Today, the Winston-Salem Journal offered their thoughts on the issue (and Foxx' comparison of the health hazards of tobacco to Mountain Dew), using an April Fool's Day joke analogy. Money quote:
The evidence that Shepard's homosexuality played a large role in his murder by Aaron James McKinney and Russell Arthur Henderson came out in the courtroom -- including through McKinney's own testimony, as Politico.com noted -- and was reported by numerous reliable news organizations. Shepard was robbed, but the hate-crime aspect can't be denied.The Journal has never had a great relationship with Foxx, historically offering loud and vocal critiques of Foxx' numerous mental lapses. As such, I wish the Journal's criticism would have been more pronounced, less gimicky, but I'll still take it.
There is plenty of room to argue the pros and cons of hate-crime legislation, but responsibility and truth should be the guide, not recklessness and dishonesty.
Indeed. April Fool's Month is over.