‘Atrocious Prose’ or ‘Rancid Racism’?

In his Altercation blog at Media Matters, Eric Alterman (10/28/08) points out the difficulty in critiquing the New York Post: It’s hard to tell whether the paper is being offensive or idiotic.

Steve Serby in the New York Post: “Good for Tom Coughlin. Good for Coughlin for tightening the noose around Plaxico Burress.”

Burress, a receiver for the New York Giants, is black, and his coach, Tom Coughlin, is white. Al Sharpton is on the case. I don’t know what to say–it is the Post, which makes both atrocious prose and rancid racism equally plausible.

This sort of thing goes back a long way; see FAIR’s magazine Extra!: “New York Post: Militant White Daily” (1-2/93)