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Mark Davis Continues to Embarrass the Dallas Morning News

Brendan Miniter is the paper's new editor of editorials. He needs to stop printing Davis' dreck.

Mark Davis is a right-wing radio host and frequent contributor to the Dallas Morning News’ op-ed page. When it comes to local Trump supporters, only First Baptist pastor Robert Jeffress could challenge Davis’ media footprint. His gross missteps bear scrutiny.

Here’s the piece that was printed in today’s paper. Davis went on a humanitarian mission to Haiti and wrote about what he experienced. All well and fine. He’s to be commended for his good works. But I’d like you to pay attention to how Davis frames his travelogue. It begins:

The most important thing about Haiti is not what President Donald Trump may or may not have said about it. The most important thing is that it is a suffering island nation of 11 million, with vast landscapes of people who need the help of nations as blessed as ours.

So Davis is saying that Trump might not have called Haiti a shithole and also asked, “Why do we want people from Haiti here?” He might have said that. But he might not have.

To be clear: Trump said it. Even Republicans agree that he said it. In the past, there is reason to believe, Trump has said Haitians “all have AIDS.” It is clear that Trump, for whatever reason, does not want Haitians coming to America. I would suggest that reason is racism.

As I say, the bulk of Davis’ piece is about his trip to Haiti. He writes about the poor conditions he saw and notes that he didn’t experience any animosity from the Haitians, all of whom exhibit an indomitable spirit. He concludes:

Once I returned, yes, everybody wanted to know whether the president or anyone else would be justified in that infamously coarse characterization of Haiti.

The short answer is: absolutely. But far from a slight against the inhabitants, the recognition of alarming conditions anywhere is a proper call to action to do what we can for them.

Ah! So Davis clears up the confusion he introduced about what the president may or may not have said. Now Davis is saying yes. Trump called Haiti a shithole. And now that Davis has allowed that Trump indeed called Haiti a shithole, he raises a question: was Trump justified in calling Haiti a shithole? And the answer to that question is absolutely. But, Davis contends, calling Haiti a shithole was not an insult. Trump wasn’t denigrating an entire nation as he tried to keep its people out of our blessed country. No, what he was doing was pointing out how badly Haiti needs our help. Trump was calling people to action.

Davis was sloppy to contradict himself. And his interpretation of Trump’s remarks is either sincere idiocy or a transparent lie.

The News has a new boss for its editorial board, the person who oversees the editorials and the op-ed page. His name is Brendan Miniter. Each time Davis writes something like this, he demonstrates Miniter’s lack of courage and that of Miniter’s boss, Mike Wilson. Both men are catering to the basest natures of some of their readers. The paper has a proud history of standing up to the Ku Klux Klan. No matter the financial repercussions, it published stories that assailed racists. Now, it seems, the paper prints stories that defend them.

Comments

  • @zaccrain

    Tim, as a longtime supporter of you and the act of dunking on Mark Davis, I throughly enjoyed this.

    • Thanks for the kind words, Zac. You know this is a passion project of mine. It took me 30 years to get Steve Blow fired. So I’m in for the long haul on this one, for sure.

  • OldLakeHighlander

    Sloppy editor approves sloppy article by sloppy writer at sloppy newspaper? Intriguing.

  • Jim Schermbeck

    Thanks for this.

  • Bill Gross

    The Daily Texas North runs Davis to give the appearance of even handedness. Davis is thought to be a conservative sort of fellow. Unfortunately, Davis is more about himself than anything else. It gives a couple of media outlets in our fair metroplex the cover of being open minded.

  • Mavdog

    Mark Davis is saying that Trump calling Haitians people who live in a shithole was to help them by calling attention to their plight of being shithole residents. Trump was simply doing a good thing for the Haitians according to Mark Davis.

    Huxley would be impressed.

  • DubiousBrother

    For those of you who have never been to Haiti, it is a sh**hole. They were a French colony and had corrupt government (including Papa Doc and Baby Doc Duvalier) whose policies drained the countries wealth and left that part of the island almost barren of trees and unable to grow crops. They are a very poor nation with little hope for near term improvement. The other two-thirds of the island is the Dominican Republic which is much better off although they can’t compare to the wealthier Caribbean Island nations.
    The Clinton Foundation got a lot of press for their help in Haiti after the earthquake but I’m not sure if there is any evidence of that help. In Chelsea’s own words: https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/09/hillary-clinton-email-213110

    • Happy Bennett

      Except that Davis never used any derogatory language about the people or country of which I am aware and he has featured other guests on his program who have spoken about their missionary and medical assistance to Haiti. Good for him for promoting a humanitarian cause.

    • bobsrule99

      EXACTLY!

    • Mavdog

      Wow, Haiti is “unable to grow crops” yet it generated about $2.2 Billion in agriculture products last year. What an amazing accomplishment in a place that is “unable to grow crops”!
      There are wonderful parts of Haiti, some beautiful places and they make Barbancourt there, an outstanding rum. There are also some very undesirable places there, just like most countries.
      Also, you are aware that all Haitians don’t have AIDS, right? If you ever meet Trump do let him know, he apparently thinks they do.

      • DubiousBrother

        Wow – $2.2 Billion – that is a full $200 per person – very impressive.
        You just mentioned AIDS because I mentioned the Clintons, right?

        • Mavdog

          But how can a nation produce $2.2 Billion of agriculture products when they are “unable to grow crops”???? Quite the contradiction, eh?

          No, I mentioned AIDS because you are an apologist for Trump. Trump made the remark about Haitians all having AIDS. Are you going to be like Trump by making some dishonest remark, one about the Clintons and AIDS?

  • Happy Bennett

    Davis has actually personally done some missionary work in Haiti and seems to be trying to raise some money on his radio program for further humanitarian relief efforts. I’m not a big Davis fan, but, unlike others here, he is bringing awareness of the continuing plight of the Haitians after the 2010 earthquake where large parts of the island still have rubble and infrastructure problems.

  • 3FingerPete

    Keeping Davis to just a few column inches must be a full time editorial job. Blowhard Davis tends to use fifty words where five will do. As for the DMN taking any firm stand in regards to Davis or our current Pope of Dallas Jeffress I won’t hold my breath.

    • bobsrule99

      The truth hurts the libs!

      • @zaccrain

        bobsrule99, thank you for dropping into our comments section to deliver this … burn (??)

  • MistakeByTheLake

    I am not sure Trump ever uttered those words, given the meeting leak source was a known liar, Durbin. Do we just assume this happened? Not me. Four others in the meeting said those words were not used by our president. So you begin this diatribe from a place unreliable (as if that were any surprise). In any event, if Haiti is not a crummy place to live, why are all the Haitians trying to get here and why aren’t you skidadling on down to such a great place and claim your Timmy piece of paradise? Davis can be criticized on many syntactical fronts, but his logic and heart are not debatable. When was the last time you undertook a similar humanitarian mission? Drop the hate. Grab some smarts … if you have any left.