This campaign has apparently hit a new low today with something offensive, and that is putting it mildly. The popular Huffington Post blog, which has strongly supported Lamont's candidacy, posted a picture today depicting President Clinton and Joe Lieberman in an Amos n Andy-type doctored picture obviously taken from the Waterbury rally last Monday. In the picture, Lieberman is drawn in blackface and Clinton is wearing dark sunglasses.
Lamont's campaign manager Tom Swan condemned this, calling it very offensive and said he requested that it be removed. He also said that while blogger Jane Hamsher is a supporter, she is not on the campaign pay-roll. (Davis)
I saw the picture (the Lieberman campaign is circulating it in a press release). It's in pretty poor taste, to say the least. I have no idea what on earth she was thinking. The Lamont campaign essentially recoiled in horror, the Lieberman campaign pounced, and Hamsher eventually took it down with an apology.
I like Jane Hamsher's work on FireDogLake. But pulling stuff like this is not acceptable. It hurts the candidate she supports far more than it helps, and it reinforces the stereotype of blogs as the haven of fringe lunatics.
I am glad she was big enough to take it down and apologize. But we all need to be better than this.
Davis, Mark. "Endorsements for Lamont; Picture puts 'blackface' on Lieberman." WTNH 2 August, 2006.