Toy news outlet stamped its tiny feet, and then the assembled mourners over at Andrew Breitbart’s Mausoleum Of Unemployables got themselves outraged, and Politico folded like a cheap suit. This should be a caution to any real reporters who work there now, or who may be thinking about working there in the future. Your bosses can be frightened away by a preposterous political grocery flyer, and by a website run by a cargo cult that worships a deceased angry drunk. They do not have your back.
Mr. Pierce has had his own experience with chickenshit motherfuckers, and that’s even apart from his career as a sportswriter. Jim Romenesko reports that the right-wing poo-flingers are feeling empowered:
“This is our MSM,” Breitbart.com’s John Nolte wrote on his post about Williams. “This is Politico. This is why God created Andrew Breitbart.”
Politico reported early this morning that Williams has been suspended for “suggesting Mitt Romney was only comfortable around white people.”… The editor’s memo added that “Politico journalists have a clear and inflexible responsibility to cover politics fairly and free of partisan bias.”
One conservative site’s reaction to the news: “The suspension is a revelation. I mean, who knew there were standards at Politico of all places?
Josh Fruhlinger at Wonkette points out (since this is Wonkette‘s niche in the journalistic ecosystem) that the emperor is actually stark naked:
Joe Williams is Politico’s White House correspondent, and this is the thing he said on one of the MSNBC panel shows where people scream at each other:
Romney is very, very comfortable it seems with people who are like him. That’s one of the reasons why he seems so stiff and awkward in some town hall settings, why he can’t relate to people other than that. But when he comes on Fox and Friends, they’re like him, they’re white folks who are very much relaxed in their own company.
So, uh, yeah, saying that Mitt Romney is more comfortable with people exactly like him, with one of those “like him” qualities being race, is not exactly the same as calling him a Klansman, we don’t think? See, one of the things about being white in America — about being part of a privileged majority generally — is that you can be in a racially homogeneous group and it seems totally natural! You’re the default! You don’t see the race of the people you hang out with! It’s cozy! But believe it or not, America does not entirely consist of white people (or even white people like the kind on Fox and Friends), which means that this comfort level could actually be something of a campaign liability.
And maybe this is something that an African-American reporter like Joe Williams (oh, did we mention he was black? Didn’t think we needed to, people that conservatives yell at for being racists are always black) would notice?…
Mr. Williams was actually too generous towards Willard “Mitt” Romney, who in point of fact is only comfortable around rich white people, preferably those he can enjoy firing. As for Politico, they’ve arranged for their own worst punishment — now that it’s been demonstrated they’ll pay danegeld to even the lowliest rabble-rousers, they’ll never get the stains out of the carpet in the reception area.
Brave, brave Sir Robin!…