Timothy Egan of The New York Times LAMENTS the ugly outpouring of racial hatred in the wake of the beating death last week of 88-year-old World War II veteran Delbert “Shorty” Belton in a Spokane, Wash., parking lot:
Shorty Belton was white. The two teenagers arrested in his murder are black. When the Drudge Report, Rush Limbaugh and Fox News — the troglodyte trio — saw this story, it went from an all-too-common tale of urban violence to a politicized narrative and magnet for racists.
The Spokane newspaper, The Spokesman-Review, had to shut down the comments section on its Web ...