Avowedly liberal site Salon lost itself a lot of readers on Friday night, if the response on social media is to be believed. Many people - including self-declared liberals - responded with outrage to an article that called Eric Holder the president's "Inner N-word."
The piece by African-American Rich Benjamin made the comparison in the course of a critique of Obama's speech on Trayvon Martin, which Benjamin called "safe, overrated, and airy." He asked, "Is Holder the president's conscience? Or his Inner [N-word]? Is Holder the president's aggressive internal mind and voice - willing to speak truth to power, but unbothered with appearing like an angry black man?"
RT @WEKetchum: This Salon piece about Obama's speech about Trayvon Martin is pretty disgusting.- Tour�© (@Toure) July 20, 2013
Dear @salon: Would love to know which editor was responsible for approving the Benjamin piece?- Soledad O'Brien (@Soledad_OBrien) July 20, 2013
Has @Salon's site been hacked? That's a serious question...- Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) July 20, 2013
The screenshot posted above preserves the evidence in case Salon takes down the piece.