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Over at The Daily Bellwether, Bill Sloat has been getting pretty upset by some “redneck jokes” circulating the web from other bloggers. And in this post, he advocates for getting rid of slurs like “hillbilly.” But what about calling the Mayor of Cincinnati a “darkie,” or the Superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools “mammy”? How can Sloat endorse such racially disgusting behavior, while rallying against slurs targeting Appalachians?
We’re talking, of course, about The Whistleblower, a daily email publication written by Jim Schifrin, regularly filled with racist language as described above. Sloat shows a special adoration of Jim Schifrin’s potty-humored hate-speech, which seems hypocritical given his recent desire to protest hate-speech against Appalachians.
In 2003, Sloat wrote this glowing endorsement of Schifrin for the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
There is no crack staff behind the Whistleblower.
It is written, edited and self-published entirely by Jim Schifrin, a Humpty-Dumpty-shaped Cincinnati suburbanite with nine telephones in his home who describes himself as being as politically incorrect as a polka dancer at a hip-hop concert. His strong opinions tend to be conservative. Still, his phones seem to be ringing all the time, or another computer message is popping up from a tipster out somewhere in the ether.
Schifrin, 64, can spout one-liners like a minor-league Mark Twain and writes under a nom-de-plume Charles Foster Kane.
That’s the fictional newspaper publisher in Citizen Kane, “the best movie ever made,” he says.
Schifrin’s tipsters are legion.
Here’s sloat writing about material that makes fun of Appalachian dialect:
Viewing the entire cackling depiction of smalltown Ohioans as low-IQ, lazy, uneducated, incoherent and linguistically challenged people who inhabit villages named for turds makes one wonder: How can the creator of such material have a brain so lacking sensibility and judgment, and be stuffed with so much meanness?
C’mon, Sloat. Your hypocrisy is showing. How can you endorse Schifrin, and rail against this other material?
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