Serwer, in a Washington Post blog entry today about the New Black Panther, frolics some more in the journalistic sewer. Lev Davidovich would be proud once again.
Despite the fact that Civil Rights Commissioner Abigail Thernstrom has all but vanished when it comes to the New Black Panther dismissal after the damning firsthand testimony of Christopher Coates, Serwer writes: “I've contacted Professor Thernstrom, who would not comment on the record but assured me that I did not mischaracterize her views.” Really?
She won’t go on the record, but Serwer will put her on the record anyhow. It seems his noble ends justified his ignoble means.
Serwer deploys more slimy tricks of the trade to help defend the government:
He claims “the voting section under Obama has intervened on behalf of white voters.” This is an outright lie. The Voting Section under Obama never “intervened” in anything. At best, it filed a motion, a motion which has yet to be granted, even though Serwer pretends it has been, to extend a remedy. The Bush Administration brought the case against Brown, and the Obama administration has never “intervened on behalf of white voters.” He uses the complexities behind Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, and his ignorance of the law, to trick people into thinking the Obama DOJ did something to protect white voters. I’ve written in extensive detail about how the motion filed in the Brown case is a shallow trick.
In reality, the bureaucrats at DOJ were protecting themselves from criticism by quickly cobbling together the motion to extend the remedy in the Brown case – a motion which has yet to be granted six months later. The Obama DOJ didn’t even begin to consider this route until after I started to hammer them on June 25, 2009. Before that, crickets. Serwer would have you believe such vigilance was part of their program, when he knows full well it isn’t.
Either Serwer doesn’t understand Section 5 and federal civil procedure, or, he is lying. Despite the fact he isn’t a lawyer, I’ll still bet on option b.
Whole thing here.