Debatable whether it is racist IMO. Yes it's not the most neutral choice of words, but I wouldn't say it's a good example of racist reporting.
I appreciate your opinion, aeortar, but given the left's willingness to call damn near any opinion contrary to liberal orthodoxy, no matter how unconnected to differences in skin color, 'racist', attempting to delegitimize a black man's opinion should qualify, hands down.
Maybe those words were chosen to try and liven up the sentence for example, rather than just removing them and keeping it very dry and factual.
I know I'm odd, but I kinda like my news 'dry and factual'. I'm not interested in the author's slant on it. I'll read opinion columnists for slant. It's bad enough that hardly anybody does much of anything these days but regurgitate the heavily, shall we say, 'nuanced' AP, which selectively filters what it considers to be 'news' in the first place.
And as I said before, there were lots of other ways to 'liven up the sentence' - but he chose a particular way, didn't he?
I know it's early in the morning on a weekend and I'm not at my sharpest, but I'm not sure I see your point, unless it's to agree with me. Sounds to me like the LAT is scared shitless by Whitman's gains and wants to get the rallying call out for Brown to step it up. What criticism isn't 'withering' these days? And tanks be to Got that his newly hired Spanish speaker isn't just a Spanish speaker but fluent! Does this mean he previously had non-fluent Spanish speaking campaign staff? That he's lagging in BCN outreach? It's the same sort of witless 'characterization writing' as opposed to reporting.