Activist Christopher Rufo dismantles Washington Post 'hit piece' on his efforts to expose evils of critical race theory
Christopher Rufo apparently made himself prey by becoming a top critic of neo-Marxist critical race theory (CRT), but he's firing back at the Washington Post over an article that sought to pick apart and discredit his arguments.
"The Washington Post's Laura Meckler spent three weeks preparing a hit piece against me," Ruffo said Sunday on Twitter, adding that the newspaper used five "flat-out lies" to smear him. "This is how the media lies."
The WaPo article, which was published on Saturday, placed Rufo at the center of a Republican push to attack CRT and use it as a political weapon to portray Democrat policies as extreme, scary and anti-American. Meckler attempted to show that Rufo has misled the public about the nature of CRT and has made claims about training materials that go further than the documents that he cites.
But Rufo countered that the article was intentionally misleading and he demanded that the newspaper's editors issue an immediate correction and retract all false statements. "Democracy dies when the media lies," he said, alluding to WaPo's slogan of "Democracy dies in darkness."
The documentarian, who has exposed the teaching of CRT in schools, government agencies and corporations, said the Post first lied by presenting the theory as a "benign academic concept" that merely claims racism in America is systemic. The description obscures the extreme concepts of CRT, he said, such as "all white people are racist," "abolish the white race" and "anti-capitalism."
Lie #1. The Washington Post presents critical race theory as a benign academic concept, obscuring the divisive nature of the ideology and refusing to address the huge amount of evidence on abusive CRT programs in K-12 classrooms. pic.twitter.com/NlvapesdbX— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) June 20, 2021
Secondly, Rufo said, the article gave a false account of his role in helping to inspire then-president Donald Trump's executive order banning the teaching of CRT in federal agencies. For instance, he said he visited the White House not right after an appearance on Fox News, as the Post implied, but nearly two months later.
Lie #2. The Washington Post fabricates the timeline of events surrounding my involvement in President Trump's executive order on critical race theory in the federal government. pic.twitter.com/btXcgoN4Cb— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) June 20, 2021
Meckler also misquoted him to make it appear that he said it was "so obvious" that he wanted to conflate unrelated leftist ideas as being part of a CRT brand in the minds of voters. In fact, he said that during an interview with the reporter, he directly refuted that interpretation. He called on the Post to release a recording of the interview to support or disprove the reporter's claim.
Lie #3. The Washington Post falsifies a direct quotation, claiming that I said it is "so obvious" that my strategy was to "conflate" unrelated items with CRT. I never said this and challenge the Post to produce the audio recording to support their claim—or retract it. pic.twitter.com/kGboTRx8YU— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) June 20, 2021
However, Rufo didn’t deny the social media post that the Post was referencing when the reporter brought up use of CRT as a bogeyman catch-all. He said in March that “we have successfully frozen their brand” and that “we will eventually turn it toxic, as we put all of the various cultural insanities under that brand category.” He added that “the goal is to have the public read something crazy in the newspaper and immediately think 'critical race theory.'”
Rufo also refuted the Post's claims about two examples of CRT training that he was accused of overstating. For instance, the newspaper said that, contrary to the activist's statements, a training program at the US Treasury Department didn't tell employees that "all white people are racist." But Rufo cited such statements in the training materials as "virtually all white people, regardless of how woke they are, contribute to racism," and "whiteness" includes "white privilege and white supremacy," saying that in his view, the instruction was tantamount to saying that.
Lie #4. The Washington Post claims that the Treasury Department never said that all white people are racist during a diversity training seminar—but I have the original source documents that prove the Post's claim is false. pic.twitter.com/zfRHeqi1L4— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) June 20, 2021
Rufo has become a popular target for mainstream-media criticism in recent weeks. For instance, the New Yorker said he "invented the conflict over critical race theory."
With some Republican-led states banning the teaching of CRT in schools and parents speaking out against the concept at school board meetings across the country, Democrats have recognized that the controversy is gaining political retraction. For instance, a video of radio host Ty Smith, who is black, arguing against CRT at an Illinois school board meeting earlier this month garnered millions of views on social media. Republican lawmakers, including Senator Ted Cruz (Texas) and Representative Madison Cawthorn (North Carolina), called Smith's rant "powerful."Also on rt.com ‘Juneteenth is soooo lame’: Candace Owens hammered for criticizing America’s newest holiday
Mainstream media outlets have responded to the rising momentum of the anti-CRT movement by defending the concept and, as in Rufo's case, attacking the messenger. For example, NBC reporter Brandy Zadrozny complained last week on MSNBC that parents who oppose CRT are using "onerous" Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to demand information on curriculums, then misrepresent the information they're given.
"So what we'll see, what we saw in Maine is asking for all these records requests of, you know, how much money did you spend on anything involving race?" Zadrozny said. "And then that is used to sort of frame the school board as paying for CRT, which again is just not the case."
She offered no explanation as to why Democrats are troubled by a ban on a curriculum that they claim isn't being taught.
MSNBC host Joy Reid said Rufo has misrepresented CRT, using it as a brand name to label everything that makes conservatives "uncomfortable." After Rufo responded last week by challenging her to a CRT debate, Reid accused him on Saturday of making "white man demands."
This is a weirdly aggressive way to get yourself on TV, Christopher.. Why not just contact my booking producers like a normal person, rather than going with the White Man Demands option? I had never even heard of you until @oneunderscore__ piece exposing your plot to rebrand CRT. https://t.co/kzqp1edxzF— Joy-Ann (Pro-Democracy) Reid 😷 (@JoyAnnReid) June 19, 2021
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