Racism, religious discrimination at Washington Times?

The paper's former editor-in-chief goes after President Obama's mother, and the ed page editor goes to the EEOC

Published November 17, 2009 6:35PM (EST)

The Washington Times has been having a rough few weeks. There was a big shake-up at the conservative paper recently, with new top executives coming in and the executive editor getting kicked out, with the staff not informed of his departure for days afterwards. Tuesday was yet another bad day for the Times and its beleaguered staffers.

For one thing, there was a problem with a blast from the past, Editor Emeritus Wesley Pruden, and his latest column. Pruden has always been known for having views on race that might generously be described as disturbing, but he went all out in an attack on President Obama:

Mr. Obama, unlike his predecessors, likely knows no better, and many of those around him, true children of the grungy '60s, are contemptuous of custom. Cutting America down to size is what attracts them to "hope" for "change." It's no fault of the president that he has no natural instinct or blood impulse for what the America of "the 57 states" is about. He was sired by a Kenyan father, born to a mother attracted to men of the Third World and reared by grandparents in Hawaii, a paradise far from the American mainstream.

(Hat-tip to Gawker.)

Then there's RIchard Miniter, the paper's editorial page editor, who's been MIA for some time now. Now, it seems, we know why: He's reportedly filing a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleging among other things that he was forced to attend one of the mass weddings put on by the Unification Church, whose leader founded the paper.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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