Washington Post tried to smear me for criticizing race theory and failed

The Washington Post tried to smear me, the nation’s most distinguished opponent of critical race theory — and it backfired spectacularly.

The struggle over CRT has consumed American media. Conservatives have rallied towards the poisonous neo-Marxist ideology that seeks to divide the nation into the racial classes of oppressor and oppressed; liberals have defended it as a “lens” for understanding imprecise buzzwords akin to “systemic racism” and “racial equity.”

I’ve been on the reducing fringe of this battle. My investigative reporting, including columns for this paper, has uncovered CRT in training, authorities and the company world. I’ve make clear public colleges forcing 8-year-olds to deconstruct their racial identities, telling white academics they need to bear “antiracist therapy” and encouraging white dad and mom to advocate for “white abolition.” 

These tales have attracted hundreds of thousands of readers, serving to spark a revolt amongst dad and mom at school districts throughout the nation — and making me a goal for the woke left.

In latest months, shops together with The New York Times, The New Republic, MSNBC, CNN and The Atlantic have relentlessly attacked me. But the coup de grâce, they believed, could be a 3,000-word exposé in The Washington Post. The paper dispatched two reporters, Laura Meckler and Josh Dawsey, and spent three weeks getting ready a vicious hit piece towards me, accusing me of a variety of mental crimes.

Only the Post’s story rested on a mattress of lies. Among different issues, Meckler and Dawsey fabricated the timeline of occasions surrounding my involvement with former President Donald Trump’s govt order on CRT; incorrectly claimed {that a} Cupertino, Calif., range lesson I uncovered by no means occurred; and insisted that my reporting in regards to the US Treasury Department’s diversity programs was false.

After the article was revealed, I went via it line-by-line and made a point-by-point rebuttal on social media and to The Washington Post’s editors. Within 48 hours, the paper’s story had collapsed.

The paper admitted to fabricating the timeline of occasions, having initially claimed {that a} Fox News look I made on Sept. 1 had “soon” been adopted by a go to by me to the Trump White House and thereafter by an anti-CRT memo from Trump’s price range chief (actually, I didn’t go to the White House till Oct. 30, lengthy after Team Trump issued the memo and an anti-CRT govt order).

Further, the paper retracted or added six full paragraphs to the story and reversed its accusation that I invented the Cupertino story. The coaching did, actually, happen, the paper conceded.

As for the assertion that I made false claims in regards to the Treasury coaching, the paper insisted on the absurd level that the fabric — which informed staff that “virtually all white people . . . contribute to racism” — didn’t imply that “all white people are racist,” as I had reported.

This was a deep embarrassment for The Washington Post, which then tried to conceal behind imprecise “clarifications” and despatched a vp of communications to do injury management. But what the paper did was indefensible: It dispatched deeply partisan reporters to do a hatchet job on a fellow journalist, with no regard for the info or probity.

Here’s the issue: I’ve a big social-media platform and can defend myself. But what about strange Americans who’re smeared, slandered and degraded by hyper-partisan shops like The Washington Post?

The episode additionally make clear the weird willpower of the status press to play down simply how radical and essentially un-American CRT is. The Washington Post story framed CRT as merely an try to push white Americans to “confront systemic racism and white privilege in America,” to immediate a “reckoning with America’s past and present sins.”

Yeah, proper. Meanwhile, in the actual world, CRT trainings involve re-enacting racial segregation, only this time in the name of progress, as happened in the King County Library System (Seattle). They declare that “all white people play a part in perpetuating systemic racism,” as Buffalo students are taught. And they accuse the US training system of perpetuating “spirit-murder” towards black children.

This is way over a wholesome reckoning. It’s indoctrination in ahistorical nonsense. It’s demonizing huge swaths of America over pores and skin coloration. It’s racism. Democracy does certainly die in darkness, as The Washington Post’s motto proclaims. It’s simply that the paper itself helps unfold a lot darkness.

Christopher F. Rufo is a contributing editor of City Journal.

Twitter: @RealChrisRufo

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