Salon's David Sirota throws down the race card, no one wants to play

Earlier this fall, Salon writer and white guilt purveyor David Sirota flipped his lid, accusing conservatives of criticizing Obama because of white privilege. Today, he picked right up where he left off, donning his trusty race goggles and whining about the latest raaaaaaaacist ad from Karl Rove’s American Crossroads:

Did you catch that? All the white people, that is? In the few seconds featuring people who were not the president, there was not a single person of color! Thankfully, Sirota is on the case:

As you can see … Rove presents the image of an African-American man as an evildoer, referring to him as the tax-raising “he,” and pitting him against the “we” in classic demagogic “us versus them” terms.

Now before you explain that away as non-racial partisanship against a Democratic president rather than coded racial messaging, remember one additional point: In the ad, almost all of the “we” who allegedly oppose tax increases just so happen to be white people. That’s right, save for possibly one or two factory workers blurred in the background of a single shot (I say “possibly” because their ethnicity isn’t clear), all of the “we” who Rove implies are against tax increases — all who are shown while the voiceover says “we need ideas we can all support” — are white. (In all, there are 12 people representing the “we” against Obama — and at most two or three of them are people of color, and that assumes those in question aren’t white, which, again, is unclear. Bottom line: the montage of “we” in the ad is obviously designed to be a montage of White America.)


Sirota insisted that the ad was spawned by the same kind of racism supposedly contained in the GOP’s Southern Strategy of appealing to racist whites and purportedly cherished by former GOP strategist Lee Atwater. Lee Doren attempted to set the record straight:

But facts are hard when there’s a point to be made. Sirota may take issue with the truth, conservatives know better, and they called him out for his race-baiting idiocy:


Good question!


Even liberals couldn’t help facepalming:

When you’ve lost Oliver Willis

One would hope that the criticism from both sides of the aisle might give Sirota pause about his race-baiting proclivities, but alas, no. Sirota doubled down:

Does Sirota really believe people out there take him seriously? Really? Really? Wow.

Jim Treacher graciously put the stompy-footed screamer into a nutshell:


  • conservativechick

    Why is that online gossip rag still around? I thought Salon would be gone by now. Liberals are so obsessed with race and other people’s money. Oh, and Sarah Palin.

  • Danny Wheeler

    As Kruiser Control puts it: “Exotic. Foreign. Indonesia. Hawaii.”

  • $18912735

    These people are sick in the head. R.I.P. USA: 1776-2012.

  • MoxieLouise

    “Coded racial messaging”?? Now why hadn’t I seen that before? Oh, that’s right, because I’m a racist. David Sirota, on the other hand, was born a poor black child.

    • Zane Henry

      +1 “The Jerk” reference!

  • MarcoAurelius

    Everyone knows that the Democratic party is the party of the KKK, NAMBLA, pro-domestic violence, pro-Sharia, and pro-cannibal.

    • TugboatPhil

      And pro-dog eaters.

  • michael s

    while i agree with sirota about the racial undertones of this ad, did he call out the people that put out the equally racially undertoned ad of Rep West beating up white females?

  • Steve_J

    What’s the guy trying to do? Out black rage people like Jackson and Sharpton?

  • Sad Chestertonian

    The other day I had a doctor visit and the “non discriminatory” paperwork gobbledygook has gotten so convoluted that it reminds me of a science history documentary I saw in high school about the problems the scientific community had for a few hundred years before they finally settled on a standard international method of taxonomic classification; before that was negotiated, deciding what to call what was a contentious, competitive muddle. For example, most Euro Americans are lumped under “white”, but Portugal got a separate designation. Huh?

  • Maddy Ferguson

    What an idiot. What’s next? Let me guess – an article on Bigfoot sightings complete with a complete account…of how racist Bigfoot admits that he is in an exclusive interview w/ @davidsirota from an “undisclosed-location.” Absolutely pathetic that a full-grown adult – other than Chris Matthews – would actually try and sell this worn out crap to people. Too boot, he probably still wears zipper pants.

  • Brett McMicken

    there are times that i wonder if the leftist movement (aka the greatest fraud unleashed on the world) will eat itself alive. they are worse than any self-righteous, fire-and-brimstone, “jesus freak” you will ever find. they see “sin” everywhere and in everything except themselves.

  • TocksNedlog

    Sirota is just mad that there are no ‘token minorities’ in the ad for him to label “Uncle Tom” or “race traitor” or some such.

  • TocksNedlog

    Just think of all the times when Sirota was ABOUT TO write something critical of the president, but stopped himself when he REMEMBERED that he’s white.

  • dwsmokin

    I would love to be outraged-but I’ve never heard of David Sirota. Never knew he existed until today. So-no big deal. Another nobody with an imaginary ax to grind. Wow.

  • Jillane Kent will likely announce that Rove is on “super top secret, double probation”. They are the self appointed political equivalent of Dean Wormer.

  • RIChris

    White liberals always see, hear and think in terms of black and white. Racists.

  • BeyondPolls

    Conservatives need to play the race card over abortion. Abortion is the number one killer of African-Americans. Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, was a racist eugenicist with ties to the KKK and an ambition to reduce the black population through abortion.

  • $22091572

    only half is African.. the other half is russian.