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Don Surber Probably Thinks His Only Mistake Is Forgetting To Speak In Code

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 30, 2014

You may have heard of this:

Don Surber is a columnist for the Charleston, West Virginia, newspaper, the Daily Mail. Opining about Ferguson, Surber said:

This summer I had an epiphany as I watched packs of racists riot in Ferguson, Missouri, in support of a gigantic thug who was higher than a kite when he attacked Ferguson Police Department Officer Darren Wilson, who unfortunately had to put this animal down.

Yes, it was written on Surber’s blog as opposed to the Daily Mail. But do you think that, say, the NYT would be lenient towards, say, Paul Krugman if he were to a private blog post to call, say, Allen West an “animal” who needed to be “put down”? (Especially considering Krugman has already been forced to eat dirt for making a good-faith reference to a Jason Leopold story in Salon, at the very same time that fellow NYT opinion columnist, archconservative William Safire, was getting away with patent and arrant nonsense about Mohammed Atta, Prague and Wales. And let’s not even get into the whole mess of scandals surrounding Judith Miller, Jeff Gerth, and Stephen Labaton, right-wing-servicing stenographers posing as NYT “reporters”.)

Surber has since been fired from the Daily Mail, but of course that will be converted into very salable pseudo-martyrdom that will appeal to whichever wingnut-welfare outfit — FOX News, The Daily Caller, Breitbart et al — picks him up in another week or two.

2 Responses to “Don Surber Probably Thinks His Only Mistake Is Forgetting To Speak In Code”

  1. I am almost certain that Don Surber left comments at City Pages’ Twin Cities Babelogue when I was involved with that 2003 online venture. I wouldn’t call him a troll, but he disagreed with us on some issues. I think mostly about the build up to the Iraq War, but after so many years I’m not sure about that. He was very civil but the one strong recollection I had was that he was unrelentingly wrong in the way people are when they have a skewed worldview that refuses to accept basic facts that undermine their ideological beliefs.

    I’m not surprised he wrote what he did. What surprises me is that he had a job at a newspaper. I just thought he was some crank.

    • Charles II said

      A crank… unlike William Safire, Judy Miller, Jeff Gerth, and others who posted ridiculous/false/invented things in The Times?

      We live in an era where Ben Domenech was avidly recruited by the Washington Post. I’d be more surprised if a reporter wasn’t a crank.

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