How to Listen for Racism on the Campaign Trail: Jeffrey Goldberg

Jeffrey Goldberg, a national correspondent for the Atlantic, is the author of "Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror." He was formerly a Washington correspondent and a Middle East correspondent for the New Yorker. Here are some things you could lea Full Story »

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by Jack Dinkmeyer - Feb. 1, 2012

An opinion piece which introduced to me a new term, "dog whistle" to describe coded racist, homophobic, anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim Republican candidates' rhetoric. Dog whistle being beyond the range of human hearing. But like a dog, right wingers in the know hear and comprehend every nuance. And racists uttering the codes have plausible denial when confronted with their racism. Concerning my opinion of the entire Republican presidential campaign debacle, the words of Rhett Butler suffice, 'Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn!"

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